Brian Barry-Murphy

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Brian Barry-Murphy
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Barry-Murphy playing for Bury in 2009
Personal information
Full name Brian Barry-Murphy
Date of birth (1978-07-27) 27 July 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth Cork, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Cork City 82 (2)
1999–2003 Preston North End 21 (0)
2002 Southend United (loan) 8 (1)
2002 Hartlepool United (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2004 Sheffield Wednesday 58 (0)
2004–2010 Bury 218 (13)
2010– Rochdale 66 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:53, 11 March 2016 (UTC).

Brian Barry-Murphy (born 27 July 1978) is an Irish professional footballer who plays for English League One club Rochdale.

Barry-Murphy currently acts as the first team coach at Rochdale, as well as retaining his registration as the club's senior defensive midfielder. He has made 377 appearances in the Football League, including 218 for Bury.

He began his career at his hometown club Cork City. In 1999, he moved to English club Preston North End, but began to establish himself in league football with loan spells at Southend United and Hartlepool United. He would go on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, and Bury before signing for local rivals Rochdale in 2010.

Barry-Murphy has played internationally for the Republic of Ireland twice at under-21 level.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cork, Barry-Murphy has previously played for Cork City, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday as well as representing the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level. He also had loan spells at Southend United and Hartlepool United. It was at Southend in which he scored his first goal in English football in a game against Leyton Orient.[1] He scored the 1,000th goal for Bury in Tier 4 of the English Football League in a 2–2 draw with Wrexham.[citation needed] This made them the first club to score 1,000 goals in all four tiers of the league.


On June 16, 2010 Barry-Murphy agreed terms with Rochdale and signed a four-year contract in July. He scored his first and so far only goal for Rochdale in a 3–1 defeat at MK Dons on 5 November 2011.[2] Barry-Murphy is currently the club's first team coach, as well as retaining his registration as the club’s senior outfield player.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is son of the Gaelic footballer and hurling player Jimmy Barry-Murphy.


  1. ^ "Leyton Orient 2–1 Southend". BBC. 12 March 2002. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "MK Dons 3–1 Rochdale". BBC. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
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