Danny Murphy

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Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy Fulham.jpg
Murphy in Fulham FC (2008)
Surname Daniel Benjamin Murphy
birthday March 18, 1977
place of birth ChesterEngland
size 178 cm
position midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
1994-1997 Crewe Alexandra 134 (27)
1997-2004 Liverpool FC 170 (25)
1999 → Crewe Alexandra (loan) 16 0(1)
2004-2006 Charlton Athletic 56 0(7)
2006-2007 Tottenham Hotspur 22 0(1)
2007–2012 Fulham FC 169 (17)
2012-2013 Blackburn Rovers 33 0(1)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
2001-2003 England 9 0(1)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of season 2012/13

Daniel Benjamin "Danny" Murphy (born March 18, 1977 in Chester ) is an English football player . The nine-time England international is known for his creativity and high level of commitment in central attacking midfield and celebrated his greatest successes with Liverpool FC shortly after the beginning of the 21st century . In 2001 he was largely responsible for winning the “triple” of the UEFA Cup , FA Cup and League Cup. His last title win to date was a second league cup edition with Liverpool in 2003.

Professional career

In the club

Crewe Alexandra (1993-1997)

Murphy joined the youth department of Crewe Alexandra , one of the most prestigious academies in English football, and went through a two-year YTS ("Youth Training Scheme") training program. The progress made in the youth and reserve team was quickly apparent and so he made his debut in the first team under head coach Dario Gradi before his 17th birthday . In the 4-3 win against Preston North End on December 17, 1993, he scored a goal straight away. By the end of the 1993/94 season, he completed a total of twelve league games and rose to the third division.

Although he continued to lead the youth team as captain, from the 1994/95 season he developed into a regular player in the third division and through appearances in the English student and youth teams to one of the most promising attacking midfield talents in English football. In the three third division years he was extremely accurate as an attacking midfielder and "hanging top" behind Dele Adebola with a total of 25 league goals and led the team into the play-off round for promotion to the second highest English division. All good things came in threes and after unsuccessful attempts in 1995 and 1996, at the end of the 1996/97 season with a 1-0 final win against FC Brentford - at the same time Murphy's last appearance for the "railway workers" - the promotion succeeded Crewe Alexandra was able to compete in the second division for the first time since 1896.

Liverpool FC (1999-2004)

In July 1997 Murphy moved to the first division club Liverpool . In the team of Roy Evans , however, he initially only found his way around. Although the game of "Reds" by the injury breaks from Jamie Redknapp had a certain lack of creative moments and with his passport security to fill these gaps Murphy able seemed he was only sporadically in central midfield or on the side of striker Michael Owen for the course . It was not an advantage that he was not granted his own goal in 17 competitive games of the 1997/98 season. Even when Liverpool started a new coaching era with Gérard Houllier in the 1998/99 season, Murphy's prospects did not initially improve. On the contrary, he came up with just four appearances in the first team; in addition, he found himself regularly in the reserve team and was already offered by Houllier as "for sale" to potential buyers. In February 1999, the Frenchman finally agreed to a loan deal, where Murphy was allowed to help out for the remaining games of the season at his old club from Crewe in the relegation battle. Without adjustment difficulties, he fitted in there again and saved the ex-club from relegation to the third division. After his return Murphy came in the 1999/2000 season not beyond the role as a supplement and reserve team player. Although he showed himself to be in good shape as a hard-working “midfield dynamo”, he mostly fell victim to Houllier's basic tactical order, often playing with a striker or an explicitly more defensive midfielder. Nevertheless, Murphy's progress had convinced Houllier and in February 2000 both parties agreed to extend the contract for two more years.

The sporting breakthrough to the regular player in Liverpool came Murphy in the 2000/01 season, where he acted especially between November 2000 and February 2001 for Patrik Berger in the left midfield. In the best season of his career to date, he scored important goals, such as the free kick to 1-0 against Manchester United , Liverpool's first win at Old Trafford in ten years, and two goals each against Aston Villa and in the League Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace . The achievements were crowned with the "triple" of the UEFA Cup , FA Cup and League Cup. Due to injury problems, Murphy had to pause for a while in the final phase and also missed the final in the League Cup, but was back in the other two finals and in the decisive 4-0 in the Premier League , which ensured the Champions League qualification of the lot.

Murphy, now promoted to the English senior team, was henceforth a fixture in midfield, although the exact role varied and he was mostly to be found on the right in addition to appearances in central and left midfield in the 2001/02 season. Murphy's performances also stabilized in terms of the danger of scoring, as demonstrated by the twelve competitive goals in the 2002/03 season - Murphy's best "annual haul" in Liverpool. He seemed particularly motivated in this regard against arch-rivals Manchester United, because in the 2003/04 season he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win against "United" for the third time. His position in midfield was less permanent and hopes of being able to present himself permanently in the preferred center instead of on the flank due to a protracted injury to Dietmar Hamann were not fulfilled after two games, as Vladimír Šmicer ousted him from there.

For the 2004/05 season, Liverpool signed the Spaniard Rafael Benítez as their new coach, who quickly revealed to Murphy that he was not involved in his plans and so he moved to Charlton Athletic in London in August 2004 .

Charlton Athletic (2004-2006)

One of the deciding factors for the transfer to Charlton Athletic for Murphy was that - unlike at Tottenham Hotspur , which had also expressed interest - he was given the prospect of a regular place. Together with Radostin Kischischew and Matt Holland , he formed a powerful midfield center at the “Addicks” and was a specialist “for the ball at rest”, as four free-kick goals - out of five goals this season - showed. Also at the beginning of his second season 2005/06 Murphy showed himself in a midfield, to which loan player Alexei Smertin had been added, initially in good form, before suddenly ending up on the bench after some poor results in a row in November 2005 against Aston Villa . Although he was back in the starting XI in the following game, he kept losing his place and was hired at Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the winter transfer period in late January 2006 for two million pounds.

Tottenham Hotspur (2006-2007)

On February 12, 2006 Murphy came for the "Spurs" by substitution at Sunderland AFC for the first time, but by the end of the 2005/06 season he was only twice in the starting lineup. Also in the 2006/07 season he only played four games over the full 90 minutes. After a series of injuries, he returned to the reserve team, at least towards the end, and his three appearances in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup showed that his experience was still in demand. However, without having played another game for the first team Tottenham, he moved to Fulham shortly after the start of the 2007/08 season and immediately before the end of the summer transfer period on August 31, 2007 .

Fulham FC (since 2007)

Danny Murphy, 2010

With the "Cottagers" Murphy found his way back to old strength. As the new "control center" in Fulham FC's game, he was not only an important pass-giver right away, as in Diomansy Kamara's "last minute hit" against Manchester City , he also took direct responsibility as a penalty taker and played against FC on the last day of the match Portsmouth secure relegation with a header goal.

For the 2008/09 season, trainer Roy Hodgson appointed Murphy as the new team captain and, together with Jimmy Bullard and Dickson Etuhu , he led Fulham to a surprisingly good seventh place in the Premier League and the associated qualification for the Europa League - he had them all 38 league games completed. In the Europa League, Murphy moved with the team after successes against VfL Wolfsburg and Hamburger SV - against Juventus Turin he had previously served a two-game suspension due to a red card against Shakhtar Donetsk - until the final against Atlético Madrid , but that was lost with 1: 2 after extra time. In late January 2011, Murphy signed a contract extension with Fulham FC until the end of the 2011/12 season.

English national team

After five appearances for the U-21 selection , Murphy promoted the good performances at the “Triple” of Liverpool FC at the end of 2001 in the extended circle of the senior national team . On November 10, 2001, Sven-Göran Eriksson changed him in Manchester for the first time against Sweden (1-1). He became a candidate for the English squad at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea , but was not included in the original nomination. After Steven Gerrard's injury, he first moved up, but then injured himself in training and had to cancel his participation in the tournament.

After the World Cup, Murphy couldn't get beyond occasional missions. With the exception of the game against South Korea on May 21, 2002, he was not in the starting line-up in any of his nine senior internationals and the appearance on November 16, 2003 against Denmark (2: 3) was also his last. He scored his only goal on April 17, 2002 in a 4-0 win against Paraguay .

Title / Awards


Murphy married the British actress Joanna Taylor on July 7, 2004 , whom he met through her colleague Louis Emerick in Barbados . After his marriage in 2005, his wife wrote a weekly column in The Times newspaper in the section "Footballer's Wives" (WAGs, Footballer's wife). They have two children together, daughter Maya Eve Murphy (* 2006) and her son Ethan Murphy (* 2010).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b statistical information that differs from online sources according to the (printed) Hugman yearbooks up to 2010–11
  2. ^ "Danny Murphy" ( Memento of the original from January 28, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (crewalex.net) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.crewealex.net
  3. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1995-96 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1995, ISBN 0-09-180854-5 , pp. 151 .
  4. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1996-97 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1996, ISBN 1-85291-571-4 , pp. 172 .
  5. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1997-98 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1997, ISBN 1-85291-581-1 , pp. 193 .
  6. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1998-99 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1998, ISBN 1-85291-588-9 , pp. 212 .
  7. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 1999-2000 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 1999, ISBN 1-85291-607-9 , pp. 215 .
  8. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 2000-2001 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2000, ISBN 1-85291-626-5 , pp. 227 .
  9. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The 2001-2002 Official PFA Footballers Factfile . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2001, ISBN 0-946531-34-X , pp. 214 .
  10. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2002/2003 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2002, ISBN 1-85291-648-6 , pp. 295 f .
  11. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2003, ISBN 1-85291-651-6 , pp. 306 .
  12. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2004/2005 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2004, ISBN 1-85291-660-5 , pp. 288 .
  13. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006 . Lennard Queen Anne Press, 2005, ISBN 1-85291-662-1 , pp. 290 .
  14. a b Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006-07 . Mainstream Publishing, 2006, ISBN 1-84596-111-0 , pp. 290 .
  15. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007-08 . Mainstream Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3 , pp. 290 .
  16. a b Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008-09 . Mainstream Publishing, 2008, ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8 , pp. 303 .
  17. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009-10 . Mainstream Publishing, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0 , pp. 297 .
  18. Barry J. Hugman (Ed.): The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010-11 . Mainstream Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0 , pp. 300 .
  19. My Danny played a blinder ... as a loving dad and husband ( English ) In: The Sun . May 12, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2008.
  20. Moms & Babies ( English ) celebritybabies.people.com. May 13, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2014: "Joanna Taylor calls Danny a" brilliant husband and caring dad ""