It wasn’t just Newcastle United and their fans celebrating when promotion was confirmed with the 4-1 win over Preston in April.
NUFC back in the Premier League also triggered a £1m windfall for a Championship club.
When Daryl Murphy arrived at Newcastle late in the summer 2016 transfer window, Sky Sports’ man in the north east Keith Downie announced that the deal has cost Newcastle £3m up front, with a further £1m payable to Ipswich if Newcastle win promotion.
Ironically, it was Ipswich who tried their level best to derail Newcastle’s transfer bid, defeating and outplaying a poor United team 3-1, in the match before Rafa Benitez at last had promotion confirmed.
Daryl Murphy was one of the very few to do himself justice that day, scoring Newcastle’s consolation goal but refusing to fully celebrate in respect to the fans of a club where he’d scored 50 league goals in his last three seasons there.
The Murphy transfer looks to have suited all parties and despite only starting seven Championship games (plus off the bench in another eight), the striker scored five league goals including in the wins over Brentford, Rotherham and Huddersfield, plus an assist in another. He also scored against Birmingham in the FA Cup.
Only yesterday, Murphy once again repeated what a ‘no-brainer’ it was to sign for Newcastle, and now we wait to see whether Rafa Benitez sees any role for the 34 year old forward as an impact sub next season in the top tier
Daryl Murphy speaking to WLRFM radio station 22 May 2017:
“I think I recently said that it was no-brainer of a decision to go, it was, but it wasn’t a case that it was easy to leave Ipswich.
“I had some great, fond memories there – Mick McCarthy brought me over from England when I first came over with Sunderland, he signed me again at Ipswich and really looked after me.
“I had a good bond with the fans and everything there, so in that sense it was tough to leave…but if Newcastle come in for you at my age and at that stage of my career, there was only one choice I could make.
“I think he was upset because most of our play went through me, that’s not sounding big-headed or anything, that was just the way we played and we got great joy from it over the years.
“I think he was more upset at the timing of it, it didn’t really leave any time to get a replacement in and I think that was probably frustrating for him and the club.”
Rafa Benitez when signing Daryl Murphy – 28 August 2016:
“Daryl has experience and has proven that he can score goals in the Championship.
“He gives us another option in attack and we could see from this weekend’s game against Brighton that we needed more bodies up front.
“Daryl has a good attitude and he can be very important for us this season.”