Luke Murphy

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Luke Murphy
Personal information
Full name Luke John Murphy [1]
Date of birth (1989-10-21) 21 October 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Macclesfield, England[2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 7
Youth career
1997–2008 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Crewe Alexandra 161 (21)
2013– Leeds United 41 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luke John Murphy (born 21 October 1989) is an English footballer who plays for Leeds United as a midfielder. He is a product of Crewe Alexandra's academy, for whom he served as club captain.

Career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

He made his debut on 13 December 2008 in a 1–0 home win against Swindon Town.[3] He scored his first goal for Crewe in a 4–1 away win against Hartlepool United on 28 December 2008.[4] His second goal for the club came in a 3–2 FA Cup replay loss to Millwall on 13 January 2009.[5] He finished his breakthrough season with 11 appearances as Crewe were relegated from League One. He scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season in a 5–3 away loss to Accrington Stanley[6] and scored his second and final goal of the season in a 3–2 away win against Chesterfield on 2 December.[7]

Murphy scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season on 11 September 2010 in a 3–0 win against Bury.[8] He scored again the following game in a 1–1 draw against Burton Albion.[9] His third goal of the season came in a 5–5 draw away to eventual League Two winners Chesterfield.[10] Murphy extended his contract with Crewe in November 2010.

Murphy missed the final month of the 2010–11 season after having a hernia operation. During the 2011–12 pre-season Murphy who had been playing as a right winger was moved into his favoured more central position alongside Ashley Westwood.[11] His 10th league goal for Crewe came in the 2011–12 season, during a 3–2 against Plymouth Argyle, where he scored two goals.[12] He scored his fifth goal of the 2011–12 season in a 2–0 home win to Accrington.[13] He ended the season with 8 goals and helped Crewe secure promotion after beating Cheltenham Town in the 2012 League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, to win promotion back to League One.[14]

After the departure of Ashley Westwood to Aston Villa, Murphy was appointed as the new Crewe Alexandra Captain in August 2012.[15] In September 2012, Murphy signed a new 2 year deal at Crewe.[16] On 7 April 2013, Murphy scored the first goal in the Football League Trophy final against Southend United, which Crewe went on to win 2–0.[17] In the final match of the 2012/13 season, Murphy led out a Crewe Alexandra side against Walsall in a 2–0 win in which Murphy scored the opening goal for Crewe. The game made history being the first English fixture a side had fielded a team entirely made out of their academy players.[18][19][20]

Murphy who was the captain of Crewe Alexandra collected the club's Player Of The Year award for the 2012/13 season, a season in which he scored 9 goals, gained 12 assists and captained Crewe to victory for the Football League Trophy. Murphy also finished 4th in the voting for the League One player-of-the-season for 2012/13.[21] Murphy was also named in in the 2012/13 PFA Team of the Year for League One.[22] After the season Murphy proclaimed that he was ready to step up to play at a higher level.[23] Murphy was heavily linked with a move to Premier League side Aston Villa to join up with ex-teammate Ashley Westwood.[24] On 25 June, Crewe assistant manager Neil Baker revealed he expected Murphy to leave the club for a higher level and that he would go with the club's blessing.[25]

Leeds United[edit]

In June 2013, Crewe accepted bids believed to be over £1 million from both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers for the player.[26][27] Despite this on 1 July, Leeds United confirmed the signing of Luke Murphy on a three-year deal.[28][29][30] Crewe Manager Steve Davis revealed the transfer fee for Murphy was above £1 million.[31] The signing of Murphy was the first time that Leeds had spent over £1 million on a transfer fee since signing Richard Cresswell in 2005.[32]

Murphy made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on 3 August in the first game of the season, he scored a dramatic 94th minute winner in the game to give Leeds a 2–1 victory.[33][34] On 12 April 2014, Murphy scored both goals in Leeds' 2-0 victory against Blackpool.[35] On 15 April, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino revealed after the game that he advised the then Leeds manager Brian McDermott to play Murphy in a more attacking midfield role.[36]

On 1 August 2014, Murphy was assigned the Leeds number 7 shirt for the 2014/15 season.[37] On 27 August 2014, Murphy was sent off in the first half against Bradford City to condemn Leeds to a shock 2-1 League Cup defeat against the League 1 opposition.[37] Head Coach Dave Hockaday was sacked the following day after the defeat to Bradford.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 August 2014.[39]
England
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2014–15 Leeds United Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 1
2013–14 Leeds United Championship 37 3 1 0 2 0 40 3 7 0
Leeds United Total 39 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 42 3 7 0
2012–13 Crewe Alexandra League One 39 6 2 1 2 0 5 2 48 9 6 0
2011–12 League Two 42 8 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 49 8 4 0
2010–11 League Two 39 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 44 3 1 0
2009–10 League Two 32 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 34 3 1 0
2008–09 League One 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 11 2 0 0
Crewe Alexandra Total 161 22 7 2 6 0 10 2 2 0 186 26 12 0
Career Total 196 25 8 2 8 0 10 2 2 0 224 29 19 0

Honours[edit]

with Crewe Alexandra

Individual

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Crewe 3–2 Plymouth" BBC Sport. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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  17. ^ "Luke Murphy and Max Clayton hand Alexandra Johnstone’s Paint Trophy". The Times: Football. 8 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Crewe 2 – Walsall 0". BBC Sport. 27 April 2013. 
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  27. ^ "Luke Murphy: Blackburn offer for Crewe captain accepted". BBC Sport. 28 June 2013. 
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  37. ^ a b "SQUAD NUMBERS RELEASED". Leeds United. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  38. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT: DAVID HOCKADAY". Leeds United. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  39. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 

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