Player of the Day: Daryl Murphy


Irish international in the spotlight.

Daryl Murphy spent five years on Wearside between 2005 and 2010 after joining from his local side Waterford United in Ireland.

He scored 53 goals in 102 league games for the Irish club and also won the PFAI Young Player of the Year.

Mick McCarthy brought Murphy to the Stadium of Light ahead of the 2005-06 campaign before sending him on loan to Sheffield Wednesday to pick up some experience of English football.

On his return from Hillsborough, Murphy made 20 appearances, 15 as substitute, scoring one goal in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light.

Following relegation, and Roy Keane’s appointment, Murphy found more opportunities and he added 40 appearances during the 2006-07 championship-winning campaign, scoring ten goals.

In the Black Cats’ return to the Barclays Premier League in 2007-08, Murphy continued to be a regular, making 28 appearances and scoring four goals, most notably a winning strike in a 3-2 Wear-Tees victory over Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland strengthened in attack ahead of the 2008-09 campaign and the Republic of Ireland international was limited to 27 appearances, 18 of which were from the bench.

Murphy spent the majority of his final year with the Black Cats on loan at Ipswich Town, scoring six goals in 18 league games for the Tractor Boys whilst also making 12 appearances for Sunderland.

He joined Celtic in 2010, but spent 18 months of his three-year stay in Glasgow at Ipswich, making only 19 league appearances for the Bhoys, scoring three goals.

Murphy made his move to Suffolk permanent ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, linking up with his old Sunderland boss McCarthy.