Bobby Murdoch

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Bobby Murdoch was born in Bothwell, Scotland on 17 August 1944. Died 15 May 2001, aged 56

Brought up in Rutherglen, he lived there for most of his life and attended St. Columbkillle’s Primary school in Rutherglen, before moving to Our Lady’s High Secondary in Motherwell. Murdoch first joined Celtic in 1959, earning £3 per week as a part-time player while also being employed as a sheet-metal worker. He played for junior club Cambuslang Rangers for two years to gain experience before joining Celtic as a full-time professional.

Murdoch initially played for Celtic as an inside right, but only showed signs of being a reasonable performer in that position. This was in a period where players were not well developed by Celtic due to a lack of quality coaching. Jock Stein moved Murdoch to right half soon after he was appointed Celtic manager in 1965. With that simple action, Murdoch was the first player to significantly benefit from Stein’s arrival. Playing in the deeper position allowed Murdoch to use his long passing ability more effectively. He still continued to score at least 10 goals a season, knocking in shots from cutbacks by Bertie Auld or Jimmy Johnstone.

During his time at Celtic, he won eight Scottish League titles, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups, as well as the 1967 European Cup Final winners’ medal. Murdoch’s shot was deflected by Stevie Chalmers to score Celtic’s winning goal. Murdoch also played in the 1970 European Cup Final, when Celtic lost 2–1 to Feyenoord. In total, he made nearly 500 appearances for Celtic and scored approximately 100 goals.

His later years with Celtic were marked with injury problems, as Murdoch had difficulty maintaining his weight at a correct level. His importance to the success of a great Celtic team was such that when Jock Stein was asked when he thought Celtic might win the European Cup again he replied “when Bobby Murdoch is fit”. Stein also credited Murdoch with being “just about the best player I had as a manager”. Murdoch was voted Scottish player of the year in 1969 by the football writers. Stein allowed Murdoch to leave the club because he had “run out of challenges” at Celtic.

Daily Record · Oct 17, 2019

The classy Bobby Murdoch Celtic touch that made my dad feel like a Lisbon Lion – Anthony Haggerty

Anthony reflects on his proudest moment of his two decades covering Scotland’s beautiful game for Record Sport...

ACSOM · Sep 5, 2019

Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – CELTIC C-60s : Willie Garner

EARLY LIFE Once we heard the result on the radio, the 1967 European Cup win in Lisbon prompted me and a group of friends to run around the streets of Denny celebrating with Celtic strips on...

Into Football · Sep 5, 2019

Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – CELTIC C-60s : Willie Garner

EARLY LIFE Once we heard the result on the radio, the 1967 European Cup win in Lisbon prompted me and a group of friends to run around the streets of Denny celebrating with Celtic strips on...

The Celtic Star · May 29, 2019

A Glorious End to an Unbelievable Season

1966-67. Like it was yesterday I remember a beautifully sunny and warm 6 August 1966 and battling through a huge crowd into a turnstile at Paradise.

The Celtic Star · May 25, 2019

Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1 – The Road to Lisbon

Like it was yesterday I remember a beautifully sunny and warm 6 August 1966 and battling through a huge crowd into a turnstile at Paradise.

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2019

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

BOBBY MURDOCH passed away on this date 18 years ago at the all-too-young age of 56.

Celtic Quick News · Apr 23, 2019

Billy Mcneill: the Lisbon Lions

BILLY McNEILL is the fifth of Celtic’s most famous team, the Lisbon Lions, to pass away.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 9, 2019

The Day Big Jock Returned to Paradise

ON JANUARY 30 1965, John Hughes ran amok as he thumped in five goals during a ruthless 8-0 destruction of Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Exclusive: ‘Broony Reminds Me of Bobby Murdoch,’ Says Lisbon Lion

BERTIE AULD has hailed the inspirational qualities of Scott Brown in the midst of managerial upheaval at Celtic.

Celtic Quick News · Nov 18, 2018

Bertie and Bobby: Why Auld Will Never Forget His First Game with Lennox

BERTIE AULD admits he will never forget the first time he played alongside fellow-Lisbon Lion Bobby Lennox.

Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 2, 2018

2nd October 1968: Celtic v St Etienne – European Cup 1st Round Second Leg

30th September 1968 We all reported early that morning to Celtic Park and boarded the coach which would take us to Seamill, our haven before major matches.

The Celtic Star · Aug 19, 2018

St Johnstone v Celtic – Scotland’s Shame that day was the Celtic support

So it is the Perth Saints in the quarter final!

The Celtic Star · Aug 11, 2018

Jim Craig: Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

The Celtic Star · Aug 11, 2018

Jim Craig – Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

In the early 1960s, Celtic were in the doldrums. They certainly had some fine players in the side like right- back Dunky McKay, among the first of the overlapping fullbacks; Pat Crerand at right-half, noted for the precision of his passing, with both long and short balls; and a promising centre-half called Billy McNeill, of...

Not The View · May 15, 2018

Bobby Murdoch – Different Class

By David Potter; Empire Publications; 345 pages paperback (including 16 pages of b/w photographs and full statistical records); £10...

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2018

Bobby and Tommy, men with established priorities

You are going to read lots about Tommy Burns, who we lost 10 years ago today, and Bobby Murdoch, the first of the Lions to go, on this date in 2001, so I’ll share an observation on both...

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2018

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

EUROPEAN CUP hero Bobby Murdoch passed away on this date 17 years ago at the all-too-young age of 56...

The Celtic Star · Mar 14, 2018

The day Celtic almost signed Graeme Souness

The vision of Bobby Murdoch – that exquisitely talented Lisbon Lion – adorning the number four shorts for Celtic in the sixties remains an iconic sight fifty years on...

Celtic Quick News · Jan 1, 2018

Billy’s Lisbon Story

BILLY Dunlop had supported Celtic all his life, a dedication forged on the streets and parks of his hometown, Rutherglen, where he rubbed shoulders with many would-be Hoops heroes, including a trio of future professional Murdoch brothers, Bobby, Billy and James (yes, that Bobby)...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 24, 2017

Souness Of The Celtic! ‘He Could Have Been A Quality Street Kid!’

The vision of Bobby Murdoch – that exquisitely talented Lisbon Lion – adorning the number four shorts for Celtic in the sixties remains an iconic sight fifty years on...

ARCSC · May 24, 2017

David Potters Reflections :Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions Review

Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions Review What a marvellous hour this was, commemorating the best day in the life of so many people!

Daily Record · May 23, 2017

Celtic legend Bobby Murdoch was better than Manchester United’s £89m man Paul Pogba

In the second part of our Lisbon Lions video series, Bertie Auld pays tribute to the man he describes as Celtic’s most complete player...

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2017

“I Looked Down, My Ankle Was Twice The Size It Was At Kick-Off,” Man Of The Match In Lisbon, Bobby Murdoch

BOBBY MURDOCH went through all sorts of agonies as Celtic gatecrashed the European big-time in Lisbon...

Celtic FC · Apr 27, 2017

Lisbon countdown: Bobby Murdoch, Celtic’s midfield maestro

This week we feature the man who wore the No.4 shorts on that momentous day, a world-class midfielder of whom his team-mates said, ‘When Bobby Murdoch played, Celtic played...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bertie

BIRTHDAY BHOY Bertie Auld is 79 years young today. The midfield master, who dovetailed spectacularly with Bobby Murdoch in the engine room of Jock Stein’s all-conquering team of the sixties, looked back on Celtic’s historic and epic European Cup triumph over Inter Milan on May 25 1967 in Lisbon...

Celtic Quick News · Nov 11, 2016

Jinky Got 23, Bobby Murdoch A Mere 12 & Bertie Auld Won Just 3 Scotland Caps

How many caps did Jinky pick up?

Celtic Quick News · Oct 15, 2016

Lisbon Lion Bobby Murdoch Honoured

LISBON Lion Bobby Murdoch has been honoured by his home town in a special ceremony at Rutherglen Town Hall yesterday...

Celtic FC · Oct 14, 2016

Rutherglen remembers its own Lion, Bobby Murdoch

Continue reading “Rutherglen remembers its own Lion, Bobby Murdoch” on Celtic FC.

Celtic Quick News · Sep 22, 2016

Murdoch, Christie, Gordon and Boruc, Show me the way

I grew up hearing stories about Bobby Murdoch’s ability to play the game in four dimensions...

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2016

BOBBY MURDOCH: Mr CELTIC

BOBBY MURDOCH went through all sorts of agonies as Celtic gatecrashed the European big-time in Lisbon...

ARCSC · May 3, 2016

Q&A with Charlie Gallagher: WILLIE FERNIE, BOBBY MURDOCH, JOCK STEIN, REFEREES.

CHARLIE GALLAGHER was invited on to Celtic Quick News on Monday evening to answer questions from Celtic supporters...

Celtic Quick News · May 3, 2016

Willie Fernie, Bobby Murdoch, Jock Stein, Referees…Charlie Gallagher Q&A Highlights

CHARLIE GALLAGHER was invited on to Celtic Quick News on Monday evening to answer questions from Celtic supporters...

Not The View · Apr 11, 2016

Sunny Jim Young – Celtic Legend

David Potter’s other Celtic player biographies have included Jimmy Quinn, Jimmy Delaney, Patsy Gallacher and Bobby Murdoch...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 31, 2016

Steve Murray & The Unenviable Task Of Replacing Bobby Murdoch

One of the drawbacks of football – at any level – is the ever present risk of injury...

Read Celtic · Dec 6, 2015

Advent Calendar #6: Celebrating Bobby Murdoch

From five to one, we give you Celtic’s best central midfielder’s...

· Feb 18, 2015

CELTIC v INTER MILAN WEEK: BOBBY MURDOCH, A LEGEND

BOBBY MURDOCH went through all sorts of agonies as Celtic gatecrashed the European big-time in Lisbon.

· Feb 17, 2015

CELTIC v INTER MILAN WEEK: WEE BERTIE’S REGRET

BERTIE AULD and Bobby Murdoch produced a midfield masterclass as Celtic overwhelmed Inter Milan in the European Cup Final triumph in May 25 1967.

The Scotsman · Jan 24, 2015

Scott Brown the catalyst for Celtic’s good fortune

IT USED to be said of Bobby Murdoch, and it was almost always true of Henrik Larsson, that when they were playing well, Celtic were playing well...

TalkCeltic · Jan 8, 2015

Bold Bobby Murdoch – The heart of the Lisbon Lions

*Bold Bobby Murdoch: The heart of the Lisbon lions * I often ask the question to the older generation of Celtic fans...

The Shamrock · Apr 26, 2014

Celtic Banners – Bobby Murdoch Rutherglen Vogue CSC

Cracking banner based on Bobby’s European Cup winners medal design...

The Shamrock · Mar 16, 2014

Bobby Murdoch – Rutherglen Vogue CSC

Continue reading “Bobby Murdoch – Rutherglen Vogue CSC” on The Shamrock.

Joseph Ruddy · Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

Danny McGrain, David Cattanach, George Connelly, Kenny Dalglish, Vic Davidson, John Gorman, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Hugh McKellar, Pat McMahon, Bobby Wraith, Davie Hay, Jimmy Quinn, Paul Watson, Tom Lally, Jackie Clarke, Tony McBride, Billy Murdoch,...

· Feb 3, 2014

The Quality Street Gang: Book Review

Danny McGrain, David Cattanach, George Connelly, Kenny Dalglish, Vic Davidson, John Gorman, Lou Macari, Brian McLaughlin, Hugh McKellar, Pat McMahon, Bobby Wraith, Davie Hay, Jimmy Quinn, Paul Watson, Tom Lally, Jackie Clarke, Tony McBride, Billy Murdoch,...

Celtic FC · Oct 23, 2013

When Bobby Murdoch played, Celtic played

IT was 54 years ago to the day, on October 23, 1959, that Celtic signed a 15-year-old from Rutherglen...

Celtic Underground · Sep 26, 2013

The Bhoy in the Picture: Bobby Murdoch

In May 1977 my Father took me to a Celtic film show in a Church hall in the East End of Glasgow the name...

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Jul 26, 2013

Bobby Murdoch; Celtic Legend

Stein’s Celtic were all over Rangers but the old sucker punch duly arrived as it had so often in the past.

Celtic FC · Mar 27, 2013

It was 50 years ago today

ON a cold spring evening 50 years ago today, on Wednesday, March 27, 1963, three young Celts made their debuts for the club...

Hail Hail Media · Jan 22, 2013

The New Bobby Murdoch

Celtic have the new Bobby Murdoch in their team and his name is Victor Wanyama. I said in a previous blog months ago that he reminded me of the Lisbon great and waited for the backlash from agitated readers...

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