Murphy, Eddie

Birth Date

13th May 1924


Hamilton, Lanarkshire



Biographical Text

A skilful old-fashioned inside-forward, Eddie Murphy made close to a hundred league appearances for Exeter City between 1952 and 1956. He joined the club from Barnsley and later played for Bridgwater Town. Earlier in his career he had played for Morton in a Scottish Cup final before moving south to join Northampton Town. 

Eddie played wartime football for Hibernian whom he joined in 1942. After five seasons at Easter Road, the inside-forward moved to Greenock Morton where he netted 3 goals in 16 Scottish League outings and appeared in the 1948 Scottish Cup final. Moving south to sign for Northampton Town in 1949, he won a regular place adding another 71 league outings (15 goals) to his tally before linking up with Barnsley in March 1951 where he featured in 18 league matches scoring twice.

Eddie subsequently signed for Exeter City in June 1952 and made his Grecians debut in a 2-2 home draw against Queens Park Rangers scoring one of the City goals. Establishing himself immediately, Eddie clocked up 38 league starts - and 7 goals - during his first term at St James’ Park. Not figuring quite so prominently thereafter, he had a dozen league outings (2 goals) in 1953/54 and 25 (again with 2 goals) during the following campaign. 

Starting 19 games in 1955/56, Eddie remained with the Grecians before having short spells with Bridgwater Town and Trowbridge Town. He died on 28 January 2009.







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