Video: Former Norwich City and Manchester United midfielder Phil Mulryne on his journey into priesthood

Phil Mulryne celebrates scoring for Norwich City at Reading in 2004. Phil Mulryne celebrates scoring for Norwich City at Reading in 2004.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
9:15 AM

Former Norwich City midfielder Phil Mulryne has taken an important step in his training to become a Catholic priest.

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In September 2013 Mulryne finished his noviciate year and made his profession in the Irish Province of the Dominicans having trained in Rome to become a Catholic priest.

Rumours of the Northern Irishman’s intention to train as a priest became well-known in the summer of 2010, two years after he had retired from the game after a spell with King’s Lynn, aged just 30.

Mulryne moved to Carrow Road for £500,000 in 1998 among much hype, having trained with stars such as David Beckham and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United.

He proceeded to show Canaries’ fans exactly what he had learned from training alongside Beckham by curling home an exquisite free-kick on his debut, a 1-0 win away at Grimsby Town. However, a broken leg soon stopped his fledgling career in its tracks.

He returned to play a key role in City’s charge to the Division One play-off final in 2002 and the Division One title in 2004 but played a bit-part role in the ill-fated Premier League campaign which followed.

In 2005 his injuries saw him leave Norwich and begin dropping down the Football League, with brief spells at Cardiff City and Leyton Orient, before bringing his career to a close with King’s Lynn.

21 comments

  • I wish this goodman goodwill with his vocation to become a Roman Catholic Priest !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • So many nasty and bigoted remarks on this thread,A good ma has faith and desires to train for Priesthood,why not be pleased for his vocation to do so.It seems many out there when the R.C. Church is concerned lashes out bitter remarks,but I suspect they have no credo to follow,so bash anyone else who does >

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Additonal - to H-R I mean't "without justification" not with etc. typo error. If you have anything meaningful to write then do so.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Additonal: MB I do have to add that I am not against people being rich, just as long they have worked and been honest in dealing with others. I am not a socialist as I am against politics of envy. Being an atheist has no tenets and no political biased, it is simply that atheism rejects the claim that gods exist. Different atheists have different world view philosophies, political or otherwise. It is true though that most atheists are left wing politically, are pro choice when it comes to abortion and are tolerant, kind human beings. Of course there are bad people who are atheists as there are bad people who are theists. However if you want normally good & kind people to commit atrocities, then give them religion.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Thanks for your support MB. I would also like to ask H. Ralph have you anything to write other than disparaging remarks with justification. If the church is going to take credit for some good things it does, it must be prepared to be criticised for the immoral actions it undertakes. I stand by my claim against all religion in that it robs us of our integrity and morals.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • NorthStarRaven, I like the cut of your jib! Have you ever read `The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists`? In that, the good and worthy church-going, property-owning business classes purport to be `charitable`, while they simply `give` back to their employment slaves some of what they took from them in the first place. The hero (antihero?) of the tale, having tried to rescue the `slaves` from this abuse, is turned on and stoned by those frightened people. They preferred the comfort of subjugation to the scary reality of self-determination. So they `shot the messenger`. Similarly, you have clearly unsettled Hangon-ralph, so he told you to `shut up`, and denounced your views as `drivel`. I `like` that hymn - "The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate. (God) made them high and lowly and ordered their estate". (approx). The former `He` ordered from Harrod`s, the latter from Poundland. Keep it coming, NSR!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Making me think? Yes, making me think that nobody wants to read your tiresome drivel. PS. I do not follow any faith nor want to.

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    Hangon_ralph

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • He should of stayed in football, at least it would have been something real to believe in. Poor bloke, I feel sorry for him.

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    carrabuh

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • What is the matter H-r. Is all this making you think?

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    NorthStarRaven

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Oh do shut up.....

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    Hangon_ralph

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • I stand partially corrected 'Alan Cossey'. Christopher Hitchens said "religion poisons everything". Source '~God is Not Great'. The "toxic virus" part was said by someone else. However I think most readers of these comments would get the gist. As for Christianity doing some good, the church has done charity work for those in need. However it would have been nice for the needy not to have ransomed their sandwiches to be told they must kneel and pray to a god. Human decency precedes religion it does not derive from it.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • NSR, Hitchins did say some decent stuff but "Religion is a toxic virus that poisons everything" was not one of them. There are loads of things it hasn't affected and, in particular, Christianity has brought much good in many areas.

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    Alan Cossey

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Actually NSR I totally agree with your views on organised religion. I own a copy of Aqualung and much admire Manic Street Preachers. I just made a reference to St D being a regular altar attendee. Which is her prerogative.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • 'el dingo' Where religion is concerned, no one has the right not to be offended. Christopher Hitchens was right when he said 'Relgion is a toxic virus that poisons everything'. It robs us of our ethics and morality and stops critical and skeptical thinking and is dangerous.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • I`m fine thanks, Mrs. Doileng. Just go and finish retiling the roof before you dig that new drainage ditch. Gwaan. Gwaan, gwaan ,Fairther ... F€ck, girls, drink, er$e. Drink... Drink...! Right, so, Ted... I think the issue of offending St. Dee is an ecumenical matter. We need to call in Timbo, our resident specialist on such things.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Let's hope St Delia of Stowmarket isn't offended with NSR's pozt:) Would you like another cup of tea Brewer?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • I remember Phather Fil scoring a great winner against Reading after an `assist` from the referee. Or was it an act of God? Doesn`t he look a lot like Father Dougall McGuire, of Craggy Island, in that pic? I bet he gives great Mass, really works the congregation.. look at that altar technique, and the way he uses the chalice...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • What anybody does for a living or believe in is their business and I wish that Phil Mulryne has a happy and fulfilling life. However I do not think it wonderful that anyone would wish to become a priest of an organisation that is sexually oppressive and repressive and has committed atrocities for the last 1,000 years at least in the belief of it's god.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Is the other chap Bradley Johnson?

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    soulwaxer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • This is so wonderful !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Lets hope Phil is praying for a City miracle.

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    Sherbert

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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