John Murphy (footballer, born 1976)

John Murphy
Personal information
Full name John James Murphy[1]
Date of birth (1976-10-18) 18 October 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth St Helens, England[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Blackpool (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1999 Chester City 103 (20)
1999–2006 Blackpool 229 (83)
2006–2007 Macclesfield Town 23 (5)
2007–2008 Chester City 39 (9)
2008–2009 St Patrick's Athletic 1 (0)
Total 395 (117)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Murphy (born 18 October 1976) is an English former professional footballer who is a coach with Blackpool, one of his former clubs.

He had two spells with Chester City, having left first time round to join Blackpool in 1999. He came through the youth ranks with Chester and made his first-team debut in 1994–95. He remained with the club until the eve of the 1999–2000 season, when he moved up to Division Two by joining Blackpool, where he enjoyed a long and successful seven-year stint that included three victories at the Millennium Stadium. Two of these were winning Football League Trophy finals; he started and scored in both finals in 2002 and 2004.[2][3]

Murphy rejoined Chester from Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield Town, whom he joined from Blackpool in January 2007 after making a loan move permanent. On 6 January 2007, during his loan spell, Murphy scored Macclesfield's goal in their 6–1 FA Cup Third Round defeat against Stockport County at Edgeley Park to briefly bring the tie level.[4]

He rejoined Chester on 29 June 2007.[5] His first league game back at the club saw Murphy feature in the starting line-up in the goalless draw with Chesterfield on 11 August 2007, with his first two goals back at the club coming in a 4–0 demolition of Dagenham & Redbridge a fortnight later. Almost inevitably, he scored on his return to Macclesfield in a 2–1 win for Chester on 29 September 2007.

Murphy signed for St Patrick's Athletic on 31 July 2008 for an undisclosed fee. After an injury-plagued spell at the club, which restricted him to one substitute league appearance, he was released on 4 February 2009.[6]

In August 2011, Murphy was offered a role as a coach at Blackpool - which he accepted.[7]




  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Seasiders relish return to scene of past success". Independent. 25 March 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Blackpool 2-0 Southend". BBC. 21 March 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ Lovejoy, Joe (7 January 2007). "Stockport 6, Macclesfield 1". London: Times Online. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  5. ^ "John Murphy Next for Chester City". Liverpool Echo. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  6. ^ "ANDY HARAN SIGNS FOR ST PATS"., 4 February 2009.
  7. ^ "MURPHY BACK AT BLACKPOOL" Archived 5 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine – Blackpool F.C.'s official website, 9 August 2011

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