Today I went to watch Motherwell FC (‘The Steelmen’) in their match against Dundee United at Fir Park, Motherwell. This was the last game of the season and tickets were only 5 British Pounds, rather than the usual 22 British Pounds.
The stadium was almost full and the atmosphere was nice and friendly. Motherwell prides itself in being a family-friendly club and there is never any trouble at their games. The football stadium is also known as ‘Fir Park’
Phil O’Donnell (1972-2007)
Our seats were in the Main Stand which was re-named the ‘Phil O’Donnell Stand’ after the late Motherwell and Celtic footballer who had a cardiac arrest in a match on 29th December, 2007 against Dundee United and died later in hospital.
The Phil O’Donnell stand is a wooden stand and the wooden seats were a bit warmer than the usual plastic ones. Today it was very cold, but fortunately I was wearing a windproof fleece jacket, woolly Motherwell hat and thick gloves. Many of the other fans were under-dressed for the weather as they could be seen shivering.
Claret and Amber
Motherwell colours are claret and amber, although the initial colours of the club were blue and white until the start of the 1913/14 season. It was often believed that these were the racing colours of Lord Hamilton of Dalziel, but later research proved this incorrect. The colours were probably influenced by Bradford City FA who won the FA cup in 1911.
European Nights at Fir Park Next Season
Motherwell have had a successful season after finishing third in the Scottish Premier League and gaining entry into next season’s Champion’s League. Big European nights will be back at Fir Park next season.
Manager Stuart McColl and his assistant Kenny Black and all the coaching and back-room staff have done a good job with the team.
Today’s Score: 2-0 to Dundee United
The game itself was a bit of a disappointment for the Motherwell fans who saw their team lose two easy goals from Johnny Russell and John Daly. Despite the long journey from Dundee, there were a large number of Dundee Utd fans at the game.
However, it was still a day to celebrate – the good league position and the entry into Europe.
Club Captain Stephen Craigan Retires
Club captain Stephen Craigan played his final game for the club after announcing his retiral from the game last week. The 35-year-old Northern Ireland international played for the club 378 times and will now begin a career in the media. He played for 75 minutes before being substituted.
Scottish Cup Triumphs
Motherwell have won the Scottish Cup on two occasions – in 1952 and 1991. Tragically, four players from the cup-winning side of 1991 died young. These were Davie Cooper, Phil O’Donnell, Jamie Dolan and Paul McGrillan.
Motherwell FC are also known as ‘The Steelmen’ as Motherwell was once the steel production capital of Scotland. The large steelworks of David Colville & Sons in the 19th and 20th centuries were re-named Ravenscraig in 1967 when the steelworks were nationalised by the Labour Government.
British Steel was created to manage the steelworks after nationalisation. Ravenscraig was one of the largest steelworks in the world before it ceased production in 1992. Its closure marked the end of large-scale steel making in Scotland.
Plenty to look forward to next season and hopefully ‘Well will progress in all competitions.
C’mon the ‘Well
Fir Park Stadium