Darren Murphy Player Profile

Debut: Lewes (H, 3-0), 03/01/2009

A tenacious, tough-tackling midfielder, the arrival of Darren Murphy during the 2008/9 campaign added some steel at a time when it was most sought. Opinion was certainly divided over his performances after his arrival, but there can be no disputing that the role Murphy played was crucial to the success of the team.

The midfielder’s perceived lack of discipline at times comes as an occupational hazard for a player of his type – although a red card against Cambridge United in the 2008/9 playoffs ranks as one of the greatest officiating farces in football history. Well, in BoroGuide’s mind at least.

Murphy’s first full season at Broadhall Way saw Graham Westley turn to Murphy to act as his midfield strong-man, freeing up other midfielders to press forward. An under-appreciated and unglamorous role on the football field, it was nonetheless vital to Boro’s promotion push.

After scoring against Portsmouth in Boro’s first ever Carling Cup outing in 2010, Murphy suffered a broken leg and spent most of the club’s debut Football League year out injured. He returned towards the end of the campaign, but injury was never far away continuing into 2011/2.

A brief loan spell away from the club in 2012 indicated that his time with Stevenage was coming to an end. It was ultimately proved right when Gary Smith released him in the summer. In Boro’ folklore, however, he’ll always be associated with one of the club’s greatest ever squads.

Stats do not include expunged Chester City fixtures in 2009/10.

Saturday 03 January 2009

Tuesday 13 January 2009

Saturday 24 January 2009

Tuesday 27 January 2009

Saturday 31 January 2009

Saturday 14 February 2009

Saturday 21 February 2009

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Saturday 14 March 2009

Saturday 21 March 2009

Tuesday 24 March 2009

Saturday 28 March 2009

Tuesday 31 March 2009

Saturday 04 April 2009

Saturday 18 April 2009

Tuesday 21 April 2009

Saturday 25 April 2009

Thursday 30 April 2009

Monday 04 May 2009

Saturday 09 May 2009

Saturday 08 August 2009

Tuesday 11 August 2009

Saturday 15 August 2009

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Saturday 22 August 2009

Saturday 26 September 2009

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Saturday 03 October 2009

Saturday 10 October 2009

Saturday 17 October 2009

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Saturday 21 November 2009

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Tuesday 01 December 2009

Saturday 05 December 2009

Saturday 12 December 2009

Saturday 26 December 2009

Monday 28 December 2009

Friday 01 January 2010

Tuesday 19 January 2010

Saturday 06 February 2010

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Saturday 20 March 2010

Tuesday 20 April 2010

Monday 09 August 2010

Saturday 12 March 2011

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Saturday 26 March 2011

Saturday 02 April 2011

Saturday 07 May 2011

Sunday 15 May 2011

Friday 20 May 2011

Saturday 28 May 2011