Jacob Murphy explains his Geordie roots – and lifelong passion for Newcastle

Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy has told of his lifelong passion for Newcastle United.

The winger today joined the club from Norwich City in a £12million deal.

Murphy was born in Wembley and grew up in Norfolk.

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But he has always been a Newcastle fan thanks to his Geordie family.

"It was a childhood dream of mine to come and represent Newcastle," said the 22-year-old. "The opportunity's now here, and I can't wait to get started.

"It's a proud moment for myself and my family. Everyone's crazy Newcastle supporters, so the move to come here was a no-brainer, really.

"My mother's from Birtley. My dad a little further up in Ashington. The rest of my family are all from Gateshead.

"They've always been Newcastle supporters, and that was the team I chose to follow. I've been getting messages from them and they're really excited to see it go through."

Murphy's first game was a UEFA Cup tie against PSV Eindhoven in April 2004.

The 22-year-old went with his twin brother Josh, a forward at Norwich.

"My first game I went to watch with my brother was Newcastle-PSV in the UEFA Cup," Murphy told NUFC TV.

"It was a 2-1 win. Alan Shearer and Gary Speed got the goals. Laurent Robert, Olivier Bernard – I enjoyed watching those players growing up.

"They used to really stick out to me ... Robert with his wand of a left foot. He used to cannon everything in."

Murphy scored at St James's Park last season for Norwich.

"Playing there with Norwich last season, the atmosphere is magical," said the England Under-21 international. "I couldn't hear any of the boys.

"All I could hear was the fans. I wanted to be part of that when I had the opportunity to come here."