Non-League Day

Murray: Non-league has a pool of talent

8 Oct 2019

Ahead of this weekend's Non-League Day, Brighton striker praises the ability of players in the lower divisions

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Ahead of Non-League Day on Saturday 12 October, we spoke to Premier League players who once plied their trade in levels of the game beneath the top four divisions of the English football pyramid.

Glenn Murray

The Brighton & Hove Albion striker has shown a keen eye for goal during a distinguished Premier League career.

And Murray, who has 36 goals from 132 top-flight appearances with the Seagulls, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth, also possesses vision when it comes to spotting promising young players too.

The former Workington, Barrow and Carlisle United forward believes there is a deep pool of talent playing in the lower leagues.

And when time permits, he gets along to non-league matches in Sussex and takes a first-hand look himself.

"It's a fantastic place to look for talent," he said.

"I still think there's a lot of players playing in non-league who can step into the Football League with ease. It's a great breeding ground."

Show your support on Non-League Day

You can show support for the hundreds of semi-professional and amateur clubs around England by going to a non-league match this weekend.

To find your nearest non-league match, visit

Also in this series

Part 1: Vardy: I rediscovered love of football in non-league
Part 3: Burn: Playing non-league gave me the belief to reach the top
Part 4: Pickford: Non-league matches made me a man
Part 5: Foster: Tiverton gave me the chance I needed
Part 6: Wilder: My non-league days still guide me now

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