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10 FACTS ABOUT JOSH MURPHY

17 March 2015

Take a closer look at Josh Murphy following his loan move to Latics.

1. Born in Wembley on 24 February 1995, Josh shares his birthday with former Latics players Graham Houston, Stefan Bidstrup and Ian Breckin, as well as current midfielder William Kvist.

2. Murphy began his football career in the youth ranks at Norwich City, joining the club as an Under 12 alongside twin brother Jacob.



3. The brothers were part of Norwich's successful FA Youth Cup winning team in the 2012/13 season, featuring in both legs of the final against Chelsea, with Josh scoring in the 3-2 second leg victory at Stamford Bridge.

4. Josh and Jacob both signed their first professional contracts with Norwich in January 2013.

5. Murphy has represented England at Under 18 and Under 19 levels and is a current member of the Under 20 squad.  He made his U20 debut on 5 September 2014, scoring in a 6-0 win against Romania.

6. Josh has made 29 appearances for Norwich in all competitions, making his debut for the club as a 67th minute substitute with the Canaries 2-0 down at Vicarage Road in the League Cup against Watford in September 2013.  Ten minutes after coming on, Murphy thumped in from distance to pull Norwich a goal back as they turned it around to win 3-2 in extra time.



7. In his debut season at Carrow Road, Murphy played nine times in the Premier League, including appearances against Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

8. Murphy has featured 16 times in all competitions in the 2014/15 campaign, including making his first league start against Leeds United on 21 October 2014 in a 1-1 draw.

9. He has three goals in all competitions so far this season, scoring twice against Crawley in the League Cup in August, followed by his first league goal away to Blackpool in a 3-1 victory.

10.  Murphy featured against Latics as a substitute at the DW Stadium back in December.  Norwich won the game 1-0, but Murphy found himself in a spot of bother, when a collision with Maynor Figueroa sent him crashing into the linesman on the touchline.  The 20-year-old was an unused substitute during Latics' victory at Norwich last month.



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