The messages landed with the squad as they secured their third consecutive British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier North Division title. Chris Geddes’ side were crowned champions on Wednesday [January 18] afternoon after an action-packed 3-3 draw with Durham University.
Curler Muirhead – who received an honorary doctorate in 2018 – said in her message to the players: “I just want to wish you all the very best of luck on Saturday against Dundee United. You’ve got this far, and you can go further, so play well and have a great, great game.”
Swimming star Murdoch – who graduated from the University in November – said: “I’m chuffed to see how far this team has come along. Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup – best of luck. This is a team that’s already made history – so you’ve got nothing to lose.”
Speaking from Melbourne, Judy Murray sent her best wishes and those of her tennis star sons, Andy and Jamie. She said: “Sending a massive good luck to the Stirling Uni football team with your clash with Dundee United in the Fourth Round of the Scottish Cup.”
Vipond – the one-time presenter of BBC football show Sportscene – also wished his local team well, saying: “What you’ve achieved so far this season has been absolutely sensational, and I know that this weekend is going to be incredible for you.”
Honorary graduate and local man Sir Craig Reedie, the former chairman of the British Olympic Association and ex-president of the World Anti-Doping Association, said: “I send my congratulations to the football team on a great season – and every bit of luck for their coming big match.”
The messages come just days after former Scotland boss Craig Brown – whose grandson and namesake played for the University side between 2017 and 2021 – said: “Everyone loves a shock, and everyone loves the underdog – so, as the underdog, University of Stirling hope to win this match, and I dearly hope they do; it would be a terrific achievement. All the very best lads – and good luck on Saturday.”
Geddes’ team is the first university side to reach the last 32 of the Scottish Cup in more than 50 years. More than 1,000 supporters – students, staff, alumni, and members of the local community – are expected to descend on Dundee for this weekend’s match, with local supporter Gordon Mackay – a world-renowned sports surgeon, who runs The Mackay Clinic – putting on a fleet of buses for those travelling north.
Tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased up until kick-off, as they are issued electronically. Visit the Dundee United away tickets webpage for more information and to purchase: stir.ac.uk/99i