|Nickname(s)||Well, The Steelmen, The Dossers|
|Founded||17 May 1886|
Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
|2013–14||Scottish Premiership, 2nd|
|Website||Club home page|
Motherwell Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. The club compete in the Scottish Premiership. Motherwell have not dropped out of the top-flight of Scottish football since 1984, but have only lifted one trophy in that time – the Scottish Cup in 1991.
Clad in the traditional claret and amber, Motherwell play their home matches at Fir Park Stadium and have done since 1896. The club's main rivals over the years have been Hamilton Academical and Airdrieonians, due in part to their close geographical proximities. This is known as the Lanarkshire derby. Hamilton were in the top flight from 2008 to 2011, and were Motherwell's regular derby opponents.
The club have won five major trophies in domestic football; the Scottish League Title in 1931–32, the Scottish Cup in 1951–52 and 1990–91, the Scottish League Cup in 1950–51 and the Summer Cup in 1964–65.
- 1 History
- 2 Records and statistics
- 3 Player of the Year
- 4 Europe
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Non-Playing staff
- 7 Managers
- 8 Sponsorship
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Motherwell FC were born on 17 May 1886, when representatives of the two main Motherwell works teams, Glencairn FC and Alpha FC met in Ballie's pub in the towns Merry Street, and decided to merge the two teams, with the aim of creating a club to represent the town as a whole at a higher footballing level. Motherwell's debut fixture proved to be a successful one as they overcame Hamilton Academical 3–2.
The early years proved somewhat chaotic as the club had little regular competition to play in, and matches would often start with players short, as men failed to turn up on time after their shifts in the local ironworks. On 5 August 1893 the decision was made to turn professional, and they were consequently elected to the league, then being the only Lanarkshire side to compete at national level.
Up until 1895 the club had played at a few different venues, including a site at Roman Road, and Dalziel Park. The small pitch and muddy conditions at Dalziel Park were deemed unsuitable and fortunately Lord Hamilton granted a lease on a plot of land on his Dalzell estate. This new ground was named Fir Park and has remained the club's home for over one hundred years.
The following years saw the club grow, appointing their first and longest serving manager to date, John 'Sailor' Hunter, who would go on to steer the club into its most successful period.
In 1913 the decision was made to change the club's colours from blue to the now signature claret and amber. It is thought this was inspired by the success of Bradford City, who also sport claret and amber, although a more romantic version of events claims them to have been Lord Hamilton of Dalzell's racing colours.
1920s and 1930s successes
Motherwell enjoyed a successful period in the aftermath of World War I, managed by John Hunter. The club placed third in the 1919–20 season and, although narrowly avoiding relegation in 1924–25, they steadily climbed the table and enjoyed seven successive seasons finishing in the top three.
In the summer of 1927, the club made a very successful tour of Spain, winning six out of the eight games they played and losing only one. These results included an emphatic 3–1 victory over Real Madrid and a 2–2 draw with Barcelona. Following their success in Spain, the club went on another summer tour, this time of South America. After losing only three of their previous ten games, the tour culminated in a 5–0 defeat by a Brazilian League Select side.
Motherwell's first (and to this day, only) First Division league championship came in 1931–32 – with 30 wins in 38 fixtures, scoring 119 goals – a record 52 of which were scored by Willie MacFadyen, who remains to this day the record holder for most goals scored in a single season and one of the club's all-time top goalscorers with 251 goals. The championship was sealed on 23 April 1932, when Rangers could only draw at home against Clyde, handing Motherwell the title without kicking a ball. This was also the only League title won by a club outside the Old Firm between 1904 and 1947. In the two seasons following the league title win, 'Well finished runners up (seasons 1933–34 Scottish Football League and 1933–34 Scottish Football League). Motherwell also contested three Scottish Cup finals in this period – in 1931, 1933 and 1939.
Post-World War II period
Following the break-up of the squad after World War II, the club were not instantly successful. It then captured two major trophies in as many years with victories in the 1950 Scottish League Cup Final and the 1952 Scottish Cup Final. The club was then relegated for the first time ever at the end of the 1952–53 season, but the club were promoted the next year.
Following their return to the First Division, Bobby Ancell took management of the club in 1955 and presided over an era in which highly regarded Scotland stars including Ian St. John and Charlie Aitken played for the club. However, Motherwell were unable to keep their assets, and no trophies were won in Ancell's era. His resignation came in 1965 amidst a downturn in form which eventually saw the club relegated back to the Second Division at the conclusion of the 1967–68 season.
1970s recovery and the McLean era
Motherwell were immediately promoted back to the First Division in 1969, maintaining a mid-table position. When the 18-team First Division was superseded by a new 10-team Premier League for the 1975–76 season, at which time they were managed by Willie McLean and his assistant Craig Brown (who would become manager almost 35 years later). Under their management, Motherwell improved to fourth in the table and had a highly regarded team which featured players such as Willie Pettigrew, Bobby Watson and former Liverpool player, Bobby Graham. The most notable achievement of that period was the 1976 cup run which saw them eliminate Celtic in the first round and lose out in the semi final to Rangers.
1980 and 90s
Relegation down to the now-First Division and promotion back to the Premier League occurred twice in the early 1980s, before a decade under manager Tommy McLean (brother of Willie) culminated in a Scottish Cup win in 1991. However, similarly to the Ancell era, Scotland internationalist, Tom Boyd, was sold in the close season after the cup win. Results faded for two years before reaching another two season zenith immediately following the signing of Paul Lambert with third (1993–94) and second-placed (1994–95) Premier League finishes. The 1995 runners up finish was the club's highest finish since 1933/34.
With Tommy McLean's departure to Hearts in 1994, much of his squad was broken up; a large fee in particular was paid by Celtic for Phil O'Donnell. Much of this money was reinvested in the squad, while the club cycled through managers including Alex McLeish and Harri Kampman. At this point, on August 1998, John Boyle bought the club, taking over from John Chapman. Billy Davies was appointed as manager, and large transfer fees were paid for prominent players including ex-Scotland internationals John Spencer and Andy Goram. The investment though failed to provide results on the pitch.
By the end of Davies' tenure the club were in financial trouble. Eric Black was briefly in charge with the club floating near the foot of the table before it was placed in administration in April 2002 with losses approaching GBP 2 million yearly. Black resigned, and was replaced by Terry Butcher. The club's outlook remained bleak as they were forced to make redundant or release 19 players and replace them with younger players; Boyle also placed the club up for sale. Relegation in 2002–03 – normally automatic following a last-place finish in the league – was avoided on a technicality, as First Division winners Falkirk lacked a stadium meeting Premier League regulations.
Despite the lack of resources, a number of young talented players were found to play for the club; crucially, when many of these moved on, including Stephen Pearson and James McFadden, they brought revenue in the form of transfer fees, and with John Boyle waiving the club's personal debt to him, its financial future was assured by the conclusion of the 2004–05 season with the club's yearly losses falling to one of the lowest figures in the Premier League and the club coming out of administration in time to avoid a ten-point Premier League penalty which was being phased in for teams in administration. On the field, the club also managed to reach the League Cup final, although they were comprehensively defeated by Rangers. Butcher moved on to Sydney at the end of the 2005–06 season, and was succeeded by his assistant Maurice Malpas. Malpas' stint at the club lasted just one season before his resignation in May 2007. After a short period with Scott Leitch as caretaker manager, Mark McGhee was appointed to the position. In his first season as manager McGhee would take the club to 3rd in the league and thus qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time in 13 years where they would be beaten by French side AS Nancy 3–0 on aggregate. Mark McGhee left Motherwell for the vacant managerial position at Aberdeen in June 2009 to be replace by Jim Gannon. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown took over when Gannon left.
Brown helped the club finish 5th in the SPL and qualify for Europe. The 2010/11 season saw the club in the Europa League and defeated Breidablik, Aalesunds before losing in the Play-Off round to Odense preventing them from reaching the group stages of the competition. However Brown would leave Motherwell for Aberdeen on 10 December 2010. Stuart McCall was named as his successor. This season saw the club reach the Scottish Cup Final where they would be defeated 3–0 by Celtic.
The 2011-12 season saw Motherwell reach the qualifying round of the Champions League for the first time. They finished third, one place outside the normal two spots allocated to the SPL for the Champions League but were given a place because Rangers, who finished above them, were prevented by UEFA from playing in European competitions due to the fact they went into liquidation. The draw for the 3rd qualification round of the Champions League would see Motherwell drawn against Greek heavyweights, Panathanaikos. However this would end in disappointment as they would be knocked out losing 2–0 at home and then 3–0 away. The 2012/13 would bring even greater success in the SPL as the club finished 2nd in the table and once again qualify for the Europa League. It also saw striker Michael Higdon win the PFA Player of the Year award and would also see Goalkeeper Darren Randolph, Defender Shaun Hutchinson and Midfielder Nicky Law in the PFA Team of the Year.
Motherwell were granted associate membership of the European Club Association in June 2013. The club were inivited to join after consistent qualification for European competition between 2008 and 2013. It means representatives of the club will be able to rub shoulders with clubs such as; Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. They became the fifth Scottish club to join the Association. 2013/14 would see Motherwell knocked out of the Europa League by Russian side Kuban Krasnodar 3–0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round. On 22 January 2014 Motherwell won their 40th Lanarkshire cup beating Hamilton Academical 1–0 thanks to a 54th minute goal by 19 year old youngster Jack Leitch. A dramatic but controversial 91st minute winner from Craig Reid at Pittodrie on the last day of 2013-14 Scottish Premiership campaign saw Motherwell leapfrog Aberdeen and seal a second successive runners-up spot in the league for the steelmen.
Records and statistics
The club has won four major trophies in its history: the First Division in 1931–32, the Scottish Cup in 1952 and 1991, and the Scottish League Cup in 1950. In addition, it has won the second-tier Scottish league on four occasions; as the Second Division in 1953–54 and 1968–69, and as the First Division (beneath the Premier League) in 1981–82 and 1984–85. It also won the Milk Cup, in 1983.
Bob Ferrier holds the record for the number of Motherwell appearances, with 626 in the inter-war period. The goalscoring record is held by Hughie Ferguson, who scored 284 league goals in 10 seasons in the 1910s and 1920s. Willie MacFadyen's 52 goals in the title-winning 1931–32 season remains a club (and country) record for goals in one season.
The club's record European appearance holder is Steven Hammell, with 19 appearances for the club in Europe. The current record European goalscorer is Jamie Murphy, with seven goals. Also, the 8–1 win over Flamurtari on 23 July 2009 currently stands as their record victory in European competition.
Fir Park's current safety certificate limits the capacity to 13,742, all-seated in accordance with the Taylor Report. Its average home gate for the 2011–12 season was 5,946. The club's record attendance for a home match is 35,632, against Rangers in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on 12 March 1952, but as season ticket holders were not counted at the time, the true attendance would be over 37,000.
On 5 May 2010, Motherwell were involved in the highest scoring match in the SPL, drawing 6–6 with Hibernian at Fir Park, with Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring the equaliser in the 91st minute. This eclipsed another high-scoring game involving Motherwell, a 6–5 defeat by Aberdeen on 20 October 1999. The record transfer fee paid by the club was to Everton for John Spencer in 1999 (GPB 500,000) and the highest received was that for Phil O'Donnell for his move to Celtic in 1994 (GBP 1,750,000). O'Donnell later rejoined Motherwell in 2004, but his second spell at Fir Park ended when he died after collapsing on the pitch in a game against Dundee United on 29 December 2007.
|Scottish League Championship||Winners||1931–32|
|Runners-up||1926–27, 1929–30, 1932–33, 1933–34, 1994–95, 2012–13, 2013–14|
|Third-place||1919–20, 1927–28, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1958–59, 1993–94, 2007–08, 2011–12|
|Scottish League First Division||Winners||1953–54, 1968–69, 1981–82, 1984–85|
|Scottish Football Federation1||Runners-up||1892-93|
|Scottish Cup||Winners||1951–52, 1990–91|
|Runners-up||1930–31, 1932–33, 1938–39, 1950–51, 2010–11|
|Scottish League Cup||Winners||1950–51|
|Summer Cup2||Winners||1943–44, 1964–65|
|Scottish Qualifying Cup||Winners||1902–03|
|West of Scotland League||Winners||1902–03|
|Lanarkshire Cup||Winners||1894–95, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1911–12, 1926–27, 1927–28, 1928–29,
1929–30, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1939–40, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54,
1954–55, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64,
1968–69, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91
|Runners-up||1887–88, 1893–94, 1895–96, 1897–98, 1950–51, 1962–63, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1974–75|
|Lanarkshire Charity Cup||Winners||1917–18|
|Lanarkshire Consolation Cup||Winners||1892–93|
|Airdrie Charity Cup||Winners||1892–93|
|Wishaw Charity Cup||Winners||1913–14, 1914–15|
1The Scottish Football Federation was short-lived non-league that Motherwell competed in from 1891-93 before being elected into the Scottish Second Division in 1893-94.
2The Summer Cup in the 1940s was a regional competition for Southern League teams, while in the 1960s it was a national cup competition for Scottish League Division One clubs.
Player of the Year
The Supporters Association first handed out the award in April 1956. The first winner of the award was Andy Paton, who received a silver cup from Sailor Hunter at a dinner dance in Overton Miners Welfare. Paton was further honoured in 2007 when he was declared the "Greatest Ever" Motherwell player.
|1991–92||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||First round||GKS Katowice||3–1||0–2||3–3(a)|
|1994–95||UEFA Cup||Preliminary round||HB Torshavn||3–0||4–1||7–1|
|First round||Borussia Dortmund||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|1995–96||UEFA Cup||Preliminary round||MyPA-47||1–3||2–0||3–3(a)|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||First Round||AS Nancy||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Llanelli||0–1||3–0||3–1|
|Second qualifying round||Flamurtari||8–1||0–1||8–2|
|Third qualifying round||Steaua București||1–3||0–3||1–6|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Breiðablik||1–0||1–0||2–0|
|Third qualifying round||Aalesund||3–0||1–1||4–1|
|2012–13||UEFA Champions League||Third qualifying round||Panathinaikos||0–2||0–3||0–5|
|UEFA Europa League||Play-off round||Levante||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||Third qualifying round||Kuban Krasnodar||0–2||0–1||0–3|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||Second qualifying round||Stjarnan|
- As of 5 July 2013
First team squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
(*) It is not yet known if the player will remain at the club beyond the previous season.
Reserves and under-20s squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Since O'Donnell's death in 2007, only one player has worn the number 10 shirt. David Clarkson, who is the nephew of O'Donnell, wore the shirt up until he left the club in July 2009. Since then the number, although not retired, has not been issued to any subsequent player.
|Honorary President||John Chapman OBE|
|Assistant Manager||Kenny Black|
|Academy Director||Scott Leitch|
|Under 20's Team Coach||Jonatan Johansson|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Gordon Marshall|
|Chief Scout||Bobby Jenks|
|Performance Analyst||Ross Clarkson|
|Kit Co-ordinator||Alan MacDonald|
|Name||Scottish League||Scottish Cup||Scottish League Cup||Promotion from Second Tier||Total|
|John "Sailor" Hunter 1911–1946||1||0||0||0||1|
|George Stevenson 1946–1955||0||1||1||1||3|
|Bobby Ancell 1955–1965||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bobby Howitt 1965–1973||0||0||0||1||1|
|Ian St. John 1973–1974||0||0||0||0||0|
|Willie McLean 1974–1977||0||0||0||0||0|
|Roger Hynd 1977–1978||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ally MacLeod 1978–1981||0||0||0||0||0|
|David Hay 1981–1982||0||0||0||1||1|
|Jock Wallace 1982–1983||0||0||0||0||0|
|Bobby Watson 1983–1984||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tommy McLean 1984–1994||0||1||0||1||2|
|Alex McLeish 1994–1998||0||0||0||0||0|
|Harri Kampman 1998||0||0||0||0||0|
|Billy Davies 1998–2001||0||0||0||0||0|
|Eric Black 2001–2002||0||0||0||0||0|
|Terry Butcher 2002–2006||0||0||0||0||0|
|Maurice Malpas 2006–2007||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mark McGhee 2007–2009||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jim Gannon 2009||0||0||0||0||0|
|Craig Brown 2010||0||0||0||0||0|
|Stuart McCall 2011–present||0||0||0||0||0|
Motherwell are currently sponsored by Cash Converters, a worldwide franchise company, in a deal for the 2011–12 season, replacing Commsworld as the principal sponsor from the 2010–11 season. Due to the sponsorship deal not being agreed in time for the start of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League the team briefly featured www.chooselife.net as their main shirt sponsor. The team shirts continue to carry this sponsorship on the back of the shirt. Recently, they have also been sponsored by the local IT firm Log in to Learn, which have also appeared on the back of the shirts. For the 2009/10 season the team were sponsored by JAXX, a German gambling company. They in turn had replaced Anglian Home Improvements, who were the club's shirt sponsor from 2006 to 2008. Previous to this the club had been sponsored by Zoom Airlines, who were part-owned by club director John Boyle, and who retained advertising space on both the Davie Cooper Stand and the South Stand until they ceased trading in August 2008.
The previous sponsor, from 2002–04, was a local company called The Untouchables. Previously the club had enjoyed a long-term association with Motorola, but this ended after 11 years in 2002 as the sponsor started to reduce its manufacturing operations in Scotland. This had in turn followed another long-term association with local car dealer Ian Skelly, who had sponsored the club since 1984.
The club have had a number of different kit manufacturers since the 1970s. At present the official kit supplier is Macron who were newly announced for the 2014/15 season to replace Puma after their 3 year deal with the club expired. Previously the club kits were supplied by New-Zealand based sporting goods manufacturer, Canterbury. Who were announced as the official kit supplier to Motherwell for the four years beginning with the 2009/10 season, taking over from Bukta. However Canterbury went into administration after less than one year of the contract had been completed. Major manufacturers Adidas, Admiral, Hummel, Patrick, Pony, Umbro and Xara have all been kit providers for Motherwell.
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