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Billy Murphy (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameWilliam Murphy
Date of birth23 May 1893
Place of birthSt Helens, England
Date of deathJune 1975
Place of deathSt Helens, England
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing positionWinger

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William Murphy (23 May 1893 June 1975), commonly known as Billy Murphy or Spud Murphy, was an English footballer who played as a winger for Manchester City, Southampton, Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers.

A runner in his youth, Murphy became an amateur footballer when the outbreak of the First World War caused his running club to disband. In 1918 he signed amateur terms with First Division Manchester City, turning professional when competitive football resumed after the war. He made 220 appearances for the club, before joining Southampton in 1926. He stayed on the south coast for three seasons, before returning to the north-west where he had spells with Oldham Athletic and Tranmere Rovers.

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