Details confirmed for Les Murray state funeral


The state funeral for iconic SBS football presenter Les Murray AM will take place on Monday, August 14 at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the service, which will commence at 11:00 am at St Mary’s Cathedral, College Street, Sydney. 

Doors will open at 10:00 am with all guests asked to be seated by 10:45 am sharp. 

Les' state funeral will be broadcast live on SBS from 10:50 - 12:15, plus streamed online, on The World Game app and via Facebook live.

Les was one of Australia’s most recognised and loved sporting identities.

Throughout his 35-year broadcasting career, he was a passionate advocate for football and an instrumental figure in making The World Game a part of our culture today. 

Les came to Australia as a refugee from Hungary and throughout his life, he was a dedicated advocate for refugees and a champion of multiculturalism. 

He was honoured in 2006 with a Member of the Order of Australia and was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame. 

SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said the funeral would be broadcast live to all Australians in HD on SBS.

“It’s entirely fitting that Les is to be honoured in this way, and we’re extremely proud to broadcast the occasion live on SBS so that all Australians have an opportunity to celebrate his life and reflect on his lasting legacy," he said.

“We’ve seen an incredible outpouring of grief from the football world and beyond since news of his passing, with tributes flooding in for the man who will be remembered as a much loved sporting personality, broadcasting icon, partner, father, grandfather, colleague and mentor - and above all, an inspiring Australian story."

“Les was not only an instrumental figure in the popularity and success of football in Australia and making the world game a part of our culture today, but throughout his life he was also a dedicated advocate for refugees and a champion of multiculturalism, someone who truly embodied what SBS represents.”

To celebrate Les’ life, the family have requested that guests attending are encouraged to wear white.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations can be made to The United Nations High Commission for Refugees here:

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