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Birthday Boy - Danny Murphy

Born in March: Danny Murphy.

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Although the record books will show that Danny Murphy only started seven league games for us in his 20 months at White Hart Lane, his influence on the young midfielders around him was profound because his willingness to utilise his great experience to enhance their education was continually in evidence.

An erudite individual, Danny was always available with practical advice if sought. But he quietly backed that up with efficient play on the field, demonstrating that box-to-box performances did not have to be about flamboyance. You also had to roll up your sleeves.

For a striker, it is always good to score an eye-catching goal. But they are judged on quantity over quality. For a midfielder it is about impact; supporting the forwards, adding power in defence and being as destructive or creative as the situation demands.



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