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Jamie Murphy (footballer born 1973)

Personal information
Full nameJames Murphy
Date of birth25 February 1973(age 43)
Place of birthManchester, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionDefender

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James "Jamie" Murphy (born 25 February 1973) is an English professional footballer. He plays as a left-back.

Manchester-born Murphy began his career at Blackpool in 1990, where he was mainly a deputy to Mitch Cook. In five years at Bloomfield Road, the defender made 55 league appearances and scored one goal. He appeared as a substitute for Mike Davies in Blackpool's Division Four play-off final victory against Scunthorpe United on May 23, 1992, at Wembley.

In 1995, Murphy was released by Seasiders' manager Sam Allardyce. He joined Doncaster Rovers, with whom he remained for two years.

His next stop was Cambridge United. He signed a rolling contract with the U's, but left the club after only three months.

In November 1997, Murphy signed for Halifax Town. He made 25 appearances and scored one goals for the Shaymen in three years.

Murphy returned to Lancashire in 2000 to join Morecambe, where he played alongside ex-Blackpool teammate Steve McIlhargey. He left the Shrimps in 2004 and finished his career with neighbours Lancaster City.

Murphy then went on to do his physiotherapy degree and gained a First class honours at the University of Salford and worked for Bolton Wanderers from 2004 until 2007. He then joined Newcastle United, where he worked as a fitness coach and/or physio.

Murphy was later to return to his hometown of Manchester. He became a Manchester City physio during the time of Mark Hughes' management and later became head physio; however, during the second season of Roberto Mancini's management he stopped being seen acting on match days with the first-team players, although the club later denied he had been demoted or forced to work with the club's Academy players. On 17 February he left the club by mutual consent. It was reported that he received a £250,000 pay-off from the club.

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