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21. Nathan Murphy

Nathan Murphy Nationality: Irish
Date/place of birth: 1 November 1992/Dublin
Position: Left Back, Left Winger
Height: 5ft9
Nickname: Spud
Honours: 2010 DDSL U18 Super League (Dundalk)
Ex-clubs: Belvedere, Saint Dominic’s
Joined: August 2008
Joined from: Belvedere, Saint Dominic’s
Signed by: Ciarán Bond (Youths Manager)
Club debut: v Derry City (A), 4 September 2009
First club goal: v UCD (A), 22 June 2012

Nathan Murphy (born: 1 November 1992) is a young local left-back who was called into the first-team setup by Seán Connor during the 2009 season after impressing for the club’s Youth team, who he joined from local club Saint Dominic’s in August 2008.

He had previously played for Belvedere in Dublin.

The young defender made his senior debut for Dundalk, aged just 16 years and 307 days, with an injury-time appearance in a 3-0 defeat at Derry City on 4 September ‘09, and he went on to make another seven outings between then and the end of the season.

His performances, which included six starts, were extremely impressive and he attracted interest from a number of UK clubs. On 28 January 2010, he appeared for the FAI Schools U18 side, starting and putting in an eye-catching display in a 3-1 friendly win over Australia.

That was one of four outings for the FAI Schools U18s during the year as he also played against Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

Under Ian Foster, he made a total of 13 appearances in all competitions for Dundalk in 2010, bringing his total senior outings for the club to 21. One of his 11 starts during the year was against CS Grevenmacher at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City in the UEFA Europa League in July.

Just over a month after the season ended, Nathan turned professional when signing a one-year deal with the club, and shortly after doing so he stated: “I’m delighted to commit my future to Dundalk. It’s a big step for all of us to turn professional. I’m at the club now over two years and I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made.

“The first-team appearances at the end of last year helped me to develop a lot and I feel I have improved again this year. All three of us were part of the Youths team that won the DDSL U18 Super League this year so it has been a great year for us and hopefully we can all kick on again next season.”

In the absence of the long-term injured Eoghan Osborne, Nathan made the left-back spot his own for much of the 2011 season, appearing in 43 of the club’s 50 competitive games, starting 39 of those.

He is believed to have made history against Saint Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on 10 July when he made his 50th competitive appearance at just 18 years of age, the youngest player ever to reach that milestone for the Louth club.

On 8 January, it was confirmed that Murphy signed a new one-year deal with Dundalk, with it also being revealed that the youngster will spend the 2012 season on the left wing having previously played all his football with the club at left-back.

He made his 50th league appearance against UCD at Oriel Park on 23 March. After that, he underwent an operation on his toe that ruled him out for four weeks.

Murphy returned in late May and on 22 June he scored his first ever competitive goal for the club with a header in a 1-1 draw against UCD at the UCD Bowl.

2012 Apps (Starts) Goals
Overall 9 (8) 1
League 8 (8) 1
FAI Cup 1 (0) 0
League Cup 0 (0) 0
Leinster Senior Cup 0 (0) 0
All-Time Apps (Starts) Goals
Overall 73 (64) 1
League 56 (49) 1
Setanta Sports Cup 6 (6) 0
FAI Cup 4 (3) 0
UEFA Europa League 1 (1) 0
League Cup 3 (3) 0
Leinster Senior Cup 3 (2) 0

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Profile last updated: 22 August 2012