Hearts title winner Jimmy Murray dies aged 82

Jimmy Murray, pictured in 1998
Jimmy Murray, pictured in 1998
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Hearts’ double-title winner Jimmy Murray has died at the age of 82.

Murray, who became the first man to score a goal for Scotland in the World Cup finals, played for the Jambos between 1954 and 1961 and won the First Division title in 1958 and 1960.

He also lifted the Scottish League Cup with the Tynecastle side in 1959.

Murray starred for Scotland in the 1958 World Cup and scored in a 1-1 draw against Yugoslavia in Vasteras. It was the Scots’ first-ever goal in the finals.

Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge paid tribute to Murray, saying: “Jimmy Murray never lost his love for Hearts and he was a regular at Tynecastle until his final days, often helping the club with promotions.

“When we heard of Jimmy’s ill health a few weeks ago, Hearts legend John Robertson and other club officials visited him in the Royal Infirmary with the League Championship trophy and Jimmy was immediately boosted and he swapped stories of his happy times at Tynecastle and said he was looking forward to seeing the team back in the Premiership.

“Legends like Jimmy deserve to be honoured and respected by the club they so loyally served no matter how long ago that was. We are proud to be able to share their memories and, at every opportunity, to be able to allow them to share in the memories being made today.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone connected with Heart of Midlothian FC and particularly those supporters who were privileged to see Jimmy play and the club extends its sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones.”