Paddy adds another trophy before Blofield exit
Paddy Murphy marked his final season in charge of Blofield United by adding yet another piece of silverware to the club's trophy cabinet. Having seen hopes of a sixth Sterry Cup triumph dashed when a shock defeat to AFCNorwich handed the Anglian Combination title to Sheringham on Saturday, Murphy steered his men to a 4-0 thrashing of Beccles United in Monday's Mummery Cup final at Wroxham.
Paddy Murphy marked his final season in charge of Blofield United by adding yet another piece of silverware to the club's trophy cabinet.
Having seen hopes of a sixth Sterry Cup triumph dashed when a shock defeat to AFCNorwich handed the Anglian Combination title to Sheringham on Saturday, Murphy steered his men to a 4-0 thrashing of Beccles United in Monday's Mummery Cup final at Wroxham.
Though Blofield have another two league games to go, the cup final will be seen as a fitting climax to Murphy's astonishing reign.
Murphy's association with Blofield is folklore, initially starting his playing career as a teenager with what was then called Brundall United.
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Contemporaries vouch for his abilities as a player, but it is as a manager that he will be best remembered, involved initially with the reserves and more significantly as manager of the first team for the past 20 years.
His first success came when he won the league's reserve division two, as player-manager, in 1986.
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After two seasons as runners-up in reserve division one he added that title to his collection before moving on to take over the first team.
And it was there that he and Blofield began a run of success which was little short of remarkable.
Their first Sterry Cup came in 1991, significantly co-incident with the opening of their clubhouse. That was followed by championships in 1994, 2001, 2005 - when they went through the entire league campaign unbeaten - and 2007. They were also runners-up in 1995 and 2006.
Murphy's greatest regret must be missing out on a Norfolk Senior Cup final appearance at Carrow Road, having four times fallen in the semis.
But Monday was their second triumph in the Mummery Cup - the Anglian Combination's senior knock-out competition.
As in the first, back in 1993, their opponents were Beccles. This time victory came via two goals from Ross Durrant and one each from Danny Brown and Dan Wynne.
What is particularly remarkable about Murphy's years in office is the way players react to his methodology. Some take a little while to adjust to it, others are challenged by it. Most stay with the club and respond to the challenge; some are tempted to try pastures new, but on many occasions they return because they realise the club spirit they have left behind.
Murphy has two games remaining, a chance for revenge against AFC Norwich tonight (6.45pm) and against Wroxham Reserves on Saturday (2.30pm) - both at Old Yarmouth Road.