3. Steven Hammell

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Defender 35             18.02.82      @stevenhammell   


Motherwell have a fine tradition of producing quality left-backs over the years, with the likes of Joe Wark and Tom Boyd having worn the claret and amber with great distinction. Well worthy of his place amongst that exalted company is Stevie Hammell.

The defender signed for the club in the summer of 1999 after serving his apprenticeship but didn’t have too long to wait long for his big-break as he filled in for the suspended Stevie McMillan at the tail end of 99’00 season.

He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and having got that first team opportunity, remained in the side for more than half a decade, chalking up over 240 league and cup appearances in the process.

His displays didn’t go unnoticed outwith Fir Park and he would go on to represent Scotland at every grade from youth through to full international level when in November 2004 he won his first Scotland cap after appearing as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Sweden at Easter Road.

In the summer of 2006 Stevie sought a fresh challenge and joined newly promoted English Championship side Southend United when his contract expired at ‘Well.

In his first season with the Shrimpers he was involved in memorable wins over Leeds at Elland Road, Manchester Utd at Roots Hall and was a part of the side which took Spurs to extra-time in Southend’s run to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup. The league campaign however ultimately ended in disappointment as Southend succumbed to the drop.

Steven missed the first three months of the 07’08 campaign through injury but when fit came straight back into the side that by the time of the 08 January transfer window were well placed to challenge for a play-off spot.

Back in Lanarkshire however Hammell’s replacement, Jim Paterson, had himself now left Motherwell for Plymouth Argyle and Mark McGhee moved swiftly to tempt Hammell back to Fir Park for a reported fee of around £110,000.

His second debut came in a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Fir Park and he went on to make 16 appearances before the season, taking him past the 250 mark in the process.

The 08’09 season saw Steven add European football to his list achievements, playing in both legs of the UEFA Cup clash with AS Nancy of France.

Hammell continued to clock up the appearances throughout the seasons breaking through the 300,400 and then 500 league and cup appearance mark and by the time the SPL merged with the Scottish Football League it was Stevie who had played more SPL matches than any other player.

In the summer of 2012 that dedication to the Motherwell cause was rewarded with a Testimonial year the highlight of which was a match against English giants Everton.

Ironically having rarely missed a match the latter stages of Stevie’s career have seen the full-back suffer a number of injuries that have restricted his appearances and often left the side much the poorer for his absence.

Behind the scenes however Stevie was already preparing fully for life after his playing career reached its conclusion and in December 2018 it was announced that Hammell was in line to succeed Scott Leitch as the club’s Academy Director, continuing his near twenty year association with Motherwell further.

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