Lion hon­our

One of Ruther­glen’s favourite foot­balling sons is set to be hon­oured by the town. A plaque will be un­veiled at the town hall on Fri­day in mem­ory of Bobby Mur­doch. Bobby was a mem­ber of the fa­mous Lis­bon Li­ons Celtic team who won the Euro­pean Cup in 1967

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

One of the Ruther­glen’s favourite foot­balling sons is set to be hon­oured by the town.

Bobby Mur­doch is widely re­garded as the finest player ever to come from the Royal Burgh and was a mem­ber of the Celtic team who won the Euro­pean Cup in 1967 against In­ter Mi­lan in Lis­bon. The Re­former ap­proached South La­nark­shire Coun­cil af­ter we were con­tacted by a reader who felt the town should do some­thing to hon­our the Lis­bon Lion. And a plaque will now be un­veiled at Ruther­glen Town Hall at 10am on Fri­day as a trib­ute to the former St Colum­bkille’s pupil. Dur­ing his time at Celtic, Bobby 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. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Celtic will be there along with mem­bers of Bobby’s fam­ily and or­gan­is­ers of the Bobby Mur­doch Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment, an an­nual event that raises money for the Kil­bryde Hospice. Also there will be TV broad­cast­ing leg­end Archie MacPher­son and Bobby’ s child­hood friend, Lord McAvoy. Bobby’s widow, Kath­leen told the Re­former: “It’s re­ally nice nice, we’re all re­ally pleased.

“Ev­ery­one knows Bobby as a Lis­bon Lion but to his sons he was just their dad so we’re very proud.

“He was a Ruther­glen boy. Peo­ple al­ways say he was born in Both­well but he was born in his gran’s house in Burn­hill.”

The cer­e­mony will take place just a few weeks af­ter the 50th an­niver­sary of the start of Celtic’s run to Euro­pean glory.

Look­ing back on that time, Kath­leen said: “They were win­ning ev­ery­thing at home, so they were ob­vi­ously play­ing re­ally well, but I’m not go­ing to say I thought they would win the Euro­pean Cup.

“The year be­fore Jock Stein had taken them to Amer­ica and they were away a few weeks again in 1966. That was when he moulded the team to­gether. They came back and just went on and on.

“We did it with 11 Scots­man. Even Manch­ester United the year af­ter had Scots and Ir­ish in their team.”

He was a Ruther­glen boy… he was born in his gran’s house in Burn­hill Wife Kath­leen

Leg­end Bobby Mur­doch en­joyed an in­cred­i­ble ca­reer, the high­light of which was win­ning the Euro­pean Cup in 1967 (top right)

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