It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our former NRL head coach Graham Murray overnight in Brisbane.
As the first coach to take the Cowboys to both a finals series and a grand final, Graham will always hold a special place in our club’s history and in the hearts of North Queensland’s members and fans.
No-one will forget the euphoria that existed in North Queensland during those finals campaigns when Graham was in charge, particularly in 2005 when we came so close to winning the premiership.
Not only was Graham an outstanding rugby league coach, he was also a great man who was embraced by the region during his time with our club.
Graham was renowned for his positivity and his kindness towards everyone who he came into contact with.
He had the ability to comfortably mix with all circles of life from the top-end corporate world to the everyday supporter of the club.
It must be remembered that before beginning his highly successful career as a coach, he was also a first grader in the NSWRL competition for seven seasons, playing almost 100 matches for Parramatta and South Sydney.
His coaching achievements extend across club and representative football in both Australia and England and he was still heavily involved in the game up until his recent health issues.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Graham’s family and his friends.