George "Chump" Murray

George "Chump" Murray

By Gary McPhail
12 January
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Obituary: George Murray

The club was saddened to hear of the death of former member, George "Chump" Murray.
George was brought up in a flat above the old Campbell's shop in High Street and then Ashley Terrace. He was heavily involved in the club before moving to the Borders and as well as being a well renowned referee, he was also an avid supporter of the national team and you may have seen him sitting in front of Princess Anne at all home matches wearing his trademark fur hat - He never missed a home international in 70 Years!!
ARFC President, Graham Kerr said " He was a true gent and I always found him very proud of his Alloa connection"
Jim Gove remembers that "He was a great after dinner speaker and spoke at one of our first ever Players Dinner. I also met him at Murrayfield when we won the National Bowl trophy and he was so chuffed that the Club song was still being sung 40 years on"
Alex Jess remembers him most from his refereeing days and notes that "He was always proud of his strong links with Alloa RFC."
There is a full obituary on the SRU website -
but one notable omission from this is that he co wrote the Club Song and was able to pass on a forgotten third verse to Brian Edwards last year at Twickenham. This verse goes:-

"When historians come to tell the story
About how the game was played
Of all the pints of ale we quaffed
And of all the maids we laid

You did not need to play the game
Only pay your effing sub sub subs
To be a fine upstanding member of the Alloa Rugby Club"

Rather fittingly, Henry Edwards commented " Sorry to hear of Chumps passing. He was a great character and a proud upstanding member of the Alloa Rugby Club"

Quite a legacy and we all hope that he may now rest in peace.

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