Murdoch brings up 500

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LUTHERMUIR FC thumped Mearns rivals Johnshaven 5-0 last Wednesday in Division One East of the Aberdeenshire Amateur League. Luthermuir striker Murdoch Anderson hit four of the goals and the third strike was his 500th in a Luthermuir shirt.

Remarkably Murdoch started the match on the bench, but an injury to a team mate saw him thrown on with about 30 minutes played.

Luthermuir were 1-0 up at the break, then Murdoch scored his four in the second half.

He said: “My first was a tap-in, the second was from 12 yards and the one for my 500th came back off the keeper and sat up for me six yards out. I just had to make sure I didn’t put it over the bar. I then got a fourth in the last minute.” Murdoch turns 35 in October, but he isn’t ready to stop scoring goals yet.

“I will just take one season at a time. I want to play as long as I can as I will be retired a long time.”

Murdoch made his debut for Luthermuir in the closing weeks of the 1992-93 season as the side were clinching promotion out of the then Division Five. He scored one goal in a handful of substitute appearances.

The next season he scored 16 in Division Four and he was off and running in a remarkable career scoring goals for his home village team.

He scored 25 in Division Three in 1994-95 as the club continued their progression up the amateur ranks. The 25 goals made him the team’s joint top scorer and he has been either top scorer or joint top scorer every season since.

Murdoch’s best-ever tally was 58 goals in 2003-04 as Luthermuir finished champions of Division One North.

The next best was 53 in season 1997-98 as Luthermuir won promotion out of Division Two and took their place in the top division for the first time.

Murdoch’s 100th goal for the Muir was on April 28, 1997 in a 2-2 draw away to Braemar in Division 2.

His 200th was on April 8, 2000 in a 3-0 win away to Hayloft in Division 1 and his 300th on April 12, 2003 in a Premier Trophy semi-final 3-3 draw against Nicol’s X1.

Goal number 400 came on December 10, 2005 in a 3-0 win over Kincorth in the Premier Division.

Speaking to the Observer after notching his 400th, Murdoch said he planned to play five or six more seasons and score 500 goals for Luthermuir. A prediction which has proved spot-on.