Rhys Murphy

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Rhys Murphy
Rhys Murphy 04-01-2014 1.jpg
Murphy playing for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rhys Philip Elliot Murphy[1]
Date of birth (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Shoreham-by-Sea, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 39
Youth career
Wimbledon
0000–2009 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Arsenal 0 (0)
2009–2010 Brentford (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Preston North End (loan) 5 (0)
2012–2013 Telstar 28 (7)
2013–2015 Dagenham & Redbridge 41 (14)
2015–2016 Oldham Athletic 24 (3)
2015 Crawley Town (loan) 15 (9)
2016 AFC Wimbledon (loan) 7 (1)
2016– Forest Green Rovers 17 (7)
2016–2017 York City (loan) 5 (0)
2017 Crawley Town (loan) 15 (1)
National team
2005 Republic of Ireland U15 1 (0)
2005–2006 England U16 1 (1)
2006–2007 England U17 18 (9)
2007–2009 England U19 7 (3)
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:10, 9 May 2017 (UTC).

Rhys Philip Elliot Murphy (born 6 November 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for National League club Forest Green Rovers.

Murphy represented his native England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 international levels, but switched allegiance to the Republic of Ireland in 2011 and played for their under-21 team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex,[1] Murphy broke into the Arsenal reserves team as a schoolboy, while also scoring 17 goals in 21 matches for the Arsenal Academy.[2] He was previously an academy player for Wimbledon before joining Arsenal Academy.[2] He signed his first professional contract in July 2008.[1] He won the 2008–09 Premier Academy League with the Arsenal under-18 team, scoring the only goal in the play-off final versus Tottenham Hotspur,[3] and the 2008–09 FA Youth Cup.[4]

He joined League One club Brentford on loan for three months on 24 November 2009.[5]

In August 2011, Murphy had a trial with Scottish Premier League champions Rangers and played for their reserve team.[6] In January 2012, he had a trial with Hibernian, another SPL club,[7] but at the end of that month he signed for League One club Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[8]

On 22 May 2012, Murphy was released by Arsenal.[9]

Telstar[edit]

Murphy joined Dutch Eerste Divisie club Telstar on 9 June 2012, signing a one-year contract with an option for a second.[10] He made his debut on 10 August 2012 in a 2–1 home defeat to Helmond Sport.[11] In the 67th minute, he was substituted for Leandro Resida who scored three minutes after.[11]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

On 22 July 2013, he joined League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge on a two-year contract.[12] He scored on his debut in the 3–1 defeat away to Fleetwood Town on 3 August 2013.[13] He then scored his second goal for Dagenham in a 2–0 home win against York City the following week.[13]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Murphy signed for League One club Oldham Athletic on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £20,000, to accelerate a pre-contract agreement set to activate in the 2015 summer transfer window.[14][15] Manager Lee Johnson said of the arrival, "I'm really pleased to bring Rhys to the club and he is an exciting prospect for us, I'm looking forward to working with him and he will fit into our style of play seamlessly".[14]

He joined League Two club Crawley Town on a 93-day loan on 17 September 2015.[16]

Forest Green Rovers[edit]

On 7 July 2016, Murphy signed for National League club Forest Green Rovers for a nominal fee.[17] His first goal for Forest Green came on 20 August 2016 in a 2–1 home win over York.[18] He followed his first goal up by scoring twice in a 4–1 away victory over Maidstone United a week later on 27 August 2016.[19]

On 1 December 2016, Murphy joined Forest Green's divisional rivals York City on loan until 7 January 2017.[20][21]

On 31 January 2017, Murphy returned to League Two club Crawley Town on loan for the remainder of 2016–17.[22] Five days later, Murphy made his Crawley return in a 2–1 home defeat against Stevenage, replacing Enzio Boldewijn with 12 minutes remaining.[23]

International career[edit]

England[edit]

Murphy has played for the England under-16 and under-17 teams and was part of under-19 squad that reached the final of 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[24][25]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Before playing for England, Murphy represented the Republic of Ireland at under-15 level[26] and after an approach from Irish under-21 Head Coach Noel King, he switched his allegiance back to the country of his grandfather.[27] He was called up to the under-21 squad in August 2011,[28] and made his debut on 1 September 2011 against Hungary at the Showgrounds, scoring the winner in a 2–1 victory.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 14 May 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2009–10[30] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brentford (loan) 2009–10[30] League One 5 0 1 0 6 0
Preston North End (loan) 2011–12[32] League One 5 0 5 0
Telstar 2012–13[11] Eerste Divisie 28 7 2 0 30 7
Dagenham & Redbridge 2013–14[13] League Two 32 13 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 35 13
2014–15[33] League Two 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 41 14 3 0 1 0 1 0 46 14
Oldham Athletic 2014–15[33] League One 11 0 11 0
2015–16[34] League One 13 3 0 0 1[a] 0 14 3
Total 24 3 0 0 1 0 25 3
Crawley Town (loan) 2015–16[34] League Two 15 9 1 0 16 9
AFC Wimbledon (loan) 2015–16[34] League Two 7 1 0 0 7 1
Forest Green Rovers 2016–17[11] National League 17 7 0 0 0 0 17 7
York City (loan) 2016–17[11] National League 5 0 1[b] 2 6 2
Crawley Town (loan) 2016–17[11] League Two 15 1 15 1
Career total 162 42 7 0 1 0 3 2 173 44
  1. ^ a b Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy

Honours[edit]

Arsenal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Player profile – Rhys Murphy". Arsenal F.C. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Declan (17 May 2009). "Tottenham Hotspur Youth 0–1 Arsenal Youth". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Jones, Max (26 May 2015). "2009 FA Youth Cup". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Another Gunner signs for the Bees". Brentford F.C. 24 November 2009. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Bailey, Graeme (2 August 2011). "Gers check on Murphy". Sky Sports. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  7. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (19 January 2012). "Arsenal's Rhys Murphy on trial as Hibs make Jim Goodwin enquiry". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Preston North End sign Rhys Murphy from Arsenal". BBC Sport. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Manuel Almunia among seven players to be released by Arsenal". BBC Sport. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Telstar legt Arsenal talent vast" [Telstar captures Arsenal talent] (in Dutch). 9 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "R. Murphy". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Daggers add striker". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Signing: Striker added to ranks". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Chambers, Matthew (2 February 2015). "Wilkinson back to boost strike force". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  16. ^ "Crawley sign Oldham's Rhys Murphy on loan & Ross Jenkins". BBC Sport. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rhys Murphy signs from Oldham Athletic". Forest Green Rovers F.C. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Forest Green Rovers 2–1 York City". BBC Sport. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Maidstone United 1–4 Forest Green Rovers". BBC Sport. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  20. ^ Flett, Dave (1 December 2016). "Forest Green pair Rhys Murphy and Aarran Racine join York City on loan". The Press. York. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  21. ^ Flett, Dave (30 December 2016). "York City boss Gary Mills admits he would "love" to keep Forest Green loan pair Rhys Murphy and Aarran Racine on a permanent basis". The Press. York. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Rhys Murphy: Crawley re-sign Forest Green striker on loan". BBC Sport. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  24. ^ TheFA.com[dead link]
  25. ^ England 0 – 2 Ukraine UEFA.com, 2 August 2009
  26. ^ Fallon, John (1 September 2011). "Murphy eager to open Irish U-21 account". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  27. ^ "Rhys Murphy set for 'second' Irish debut". Football Association of Ireland. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  28. ^ "King names squad for double-header Euro qualifier". Football Association of Ireland. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  29. ^ Fallon, John (2 September 2011). "Murphy marks debut with winner". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  34. ^ a b c "Games played by Rhys Murphy in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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