Murray Barnes
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-01-16)16 January 1954
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Date of death 31 December 2011(2011-12-31) (aged 57)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Leeds United
Kissing Point
Northern Tigers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1987 Sydney City 225 (60)
International career
1975 Australia U-23
1975–1981 Australia 32 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 October 2009
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 October 2009

Murray Barnes (16 January 1954 – 31 December 2011) was an Australian soccer player. Barnes played for the Australian team for six years, captaining the team nine times.

Playing career

Club career

Barnes played for a number of junior soccer clubs including Northern Tigers and Kissing Point in New South Wales.[1][2] He also spent a year with the youth team of English club Leeds United.[3] During his senior club career Barnes played for Sydney Hakoah (later known as Sydney City Soccer Club) in the New South Wales State League and in the National Soccer League.[4]

International career

He played 32 full international games for the national side scoring six goals.[5][6] He was captain of the Socceroos for nine matches between 1978 and 1981 including World Cup qualifiers against New Zealand, Fiji, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia.[5][7]


Murray died on 31 December 2011, at the age of 57.[8]


Barnes received the Football Hall of Fame (Australia), Award of Distinction. When Football Federation Australia created the Socceroo Club made up of former national team members in 2008, Barnes was announced as a founding member.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "The History of Kissing Point". Kissing Point Football Club. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Club History". Northern Tigers FC. Archived from the original on 12 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Former Australia captain Murray Barnes dies at 57". BBC Sport. 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Australian Player Database - B". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  5. ^ a b The Australian National Men's Football Team: Caps And Captains. Football Federation Australia.
  6. ^ SESA Sport Archived 7 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Socceroo Internationals for 1981". Retrieved 16 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Fans To Honour Former Socceroo". Australian FourFourTwo. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Special club formed for Socceroos". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2009.