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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle Utd ace Peter Murphy due to become a dad on Wembley final weekend

Peter Murphy today revealed he is targeting an amazing double celebration – as the Carlisle United hero is to become a father a day before the Blues go to Wembley.

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Peter Murphy and Lisa Armstrong

Murphy’s partner Lisa Armstrong is due to give birth on April 2 – just 24 hours before the defender goes for glory in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

And the long-serving Blues stalwart said the birth of his first child and a victory for the Cumbrians against Brentford at the national stadium would make it the perfect weekend. “Hopefully we will have plenty to celebrate by the end of that weekend,” Murphy said.

“It would be amazing to have the baby on the pitch at the end of the game after we have lifted the trophy.

“It’s an exciting time for me and hopefully everything will go to plan!”

Murphy, in his ninth season at Brunton Park, helped United reach their sixth JPT final in the space of 16 years at Huddersfield on Tuesday night.

It means the popular Dubliner will rack up his fourth cup final appearance with the Blues, having played at the Millennium Stadium in 2003 and 2006 and at Wembley last season.

The centre-half – set to continue in his preferred position at Southampton this weekend – is yet to be on the winning side in the showpiece occasion and hopes this year will be different, both for himself and United’s supporters.

“Last year was a disappointment, especially for all the fans who went down and spent a lot of money,” Murphy said. “We feel we owe them this year. From my point of view, I haven’t won one yet. Three times now I’ve had the feeling of watching the other team pick up the trophy, when you feel you’re on the outside looking in. I’m aiming to change that this year.”

Murphy said United’s achievement of a return to Wembley for a second successive year means he has honoured a promise to team-mate Danny Livesey.

But the defender pledged that the prospect of Carlisle’s day in the capital would not distract them from important league matters, like Saturday’s daunting clash with the promotion-chasing Saints.

“I remember on the coach to Wembley last year Danny was absolutely devastated because he was missing out through injury,” Murphy said. “I told him ‘We’ll get you back here’ and we have done it 12 months later and he will have a chance of being involved this time.

“It is an exciting prospect but there is a lot of football to be played in the meantime and we need to get back on track in the league.

“We have had a couple of bad results. If the lads’ minds have been on the cup game then hopefully that has gone now and we can get our form going again.

“We can’t afford a hangover from Tuesday night. Southampton are a very strong side, especially at home, and we have got to be mentally prepared for a very tough game. Last year when we got to Wembley the players spent a lot of time getting things sorted like tickets for their families. This year I’ll be telling the younger ones not to get involved in any of that – just concentrate on the league and look after Wembley when it comes around.”

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