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MURRAY'S BACKING FOR NON-LEAGUE DAY

13 October 2018

Bennett Dean
Glenn Murray walking out the tunnel at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray showed his support for Non-League Day and believes it’s important for supporters to discover the talent and enjoyment that can be found further down the footballing pyramid.

Non-League Day takes place this afternoon and Albion are encouraging fans to show their support towards local non-league sides, with Chris Hughton’s team not in action due to the international break.

Murray also gave his backing towards the idea, and touched upon the importance that non-league football played in providing him with a chance to make it as a professional footballer.

He said, “It’s a really good initiative. If fans that follow Premier League or EFL teams go down and support their local non-league team, I think they could be pleasantly surprised.

“There is a lot of talent out there in non-league. It’s a bit more relaxed for fans, not too regimented, you can sit or stand where you want. You can get in and out of the game easily — it’s quite refreshing.

“Non-league football was obviously big for my career, it gave me that stepping stone to prove myself and the opportunity to be seen.

“It gave me the chance to step into the Football League and thankfully somebody did take a chance on me.

“That’s been the story behind my rise to the Premier League - scoring goals at each level and stepping up gradually.”

The forward, who currently has 28 Premier League goals to his name, began his career with non-league side Workington Reds, and he reflected on his first memories of playing football at that level.

“That was very early on in my career, when I was about 18/19 — I was really young in what was a tough man’s league. The physicality of the league tested me.

“When you see some skinny kid go past you and score goals, you want to get stuck into him. But my team-mates rallied around me and stuck by me, because they knew I needed it.

“You’ve got to be determined in non-league football. You’ve got to be dedicated, it’s a lot tougher than people think.

“Sometimes you do a day’s work and then travel to an away game on a Tuesday night, not get home until one o’clock and then you’re back up for work in the morning.

“The level of dedication is right up there with any level of the game.”

Murray spoke further about the atmosphere surrounding a non-league matchday, but insists those experiences have provided him with fond memories of what it took to reach the next level.

“The matchday experience was topsy-turvy. Back then you would always travel on the day, no matter where you went. Traffic permitting, you could be late to games.

“You would sometimes get off the bus, get changed and have just half-an-hour until kick off.

“You just took it how it came. For me it was a great time, I enjoyed playing and it was a pivotal period in my journey.”

Click here to read about Non-League Day and what games you could attend this afternoon.


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