Pub hon­ours Lis­bon Lions

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A Ruther­glen pub played host to a very spe­cial vis­i­tor to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of a Scot­tish foot­ball mile­stone - the Euro­pean Cup.

Pun­ters at Chap­mans came out in force to honour Ruther­glen Lis­bon Lion Bobby Mur­doch and cel­e­brate 50 years since Celtic won the tro­phy in Por­tu­gal.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, fans were able to get their hands on a replica of the tro­phy brought along by Ruther­glen busi­ness­man Ste­vie Kil­coyne.

Scarves, flags and mem­o­ra­bilia of the road to Lis­bon decked the pub’s walls and bar, pay­ing tribute to the Celtic team that be­came the first Bri­tish club to lift the Euro­pean Cup.

Ber­tie Auld, one of Bobby’s team mates from that all-con­quer­ing side, came along to join the cel­e­bra­tions and spoke of that night in Lis­bon when Celtic de­feated In­ter Mi­lan 2-1 to lift the tro­phy.

He heaped praise on Burgh boy Bobby who be­came a Euro­pean cham­pion, say­ing: “His tal­ents were much greater than many of the high­est paid mid­field­ers in the world just now.”

Money raised from the night went to Chap­mans’ cho­sen char­ity, the Kil­bryde Hospice,

Among those to get to grips with the tro­phy was Jim O’Con­nor from Fern­hill, who had taken his grand­son Conor Bell along.

He said: “To be here with my grand­son cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the Lis­bon Lions proves that the mem­ory and his­tory of this team will live on for many years to come.”

John Crozier of Chap­man’s Bar said: “We have been sup­port­ing Kil­bryde Hospice since I have been at Chap­man’s and to be able to raise over £2,000 whilst en­joy­ing an an­niver­sary such as this has just been heart-warm­ing.

“It was great to have Ber­tie here along with Lord Wil­lie Haughey and see­ing faces I haven’t seen in such a long time back to cel­e­brate with us.

“We also had com­mem­o­ra­tive t-shirts made and our thanks goes to Lord Wil­lie Haughey for al­low­ing us to use the new Lis­bon Lion 50th an­niver­sary logo he had com­mis­sioned only a few weeks ago.”

Kil­bryde Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gor­don McHugh, was rep­re­sented on the evening by daugh­ters Rayanne and Cara.

Rayanne said: “We are de­lighted to come along and rep­re­sent Kil­bryde Hospice at such a won­der­ful event. The singing of old and new songs, the pic­tures on the walls show­ing a pe­riod in his­tory when we weren’t even born is tes­ta­ment to such a great his­tor­i­cal event for Glas­gow, Scot­land and the UK, with Celtic be­ing the first ever Bri­tish Club to hold aloft this mag­nif­i­cent tro­phy.

“To also be in the com­pany of an ab­so­lute leg­end that is Ber­tie Auld has made it even more spe­cial.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who made this event a great success – they know who they are – and I know my dad is thank­ful to them for their sup­port.”

Liv­ing leg­endJim O’Con­nor, from Fern­hill, and his grand­son Conor Bell with Lis­bon Lion Ber­tie Auld

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