Josh Murphy

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Josh Murphy
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Josh Murphy playing for Norwich City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Joshua Murphy[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 21)
Place of birth Wembley, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 31
Youth career
2006–2013 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Norwich City 26 (2)
2012 Wigan Athletic (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 42 (5)
National team
2012 England U18 1 (0)
2012–2014 England U19 11 (0)
2014 England U20 3 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:35, 7 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:11, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Joshua "Josh" Murphy (born 24 February 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Championship club Norwich City.[2][3] He scored on his professional debut in a Football League Cup match against Watford.[4] He is the twin brother of professional footballer Jacob Murphy and brother of professional singer Daniel Murphy.

Senior career[edit]

Norwich City[edit]

Born in Wembley, England, Josh, along with his twin brother, Jacob, first play football together from the age of seven[5] and eventually, they both joined Norwich City as an under-12 in 2006.[6] It was announced on 31 March 2011, that Josh and his twin brother Jacob joined the club's academy ahead of a new season.[7]

2012–13 season[edit]

Murphy's first involvement in the Norwich first-team came on 26 September 2012 when he was named as an unused substitute in the club's 1–0 Football League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers.[8] He was a part of the Norwich City youth team who won the 2012–13 FA Youth Cup where he scored in the final against Chelsea.[9] Murphy signed his first professional contract for Norwich City alongside his twin brother Jacob on 4 January 2013.[3][10]

2013–14 season[edit]

He made his professional debut on 24 September 2013, replacing Bradley Johnson in the 67th minute of Norwich's Football League Cup match against Watford, with Norwich 2–0 down. He scored his first professional goal in the 77th minute to pull the score back to 2–1. Norwich eventually went on to win 3–2 in extra time.[4] He made his league debut on 2 November 2013 as a half-time substitute for Steven Whittaker in Norwich's 7–0 league defeat against Manchester City. Then, in December 2013, both Josh and Jacob both signed a long term contract with the club, that will keep them for three more years.[11]

His first senior start was in the FA Cup for Norwich City against Fulham. He set up the first goal and was eventually substituted for his brother Jacob Murphy.[12] In 2014, Josh was awarded Professional of the Year in the West Norfolk Sports Awards, as well as, the special achievement award.[13][14] Soon under management of Neil Adams, Josh had a long run in the first team, making appearance for Norwich City.[15]

2014–15 season[edit]

Following Norwich City's relegation to the Championship, Murphy made his first start of the 2014–15 season, where he played 90 minutes and scored twice, which his twin brother Jacob provided one of the two goals Josh scored, in a 3–1 win over Crawley Town in the second round of the League Cup.[16] Murphy's first league goal game in a 3–1 win for Norwich over Blackpool on 27 September 2014.[17]

Wigan Athletic (loan)[edit]

With his first team opportunities limited, Murphy joined Championship side Wigan Athletic on a month’s loan.[18] Murphy made his Wigan Athletic debut, coming on as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant in the 55th minutes, in a 2–0 loss against Watford on 17 March 2015.[19] Murphy's five appearance at Wigan Athletic soon earned a loan extension until the end of the season.[20] However, Murphy was unable to help Wigan Athletic survive relegation, therefore relegated to League One, and returned to his parent club after this.[21]

2015–16 season[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons (loan)[edit]

Murphy (right) playing for MK Dons in 2016.

On 21 August 2015, Murphy joined Championship side Milton Keynes Dons on a season-long loan.[22] He scored the winning goal on his debut in a 2–1 win over Cardiff City in the League Cup 2nd Round. On 26 September 2015, Murphy scored his first league goal in the 1–3 home defeat to Derby County.

On 3 May 2016, Murphy was named Milton Keynes Dons Players' Player of the Year 2015–16.[23]

In total, Murphy made 46 appearances for the club, scoring 7 goals in all competitions. Murphy finished the season as the Dons' second-highest goalscorer and achieved the most assists.

International career[edit]

Both Josh and Jacob was called up by England U18 in October 2012[24] and made their U18's debut in a 1–0 win over Finland U19 on 13 November 2012.[25]

Then in early-2013, Both Josh and Jacob was called up by England U19[26] and their U19's debut in a 3–1 win over Denmark U19.[27] Then on 14 November 2013, Josh scored his first England U19 goal in a 4–1 win over Hungary U19.[28]

Then in late-2014, Jacob was called by England U20[29] and scored on his debut on 5 September 2014, in a 6–0 win over Romania U20.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 September 2016.[31]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norwich City 2013–14 Premier League 9 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 13 1
2014–15 Championship 13 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 15 3
2016–17 Championship 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 4
Total 25 2 2 0 5 4 1 2 33 8
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2014–15 Championship 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 2015–16 Championship 42 5 3 1 1 1 46 7
Total 47 5 3 1 1 1 51 7
Career Total 72 7 5 1 6 4 1 2 84 14
  1. ^ Other competitions including EFL Trophy appearances for Norwich City U23

Personal life[edit]

The twins spoke about their close bonds and being there for each other.[11] Their parents and younger brother lives in Downham Market and run the Arbuckles restaurant. Their younger brother, Daniel Murphy is a professional singer who was head chorister at King's Ely school in Cambridgeshire[32]

While on the pitch, former manager Chris Hughton told the twins to wear different coloured boots so that he could tell them apart.[33][34]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Josh Murphy | Football Stats | Norwich City | Age 18". Soccer Base. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Twins Jacob and Josh Murphy sign professional contracts with Norwich City – Norwich City FC – Eastern Daily Press". Edp24.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC Sport – Watford v Norwich". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Barclays U21s: Murphy's twin ambition for Norwich". Premier League Official Website. 30 October 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Dream chance for nine Norwich City hopefuls". The Pink UN. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dream chance for nine Norwich City hopefuls". Eastern Daily Press 34. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Norwich City 1 – 0 Doncaster Rovers". BBC Sport. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Rik Sharma (2013-05-15). "Norwich's twin wingers Josh and Jacob Murphy are ready to cause havoc in the Premier League | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  10. ^ "MURPHY TWINS SIGN PRO". Norwich City F.C. 4 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Norwich City twins Josh and Jacob Murphy sign new long-term deals at the club". Eastern Daily Press 24. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Manchester City 7, Norwich City 0". The Pink UN. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "JOSH WINS LOCAL AWARD". Norwich City F.C. 30 January 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "2013–14 NORWICH CITY ACADEMY AWARDS". Norwich City F.C. 10 May 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "MURPHY LOOKING TO PUSH ON". Norwich City F.C. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Norwich City 3 – 1 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lewis Grabban and Josh Murphy goals send Norwich past Blackpool". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "JOSH MURPHY SIGNS ON LOAN". Wigan Athletic F.C. 16 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "REPORT: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 WATFORD 2". Wigan Athletic F.C. 17 March 2015. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Norwich winger Josh Murphy extendeds his loan at Wigan". Sky Sports. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "PLAYERS' CONTRACTS UPDATE". Wigan Athletic F.C. 18 May 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  22. ^ http://www.mkdons.com/news/article/murphy-makes-dons-move-josh-murphy-josh-murphy-norwich-city-josh-murphy-mk-dons-2635969.aspx
  23. ^ http://www.mkdons.com/news/article/martin-named-player-of-the-year-mk-dons-david-martin-mk-dons-mk-dons-player-of-the-year-3094149.aspx
  24. ^ "ENGLAND U-18S CALL FOR MURPHY TWINS". Norwich City F.C. 11 October 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "MURPHYS SHINE FOR YOUNG LIONS". Norwich City F.C. 14 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "TETTEY GETS NORWAY CALL". Norwich City F.C. 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP". Norwich City F.C. 7 February 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Norwich City winger Josh Murphy stars with goal and two assists for England Under-19s in Hungary". The Pink UN. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "CITY INTERNATIONAL WATCH: PREVIEW". Norwich City F.C. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "England Under 20 6–0 Romania Under 20: Goal fest gives new boss Aidy Boothroyd a perfect start as Roy Hodgson watches on". Daily Mail. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  31. ^ Josh Murphy career statistics at Soccerbase
  32. ^ "Mum is the word for Norwich City starlet Josh Murphy". Eastern Daily Press 24. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  33. ^ "Norwich City boss Chris Hughton baffled by twin starlets". Daily Star. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Norwich City's Murphy twins wear different boots to help boss". BBC Sport. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

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