Danny Murphy (footballer born 1977)
Signing autographs at Blackburn Rovers in 2013
|Full name||Daniel Ben Murphy|
|Date of birth||18 March 1977|
|Place of birth||Chester, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1998–1999||→ Crewe Alexandra (loan)||16||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Daniel Ben "Danny" Murphy (born 18 March 1977) is an English former footballer who played as a central midfielder. He has also been a club captain. Murphy played for Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers. His career at Liverpool included a cup treble in 2001 (League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup). He made nine appearances for the England team, scoring once.
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Born in Chester, Cheshire, Murphy started out as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra. Murphy has always praised the role of Crewe manager Dario Gradi in his footballing education. Gradi always rated the footballing brain of Murphy, and used to send him on scouting missions even as a trainee. Murphy scored on his debut for Crewe, coming off the bench as a 16 year old to score the winner in a 4–3 win against Preston North End. Murphy generally played as a deep-lying forward for Crewe, scoring several spectacular long range and set piece goals. Whilst at Gresty Road, Murphy formed a prolific partnership with striker Dele Adebola.
Many top flight clubs had their eye on Murphy before his eventual move to Liverpool. Before he left, he helped Crewe get to the second flight of English football for the first time since the war, as Crewe finished third in Division Two, before going on to defeat Brentford 1–0 at Wembley in the play-offs.
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After signing for his boyhood club Liverpool in 1997, for an initial fee of £1.5 million, he made his debut as a substitute on the opening day of the 1997–98 season in a draw with Wimbledon. However, he did not break into the first team squad immediately and, after making just one league appearance for the club during the following season, he returned to Crewe for a successful period on loan, during which he helped save his old club from relegation. After the loan period ended, he looked set to be sold but he went on to become a first-team regular at Anfield.
Though naturally a central midfield player, Murphy often played as a wide midfielder due to the fierce competition for places, most notably from Steven Gerrard and Dietmar Hamann. Murphy's career at Liverpool included a unique cup treble in 2001 (where Liverpool won the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup), a Premier League second place finish in 2002 and a second League Cup in 2003. During the 2001–02 season, when he established himself as a key member of the side, Liverpool's assistant manager Phil Thompson praised Murphy, citing his versatility and describing him as 'probably the most tactically aware player that we have.' Although the 2002–03 season was overall a disappointing one for Liverpool, with the club slumping to fifth in the table after a lengthy winless run in mid-winter, Murphy had a fine individual campaign which saw him score 12 goals and be voted the supporters' player of the season.
He developed an uncanny habit of scoring the deciding goal in 1–0 wins against Manchester United at Old Trafford, a feat he achieved three times in four seasons (2000–01, 2001–02 and 2003–04).
Murphy signed for Charlton Athletic from Liverpool for £2.5m on a four-year contract in August 2004. In his first season at Charlton, Murphy struggled to recapture the form that he had shown at Liverpool. However, in the first three months of the 2005–06 season he emerged as a viable option for England once more, and also won the September player of the month award, scoring several goals along the way.
On 31 January 2006, Murphy was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur for £2 million. He appeared only fleetingly in the remaining games of the season. Murphy scored his first Tottenham goal in the 2–1 defeat of Portsmouth on 1 October 2006 after only 39 seconds of the game.
He scored his second goal for Tottenham when Jermain Defoe was injured in a pre-match warm-up against Newcastle United; manager Martin Jol brought Murphy into a 4–5–1 formation. Murphy scored with a scissors kick which hit Steven Taylor in the face, leaving keeper Shay Given to watch on as the ball went into the net. After several months, the FA decided to take the goal away from Murphy and put it down as an own-goal for Taylor.
Since joining Fulham Murphy has become a regular starter and kept his place in the team throughout the season and scored six goals in 43 matches. One goal, a rare header scored on 11 May 2008 for a 1–0 win away at Portsmouth ensured Fulham's Premier League survival at the expense of Birmingham and Reading; the goal coming as manager Roy Hodgson prepared to substitute Murphy.
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson gave Murphy the captain's armband for the 2008–09 season after he had been captain for most of Fulham's pre-season games.
He was released by Fulham at the end of the 2011–12 season as he and Martin Jol, who had replaced Hodgson's successor, Mark Hughes, could not agree on a contract extension. In his last season at Craven Cottage, Murphy created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the top-flight.
On 25 June 2012, Blackburn Rovers confirmed the signing of Murphy on a two-year contract. He was unveiled on 2 July 2012, wearing the same number 13 squad number that he wore throughout his career, therefore also taking Mark Bunn's number. He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 2–2 draw with Huddersfield Town on 6 November 2012. His second goal came in the FA Cup against Bristol City on 5 January 2013. In March 2013, Murphy was succeeded as Blackburn captain by Scott Dann.
On 1 July 2013, Murphy had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
On 18 August 2013, Murphy appeared as a new pundit on the BBC show Match of the Day. He announced his retirement as a player on 10 October 2013, with the intention of continuing his media work and completing his coaching badges.
Murphy has been capped for England nine times and has scored one goal. He made his debut in a friendly match against Sweden in November 2001, and scored his first international goal in a 4–0 victory over Paraguay in April 2002. Having been called up as a replacement for injured club team-mate Steven Gerrard, he was set to play at the 2002 World Cup, but had to withdraw from the squad after he suffered a metatarsal injury similar to that which had affected England team mates David Beckham and Gary Neville in the run-up to the tournament.
Murphy is married to actress Joanna Taylor, whom he met through mutual friend Louis Emerick. As of May 2008, Murphy and Taylor had a daughter, Mya, and Murphy had a son from a previous relationship.
- As of 12:30, 28 April 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1993–94||Crewe Alexandra||Third Division||12||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||2|
|1998–99||Crewe Alexandra (loan)||First Division||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||16||1|
|Crewe Alexandra Total||152||28||4||3||2||0||0||0||158||31|
|2004–05||Charlton Athletic||Premier League||38||3||3||1||2||1||0||0||43||5|
|Charlton Athletic Total||56||7||3||1||5||2||0||0||64||10|
|2005–06||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Tottenham Hotspur Total||22||2||1||0||3||0||3||0||29||2|
- Includes 2 Play-off Matches
(Not including 2001–02 & 2002–03 Community Shield and 2001–02 European Super Cup Appearances)
2011–12 appearances includes match in Uefa Cup, away to Dnipro on 25 August 2011, which is currently not included on Soccerbase website.
- FA Cup: (1) 2001
- Football League Cup: (2) 2001, 2003
- FA Community Shield: (1) 2001
- UEFA Cup: (1) 2001
- UEFA Super Cup: (1) 2001
- Premier League Player of the Month: November 2001, September 2005
- "List of Players under Written Contract Whose Registrations have been Cancelled by Mutual Consent Between 01/06/2013 and 30/06/2013". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
- "Danny Murphy". ESPN FC. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
- Wallace, Sam (27 February 2002). "Murphy stakes his World Cup claim". The Daily Telegraph (London).
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- "Liverpool stun Man Utd". BBC. 22 January 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Man Utd 0–1 Liverpool". BBC. 24 April 2004. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- "Charlton secure Murphy deal". BBC Sport. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
- "Tottenham clinch late Murphy deal". BBC Sport. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
- Lyon, Sam (1 October 2006). "Tottenham 2–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
- Fletcher, Paul (23 December 2006). "Newcastle 3–1 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
- "Danny Murphy Joins". Fulham F.C. 31 August 2007. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Danny to Fulham". Tottenham Hotspur FC. 31 August 2007.
- "Danny Murphy signs for Blackburn Rovers". Blackburn Rovers. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
- "Huddersfield 2-2 Blackburn". BBC. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Blackburn 2-0 Bristol City". BBC. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "Scott Dann is the new captain of Blackburn replacing Danny Murphy". Sky Sports. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- "Danny Murphy and Blackburn Rovers agree midfielder's release". BBC Sport. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Cruise, Ian (10 October 2013). "Exclusive – Murphy announces his retirement from football". Talksport. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
- "My Danny played a blinder ... as a loving dad and husband". The Sun (London). 12 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
- "Danny Murphy Career Stats". Soccerbase. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
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