Hun­dreds turn out to honour Bobby

Event cel­e­brates the life of late Lis­bon Lion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Over 100 Celtic fans turned out on Fri­day to honour the late Bobby Mur­doch at Ruther­glen Town Hall.

A spe­cial print recog­nis­ing Bobby’s in­cred­i­ble achieve­ments for the Hoops was un­veiled and will now go on per­ma­nent dis­play in the build­ing.

Mem­bers of Bobby’s fam­ily were there, in­clud­ing his widow Kath­leen and 93-year-old mother Bar­bara.

Also there was Pa­tri­cia Mor­row, a child­hood friend of Bobby’s who first put the idea to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Dig­ni­taries in­cluded his for­mer team­mates and Lis­bon Lions John Clark, John Hughes and Ber­tie Auld, as well as Celtic chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Lawwell and broad­cast­ing leg­end Archie MacPher­son.

From Ruther­glen, Lord McAvoy - a child­hood friend of Bobby’s - spoke of their time at St Colum­bkille’s Pri­mary and es­pe­cially the time they won the Glas­gow Cup for the school.

Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy was there along with coun­cil­lors Ger­ard Killen, De­nis McKenna and Brian McKenna as was Gordon McHugh, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kil­bryde Hospice, who runs the an­nual Bobby Mur­doch foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing about Bobby as a player, Archie MacPher­son said the dearth of Scot­tish tal­ent in the mod­ern game made him ap­pre­ci­ate see­ing men like Bobby at their peak.

Of his Ruther­glen roots, Lord McAvoy said: “Burn­hill, Spit­tal and the town helped to make Bobby the man he was.”

Speak­ing to the Re­former after the event, his for­mer team­mates paid trib­ute to Bobby.

John Clark said: “He was a re­ally good player, very sk­il­ful with both feet, he could pass the ball eas­ily with both feet.

“Foot­ball nowa­days doesn’t have a player like him. Peo­ple say the game has changed but no one can do what he could do.

“He was very down to earth, a re­ally good guy.”

Ber­tie Auld was just as forth­com­ing with his praise.

“He had this tremen­dous way of ex­press­ing him­self in the game. “He had ev­ery­thing in his locker - pass­ing, fin­ish­ing and ag­gres­sion. He was so spe­cial to the dress­ing room. There were 11 of us in there and ev­ery one was a leader, in­clud­ing Bobby.”

Pa­tri­cia Mor­row, who orig­i­nally came to the Re­former with the idea just over a year ago, was de­lighted to see her sug­ges­tion come to fruition.

“It’s just fan­tas­tic this has hap­pened. Bobby was a Ruther­glen boy and I’m sure ev­ery­one is very proud of what he did.

“I have to say if it had not been for Ed­die McAvoy this would not have hap­pened.”

Bobby’s son, Bobby ju­nior, added: “We just want to thank ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in this process. It’s been a very spe­cial day for the fam­ily.”

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 Middlesbrough.

He 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 at the age of 56.

Be­hind the mike Archie MacPher­son paid trib­ute to Ruther­glen’s finest player

Daddy’s boy Bobby Mur­doch ju­nior spoke on be­half of the fam­ily

Fam­ily af­fair The Mur­doch fam­ily en­joyed a spe­cial day

Leg­end Bobby Mur­doch

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