A BBC documentary Disclosure was partly filmed in Netherdale

Murray is currently the only openly gay professional footballer in Scotland. He hopes that by talking about what he’s been through, he can help others in the same situation.

Part of the program was filmed at Netherdale, the home of Gala Fairydean Rovers as he returned to speak with close friends including club secretary Rob Fairbairn.

Fairbairn said: “We thought very well about him. Our club is well versed in varied training and we knew there would be no problem in the dressing room. He got on well with the boys anyway and I suspect he didn’t have a problem.

“I think it helped a lot of kids and young players too. Hopefully they look at the situation at Gala Fairydean Rovers and say well if Zander Murray can do it, then we can do it too.”

Border Telegraph: Xander Murray scores the winning goal against Rangers BV Netherdale.  Photo by Thomas BrownXander Murray scored the winning goal against Rangers BV Netherdale. Photo by Thomas Brown (Photo: Thomas Browne)

Murray, who previously praised the club for its support after coming out as gay in September 2022, spoke of his teammates’ reaction when the weight was finally lifted from his shoulders.

He said: “It was great to be myself, not only on the pitch but in the dressing room, I could just be myself. It was good.”

“All my initial fears of being in the dressing room again and that was scary but it was great. The boys treated me like the same zander.”

During the 30-minute documentary, Murray talks about growing up in Glasgow realizing he is different from other players in the youth teams.

He met referee Lloyd Wilson who was out last year, respected football journalist Graeme Spiers, members of the Hippie Pride fan group and players from the gay-friendly Saltaire Thistle club.

Murray added: “Change is happening slowly but there is a long way to go. The clubs, the owners, the players, the fans, the people who run the game and the next generation all have a role to play in changing things.

“I hope that by making this program and talking about what I’ve been through, I can help others.

“It was an amazing time but sharing my story made me think there is no room for complacency.

“Football should be for everyone. The sport will only change when more people like me feel comfortable playing and watching the beautiful match.”

Disclosure: Out on the Pitch is on BBC 1 Scotland at 8pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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