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Motherwell FC

Motherwell FC Information

Address:   Firpark Street, Motherwell. ML1 2QN
Telephone: (01698) 333333
Fax: (01698) 338001
Founded: 1886
Stadium: Fir Park
Website: www.motherwellfc.co.uk

Motherwell FC History

Motherwell Football Club is a Scottish football team, who play their home matches at Fir Park. They are currently managed by former England defender Terry Butcher.

Motherwell were founded in 1886 from an amalgamation of two factory based teams, Glencairn and Alpha. In 1893, the club turned professional and joined the newly formed Scottish Second Division and in their first game, Motherwell defeated Hamilton Academical 4-1. In 1895 Motherwell moved to their Fir Park stadium.

In 1912, Motherwell adopted the colours of claret and amber which they use today. After the First World War, under manager John 'Sailor' Hunter, Motherwell began to show themselves as a force in Scottish Football, reaching the Scottish Cup finals in 1931, 1933 and 1939 and winning the League in 1931/32. Willie McFadyen scoring 52 goals in that season, which is still a Scottish record.

After the Second World War, with George Stevenson at the helm, Motherwell defeated Hibernian 3-0 to win the League Cup with goals from Archie Kelly, Willie Watters and Jim Forrest. That season, they also reached the Scottish Cup final only to be defeated by Celtic. Two seasons later, Motherwell defeated Dundee 4-0 to become 1952 Scottish Cup winners with goals from Wilson Humphries, Archie Kelly, Willie Redpath and Jimmy Watson.

In 1955, Bobby Ancell took over as manager and created a team which was to be known as the 'Ancell Babes' with players such as Charlie Aitken, Ian St. John and Pat Quinn. Motherwell were relegated in 1968 but were promoted back the next season under Bobby Howitt. Willie McLean, Roger Hynd, Ally McLeod, Davie Hay, Jock Wallace and Bobby Watson all came and went before Tommy McLean was appointed manager in 1984. In his first season, Motherwell were promoted to the Premier League and almost reached the Scottish Cup final.

In 1991, Motherwell did reach the final and won the Scottish Cup defeating Dundee United 4-3 in a memorable final with goals from Phil O'Donnell, Stevie Kirk, Iain Ferguson and Ian Angus. Alex McLeish, Harri Kampman, Billy Davies all had spells as manager. Erik Black also had a spell in charge but he was forced to resign after the club went into administration. Assistant Terry Butcher took over. Motherwell have recently become known for their production of good young players such as James McFadden who is now with Everton and Stephen Pearson who is now with Celtic.

During the 2004 season Motherwell came out of administration.

Motherwell FC Honours, Trophies & Awards


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