Bobby Murdoch

Read all the news about Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Bobby Murdoch. 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.

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The Celtic Star · Aug 11

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
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 FC · Oct 14, 2016
The Celtic Star · Aug 11

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
The Celtic Star · Mar 14

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...

The Celtic Star · Mar 14
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...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 24, 2017
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...

Daily Record · May 23, 2017
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 FC · Apr 27, 2017
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 · Mar 23, 2017
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...

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2016

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...

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 · Sep 22, 2016
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...

ARCSC · May 3, 2016
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...

Celtic Quick News · May 3, 2016
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...

Not The View · Apr 11, 2016
Not The View · May 15

Bobby Murdoch – Different Class

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

Not The View · May 15

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...

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!

ARCSC · May 24, 2017
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 Quick News · Oct 15, 2016
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...

Celtic Quick News · Mar 31, 2016
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