GUESS WHO’S BACK! Alan Murphy from Ballinrobe is pictured after resigning for Galway United last week.
THE last time Alan Murphy made big headlines in his home county was during Mayo’s run to the 2013 All-Ireland Final, after a serious ankle injury the week before that summer’s Connacht Final ended his Gaelic football season prematurely.
The talented Ballinrobe man was 31 years-old at the time, moving well in Mayo training in his debut season with James Horan’s squad, and pushing hard for a place in the match-day squad.
But extensive ligament damage meant his summer was over with Mayo, and his career playing top-level sport were at a crossroads.
But Alan Murphy has always been nothing if not determined, and last week the experienced League of Ireland midfielder signed for Galway United – his fifth spell with the Galway city club.
To say the father-of-two is a club legend at Galway would be an understatement, and Murphy currently needs only one goal to equal the all-time goalscoring record set by United hero, Paul ‘Ski’ McGee, who netted 74 times for the club.
Murphy’s route back to Galway came via local city junior side, West United.
“There was always a plan to come back,” the former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers star told galwayunitedfc.ie. “I’m in good shape for someone of my experience. Juggling everything, my family situation is ideal now. I’m able to spend time with my children and wife in the evenings, she has been supportive of my decision and I’m really looking forward to the coming season.”
A teacher at St Joseph’s, The Bish in Galway city, Murphy is also involved in a coaching role with the Galway United U-17s, a club he first signed for at 16-years-old.
Alan Murphy’s story is a real testament to the kind of character he is, which he has shown so many times throughout his career with Ballinrobe GAA club, Mayo, and various League of Ireland soccer clubs.
Many other players in his situation back in the summer of 2013 would have given up hope after having to deal with the disappointment of being released from the Mayo squad after sustaining a very serious injury.
But now he’s back on the big stage with Galway United again, and ready to leave his mark.