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PersonalFullname: Francis Murphy
aka: Frank Murphy
Born: ?6 Dec 1915
Died: 12 Feb 1984
Signed: 7 Apr 1932 (prov); 11 May 1933 (full)
Left: Feb 1943 (RAF); 1945 (free); Jan 1946 (to Limerick)
Position: Midfield/Outside Left
Debut: Airdrie 2-4 Celtic, League, 7 April 1934
International Caps: 1 (v Netherlands May 1938)
International Goals: 1
BiogFrank Murphy signed for the Bhoys from Croy Celtic in 1932 and went on to stay at Parkhead for the next 13 years.
The Gartcosh-born outside-left made an instant impact on his first team debut as he hit a double in a 4-2 league win at Airdrie in April 1934.
Quick and clever Murphy was a superb crosser of the ball and the Celtic attack - in particular Jimmy McGrory - thrived on his excellent deliveries from the left flank. He was equally troublesome to defences with the ball at his feet and with superb close control Murphy loved to take on defenders at pace.
A Scotland international Murphy was simply a joy to watch and was naturally adored by the Celtic support. Even the opposition fans couldn't help but be entertained by the skills of Frank.
World War Two would interrupt Frank's Celtic career but by the time he departed Parkhead in 1945 he had played 243 games, scoring 77 goals. In that time he had won two league championships, a Scottish Cup and the Empire Exhibition Trophy.
Frank Murphy was a man who loved to pull on the Celtic jersey. A great Celt.
Many of you will likely not recall Frank, but surprisingly you will have heard him, as in his later years Frank was the Announcer at Celtic Park. Keeping the link alive.
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