2007–08 Motherwell F.C. season

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Motherwell
2007–08 season
Chairman Scotland John Boyle
Manager Scotland Mark McGhee
Premier League 3rd
Scottish Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer Chris Porter (18)
Highest home attendance 10,445 vs Rangers (17 May 2008)
Lowest home attendance 3,571 vs Raith Rovers (29 August 2007)
Average home league attendance 6,599
Home colours
Away colours

The 2007–08 season was Motherwell's 10th season in the Scottish Premier League, and their 23rd consecutive season in the top division of Scottish football. Because of finishing 3rd in the SPL, the club managed to qualify for Europe in the UEFA Cup, their first season in Europe for 13 years.

Important Events[edit]

  • 18 June 2007 – Motherwell name Mark McGhee as their new manager, replacing Maurice Malpas, who was sacked at the end of the previous season.[1]
  • 4 August 2007 – The first Scottish Premier League fixture of the season (against St Mirren) ends in a 1–0 win at Love Street.
  • 25 August 2007 – Motherwell play at Fir Park as the away team for the first time in their history, in a match with Gretna, who are groundsharing for the season. Motherwell win the match 2-1
  • 29 August 2007 – The first League Cup fixture of the season against Raith Rovers ends in a 3–1 win at Fir Park. Motherwell advance to the Third Round.
  • 31 October 2007 – Motherwell are eliminated from the League Cup against Rangers, ending in a 2-1 defeat at Fir Park
  • 29 December 2007 – Captain Phil O'Donnell dies after collapsing on the pitch during Motherwell's 5-3 win over Dundee United. A post mortem reveals left ventricular failure of the heart. Motherwell's next two games (against Hibernian and Celtic) are postponed as a mark of respect. Players wear O'Donnell's signature on their shirts for the rest of the season.[2]
  • 4 January 2008 – The funeral of Phil O'Donnell is held at St. Mary's Church, Hamilton.[3]
  • 12 January 2008 – The first Scottish Cup fixture of the season against Hearts (also the first match Motherwell play since O'Donnell's death) ends in a 2–2 draw at Tynecastle. Motherwell win the replay 1-0. The club advance to the Fifth Round.
  • 4 February 2008 – Motherwell are eliminated from the Scottish Cup after a 2-1 defeat to Dundee at Fir Park.
  • 10 May 2008 – Motherwell beat Aberdeen 2-1 to all but seal their place in next seasons UEFA Cup. Hibernian's 2-0 defeat to Celtic confirms Motherwell's place in Europe for the first time in 13 years.
  • 22 May 2008 – The final Scottish Premier League fixture of the season against Hibernian ends in a 2–0 win at Easter Road.

Transfers[edit]

Motherwell F.C. Season 2007-08 First-team Squad[edit]

As of 5 December 2010[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Graeme Smith
2 Scotland DF Martyn Corrigan
3 Scotland DF Jim Paterson (Departed January 2008)
3 Scotland DF Steven Hammell (Arrived January 2008)
4 Scotland DF Mark Reynolds
5 Northern Ireland DF Stephen Craigan
6 Northern Ireland DF Brian McLean
7 Scotland MF Stephen Hughes
8 Germany MF Simon Mensing (Departed November 2007)
8 Scotland FW Simon Lappin (Arrived January 2008)
9 England FW Chris Porter
10 Scotland MF Phil O'Donnell (Died 29 December 2007. No. 10 Shirt given to David Clarkson (nephew) in his memory)(c)[2][3]
11 Scotland FW Ross McCormack
No. Position Player
12 Scotland FW David Clarkson
14 Scotland MF Keith Lasley
15 England GK Luke Daniels
16 Scotland MF Marc Fitzpatrick
17 Scotland MF Robert Malcolm (Arrived January 2008)
18 Scotland MF Steven McGarry
20 Scotland GK Colin Meldrum
21 Republic of Ireland DF Danny Murphy (Departed January 2010)
23 Scotland DF Paul Quinn
23 Scotland MF Darren Smith
30 Scotland FW Paul Slane
32 Scotland FW Jamie Murphy
33 Scotland FW Mark Archdeacon
44 Scotland FW Robert McHugh

Motherwell F.C. 2007-08 Season[edit]

Appearances[edit]

As of 8 December 2010[14][15]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Scottish Premier League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland Graeme Smith 42 0 36+0 0 3+0 0 3+0 0
2 DF Scotland Martyn Corrigan 1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
3 DF Scotland Jim Paterson 25 0 20+0 0 2+0 0 3+0 0
3 DF Scotland Steven Hammell 16 0 15+0 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
4 DF Scotland Mark Reynolds 44 0 38+0 0 3+0 0 3+0 0
5 DF Northern Ireland Stephen Craigan 43 0 38+0 0 3+0 0 2+0 0
6 DF Northern Ireland Brian McLean 11 1 6+3 0 1+0 0 1+0 1
7 MF Scotland Stephen Hughes 35 1 29+2 1 3+0 0 1+0 0
8 MF Germany Simon Mensing 4 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 1+1 0
8 MF Scotland Simon Lappin 15 2 7+7 2 0+1 0 0+0 0
9 FW England Chris Porter 42 18 34+3 14 2+0 2 2+1 2
10 MF Scotland Phil O'Donnell (c) 15 2 9+4 2 1+1 0 0+0 0
12 FW Scotland David Clarkson 41 13 34+1 12 3+0 0 2+1 1
11 FW Scotland Ross McCormack 42 11 30+6 8 3+0 1 3+0 2
14 FW Scotland Keith Lasley 38 2 25+7 1 3+0 0 3+0 1
15 GK England Luke Daniels 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
16 MF Scotland Marc Fitzpatrick 35 0 19+11 0 2+1 0 1+1 0
17 MF Scotland Robert Malcolm 8 0 8+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
18 MF Scotland Steven McGarry 34 2 27+3 2 2+0 0 1+1 0
20 GK Scotland Colin Meldrum 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
21 DF Republic of Ireland Danny Murphy 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
23 DF Scotland Paul Quinn 35 3 31+0 2 2+0 0 2+0 1
23 MF Scotland Darren Smith 27 4 4+19 3 0+3 1 1+0 0
30 FW Scotland Paul Slane 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 MF Scotland Jamie Murphy 17 1 0+16 1 0+1 0 0+0 0
33 FW Scotland Bobby Donnelly 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 FW Scotland Mark Archdeacon 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
44 FW Scotland Robert McHugh 1 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 0+0 0

2007-08 Motherwell Top scorers[edit]

Last updated on 8 December 2010[14]
Position Nation Number Name Scottish Premier League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Total
1 England 9 Chris Porter 14 2 2 18
2 Scotland 12 David Clarkson 12 0 1 13
3 Scotland 11 Ross McCormack 8 1 2 11
4 Scotland 22 Paul Quinn 2 1 1 4
5 Scotland 23 Darren Smith 3 0 0 3
6 Scotland 8 Simon Lappin 2 0 0 2
7 Scotland 18 Steven McGarry 2 0 0 2
8 Scotland 10 Phil O'Donnell 2 0 0 2
9 Scotland 14 Keith Lasley 1 0 1 2
10 Scotland 7 Stephen Hughes 1 0 0 1
11 Scotland 32 Jamie Murphy 1 0 0 1
12 Northern Ireland 6 Brian McLean 0 0 1 1
/ / / Own Goals 2 0 0 2
/ / / TOTALS 50 4 8 62

2007-08 Motherwell Disciplinary Record[edit]

Last updated 8 December 2010[14]
Nation Position Number Name Scottish Premier League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Total
Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card Booked Red card
Scotland GK 1 Graeme Smith 1 0 1 0 2 0 4 0
Scotland DF 2 Martyn Corrigan 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
Scotland DF 3 Steven Hammell 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Scotland DF 3 Jim Paterson 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Scotland DF 4 Mark Reynolds 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Northern Ireland DF 5 Stephen Craigan 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
Northern Ireland DF 6 Brian McLean 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF 7 Stephen Hughes 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Germany MF 8 Simon Mensing 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF 8 Simon Lappin 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
England FW 9 Chris Porter 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
England FW 10 Phil O'Donnell 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Scotland FW 11 Ross McCormack 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Scotland FW 12 David Clarkson 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Scotland MF 14 Keith Lasley 5 0 1 0 1 0 7 0
England GK 15 Luke Daniels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland MF 16 Marc Fitzpatrick 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Scotland MF 17 Robert Malcolm 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Scotland MF 18 Steven McGarry 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Scotland GK 20 Colin Meldrum 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland DF 21 Danny Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF 23 Paul Quinn 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
Scotland FW 23 Darren Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland MF 30 Paul Slane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW 32 Jamie Murphy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland DF 33 Bobby Donnelly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW 34 Mark Archdeacon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland FW 35 Robert McHugh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
/ / / TOTALS 63 1 6 0 10 0 79 1

Last Updated - 8 December 2010[14]

Results and fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Scottish Premier League[edit]

[15]

Date Opponent Venue Result[16] Attendance Motherwell Scorer(s)[17] Report
4 August 2007 St Mirren Love Street, Paisley (A) 1–0 5,257 McGarry (3) BBC Sport
11 August 2007 Inverness C.T. Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 2–1 4,259 O'Donnell (85), McCormack (90 pen.)
18 August 2007 Kilmarnock Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–2 4,985 Clarkson (23)
25 August 2007 Gretna Fir Park, Motherwell[18] (A) 2–1 3,758 Lasley (8), Porter (62) BBC Sport
3 September 2007 Hearts Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 0–2 5,081
15 September 2007 Aberdeen Pittodrie, Aberdeen (A) 2–1 10,154 Quinn (34), Porter (37) BBC Sport
22 September 2007 Falkirk Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk (A) 0–1 5,245
29 August 2007 Rangers Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–1 10,009 Porter (24) BBC Sport
6 October 2007 Dundee United Tannadice, Dundee (A) 0–1 6,286
20 October 2007 Hibernian Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 2–1 7,071 McCormack (35,37)
27 October 2007 Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow (A) 0–3 57,566 BBC Sport
3 November 2007 St Mirren Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–1 5,123 Porter (29) BBC Sport
10 November 2007 Inverness C.T. Caledonian Stadium, Inverness (A) 3–0 3,608 Clarkson (15,53), Smith (87)
24 November 2007 Kilmarnock Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (A) 1–0 5,016 O'Donnell (46) BBC Sport
1 December 2007 Gretna Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 3–0 6,431 Clarkson (44,74), Porter (61) BBC Sport
8 December 2007 Hearts Tynecastle, Edinburgh (A) 2–1 16,633 Porter (53), Zaliukas (67 og)
15 December 2007 Aberdeen Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 3–0 5,326 McCormack (8 pen.,45), McGarry (12) BBC Sport
22 December 2007 Falkirk Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 0–3 5,241 BBC Sport
26 December 2007 Rangers Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (A) 1–3 49,823 Quinn (65) BBC Sport
29 December 2007 Dundee United Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 5–3 5,227 Hughes (11), Porter (14), McCormack (17), Clarkson (55,56) BBC Sport
19 January 2008 St Mirren Love Street, Paisley (A) 1–3 4,291 Clarkson (11) BBC Sport
9 February 2008 Kilmarnock Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–0 6,618 Clarkson (90)
16 February 2008 Gretna Fir Park, Motherwell[18] (A) 3–1 2,877 Porter (25), McCormack (47,90) BBC Sport
20 February 2008 Inverness C.T. Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 3–1 4,526 Clarkson (7,42), Porter (10)
23 February 2008 Hearts Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 0–1 5,925
27 February 2008 Aberdeen Pittodrie, Aberdeen (A) 1–1 8,240 Smith (83) BBC Sport
1 March 2008 Falkirk Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk (A) 0–0 5,108
12 March 2008 Hibernian Easter Road, Edinburgh (A) 0–1 11,692
22 March 2008 Dundee United Tannadice, Dundee (A) 0–2 6,779
29 March 2008 Hibernian Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–0 6,580 Clarkson (3)
5 April 2008 Celtic Celtic Park, Glasgow (A) 1–0 58,624 Lappin (43) BBC Sport
13 April 2008 Celtic Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–4 9,771 McManus (24 og) BBC Sport
26 April 2008 Dundee United Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 2–2 5,027 Porter (17,50)
3 May 2008 Celtic Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–2 9,158 Porter (60) BBC Sport
7 May 2008 Rangers Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (A) 0–1 48,238 BBC Sport
10 May 2008 Aberdeen Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 2–1 8,574 Smith (61), Porter (81) BBC Sport
17 May 2008 Rangers Fir Park, Motherwell (H) 1–1 10,445 Porter (50) BBC Sport
22 May 2008 Hibernian Easter Road, Edinburgh (A) 2–0 10,754 Lappin (4), Murphy (50 pen.) BBC Sport

Scottish Cup 2007-08[edit]

Date Round Opponent H/A Score[16] Motherwell Scorer(s)[17] Attendance Report
12 January 2008 4th Round Hearts A 2–2 Chris Porter (64,78) 13,651 BBC Sport
22 January 2008 4th Round Replay Hearts H 1-0 Ross McCormack (23 pen.) 8,300
11 February 2008 5th Round Dundee H 1-2 Darren Smith (61) 5,733

Scottish League Cup 2007-08[edit]

Date Round Opponent H/A Score[16] Motherwell Scorer(s)[17] Attendance Report
29 August 2007 2nd Round Raith Rovers H 3-1 Brian McLean (45), Ross McCormack (74), Chris Porter (90) 3,571
26 September 2007 3rd Round Hibernian A 4-2 David Clarkson (17), Keith Lasley (20), Ross McCormack (24), Chris Porter (83) 7,000 BBC Sport
31 October 2007 Quarter-finals Rangers H 1-2 Paul Quinn (90) 9,283 BBC Sport

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Scottish Premier League 3 4 August 2007 22 May 2008
Scottish League Cup Scottish League Cup third round Scottish League Cup third round 29 August 2007 31 October 2007
Scottish Cup Scottish Cup fourth round Scottish Cup Fifth round 12 January 2008 11 February 2008

Source: Competitions

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Celtic (C) 38 28 5 5 84 26 +58 89 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Rangers 38 27 5 6 84 33 +51 86 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Motherwell 38 18 6 14 50 46 +4 60 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
4 Aberdeen 38 15 8 15 50 58 −8 53
5 Dundee United 38 14 10 14 53 47 +6 52

Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 18 6 14 50 46 +4 60 9 4 6 30 26 +4 9 2 8 20 20 0

Source: BBC Sport

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H H A A A A H A H H H A H H A
Result W W L W L W L D L W L D W W W W W L L W L W W W L D D L L W W L D L L W D W
Position 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 5 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results by opponent[edit]

Team Results[16] Points
1 2 3 4
Aberdeen 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 10
Celtic 0-3 1–0 1–4 1–2 3
Dundee United 0–1 5–3 0–2 2–2 4
Falkirk 0–1 0–3 0–0 1
Gretna 2–1 3–0 3–1 9
Heart of Midlothian 0–2 2–1 0–1 3
Hibernian 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 9
Inverness CT 3–0 3–1 2–1 9
Kilmarnock 1–2 1–0 1-0 6
Rangers 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2
St. Mirren 1–0 1–1 1–3 4

Source: Scottish Premier League 2007–08 article

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McGhee named new Motherwell manager, BBC Sport
  2. ^ a b Motherwell Captain O'Donnell Dies, BBC Sport, 29 December 2007
  3. ^ a b Footballer Died Of Heart Failure, BBC News, 1 January 2008
  4. ^ a b "Hughes and Grabban move to Well". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Well capture Hammell and Lappin". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Malcolm seals Motherwell switch". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Midfielder McBride quits Fir Park". BBC Sport. 24 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Thistle complete Keegan signing". BBC Sport. 17 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Sturrock signs defender Paterson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/d/dundee/7031131.stm". BBC Sport. 5 October 2007. 
  11. ^ "Well's Nixon makes Queens move". BBC Sport. 19 October 2007. 
  12. ^ "Well's Murphy joins Pars on loan". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. 
  13. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/scots/2007-2008/scotprm/mother.htm
  14. ^ a b c d Motherwell F.C. 2007-08 Statistics, Motherwell F.C. Official Site
  15. ^ a b Motherwell FC season 2007-08, Fir Park Corner
  16. ^ a b c d Motherwell's score is shown first.
  17. ^ a b c The number(s) in brackets shows the minutes of the goal(s) that was/were scored.
  18. ^ a b The match was played at Fir Park due to Gretna groundsharing at the stadium for the season.