Former Crewe graduate Danny Murphy officially retires from football
The former Crewe Alexandra midfield maestro Danny Murphy has officially retired from football at the age of 36. The Chester-born Murphy came through the renowned Crewe Alexandra Academy to mark his debut as a 16-year-old under his mentor Dario Gradi.
Murphy went on to score 34 goals in 166 appearances for Crewe and helped us reach the second tier of English football in 1997 before securing a dream move to Liverpool.
The Anfield club paid an initial £1.5 million for his services but after struggling to make an immediate impact in the Premier League, Murphy re-joined Crewe on loan in 1999 and helped the club secure their championship status at the end of that season. Murphy made a further 16 appearances for Crewe on loan before returning to Liverpool a different player.
During his spell at Anfield, Murphy made 249 appearances over seven years, winning two League Cups, one FA Cup and a UEFA Cup.
The talented midfielder also represented, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers during his career, in addition to winning nine caps for England.
On officially announcing his retirement, Murphy said: "This is me, 20 years, I'm done. I've had a wonderful career and can look back on it with fondness."
Murphy is now a successful television pundit and everyone at Crewe Alexandra wishes him every success for the future.