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John Murphy
John Murphy
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John ‘Basher’ Murphy (Left half, 1950-59) – John was connected with Cowden right through the 1950’s. He was farmed out to the juniors at first with Kelty Rangers, Bonnyrigg Rose and Crossgates Primrose. He also turned out for Dunfermline Royals ice hockey team. John’s career with Cowden was hampered by his call up to the RAF. From 1957 to 1959 was Basher’s heyday at Central Park. He was a ferocious tackler and was unwilling to even countenance defeat. He was also a constructive player. In season 1957/58, he was Cowden skipper and also ‘the penalty king’ given his reliability from the spot. He was transferred to Queen of the South in 1959. As the Queens history puts it ‘Murphy came onto the park for each game utterly convinced that his team was going to win, and he made a particular point of impressing his conviction on the opposing forward line. Every tackle was made with grim determination. When his career was ended by injury Queens suffered a serious loss’. John played over 200 league games for the Doonhamers. He hung up his boots in 1967 and still lives locally.

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