James Patrick "Jimmy" Murphy
(8 August 1910 – 14 November 1989) was a football
player and later a manager.
Born in Ton Pentre
, Murphy attended Ton Pentre Village School and as a boy played the church organ
. As a youth he played football for Ton Pentre Boys, Treorchy
Thursday F.C., Treorchy Juniors and Mid-Rhondda Boys and in 1924 represented Wales in a schoolboy international against England in Cardiff
. He turned professional in February 1928 when he joined West Bromwich Albion
as a 17-year-old.
Murphy made his debut in a 1–0 defeat away to Blackpool
on 5 March 1930 and played one further league game during his first season. In the following season, 1930–31
, West Bromwich Albion won the FA Cup
and promotion from the Second Division
, but Murphy had yet to establish himself in the team and again made just two appearances. He became a regular in the Albion side upon the club's return to the First Division
; from 1931–32 to 1934–35 he appeared 149 times in league and cup, helping his team to achieve four consecutive top ten finishes, including fourth place in 1932–33
. The 1934–35
season saw Murphy miss just one match all season, and he helped Albion to reach the 1935 FA Cup Final
, which they lost 4–2 to Sheffield Wednesday
Murphy played more than 200 times for Albion, before moving to Swindon Town
in 1938, but the Second......