Tom Boyd is a player whose place in Motherwell folklore is assured. The images of him high in the old Main Stand at Hampden Park in May 1991, Scottish Cup aloft, head shaking in near disbelief, will never be forgotten.
What a way to bring down the curtain on your Motherwell career after eight years.
Boyd achieved notoriety in his youth for becoming one of the first players to earn a professional contract through the government supported YOP/YTS training programmes. He made his Motherwell bow soon after earning that contract during the ill-fated 1983’84 season.
He played regularly under Bobby Watson and then Tommy McLean during the First Division title winning year of 1984’85 and impressed the latter so much he was soon rewarded with the club captaincy.
Tom won the Motherwell fans Player of the Year award as recognition of his performances and growing promise during season 1985’86 and again in 1989’90. By this stage both Motherwell and Boyd had been transformed.
Having settled into a left-back role, Boyd flourished on the left hand side of the pitch playing alongside the great Davie Cooper who helped take his game to previously unseen heights.
Having progressed through the Scotland youth ranks, a B international cap followed before finally a full international cap came his away against Romania in September 1990. In time, he would go on to represent his country 72 times.
1991, one of the finest years in the clubs history, culminated with Boyd captaining ‘Well to Scottish Cup glory on his final appearance for the Fir Parkers.
Having been coveted by several sides, Tom elected to join Chelsea within days of the Hampden win for a reported £800,000 fee. His time at Stamford Bridge however, failed to go as well as he might have hoped and he returned to Scotland to join Celtic in a swap deal with Tony Cascarino in 1992.
There, the defender would see out the rest of his career making more than 300 league appearances for the Parkhead club adding another 3 League titles, 3 League Cups and 2 Scottish Cups to the honours he gained whilst at Fir Park.
In 2002, Tom received an MBE for his services to football.