Everyone in Rutherglen knows someone who was a good footballer.
There have been generations of good players who played the Beautiful Game. Maybe it was a school friend, or someone who lived in your street, or someone you worked with, or maybe it was one of your family, your granddad, brother, cousin.
This site poses the question: Who is the Greatest Footballer to have come from Rutherglen?
The selection criteria is that the player must have been born, went to school, or lived within the Royal Burgh boundaries for more than 10 years. He must think of himself as a real Ruglonian. Rutherglen is a town of approx 26,000 people near Glasgow in Scotland.
It does NOT need to have been someone who made the top grade in football and played at a professional level. We all know someone who should have been a great player, but got lost along the way to Wine, Women, Song, or the Bookies.
The purpose of this site was initially for people to nominate players, and then vote for Rutherglen's Greatest Player! This is now where you can see the results of that process, and where you can share your comments, stories and pictures of all the great players who came from Rutherglen.
Each vote was collated, and the top players in each position (3-5-2, 1 Goalkeeper, 3 Defenders, 5 Midfielders and 2 strikers) took their places in the Greatest Rutherglen XI.
Have Your Say
The site originally had a comment function, which has now been disabled. But hundreds of the orginal notes, quotes, and anecdotes from the Team Page were preserved , and you can view them here. Just click on the "View Archive" button to expand the original comments. We have included a Disqus comment section below that, so that you can comment again! You just need to sign up with Disqus, which you can do with an email address or social media.
Rutherglen's Greatest XI
1: Neil Carr
2: Alan Forsyth
3: Tich Ward
4: Andy Martin
5: Bobby Murdoch
6: Billy Murdoch
7: James Murdoch
8: Willie Divers
9: Bernie Grant
10: Steve Archibald
11: Aiden McGeady
Of course that isn't the whole story. There were nearly 200 players nominated for Rutherglen's Greatest, and you can view and comment on them all on the Players Page.