George today lodged a parliamentary motion regarding the sad news that Saints legend, Hugh ‘Shuggie’ Murray, will be leaving the club at the end of the season. The motion has already received good support with MSPs from all over country showing their recognition for the impact Shuggie has had, not only on St. Mirren, but Scottish football as a whole. Good luck for the future Shug, you’ll always be a buddie.
Motion S4M-02645: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/04/2012
That the Parliament warmly congratulates Hugh “Shuggie” Murray on his 15 years of service to the Paisley football team, St Mirren, since his debut against Airdrieonians on 2 August 1997; considers that, in an age where it is rare for a player to stay with one club for any length of time, Shuggie has been a devoted one-club man, with 467 appearances for the Saints to date, which makes him the official record-holder for competitive appearances for the club; notes that he has scored 18 goals, including the goal in 1998 against Stirling Albion, which saved St Mirren from the drop to the second division, making sure that he would always be a Saints’ legend; believes that Shuggie is Saints’ most successful player, winning two first division titles and a Bell’s League Challenge Cup and being capped for Scotland at both U16 and U21 level; acknowledges the work that Shuggie has done in the community and with charities in Paisley and considers that, while he was not born in Paisley, but Bellshill, his years of service on and off the pitch have made him one of Paisley’s favourite adopted sons; regrets that Hugh Murray will leave St Mirren at the end of the current season and move to pastures new, however believes that he will long remain in the hearts and minds of Saints’ fans and is wished every success in his future endeavours.