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Mick Murphy (rugby league)

Michael Anastasio Murphy (30 September 1941 – 17 March 2019)[2][3] was an English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s. He played club level rugby union (RU) for Waterloo R.F.C., and representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales and Lancashire, and at club level for Leigh (Heritage №), Barrow, St Helens, Bradford Northern, Wagga Wagga (in New South Wales, Australia), Tonneins XIII (in France) and St. Jacques XIII (in France) as a prop, i.e. number 8 or 10, during the era of contested scrums.[1][4]

Michael Murphy
Personal information
Full nameMichael Anastasio Murphy
Born(1941-09-30)30 September 1941
Liverpool, England
Died17 March 2019(2019-03-17) (aged 77)
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight17 st 0 lb (108 kg)
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1963–63 Waterloo R.F.C.
Rugby league
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1963–69 Leigh
1969–72 Barrow
1972–75 St. Helens 90+8 4 12
1975–77 Bradford Northern
1977 Wagga Wagga
1977–78 Tonneins XIII
1978–79 St. Jacques XIII
Total 98 4 0 0 12
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire 2
1975–79 Wales 5 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]


Murphy was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

He worked as a physical education teacher, he taught at Howard Street College, Barrow-in-Furness, he worked as a television actor, and he appeared as the character 'Ged' in the television series Merseybeat episode 'Unhappy Medium' that aired on 29 July 2002

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Mick Murphy won caps for Wales (RL) while at Bradford Northern in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against France, New Zealand, and France, in 1977 against France, and while at St. Jacques XIII, France in 1979 against France.[1]

County honoursEdit

Mick Murphy won caps for Lancashire (RL) while at Barrow, and he appeared as the character 'Ged' in the television series Merseybeat in the episode named 'Unhappy Medium' that aired on 29 July 2002.

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Mick Murphy played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Leigh's 4-15 defeat by St. Helens in the 1963 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1963–64 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 26 October 1963.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Mick Murphy played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Leigh's 5-8 defeat by Castleford in the 1967 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1967–68 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 16 January 1968.

Club careerEdit

Mick Murphy made his début for St. Helens in the 2–13 defeat by Widnes at Naughton Park on Wednesday 13 September 1972.


  1. ^ a b c "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Yates, John (19 March 2019). "Former St Helens forward Mick Murphy dies aged 77". St Helens Reporter. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ Announcing the passing of Michael Anastasio Murphy
  4. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6.

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