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Motherwell F.C.
Motherwell FC crest.svg
Full nameMotherwell Football & Athletic Club
Founded1886
GroundFir Park,
Motherwell, North Lanarkshire
Ground Capacity13,742
ManagerStephen Robinson
LeagueScottish Premiership
2018/19Scottish Premiership, 8th
Current season

The Motherwell Football & Athletic Club Ltd. is a Scottish football club based in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. Motherwell currently play in the Scottish Premier League; their home stadium is Fir Park. The current manager is Stephen Robinson.

Fir Park[change | change source]

Motherwell won the Scottish First Division in 1931-32, and this is the only time they have finished top of the first tier. They have won the Scottish Cup twice and the Scottish League Cup once.

The capacity at Fir Park is 13,742. It is all-seated. The average attendance for the 2010-11 season was 5,660.[1] The club's record attendance for a home match is 35,632, against Rangers in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on March 12, 1952.

The highest transfer fee paid by the club was that 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 played for Motherwell for a second time but died after collapsing on the pitch in a game against Dundee United on December 29, 2007.[2]

Motherwell are also one of the teams that play in the Lanarkshire derby. They are the biggest of the teams.

Honours[change | change source]

  • Scottish Cup (2): 1952, 1991
  • Milk Cup (1): 1983
  • Scottish League Cup (1): 1950
  • First Division (1): 1931-32

Promotion titles:

  • First Division: 1981-82, 1984-85 (below the SPL)
  • Second Division: 1953-54, 1968-69, 1981-82, 1984-85

Current squad[change | change source]

As of 26 October 2018[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Trevor Carson
2 Scotland DF Richard Tait
3 Scotland DF Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
4 Republic of Ireland MF Carl McHugh
5 Scotland DF Tom Aldred (on loan from Bury)
6 England DF Peter Hartley (captain)
7 Scotland MF Chris Cadden
8 Scotland MF Allan Campbell
9 England FW Curtis Main
11 England MF Elliott Frear
12 England FW Ryan Bowman
13 Scotland GK Rohan Ferguson
No. Position Player
14 England MF Liam Grimshaw
15 England MF Andy Rose
16 England FW George Newell
17 Burundi MF Gaël Bigirimana
18 Republic of Ireland DF Charles Dunne
19 Republic of Ireland FW Conor Sammon (on loan from Hearts)
20 England GK Mark Gillespie
21 England DF Christian Mbulu
22 Northern Ireland DF Liam Donnelly
23 Spain MF Alex Rodriguez
24 England FW Danny Johnson
27 England FW Craig Tanner

Managers[change | change source]

Sponsorship[change | change source]

Motherwell are currently sponsored by Cash Converters.[4] They replaced Commsworld. They were also sponsored by JAXX, a German betting company[5] and Zoom Airlines, a company owned by chairman John Boyle.[6] One of the previous sponsors, from 2002-04, were a local company called The Untouchables.[7] Previously the club had a long association with Motorola, but this ended after 11 years in 2002 as the sponsor started to reduce its manufacturing operations in Scotland. This had followed another long association with local car dealer Ian Skelly, who had sponsored the club since 1984.

The club have had a lot of different kit manufacturers since the 1970s. Puma are the 2011-12 season kit providers, taking over from Bukta, who had previously filled this role from 2007. Major manufacturers Adidas, Admiral, Hummel, Patrick, Pony, Umbro and Zara, have all been kit providers for Motherwell.

References[change | change source]

  1. Motherwell Statistics 2010/11 - ESPN Soccernet
  2. "Statement on Phil O'Donnell". Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  3. "2018/19 squad numbers revealed". Motherwell F.C>.
  4. "'Well sign deal with Cash Converters". Motherwell F.C. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  5. Tesseras, Lucy. "Motherwell signs sponsorship deal with JAXX". www.mad.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  6. "Well fly with new sponsor". - bbc.co.uk, May 3, 2004
  7. "Motherwell secure shirt deal". - bbc.co.uk, June 18, 2002

Other websites[change | change source]