Inside forward Peter Murphy played a useful role in the team that won the 1950-51 First Division title, but lasted only a season longer at the club before moving on.
Born in the North-East, Murphy moved with his family to Coventry as a four year old, so it was no surprise that he started his career with Coventry City. He had been an amateur player with Birmingham City and Coventry City before the outbreak of World War II. However, on his resumption of playing after the war, he turned professional in 1946, but he quickly earned himself a reputation of a good goal-scorer in the 100 plus matches he played for the Sky Blues.
Joining from Coventry City with the Spurs side just having been promoted to the First Division as Champions, Murphy was a useful addition to the team. He played 25 games in what was to be the 1950-51 First Division championship season. Strong on the ball and possessing a fine left foot shot, his goal-scoring added to the framework of the side that had started the "push and run" style, which his energy saw him fit into well. The following season, Peter made 13 more league appearances, as he found himself behind Les Bennett, who had returned from injury and was pushed into a wider position, which did not really suit his game. Therefore, it was not long before he was returning to the Midlands, when he joined Second Division Birmingham City in January 1952 and Tottenham made a profit on his transfer.
His time at St. Andrews was memorable, finishing top scorer for the club in three different seasons and was recalled from retirement coaching the youth team to play in the final few games of the 1959-60 season to score four goals that helped save the side from relegation. His goals took Birmingham to the FA Cup Final in 1956, when they were beaten by Manchester City, but the opposition goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann, broke a vertebrae in his neck diving at Murphy's feet in the 75th minute. Peter also scored goals as City reached the semi-final the following season too.
Peter Murphy also made
history as part of the Birmingham City side that played
the first European match by an English club, in the
Fairs Cup that spanned 1955 to 1968, going on to play in
the first European final an English club reached against
Barcelona in the 1958-1960 Fairs Cup. The striker
played in the second leg, which ended with Birmingham
losing 1-4 on aggregate.
Later in his life, Peter lived in Coventry and worked as a free trade representative for the Davenport Brewery.
Still enjoyed watching
football and he attended the FA Cup semi-final between
his old club Birmingham City and Fulham at Hillsborough
the day before he died.
Peter Murphy died on 7th April 1975 aged 53.