Video: Former Norwich City and Manchester United midfielder Phil Mulryne on his journey into priesthood
09:15 17 April 2014
Eastern Daily Press © 2004
Former Norwich City midfielder Phil Mulryne has taken an important step in his training to become a Catholic priest.
In September 2013 Mulryne finished his noviciate year and made his profession in the Irish Province of the Dominicans having trained in Rome to become a Catholic priest.
Rumours of the Northern Irishman’s intention to train as a priest became well-known in the summer of 2010, two years after he had retired from the game after a spell with King’s Lynn, aged just 30.
Mulryne moved to Carrow Road for £500,000 in 1998 among much hype, having trained with stars such as David Beckham and Ryan Giggs at Manchester United.
He proceeded to show Canaries’ fans exactly what he had learned from training alongside Beckham by curling home an exquisite free-kick on his debut, a 1-0 win away at Grimsby Town. However, a broken leg soon stopped his fledgling career in its tracks.
He returned to play a key role in City’s charge to the Division One play-off final in 2002 and the Division One title in 2004 but played a bit-part role in the ill-fated Premier League campaign which followed.
In 2005 his injuries saw him leave Norwich and begin dropping down the Football League, with brief spells at Cardiff City and Leyton Orient, before bringing his career to a close with King’s Lynn.