Murray’s memoirs dazzle students at UCLAN

Murray, second from right , middle row commentating at West Ham next to Pat Nevin. Pic: Hilton Teper, via Wikimedia

Renowned BBC commentator John Murray joined journalism students from UCLAN in an online Q&A session to give them a valuable insight into the elite broadcasting.

Hosted online due restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus, the session allowed the students to hear stories of Murray’s illustrious career as well as engaging with him by asking their own questions and gleaning pieces of knowledge from his responses.

Amongst the many memories shared by the 53-year-old was England’s last 16 tie against Colombia in the 2018 World Cup.

The game was decided on penalties with England historically coming out on top in a shoot-out at a World Cup for the first time. 

England line up for penalty shoot-out v Colombia. Pic: Wikimedia

He said: “I’ve never ever felt quite like that during a commentary before.

“Normally I can remain quite impartial, but I am English, and I was commentating on England in a penalty shoot-out at a World Cup.

“They won the penalty shoot-out so that was a great memory.”

The commentator’s voice is one of the most recognisable within the industry, not least for his work covering cricket and football for the BBC but also for his commentary on events like Royal weddings.

However, Murray has worked hard to hold the heady stature he now has in the world of sport today.

Having started out in hospital radio whilst at school, he attended a media course in Darlington and through this, secured his first job in the industry at TFM.

Located in Teesside, close to Murray’s roots, he commentated on football in the North East and from then onwards did not look back.

John Murray discusses his life behind the microphone

The Teessider also impressed students with his match notes, displaying those he used in his last match previous to the Coronavirus causing football to be postponed.

The notes, taken from Liverpool v Atletico Madrid, were explained in detail to the students with statistics and figures as far as the eye could see.

When asked what his one piece of advice would be by a student, Murray simply stated that perseverance was the key to getting into the journalism industry.

Admitting it was a tough industry to break into, the pundit said: “If you want something badly and enough and you’ve got the right attitude, it’ll take you a long way.”