For more years than we care to remember, second-hand book shops up and down this land have proven to be an irresistible lure for BTLM. We’re always up for a furtive rummage around for old football book bargains and, over the years, we’ve duly acquired a sizeable collection of the classic, the mundane, the obscure and the just plain weird.
We thought we would revisit and review some of our collection here on BTLM, curious as we were to see whether such books offer much to the contemporary reader when read out of their original context. We’ll start this series with a 1970 autobiography by Lisbon Lion and Celtic legend, Bobby Murdoch.
All The Way with Celtic by Bobby Murdoch
(originally published by Souvenir Press in 1970) 128 pages with 12 pages of photos.
Few players epitomised the dyed-in-the-wool Celtic fan turned player better than Bobby Murdoch. From an early age, he knew that Celtic was the only club he wanted to play for and was willing to turn down better terms at Motherwell to sign for his boyhood club on a part-time basis. This was back in a time when it was not necessarily the obvious move you might have thought – Celtic were very much a second-rate club in the late 50s and early 60s.
Murdoch’s early Celtic career soon stagnated and his true talent only really flowered when Jock Stein arrived as manager in 1965. Stein immediately appreciated his ability and cleverly moved him deeper from inside-forward to wing-half. Stein felt this would take better advantage of his excellent passing range and vision, while still allowing him scope to make late runs into scoring positions in the penalty box.