Josh and Jacob Murphy join the club: the brothers who have played for Norwich City

Norwich City youth players and twin brothers Jacob (left) and Josh Murphy from Downham Market. Picture: Matthew Usher. Norwich City youth players and twin brothers Jacob (left) and Josh Murphy from Downham Market. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
12:08 PM

When Jacob Murphy appeared for Norwich City on Saturday, he and brother Josh joined a long tradition of brothers to have appeared for the Canaries.

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City blogger Andrew Harrison, who writes for Sing Up the River End, has trawled the history books to dig out some of the sibling pairings who have sported the famous yellow and green down the years.

Jimmy and Bill Bauchop

Jimmy and Bill were both born in the Alloa area of Scotland and though they managed sixty Norwich City appearances between them. There was a four year gap in their respective employments and it was Jimmy, a centre forward, who was the younger of the pair, that played for the club first in the Southern League in 1907-08 where he managed a goal every other game in 24 starts. He had moved on to Derby County by the time his brother Bill, a left winger, arrived at the Nest in August 1912, though he too stayed just a single season.

Arthur and Reg Cropper

These two brothers, both centre forwards, hailed from Chesterfield and played once together in the same Norwich City side - in 1928 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Reg, the elder brother, joined City in the summer of 1926 and had a very decent return of 18 goals in 53 senior appearances. Arthur joined him at the Nest over Christmas 1927, but managed just three strikes in his 23 games. Reg moved on to Guildford City in 1928, which meant his brother had less competition for a place in the starting line up, but the club then signed the great Percy Varco and so Arthur also left, in 1930 to Clapton Orient.

Bill and John Duncan

Aberdonians Bill and John not only played together for City but also made their débuts on the same day against Swansea Town on the 16th of September 1920. That particular match, in the first Football League campaign that the Canaries had ever taken part in, ended in a 5-2 away defeat. Neither of the Scotsmen were able to get established in the side - right winger John played four times and centre half Bill just twice, and every game was lost. Both returned home, with no record that John ever played elsewhere. Bill later turned out for Montrose, Barrow and Peterhead.

Justin and John Fashanu

The former Dr. Barnardo’s boys who were raised in Norfolk had contrasting careers in football, both at Carrow Road and elsewhere. Justin, the elder of the brothers by two and a half years, was an iconic Norwich City striker between 1979-81, scoring 40 goals in 103 matches. He had become a million pound footballer with Nottingham Forest by the time John made his Canary début in October 1981. The latter played just seven times for Norwich before a long and successful career, notably at Wimbledon where he netted over 100 league goals and won two England caps.

Ryan and Rossi Jarvis

The Fakenham brothers appeared together in the Norwich City first team just once - in a League Cup match against Rotherham United in 2006. Striker Ryan had made his senior début back in 2003 and at the time became the youngest ever Canary in history. His Carrow Road career lasted until 2008, scoring five goals in 38 appearances (including a Premier League strike against Liverpool, and two in that Rotherham match). Defender Rossi (the younger brother) first played in 2006 and left the same season as his sibling with eleven games to his name. Both went on to play regular professional football at lower levels.

Sam and Bill Jennings

These Nottinghamshire brothers both made sizeable contributions to the first post World War One season - in the Southern League in 1919-20. Sam, an inside right, was seven years younger than Bill, a centre half who had played for Notts County back in 1913. They made their débuts together on the 30th of August 1919 against Newport County and both were regular first teamers during that campaign, appearing in 27 (Sam) and 39 (Bill) games respectively. The former scored 15 times. Neither stayed at the Nest for the Football League season that followed and they both had good careers elsewhere, much to the envy of the Norwich City faithful.

George and James Lamberton

Lancashire lads George (a forward) and James (a defender) both appeared for Norwich for the first time in 1906, but not in the same match. George the younger won that race by six weeks and the siblings were restricted to just a handful of appearances together - with James’ City career stretching to just six games, five of which were in the United League. His brother fared much better, scoring 14 times in a 47 match spell that lasted until 1908. Earlier they had played together for Clapton Orient, but after leaving Norfolk, neither progressed their careers elsewhere.

Jacob and Josh Murphy

The most recent siblings to represent the club are in fact identical twins. Born in Wembley on February 24, 1995, they are both speedy wingers and played in the Norwich City FA Youth Cup winning team of 2012-13. Josh was the first to be handed a senior début - against Watford on the 24th of September 2013 in the League Cup, scoring just ten minutes after coming off the bench. It sparked a City recovery from 2-0 down that eventually saw them win the game 3-2. Jacob made his debut on the 4th of January 2014, exactly a year after the brothers had penned professional contracts with the club. His bow came in the 1-1 draw with Fulham in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

Rowland and Jack Palmer

Born in Shropshire but educated in Wymondham, these brothers represented Norwich City in the Norfolk & Suffolk League. Inside left Rowland, a sporting amateur and teacher by profession, first played in 1902, in City’s first ever trip to Portman Road which ended in a 2-1 win. His older brother Jack, a right winger, was introduced the following season and went on to have the slightly better career record (four goals in fifteen starts to Rowland’s one goal in eight). Neither went on to play in the professional era and performed instead at local junior and county level thereafter.

Do you know of any brothers we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.

5 comments

  • Interesting reading but there cannot be many instances at any club of twins surely?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • What about Wynton and Shane Rufer from New Zealand?

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    Claude

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Interesting reading but there cannot be many instances at any club of twins surely?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Interesting reading but there cannot be many instances at any club of twins surely?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • we should buy marcus olsson from Blackburn then we would have 2 set of identical twins. if we signed him we could have 2 olsson's, 2 murphy's and 2 bennett's on the pitch

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    cm85

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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