Murphy, William

Birth Date

22nd March 1928

Birthplace

Barrhead, Scotland

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

Playing junior football with Denburgh F.C., Murphy signed for Stirling Albion in the summer of 1949, but quickly moved on to Exeter City in November of that year.
He had been watched by the Grecians for some time and was described as a useful ball player with a reasonably good shot. Murphy made just two outings for Exeter, the first of which came just two days after signing for the club in a 1-0 defeat at Bristol City. Unfortunately he pulled a thigh muscle within 10 minutes of the kick off and was a virtual passenger for the rest of the game. His only other league outing for the Grecians was at Aldershot in January 1950 and at the end of the season he signed for Bristol Rovers.
However, ‘Billy’ Murphy, whose Rovers career comprised just three League fixtures in the 1950-51 campaign, emigrated to Australia at the end of that season and signed for SC Hakoah. 

"Bill Murphy, of Gladesville club, was a last-minute selection in the Australian Soccer team to meet New Zealand in the third Test at the Sports Ground in April 1954"

He returned to Exeter to live in 1967 and became a scout for Bristol Rovers.

His Great Nephew wrote to the Grecian Archive in 2019 and added the following,

"Thanks for putting our Great Uncle Bill’s details up on your site. Bill tells the story about how Celtic were after him as a young lad and that he would have played for them (despite being Presbyterian) but “he would have had to get out of Barrhead!”. He was also scouted by Arsenal but broke his leg twice in quick succession which prompted his initial move to Australia. Also, Bill returned to Australia in the late 60s after being a scout and worked in banking until his retirement. Bill turned 91 earlier this year, 2019, and lives in a retirement village in Currumbin Waters, Queensland."

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Adam Hendry :

Thanks for putting our Great Uncle Bill’s details up on your site. Bill tells the story about how Celtic were after him as a young lad and that he would have played for them (despite being Presbyterian) but “he would have had to get out of Barrhead!”. He was also scouted by Arsenal but broke his leg twice in quick succession which prompted his initial move to Australia. Also, Bill returned to Australia in the late 60s after being a scout and worked in banking until his retirement. Bill turned 91 earlier this year and lives in a retirement village in Currumbin Waters, Queensland. 

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