Sport – Murdo MacLeod

Murdo MacLeod – Footballer, Manager, Broadcaster & Businessman

Murdo Davidson MacLeod was born in Milngavie on 24 September 1958.

A long time resident of Helensburgh and a successful businessman, Murdo will always be remembered on the West Coast for his legendary footballing career.

MacLeod made his name with Dumbarton in 1974 before moving to Celtic in 1978. During his nine years there he helped win five league titles, two Scottish Cups and one League Cup. He also has the distinction of scoring the greatest ever Old Firm goal as voted by Celtic supporters in 2000

Murdo then moved to German club Borussia Dortmund, whom he played for 4 years and 133 games and won 2 German cups. He returned to Scotland with Hibernian, where he captained the club to a League Cup win in 1991. After a successful playing career, he returned to Dumbarton as player-coach. He guided the club to promotion from Division 2 with a last day win over Stirling Albion in 1995.

Murdo represented Scotland at international level, winning 20 caps and representing his country at the 1990 World Cup finals.

In the summer of 1995, MacLeod left the Sons to manage Premier League club Partick Thistle. MacLeod’s tenure at Firhill ended with relegation at the end of the 1995-96 season. In 1997 he re-joined Celtic as assistant coach under Wim Jansen, where he helped the club win their first league title in 9 years, stopping Rangers winning 10 in a row. They also won the league cup double in their only season in charge.

Murdo now writes for the Daily Record as well as commentating on football for the BBC. MacLeod is also an analyst on Newstalk radio in Ireland on Scottish football. .

Murdo married Mhairi in Jamestown Parish Church in 1977 and has 3 girls, Gilan, Mhairi and Marina and 4 grandchildren, Mhairi, Ross, Victoria and Murdo.

Murdo and Mhairi moved to Helensburgh in 1983, where the family has resided ever since. All 3 girls were educated at Hermitage Primary and Hermitage Academy. Gilan teaches Modern languages at Hermitage. Mhairi is a chartered accountant and has her own accountancy firm in Helensburgh – Fulton & Company. Marina is still at school.

Murdo has successfully followed a career in sport with one in business. He owns The Wayfarers Restaurant in Croftamie, Ambassador Taxis and A1 Taxis in Milngavie. Ever the sportsman, Murdo is now a regular fixture on the Golf Course, normally at the Carrick Golf and Spa, where he is a member.

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