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Annan man makes national amputee football squad

Brian Murray lost his leg to cancer at 9 years old Photo: AFAS

47-year-old Brian Murray from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, has been picked to join the Amputee Football Association of Scotland's (AFAS) team.

He will be competing in a tri-nation tournament against national teams from The Netherlands and Germany, starting Friday, 23 June.

This will mark Scotland's first time partaking in a European tournament for disability football.

Brian Murray lost his leg at nine years old, to cancer. He started playing amputee football in 2016 when he saw a poster on the wall at the prosthetics unit he attends in Edinburgh.

Brian Murray travelled to train with Everton amputees after picking up the sport in 2016 Credit: AFAS

He travelled 150 miles to train with Everton amputees. He later worked with the English club to host a taster session at Annan Athletic in March 2016.

Brian Murray will be playing in The Netherlands on the 23rd of June Credit: AFAS

Amputee football is a relatively new discipline in Scotland so to see our player numbers grow so rapidly in such a short time is testament to the demand that exists for the sport. Brian has played a key role in developing the sport and has been a real ambassador for the charity.

Many of the players have missed out on opportunities throughout their lives due to lack of confidence or activities that cater to their needs. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for anyone with an amputation to play football on a level playing field in a fun and safe environment.

To see Scotland in a position whereby we can send a squad to compete on a European level is of huge significance – not only for the players but for disability sport in Scotland generally and its extra special for Brian who has played such a huge part in growing the sport in Scotland.

– Ashley Reid, Amputee Football Association Scotland Founder

AFAS is a charity responsible for developing and promoting amputee football in Scotland, aiming to create an amputee football league.