Motherwell legend Stevie Kirk has urged the current ‘Well side to call on the spirit of the ‘91 heroes when they face Dundee Utd on Sunday.
Super sub Kirk, who netted the winning goal in that sensational final twenty years ago, was in Glasgow today with old foe Darren Jackson to preview the Quarter Final clash at Tannadice.
And reminiscing back to that special day in May, Kirk admits the sights and sounds of Hampden will never leave him.
He said, “The memories of that day are still etched, very clearly, in my mind.
“It was a great day and a great achievement for Motherwell to get to the final that year and what a game it was. We looked as if we were going to win it in normal time until Darren Jackson popped up late in the game to equalise and, to be honest, I thought the tie was slipping away from us.
“It was obviously disappointing but we managed to come through in the end and, over the piece, I think we just about deserved to win what was a fantastic end to end game.
“You’ll struggle to find a better cup final since and it is something Motherwell fans still remember fondly and are very proud of, even twenty years on. I know the scenes that day will be with me for the rest of my life.”
Kirk is back working full-time at Fir Park as the driving force behind the re-launched Motherwell in the Community department.
In his role, he is a regular face about the ground and he is well aware of just what a win would mean to everyone connected with the club.
The legend also gave his backing to Stuart McCall, predicting the former Scotland International to achieve great things whilst in North Lanarkshire.
“Just about every team left in the competition has a great chance of at least getting to the final,” he said.
“I am sure both Motherwell and Dundee Utd face a battle this Sunday but whoever wins has a great chance. Celtic are the strongest side left in the competition but even they face a very tricky tie up at Inverness.
“If the team could manage to get to the final this year, I don’t think you could underestimate the size of the achievement, especially with the amount of upheaval with the previous manager leaving midway through the season.
“Stuart McCall is doing a great job just now in what is a difficult situation. I see him on a daily basis and he’s doing very well. The players like him; they trust him and he has got the firm backing of all the staff at the club too. I would be absolutely delighted for him if he could lead Motherwell to Hampden for a second time this season.”