VALE – Les Murray

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 17:  Les Murray poses during the FFA Teams of the Decades announcements at Crown Towers on December 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Football Federation Australia (FFA) celebrated the heroes of yesterday by naming its Teams of the Decades in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of FIFA Membership at a Hall of Fame function.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Football NSW is deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Australian iconic legend, ‘Mr Football’, Les Murray today.

Les was one of Australian Football’s finest ambassadors and advocates and his countless hours and relentless efforts promoting football across Australia, from grassroots to the elite, will stand both unequalled and forever admired.

Les’ love for football and his long legacy of contribution towards it will be long live in the memory of everyone not only at Football NSW, but the entire football community across Australia.

Football NSW Chairman Anter Isaac paid tribute to the man that put this sport on the map in Australia.

“To many people, Les was football.

“I, like so many football fans, grew up watching Les on SBS promote football, and especially Australian football, daily.

“And along with his good friend, Johnny Warren, continued to protect Australian football, its clubs, players and coaches, when others simply could not or would not.

“For his courage and unquestioned loyalty to football, we will be indebted, and Les has left us all an incredible benchmark to carry on his work and commitment in the years to come.”

Football NSW would like to pass on its deepest condolences to the Murray family.

May he rest in heavenly peace.