Lasting tribute to icon Bobby
Rutherglen woman’s bid for permanent memorial
Rutherglen should have a permanent memorial to Celtic legend Bobby
That’s the view of at least one local woman who knew Bobby when he was a boy.
Patricia Morrow cont ac t e d the Reformer after reading about the Lisbon Lion in last week’s paper.
She said it would be fitting if the town honoured its favourite son in some way, and suggested naming the Lifestyle Centre at Eastfield after him.
She said: “The articles have been really good.
“But I’m a bit disappointed that there isn’t something in the Burgh named after him.
“I thought to myself, they could have named the health centre The Bobby Murdoch Centre.
“That would seem like a fitting tribute.
“It was a great thing Bobby and the team achieved.
“It was many years ago but we’ve not had anything like that.
“That would have been a fitting tribute, and it still could be.
“It’s a shame there’s nothing here for him at all.”
Former St Columbkille’s Primary School pupil Bobby was a member of the famous Celtic team which lifted the European Cup in Lisbon in 1967.
He also won eight league medals, four Scottish Cup honours and five League cup gongs.
After leaving Celtic, he made almost 100 appearances for Middlesborough.
He also played 12 times for Scotland at a time international caps were harder to come by, scoring six goals in the process. Sadly, he died in 2001. The Bobby Murdoch memorial tournament is played each year in his memory to raise money for Kilbryde Hospice.
Celtic fan Patricia, whose uncle Jimmy Dunn played for Glencairn before starring for Leeds down south, added: “I remember him when he played for St Columbkille’s and never forgot it.
“I’m a Celtic fan but that’s not the reason I’m saying this.
“I’d be saying the same if it was a Rangers player and they have the Ally McCoist centre in East Kilbride.
“Ally is entitled to be recognised and he’s still going strong.
“However, I feel that Rutherglen not to have done something for Bobby is such a shame.”
The Reformer asked South Lanarkshire Council about the possibility of a permanent tribute to Bobby by renaming the sports facility.
But Gerry Campbell, general manager of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said on the matter: “South Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Ltd have no plans to change the name of the Lifestyle Centre at this time.”
It’s a shame there’s no tribute to Bobby