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David Murphy Retires

Birmingham City have confirmed today that David Murphy has retired from professional football at the age of 30. The Hartlepool-born left back had been out for a long period with a knee injury and had been advised by the surgeon dealing with the injury he could no longer play.

Murphy was Birmingham City’s longest-serving current outfield player, having signed for the club in 2008 for £1.5million from Hibernian. He made 132 appearances for the club, scoring thirteen goals including two in Blues’ memorable Europa League campaign in 2011/2.

Although he struggled at times that season under Hughton he really came to the fore and made the left back slot his own. His attacking instincts meant he was able to help pin teams back on the opposition right flank and he was dangerous from free kicks. Although we have seen the rise of Mitch Hancox since his injury, we have missed Murphy and it’s a terrible shame he has had to retire just after his 30th birthday. I hope you will join me in wishing David all the best for the future.

Blues have also confirmed that Tom Thorpe’s loan has finished and he has returned to Manchester United. Thorpe made only one appearance for Blues, getting injured 14 minutes into his debut.

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23 Responses to “David Murphy Retires”

  • dave mann says:

    shame for david having to retire so early but a great servant for blues and is exploits in
    the europa league will never be forgotten, that back four of carr, johnson, dann and
    ridgewell/ murphy was massive in our achievements in the premier league, europa league
    and carling cup so all the best mr murphy and comming from my second city of hartlepool
    ( my wifes family are all monkey hangers) will do for me, cheers mate. KRO.

  • teejay says:

    sorry sorry news all the best for the future and thanks for your service to my beloved team good luck

    • sappy sad says:

      totally gutted quality player for blues ..all the best for the
      future dave …never will be forgotten .keep in touch with fans
      and cllub ..keep right on

  • chas says:

    Sad News, just wish him all the very best for his Future.

  • mark says:

    Sad when any player retires through injury definitely a quality player I must add.
    Best wishes to David and his family………

  • DoctorD says:

    Ha – one minute more with Tom Thorpe and it would — LITERALLY – have been 15 minutes of fame.

  • Dazzla says:

    Such a shame a proper talisman on and off the pitch, hope he sticks around and become a member of the training staff, KRO Murphy .

  • Peter bates says:

    Good luck david to you and family

  • Chris W says:

    Good luck to David Murphy, a tragic shame he has to retire when he should be reaching his best for the club.
    Scored some great goals including 2 in our last win at St Andrews v Millwall.
    All the best and thanks for the goals and memories, also good luck to Tom with his recovery.
    KRO+DNM

  • oldburyblue says:

    Initially not an instant star for us due in no small part to the niggly injuries he suffered from arrival preventing him having consistent long runs in the team. Definitely up there with Stephen Carr who I really rated.

  • ekhibee says:

    Just a quick post to wish David Murphy all the very best in his future career. As a Hibs fan I know every Hibs fan would agree with me in saying he was one of the best left backs that ever played for our club, and a gentleman off the pitch too. He scored some great goals for us in, what was then, a very good Hibs team, and his tackling was first class. Sadly we’ve never been able to come anywhere near that kind of talent in that position since, but it’s great to see he was well respected and liked by the Birmingham City fans too, and had some input into your UEFA adventure, all the best.

  • sutton apex says:

    such a shame – good luck to david

  • Asif ashiq says:

    Personally unsung hero. Scored some vital goals. Hopefully see him back in the future

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    All the best David. In one of his last games he took a 60 clearance onto his boot in one clean move and the whole of the Kop corner area applauded.

    With regard to Thorpe’s loan ending it must mean we are signing Mr Darcy.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    David Murphy is a player of Premier League quality and the only one of that calibre in Blues’ present squad. He has been unlucky with injuries, but leaves Blues’ fans with great memories.
    I wish him well in his future life.

  • Bluehobba says:

    Good luck David Murphy, Blues have and will miss you kro

  • All the very best David, most Blues fans will see that you always gave everything for the club and made the most of your abilities. The team always looked better balanced and more attack minded with you in the side – you will be missed

  • ray says:

    David, You were quality and a really nice guy. All the very best for what you do next.

  • andy says:

    As Lee Clark says, Birmingham had the best left back outside the Premiership, in his few performances this season after coming back from injury, he was class and gave the team a huge lift. Good luck for the future Murph.

  • pedantic pete says:

    He was such a fantastic player defending and going forward. I don’t think we’ve played as well while he’s been absent. Best wishes to him in his future, whatever that entails

  • Applebob says:

    And my favourite player leaves, my endearing memory will be a long drifting opening goal in a 4-1 win over Blackburn. I hope he does well away from the pitch, he did so well on it.

  • Sh!t on the villa says:

    Hope murph will stick around birmingham and go get his coaching badges…. Could teach the younger lads and hancox in particular a thing or 2! KRO

  • toneekay says:

    13 goals from 132 games at full back! Maybe we should have played him further forward. Like to echo other contributors in wishing Murphy good fortune in the future.


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