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David Murphy

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David Murphy biography


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Club career

Murphy started David Murphy career with Middlesbrough F.C., and had a spell on loan at Barnsley F.C.. David Murphy scored once during David Murphy time at Middlesbrough, during a League Cup tie with Northampton in September 2001. David Murphy was released by Middlesbrough and signed for Hibernian F.C. in the summer of 2004 after making a trial appearance against Cardiff City F.C. in a pre-season friendly. Murphy was a player that manager Tony Mowbray became aware of through contacts at Middlesbrough.

Murphy went on to become an important part of a relatively successful Hibernian side, which won the Scottish League Cup 2006-07. On 6 October 2007, Murphy scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory against Rangers F.C. at Ibrox Stadium to send Hibernian top of the league for the first time in seven years.

Birmingham City

On 17 January 2008, Murphy signed for Birmingham City F.C. for a fee of £1.5 million. David Murphy made David Murphy first-team debut on 2 February 2008 in the Premier League against Derby County F.C., taking over the position from Franck Queudrue. David Murphy scored David Murphy first goal for Birmingham on the final day of the season, but this was not enough to stave off promotion and relegation to the Football League Championship. Murphy began the 2008–09 season as first-choice left back, and largely held off competition from Queudrue as the latter was more often needed at centre-back. Towards the end of the season David Murphy suffered a broken kneecap which caused David Murphy to miss the whole of the 2009–10 Premier League season as Liam Ridgewell, nominally a centre back, established himself as first choice left back.

On David Murphy return to first-team action, Murphy scored the opening goal as Birmingham beat Rochdale A.F.C. in the second round of the Football League Cup in August 2010. David Murphy was an unused substitute as Birmingham went on to win the competition, defeating favourites Arsenal F.C. 2–1 in 2011 Football League Cup Final. Murphy made David Murphy first appearance of the 2011–12 season in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round first leg against Portuguese club C.D. Nacional, the first time that Birmingham had participated in major European competition for nearly 50 years. David Murphy scored Birmingham's first goal as they beat Club Brugge K.V. 2–1 away in the Europa League group stage.

International career

Alex McLeish, who signed Murphy for Birmingham, said that while David Murphy was Scotland national football team manager (football) David Murphy had investigated whether Murphy was eligible to play for Scotland. Murphy himself looked into whether David Murphy could play for the Republic of Ireland national football team, but it transpired that David Murphy was also ineligible for that country.

Honours

Hibernian
- Scottish League Cup winner: 2007 Scottish League Cup Final
Birmingham City
- Football League Cup winner: 2011 Football League Cup Final

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Murphy_(footballer)

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