Last­ing trib­ute to icon Bobby

Ruther­glen woman’s bid for per­ma­nent me­mo­rial

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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