The experienced centre-forward holds a special place in the hearts of Palace supporters following his contribution towards their promotion to the Premier League and ensuing survival.
The 32-year-old scored 44 goals in 112 league appearances at Selhurst Park, including 30 during their promotion-winning campaign from the Championship in 2012-13.
Now, Murray plies his trade at Bournemouth after signing for the Cherries last summer and he’s already making his mark on his new side’s bid to beat the drop.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Murray made the telling contribution by firing in the winner as Bournemouth defeated Chelsea thanks to a goal eight minutes from time.
With the scores locked at 0-0, the former Palace striker came off the bench and scrambled home from a Bournemouth corner, sending the away supporters into raptures.
The goal and ensuing three points lifted Eddie Howe’s men out of the bottom three and closed the gap on the Blues to just two points, a truly remarkable scenario after 15 games of the season gone.
Bournemouth are under no illusions that survival is going to be a tough ask for them this season, yet in Murray they have a reliable target man renowned for scoring vital goals.
His goal at Stamford Bridge was only his second of the campaign for the South Coast outfit, yet it was undoubtedly his most important and could count for so much come next May.
While watching on with added interest, a number of Crystal Palace supporters celebrated Murray’s strike as if he was still an Eagles player as they displayed plenty of affection on Twitter.
CPFC Tony (@antonyrneil) December 5, 2015
Seeing Glenn Murray celebrating a goal in a shirt that isn't red and blue makes me feel both happy and rather sad at the same time. #CPFC— Chris Humphris (@ChrisChatsStuff) December 5, 2015
Pardew telling Murray well done live on Sky after he scores the winning goal against Chelsea is the best thing in quite some time #cpfc— Will Gane (@will_gane) December 5, 2015
I still think if Palace had kept Murray we may well have turned those losses Pardew speaks about into draws or wins,more easily. #cpfc— kav (@kav_paul) December 5, 2015