Glenn Murray retires from professional football

Striker ends playing career as Albion’s second highest ever goalscorer and with four career promotions to his name.

By Charlie Hanson • 31 May 2021

By Linton Rogers
Glenn Murray has called time on his playing career.

Albion club legend Glenn Murray has called time on his playing career after nearly 20-years in the game.

The 37-year-old made 285 appearances for Albion, scoring 111 goals, making him second only to Tommy Cook (125) in the club’s all-time goalscorers list.

Something of a promotion specialist, Murray enjoyed two of them with Albion – from League One in 2011, and from the Championship in 2017 – as well as one with rivals Crystal Palace, and more recently Watford.

He brings his time on the pitch to a close having spent the last six months at Championship side Nottingham Forest, working under former Albion boss Chris Hughton.

“I feel as though the time is right and I wanted to retire at a good level,” Murray said. “I’ve had a lot of good years in the game, but this seems the right time to call it a day.

“I am getting off the football merry-go-round, the structure of being told what to do for 20 years. I am looking forward to making some of my own decisions I suppose!

“I have got a lot of options, there are a lot of things going on in the background. The media work is something I want to pursue and I am looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life.

“I don’t know if I am a natural at the media work! But it keeps me in the game that I love, it gets me going to different grounds and I think I will always need that to feel close to the grass and be a part of professional football in England. It would be too strange for me to cut it off entirely and not have anything to do with. Football is all I know.”

With his focus on his media work, Glenn doesn’t envisage heading into coaching or management just yet.

“I don’t think you ever rule anything out in life, but it’s not something I am not outwardly looking to do.

“Give me six months, a year and I might miss it so much that I want to give back to the club in some capacity as a coach. But at the moment that isn’t the route I am going down.”