Andy Murdoch
Andy Murdoch
Andy Murdoch
● Andy Murdoch, 1991 (HA)

born in Scotland

Andrew Gerard Murdoch was born on Saturday, 20th July, 1968, in Greenock, Renfrewshire.

The 6' 1 (12st 0lbs) goalkeeper temporarily transferred to John Lambie's Thistle in January, 1989, from his parent club, Celtic.

Aged 20, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 21st January, 1989, in a 3-2 defeat away to Clydebank in the SFL First Division.

Andy kept his first clean-sheet on Saturday, 18th March, 1989, in a 1-0 win at home to Airdrieonians in the SFL First Division.

He registered the last of his 42 clean-sheets on Saturday, 18th September, 1993, in a 1-0 win at home to Motherwell in the SFL Premier Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 8th October, 1994, in a 1-0 defeat at home to Heart of Midlothian in the SFL Premier Division, having clocked up 116 appearances as a Jag.

Andy's club-list included Johnstone Burgh, Celtic, Partick Thistle and Hamilton Academical.

Bio Extra

Came to Firhill on loan from Celtic and stayed for almost a year, his loan agreement being extended. He quickly impressed manager and fans alike. Winning a Glasgow Cup winners medal with Thistle in 1989, he became a great favourite with the Thistle fans, and a bright future was expected. It was almost a crime that he wasn't playing at a higher level than Celtic reserves, but strenuous efforts by John Lambie to make the signing permanent were strongly resisted as he was highly rated at Parkhead. This was all very frustrating for Thistle, who were going through a goalkeeping crisis at the time.

Lambie's perseverance finally paid off in February 1991 when he made a double swoop upon Parkhead, recruiting both Murdoch and his team mate Paul McLaughlin. Murdoch was nowhere near as impressive second time around at Firhill, although he did frequently show just how good a 'keeper he could be. Injury kept him out of the run in to the promotion winning season 91/92, and the following season he shared goalkeeping duties with Craig Nelson. Left the club to start a career with the police, although he did return briefly when Thistle went through (another) goalkeeping crisis.

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