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Macclesfield sign ex-Leeds, Bolton, Crewe, Burton player to strengthen already strong squad

Macclesfield sign ex-Leeds, Bolton, Crewe, Burton player Luke Murphy to strengthen and already strong squad for the 2022/23 season.

The Silkmen have brought in the experienced midfielder having already won six games in all competitions this term.

He is a product of Crewe Alexandra’s academy and was their captain prior to spending five years at Leeds, with a loan spell at Burton, and then two seasons at Bolton, before returning to Crewe once again.


Macclesfield FC are thrilled to announce the signing of former Crewe Alexandra, Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Luke Murphy, who has agreed terms with his hometown Club.

Luke progressed through Crewe Alexandra’s illustrious Academy – making his senior debut for The Railwaymen in a 1 – 0 victory against Swindon Town back in December 2008.

Over a five-year period, Luke would go on to make 161 appearances for the Cheshire outfit and was installed as Club Captain.

Having led the Club to promotion via the play-offs in 2012, Luke then led Crewe to Football League Trophy glory twelve months later.

Named in the PFA League One Team of the Season, Luke also claimed the Club’s Player of the Year award before signing for Leeds United in the summer of 2013.

Murphy made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion on 3 August 2013 where he scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner to give Leeds a 2 – 1 victory.

The tenacious midfielder went on to make over a century of appearances for the Yorkshire side – as well as enjoying an extended loan period at Burton Albion.

Luke then signed for Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2018, before returning to Gresty Road two years later.

Reappointed as Club Captain, Murphy would make another 78 appearances for The Railwaymen and despite being released last summer, has continued to train with the Club in order to maintain his fitness levels.

We would like to welcome Luke to the Leasing.com Stadium and will be catching up with the 32-year-old to discuss the move shortly.


Youth career
–2008 – Crewe Alexandra

Senior career
2008–2013 – Crewe Alexandra – 161 games (21 goals)
2013–2018 – Leeds United – 103 games (7 goals)
2017–2018 → Burton Albion (loan) – 57 games (2 goals)
2018–2020 – Bolton Wanderers – 40 games (2 goals)
2020–2022 – Crewe Alexandra – 78 games (1 goal)


GK – Nathan Pennington (dual-registered with Squires Gate)
GK – Marcelo Pitaluga (on loan from Liverpool)
DF – Will Bell
DF – Jelani Blake
DF – Joe Bunney
DF – Dan Cowan
DF – Lewis Fensome
DF – Zeki Fryers
DF – Sam Grimshaw
DF – Jacob Hanson
DF – Brandon Lee
MF – Harry Bower
MF – Alex Curran
MF – Neil Danns
MF – Mark Duffy
MF – Charlie Duke (dual-registered with Wythenshawe Amateurs)
MF – Laurent Mendy (captain)
MF – Luke Murphy
MF – Brandon Newell (dual-registered with Wythenshawe Town)
FW – James Berry
FW – Tom Clare
FW – Neil Kengni
FW – Nicky Maynard
FW – Andy Owens
FW – Tre Pemberton

Fans gave their reaction as Macclesfield sign the ex-Leeds, Bolton, Crewe, Burton player to strengthen their already strong squad…

@ventris14: Great signing 👌👌

@GelderdResident: Mental signing. Ridiculous quality for that level.

@sidbennett1: Nice guy. Good luck Murph.

@WorrallGarry: Good player

@013Tay: This is madness 😂

@JoshMcCluskey8: Rediculous signing this 😳😮‍💨💸

@AlexSherwin_: 🤣🤣🤣🤣 some crazy money around non-league

@ChrisLukeJones: I know he wasn’t cut out for us anymore but Christ

@Railwayman1995: Said he’d end up here when he was rightly released in May. Should piss it at that level. Not EFL standard but probably 2 leagues above the level Macc are playing at now! Good luck to him. A fine servant to the club! #crewealex

@MattLargeDesign: Luke Murphy in the 8th tier is a joke 😂 Never forgetting that goal he scored for us against Derby

@NotMartLowe1: That honestly just mental ffs..

@SamWild03893799: If Macclesfield don’t win their league undefeated 😮‍💨😮‍💨

@jesusismynann: What the fuck

@tom2691: The players being signed in the NPL West league this year is ridiculous

@Matt_Vare: Well well well what do we have here then

@StandingAlone77: Brilliant move for Murphy. Maybe a bit far down the pyramid, but his hometown team and the chance to be in a promotion winning side. Definitely far too good for that level. Pleased that he’s fixed himself up.

@AlunInHope: If he’s returning to his hometown club then I have much less of an issue because he would feel it’s a project that he wants in on. Money will always be a factor and at that level can we deny them when their careers can be so brief.

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