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Jerry Murphy - Crystal Palace - Biography of his football career at Crystal Palace.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 07 September 1985

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      Left Midfielder
      Wednesday, 23 September 1959
      London, England.
  • Chelsea FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 17th August 1985 in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      34 League apps, 3 goals
  • Crystal Palace
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 23rd April 1977 as a sub in a 4-0 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday (Aged: 17)
    • Club Career
      214 League apps (+15 as sub), 20 goals
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Jerry MURPHY - Crystal Palace - Biography of his football career at Crystal Palace.



Despite being just 25-years-old when he signed for Chelsea in the summer of 1985, Jerry Murphy's star was already on the wane somewhat having originally burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old member of Terry Venables' Crystal Palace side who were briefly labelled the 'Team of the Eighties'. If his free-transfer capture from the Selhurst Park club did little to excite the Chelsea supporters, that was due in part to the fact that he was being signed to replace the outstanding Mickey Thomas, who new manager John Hollins was looking to sell despite his good form on the pitch and popularity off it. The contrast in the two players was marked; where Thomas was a bustling, all-action player, Murphy had a more languid, thoughtful style. He possessed what is commonly known as a 'cultured left-foot' and was more than capable of delivering perfectly-measured, defence-splitting passes but was let down by a distinct lack of pace, and all too often, not helped by a frustrating run of injuries, he flattered to deceive in a Chelsea shirt. He made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the 1985/86 season and kept his place in the side for the next six games, before an injury suffered at Luton (the photo above was taken during that game) led to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.


An impressive performance on his return at Liverpool at the end of November was followed a week later by his first goal for the club - in a 1-1 draw at Coventry - but a sending-off at Birmingham just before Christmas led to a suspension and further frustration. Jerry scored twice more - including an important strike in a drawn match with title rivals Everton - as the Blues made a concerted championship challenge in the New Year, but he was injured again prior to the Full Members Cup final and missed out on the opportunity of a Wembley appearance. A dismal run of just two victories from the final eleven games put paid to Chelsea's title hopes but Murphy did have some satisfaction from seeing his exquisite pass help set up a last-minute winner for Kerry Dixon at Manchester United. Jerry's fitness woes continued into the next campaign when, after playing in the first six games of the season, culminating in a fine showing at White Hart Lane as Chelsea beat Tottenham 3-1, he was again injured. This time he struggled to get back into the side even when fit, and as Chelsea flirted with relegation, Murphy made just five more appearances, the only highlight being an incredible goalline stop to deny Bryan Robson of Manchester United. The signings of left-siders John Coady and Clive Wilson further restricted Jerry's opportunities and two appearances in early-winter 1987, the last of which came in a defeat at Anfield, proved to be the Irish international's final swansong. Chelsea were relegated at the end of that season and Murphy - aged just 28 - dropped out of league football altogether after being released by the club that summer. (Kelvin Barker)



Crystal Palace:   1976-1977     Played   1     Scored   0   goals   (Division 3)
     1977-1978     Played   8     Scored   0   goals   (Division 2)
     1978-1979     Played   41     Scored   5   goals   (Division 2)
     1979-1980     Played   37     Scored   3   goals   (Division 1)
     1980-1981     Played   19     Scored   2   goals   (Division 1)
     1981-1982     Played   25     Scored   2   goals   (Division 2)
     1982-1983     Played   30     Scored   2   goals   (Division 2)
     1983-1984     Played   32     Scored   3   goals   (Division 2)
     1984-1985     Played   36     Scored   3   goals   (Division 2)
Transferred to Chelsea in August 1985


1985-1988    Chelsea    34    (3)

1988-1989    Fisher Athletic        
1989               Blacktown City    2    (0)
1989-1990    Wollongong City    16    (0)



Jerry Murphy is pictured above playing for Crystal Palace football Club during the 2-1 win

against Norwich City in November 1981.  Photo George Herringshaw.  ©



Jerry is pictured above during the 0-0 draw against Manchester City on 18/8/1979.

Photograph George Herringshaw.  ©