THE Australian football community is today mourning the loss of Murray Barnes, a former captain of the Socceroos and winner of four national championships with Sydney City Hakoah.
Barnes, 57, passed away on New Year's Eve.
As a mark of respect, fans will be invited to join in a formal moment of applause prior to the start of Wednesday's A-League matches. Players will wear black armbands in memory of the former Socceroo.
Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley described Barnes as a trailblazing junior from Sydney’s northern suburbs “who went on to captain his country with distinction in a FIFA World Cup campaign".
"He will be remembered as a fierce competitor and as a proud Australian. On behalf of the football community, our condolences go to the Barnes family and friends."
Barnes was the 24th captain of the Socceroos and played 51 times for his country, scoring nine goals. He captained the Socceroos during the 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and led the team on nine occasions throughout 1980-81.
In all, Barnes made 225 appearances, scoring 60 goals in the NSL for his only club, Sydney City Hakoah, making his senior debut at the age of 17.
He played in the inaugural 1977 season and remained a regular until 1987. He won four championships - 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Barnes also spent a year in England at Leeds United, where he played with the youth team.
A tall, strong and aggressive player, he was predominately a midfielder but often played in attack and occasionally in defence.
Former Socceroo and Fox Sports commentator Robbie Slater used Twitter to reflect on the footballer's passing : “Very sad to hear that Murray Barnes has passed away. Socceroo legend for me. I played against him in my debut year in the NSL. RIP.”