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Michael Murphy Retires from Intercounty

  • 16-11-2022 8:05pm
    Registered Users Posts: 137 ✭✭

    Massive loss

    Thanks to the man for some of the best of days.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,665 ✭✭✭Furze99

    Age takes no prisoners. And good luck to him in the future.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,214 ✭✭✭megadodge

    It's always sad to see a great player retire. For me personally it's often accompanied by "Goddamn it, why didn't I take the chance to see him live more often".

    I only saw Murphy play live a few times but what a player. And what a specimen!! I first saw him up close when he came on against Kildare in Croke Park on a double bill (probably 2011) and I was genuinely shocked at the sheer bulk of the man. He was absolutely massive. At the time he probably had the biggest thighs I ever saw, but he was still very athletic.

    His early goal in the 2012 final is still one of my favourite ever goals. It's just so spectacular. And decisive. It sent out the message to the world that this was going to be Donegal's day. No choking or sob stories here.

    Anyway, I hope he enjoys his retirement, he's certainly earned it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,165 ✭✭✭Sweet Talkin Romeo

    what a legend the man is!

    nuff said :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,408 ✭✭✭✭retalivity

    He's only 33 though. Sure, he probably has more miles on the clock than most, being a mainstay of the Donegal team for 12 years or so, but would undoubtedly still be competitive for a few more years. Anyway, he's made his decision, good luck to him in the future and will surely be back in a management capacity down the line.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,811 ✭✭✭billyhead

    I think he had a lot of niggly injuries. Big loss to Donegal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 428 ✭✭thebronze14

    Massive loss for him but it may be the right time I feel. A new start is needed but I would love to see him on the background staff. He is the best footballer that we have ever had and was one of the best of his generation. A true legend

  • Registered Users Posts: 61,715 ✭✭✭✭FrancieBrady

    Great player and leader on the pitch. Sickened many in his day. Happy retirement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,601 ✭✭✭kevthegaff

    Wouldn't have seen much of him, but was watching a game only 2 or 3 years ago and just realised how good he was,.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,918 ✭✭✭keeponhurling

    Maybe he could have contributed something next season, but he hasn't been at the level of his peak for a few years now. He's much less mobile, and with niggly injuries it's probably the right time to focus on the club.

    Fantastic career and a great player. Incredibly accurate kicker, and from any sort of distance.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,087 ✭✭✭Tombo2001

    When he flicked the ball to Ryan McHugh against Galway, one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen in any sport.

  • Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭TagoMago

    Brilliant player, I'd say Kevin Keane is still having nightmares of that final 😂

    In 2012 Donegal had a number of players playing at a very high level but in other years Murphy carried them, great skillset for a man of his size and brilliant leader

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,291 ✭✭✭henke

    Unbelievable player and devastated as a Donegal person but sure we always knew the day would come. He could have went on another few years I am sure operating at FF but to be fair he has played a lot of football. Remember he was a teen prodigy before Donegal had success and won Young Player of the Year in 2009 in a team who weren't challenging and was a prolific scorer at that time. Literally would have started for any County team in the last 20 years. Shame only the only All Ireland came at 23 years old but its more than most achieve and goes down as one of the most successful as well as greatest in Donegal's history. I wouldn't bet against him adding to that success and managing Donegal to honours down the line. Happy retirement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭TipsyMcStagge

    One of the best I've ever seen a beautiful footballer took some abuse over the years and gave out his fair share no doubt as well. He's been absolutely criminally mismanaged over the last few years a sad end to a great career.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,251 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck

    I have always considered it a great shame that Donegal used Murphy as a clogger out the field when he would have been one of the greatest ever full forwards had he been left in there to play. Everybody remembers that goal in the AI final, but we were robbed of seeing more examples of that over the years.

    His scoring record was always well below par for a man of his talent but that wasn't all his fault, it was a consequence of spending his time out the field doing donkey work for defensive set ups.

    I just think its a shame, there will always be lads who can do donkey work, far harder to find lads in the full forward line who would basically be unmarkable. I'd much rather have seen that Michael Murphy than the one we got.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,153 ✭✭✭✭Loafing Oaf

    Who is the best Michael Murphy, there's an Alan Partridge question

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,918 ✭✭✭keeponhurling

    Always confusing when people spoke of M.Murphy's "Winning Streak" in Ulster

  • Registered Users Posts: 437 ✭✭TipsyMcStagge

    Donegal have won 2 All Ireland's and 10 Ulsters in their history Michael Murphy was there for half of both and Glenswilly won 3 county championships which he played in all 3 that says it all really.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,918 ✭✭✭keeponhurling

    To add, he was actually captain for 5 of Donegal's total 10 Ulster titles.

    And he was Man of the Match in all 3 winning county finals for Glenswilly.