Bobby Murdoch

In his prime one of the best midfield players in the world. Always played well in the big games for Celtic. Only man from Rutherglen to have a won a European Cup winners medal.

 

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Posted by WeeShuggieC
Tuesday 19th of March 2013 18:31:23
Well done to big John Daly AND Frank Daly (dad) RIP god bless them all in 'AVOCA' team ...
Posted by WeeShuggieC
Tuesday 19th of March 2013 18:27:22
...Who in Rutherglen was called The Next ...'Bobby Murdoch'...???
Posted by Bobby Murdoch
Wednesday 07th of November 2012 13:10:44
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Posted by anonymous
Thursday 27th of September 2012 03:22:08
Rutherglen's finest..
Posted by anonymous
Wednesday 25th of January 2012 21:37:26
There was a song written about Bobby after his death. To see/hear it please see YOUTUBE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmfZr1GXDB4 - This will be emmotional for anyone who knew him or seen him play in his prime.
Posted by anonymous
Thursday 15th of December 2011 20:41:12
God bless Bobby world class!!!!!
Posted by Besty
Saturday 19th of November 2011 10:14:47
He made more goals than any other Celtic player. Very unselfish player. Also scored more than 100 goals in his Celtic career. A true legend.
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 06th of November 2011 20:16:11
I cannae imagine Murdy taking all the instuctions from all these coaches at the side of the park today with their fancy ideas and clipboards and diagrams. Give him a ball at his feet and he will find the shortest route to score a goal.
Posted by Michael
Saturday 05th of November 2011 00:59:04
He is the symbol of Rutherglen. A great player. If you have never seen him play, get your Dad or Grandad to tell you about Bobby Murdoch. Simply the best player from our wee town, who was recognised across the world of football.
Posted by anonymous
Saturday 05th of November 2011 00:24:23
The complete footballer. And a nice person.
Posted by John McGuigan
Sunday 30th of October 2011 00:43:23
The greatest Celtic player I have ever seen in the greatest football side I have ever seen.
Posted by David Potter
Monday 24th of October 2011 23:38:46
So often at Celtic Park these days, I deplore the lack of a midfield general, a man who can take a grip of a game, who can impose himself on the game and to make it happen.And you see, I know what I'm talking about because I SAW BOBBY MURDOCH ! Read my book "Bobby Murdoch, Different Class" for more details. He probably contributed more to the great Celtic team of the late 1960s than even Billy McNeill or Jimmy Johnstone, and that is saying something. Bobby Murdoch, when will we see your likes again?
Posted by Paul
Saturday 22nd of October 2011 22:57:31
He was called Chopper for a reason. Tough has teak. He had it all: toughness, scored goals, could pass a ball, team player, a winner. 8 League Championship winner medals: played in 5 Scottish Cups: played 5 league Cups: 12 Caps: 6 Goals; European Cup winners medal:and a Burgh Cup Winners medal. Would often see him in the Main Street. Just a Rutherglen guy who had an exceptional talent.
Posted by George
Saturday 22nd of October 2011 22:04:29
400 times the skill and heart of most footballers today. They do not make players like this today. Also a cracking man. Football is always played at different levels. You find your own level when you think you are a good player. Then you find out there is someone better. You would have to climb Mount Everest to be better that Bobby Murdoch. He is the best player from Rutherglen by the length of the Main Street.
Posted by ALAN WILSON
Thursday 20th of October 2011 21:28:13
SOMETHING SHOULD BE PUT IN RUGLEN FOR BOBBY MURDOCH,AND IAM A BLUE NOSE,THE GUY WAS PURE CLASS FROM THE FEW CLIPS I SAW OF HIM WAS ENOUGH,A SEAT ON THE MAIN ST OR A SMALL STATUE FOR A BIG BIG FOOTBALL PLAYER.
Posted by shrigleybhoy
Sunday 16th of October 2011 19:25:15
I got to meet "Big Bobby" not long after I met,Hughie Connor,from Rutherglen.Hughie's from Rutherglen and had known, Bobby,all his life.When Hughie introduced me to Bobby we became friends,and that is one privelage I shall cherish for the rest of my life!Hail Hail!Big Man!
Posted by Frank
Sunday 16th of October 2011 17:50:03
The midfield is the most crucial area of the game. This is where games are won or lost. Murdoch was a combination of an attacking midfielder and a holding midfielder. He did the job of 2 men. Just a great unselfish team player.
Posted by Frank
Saturday 15th of October 2011 09:06:57
I have been told that there is a great photo of Bobby as a school boy being carried along the Rutherglen Main Street on the shoulders of his school pals after they won the Burgh Cup. Probably around 1954. Would be great to see that photo.
Posted by anonymous
Thursday 13th of October 2011 09:02:49
Amazing
Posted by John
Saturday 08th of October 2011 18:40:26
There has been 3 good books written about Chopper: ( his other nick name was Sam ) "Bobby Murdoch: Different Class" by David Potter (2003) "All The Way With Celtic" by Bobby Murdoch (1970) Bobby Murdoch: The Bhoy from Rutherglen by Robert Harvey (2010). Not sure if anyone else from Ruggie has had 3 books written about them.
Posted by Big Al
Saturday 08th of October 2011 18:36:50
Are you sure that last comment about a thrupenny bit is correct ? Cos Big Jack Charlton wh owas his manager at Middleboro sais: " Bobby was an amazing passer of a ball who could drop a ball on a sixpence from any distance and,".
Posted by Eddie
Saturday 08th of October 2011 18:31:01
Bobby was voted Scottish Player of the Year in 1969 - I think I am right in saying he is the only Ruglonian to win that top award.
Posted by Joe
Saturday 08th of October 2011 18:18:51
Murdy could land the ball on a thrupenny bit. Best passer and best player from Rutherglen.
Posted by Paul
Tuesday 04th of October 2011 17:09:00
Easily the best player to come out the Burgh,and One of the finest our Country has produced.Always had time for any and everyone.We used to sit and marvel at the old stories he would tell us on a Sunday Night in the Vogue bar Rutherglen.Many an interesting conversation,he is fondly missed.
Posted by anonymous
Monday 03rd of October 2011 20:09:26
Never liked Graeme Souness apart from his comment that Bobby Murdoch was the best player he played with and helped his gane go to a higher level.
Posted by Kathleen M
Thursday 29th of September 2011 22:37:31
Of course I am biased but I think Bobby has to be the best player to have come out of Rutherglen. He was very proud of coming from Rutherglen and never forgot his roots.
Posted by George Burgh
Thursday 29th of September 2011 21:00:41
This site has some great players on it some made it in to the profesional game in Scotland and abroad. It is with no disrespect to these players that i say Bobby Murdoch is by far the greatest Player to come out of Rutherglen His achievements stand alone, amongst some great players. He was born too early when he was married his first house was a 2 room and kitchen up a close in cathcart street 3 years later he was hailed as the mastermind behind the greatest ever victory by a Scotish team, can you imagine any comprable modern players living up a close and going to the park on a bus?
Posted by Terry
Sunday 25th of September 2011 20:56:43
When Graeme Souness went to Middlesbrough as a young footballer it was Bobby Murdoch who helped him make a living out of football. Souness always acknowledged the help, guidance and advice he got from Bobby.
Posted by Hugh
Sunday 25th of September 2011 08:17:19
" Murdoch - he is World Class". This was a quote from a scout from Racing Club of Argentina who were playing Celtic in the 1967 World Club Championship. There was also a headline in the newspaper something like " Murdoch: the player money cannot buy. ". No bad for a wee boy that learned to kick a ball around the streets in Rutherglen.
Posted by tommy
Saturday 24th of September 2011 12:33:17
Players like Bobby Murdoch are born to play football. They are not made or manafactured by some coach with a SFA certificate. He was world class and that is a word that is sometimes used too frequently for other players. But he was that, and a little bit more. If you go onto Youtube and key in " Bobby Murdoch " you will see some of his outstanding performances. Best memory for me was when he scored against Leeds United at Hampden in the semi final of the European Cup in 1970. He celebrated by jumping up and punching the air at the Rutherglen end of Hampden. This is not far from where he was born. That photo hangs on the wall in our local pub in Rutherglen Main Street.
Posted by joe
Saturday 17th of September 2011 14:56:14
I remember Bobby coming into the St.Columbkilles dressing room when he was about 8 years old. He was so skinny. We had to give him a belt to hold up his shorts ! But what a football player he was
Posted by frank
Saturday 17th of September 2011 14:53:28
I read the Bobby Murdock book " The Bhoy from Rutherglen ". - Page 118 top. From the team line-up I'm 99% certain that this photo was taken before the 1956 Lamara Cup Final in Whifflet (the two de rigueur subs' track suits -Francie McBride and Ned McKeown - are a bit special!!!). We drew the first game 3-3. My cousin who was playing for our opponents St Augustines told me years later that the centre forward I played against on the day was later to be known as 'Yogi' - yes the same one! A small world indeed. In the replay Bobby was 'pursued enthusiastically' by a couple of the opposition - and carried off after a few minutes, not to return. We lost 6-0!!! The other trophy we did win that year was the Tortolano Cup, played at Chryston
Posted by Frank
Saturday 17th of September 2011 14:51:17
- I remember in his St.Cilles' days he sometimes carried an old superstitious, leather stud in his fist during matches! Dangerous or what?!?
Posted by frank
Saturday 17th of September 2011 14:50:21
- The 1956 Glasgow Primary Cup. In the semi at Garngad we beat the then undefeated St Georges (I think) by 4-1 with Bobby scoring all our goals. After the game, as we walked to the trolley bus, a local hooligan appeared from a close, targetted Bobby and set about him with a webbed belt. The fathers gave chase but didn't catch him. Maybe just as well! And in the final against St Rochs, at the same ground, Bobby scored one and Frankie 'Bullet' Cannon notched a hat-trick as Murdoch picked up the Glasgow Cup for the first time. In the same year Southcroft Park was being turfed for the first time ever, was closed for the season and so no Burgh Cup. I guess since we had won the Glasgow Cup, the Ruglen one would have been a gimmee!
Posted by frank
Saturday 17th of September 2011 14:48:55
I have a few memories of playing alongside Bobby at Our Ladies High School, especially at under-15 level, when we had five players who ended up playing senior football, and we won absolutely nothing!!
Posted by Brian
Saturday 17th of September 2011 13:34:07
Bobby was a great player - you better believe it. When he made his debut for Celtic agains Hearts he scored a goal after 7 minutes. Lots of his pals from Rutherglen were at that game and were delighted for him.
Posted by Jackie
Saturday 17th of September 2011 11:54:16
Murdy never scored a soft goal. Always scored from outside the 18 yard line. Great shot on him with either foot. I think it was all due to all that practice as a wee boy when he would batter the ball against the school playground wall.
Posted by Brian
Saturday 17th of September 2011 00:55:13
What a player. A great Ruglonian.
Posted by George
Saturday 17th of September 2011 00:10:42
Bobby was born in Toryglen Rd. Just along the road from Hampden Park. He was born to play football. You could not meet a nicer guy. We are talking here about a gut at the height of his career was the best midfield player in Europe. How cool is that for a guy from Rutherglen. He was always supportive of local football football teams and would always make himself available to attend medal presentations. He is an inspiration to all young local footballers wanting to make a career in football.
Posted by Frankie
Friday 16th of September 2011 23:59:19
Bobby never forgot people who helped him in his early days in football in Rutherglen. When he wrote his book he mentioned the school jannie, Frank Dayl, and school teacher Terry Heaney, who first picked him for the school team. You can take the boy out of Rutherglen, but you can never take Rutherglen out of the boy,
Posted by Gerry
Friday 16th of September 2011 23:54:06
Bobby was part of the most famous football family from Rutherglen. The Murdochs are well known to football fans in Rutherglen. One of his old pals rememebers Bobby getting carried along the MAIN stree on someone shoulders after his school team won the Burgh Cup in the 1950's. Does anyone have a photograph of that ?
Posted by archie
Friday 16th of September 2011 20:31:57
Big Jock Stein said that Bobby Murdoch was the best player he ever managed. It disnae get much better than that. Easily the best footballer to be born in Rutherglen.
Posted by Richard
Friday 16th of September 2011 14:42:31
Greatest player to come out of Rutherglen. There should be a statue of him in the Main Streer or up in Overtoun Park where he played as a school boy. Maybe even a plaque up in the Town Hall or name a street after him.

Bobby Murdoch

Bobby Murdoch

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