Mum is the word for Norwich City starlet Josh Murphy
PUBLISHED: 09:45 26 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:51 26 September 2013
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As Josh Murphy scored a game changing goal on his debut his biggest fan was there to see it – his mum.
The winger’s introduction from the substitutes bench changed City’s Capital One Cup tie against Watford on Tuesday night when in the 77th minute, with Norwich two goals down, his left foot screamer slammed into the net via the crossbar.
His goal, less than 10 minutes after he had entered the fray, sparked a comeback which saw striker Gary Hooper score the winner in extra-time to take Norwich into the next round.
Amongst those clapping and cheering in the crowd were proud parents John and Maxine Murphy and younger brother Daniel as well as his fellow wing wizard and twin Jacob.
For his family, who live in Downham Market, it is the culmination of years of hard work having taken him and Jacob to training up to four times a week since they were children.
Their mother Mrs Murphy said: “I was feeling anticipation, excitement, nerves and tension. We were very nervous, we didn’t know if he would get on. I can’t imagine what he was feeling.
“But then he came on and the rest is history. I just about saw the goal over everyone jumping up, I saw him hit it and thought that is never going in, but it did.”
It has been a long road to the top for the Murphy brothers but they have always been supported by their mother.
The family runs Arbuckles restaurant, near Downham Market, and juggling work and getting the twins to training hasn’t always been easy.
Mrs Murphy said: “It’s been a long hard slog but it is nice to reap the benefits. We are so pleased it couldn’t have gone any better.
“When they were young we had to take them to training three or four times a week. Every day was planned around getting the boys to training.
“It was a big effort from their little brother Daniel as well who had to do homework in the supermarket and so on.
“Football is a rollercoaster ride and being their mother you live every minute of it with them.
“There were days where the kids would come in crying about not being good enough or they would get an average or just below average report when they were 13 or 14.”
Mrs Murphy also praised Norwich City manager Chris Hughton for giving Josh, 18, the chance to shine.
She added: “It is just about keeping him grounded, the club are very good at that.
“He’ll be having a recovery session today I should think. I don’t know what time he will have got to bed after that.”
While his parents are now hoping that Josh can continue to make an impression and get his chance in the Premier League they are also eager for brother Jacob to break into the first team.
After the victory it was his twin who was the first person that Josh wanted to speak to.
Their father John said: “Hopefully Jacob will get his chance next. They are both at a pretty similar ability level.
“He will have been very happy for Josh yesterday.”
Maxine added: “Jacob will be working hard to get his opportunity. Josh had his chance and he’s taken it.”
The Murphy twins were part of the Norwich City team who won the FA Youth Cup last season and have long been considered hot prospects at the club.
Martin Moss, assistant principal at Downham Market Academy coached the brothers for the school team.
He said: “Both Murphy twins were talented all round sportsmen from an early age although always football was the focus.
“They remained connected to Norwich throughout their school life and managed to balance academic study with time at Norwich City Academy.
“They were always keen, where possible, to represent the school in fixtures against other schools.
“Both boys were always very focused upon their ambitions and there was always the feeling they could go on to a professional career.”
It is easy to see where the brothers get their drive and belief to be at the top from.
When asked what next for Josh his mum declares: “The Champions League next year.”