Much loved soccer commentator Les Murray has died, aged 71

Legendary football broadcaster Les Murray has died today at the age of 71 after a battle with illness.

SBS released a statement on Monday morning, confirming the tragic news.

“SBS is sad to advise that earlier today Les Murray passed away after a long period of illness.


“Les will be remembered not just for his 35-year contribution to football in Australia, but for being a much-loved colleague, mentor and friend who has left a unique legacy.

“To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement.”

Best known as “the voice of football”, Murray began working with SBS when it launched as a television broadcaster in 1980.

Former Socceroo and SBS colleague Craig Foster described Murray as “a football colossus”.

“The world lost a football colossus this morning, Les Murray AM. He fought well into extra time but whistle has blown. His legacy is lasting,” Foster tweeted.

“Les left family that loved him, colleagues adored him, futbol community that revered him. Well played old friend. Extraordinary performance”.