Philip Mulryne

Philip Mulryne

Football player infobox
playername = Philip Mulryne

fullname = Philip Patrick Stephen Mulryne
nickname =
height = height|ft=5|in=9
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1978|1|1
cityofbirth = Belfast
countryofbirth = Northern Ireland
currentclub = "Unattached"
clubnumber =
position = Midfielder
youthyears = 1992-1996
youthclubs = Manchester United
years = 1996-1999
clubs = Manchester United
Norwich City
Cardiff City
Leyton Orient
King's Lynn
caps(goals) = 001 00(0)
161 0(18)
004 00(0)
002 00(0)
nationalyears = 1992-1993
nationalteam = Northern Ireland U-15
Northern Ireland U-16
Northern Ireland U-17
Northern Ireland U-18
Northern Ireland U-21
Northern Ireland B
Northern Ireland
nationalcaps(goals) = 007 00(1)
001 00(0)
001 00(0)
004 00(2)
005 00(1)
001 00(1)
027 00(3)
pcupdate = 14:34, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
ntupdate = 14:34, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Philip Patrick Stephen Mulryne (born January 1, 1978 in Belfast) is a Northern Irish footballer who most recently played for Kings Lynn F.C..


Before his football career Philip played Gaelic Football for County Antrim club Lamh Dhearg and he had a successful spell at the club.

Mulryne began his career as a youth team player at Manchester United in 1994. He was in the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1995, and became a Northern Ireland international even before he made his first team debut. His full international debut came in February 1997 against Belgium but Mulryne had to wait until the following October to make his debut for United against Ipswich in the Coca Cola Cup (a 2-0 defeat). Despite being capable as a striker, midfielder or right winger, these positions were virtually monopolised by accomplished stars such as David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole and Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer, and so Mulryne only managed a handful of first-team games in five seasons at Old Trafford.

Mulryne joined Norwich City for £500,000 on March 25 1999 in the hope of gaining more first-team opportunities.

Mulryne made a promising start to his Norwich career, scoring an excellent free-kick in a televised 1-0 win at Grimsby Town in Division One shortly after joining. However, a broken leg sustained against Blackburn Rovers shortly after the start of the following season ruled him out for virtually all of the 1999-00 campaign.

In the 2001-02 season, Mulryne was a member of the Norwich team that reached the final of the Division One play-offs. The match ended 1-1 after extra time and Mulryne missed one of the spot-kicks in the subsequent shoot-out as Birmingham City won 4-2 on penalties. Mulryne had missed another penalty earlier that season in a league match against Gillingham at Carrow Road. Mulryne's contract was expiring that summer and there was a great deal of speculation regarding his future until he signed a new three year contract with Norwich.

He was part of the Norwich side that won promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions in 2004, but they stayed there for only one season before being relegated. Mulryne then departed from Carrow Road, cancelling his contract by mutual agreement shortly before it expired. He signed for Cardiff City two months later.

On August 30 2005 Mulryne was ejected from Northern Ireland's squad by manager Lawrie Sanchez for a breach of discipline [ [ Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats: Phil Mulryne ] ] .

At the end of the 2005-06 season, Mulryne was released from his contract at Ninian Park having made only a handful of substitute appearances, and was not until January 2007 before he found a new club after spells having trials with amongst others, Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Polish champions Legia Warsaw and Barnsley [ [ Flown From the Nest -Phil Mulryne ] ] .

Manager Martin Ling signed Mulryne for Leyton Orient on January 23 2007 on a free transfer after impressing on a trial. He made his debut against Brighton & Hove Albion in a 4-1 home defeat on February 13 after 16 months without first team action. He was released at the end of the 2006-07 season, having helped Orient avoid relegation which had looked almost certain for much of the campaign. [ [ O's boss begins summer clearout] ]

He subsequently had a trial at Bournemouth and played in a friendly against Southampton and then came a trial with St. Mirren in Scotland.

On 25 October 2007 Mulryne joined Kings Lynn FC on a non-contract basis [ [ King's Lynn Football Club - Official Website ] ] . He was released by the club on 1 January 2008 [cite news|url=|title=Linnets axe Mulryne as Sedgemore signs|accessdate=2008-01-30|date=2008-01-01|publisher= [] ] . It was announced on 14 March that Mulryne was training with Cliftonville [ [ BBC SPORT | Football | Irish | Larne v Cliftonville ] ]


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* [ Information re Mulryne's international career]

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