Referee for Saturday’s league clash with Inverness CT at Fir Park is the experienced Willie Collum.
One of Europe’s most recognisable officials, Willie will be handling his fourth ‘Well fixture of the campaign, after taking charge of the Lanarkshire derby back in September, the away trip to St Johnstone in December and the home loss to Rangers in January.
On that day, goals from Emerson Hyndman and Kenny Miller secured all three points for the Gers.
Against St Johnstone, an early own-goal from Saints keeper Zander Clark was cancelled out by an equally fortunate goal from forward Chris Kane as the two sides played out for a point at McDiarmind Park.
The clash before that, against Hamilton, was a historic day as star forward Louis Moult bagged a phenomenal four goals as the Steelmen stormed to a 4-2 victory over local rivals Hamilton.
Last season, Collum took charge on three occasions – all resulting in 2-1 defeats.
The first was a defesat to eventual Champions Celtic, who clinched a 2-1 victory on a day when the Steelmen put in a sound display.
The other two fixtures also ended in 1-2 home defeats. The first was at the hands of Aberdeen when Marvin Johnson’s early opener was cancelled out by Niall McGinn and Ash Taylor.
The second, at the end of January, ended with Ross County taking the points when Stephen Pearson’s late goal wasn’t enough to earn the Fir Parkers anything after Jackson Irvine and Brian Graham had put the Staggies into a commanding lead.
Those results are on the back of the six he took charge of in the 2014/15 campaign too.
His overall record in charge of the Steelmen reads ten wins, nineteen defeats and eight draws from thirty-seven matches (in all competitions).
In those games, Motherwell have scored 51 and conceded 67.
82 players have gone into the book, 37 wearing Claret and Amber, while eight players have been dismissed – Ian Murray of Hibs at Easter Road seven years back, Jerard Aafjes at Falkirk seven seasons ago, Paul Dixon at the end of 2009/10, Henrik Ojamaa at the Caledonian Stadium and Fraser Kerr down at Rugby Park. Stephen McManus was shown a red card against Aberdeen but that was later rescinded after an appeal. O’Halloran and McDonald were both shown red in the referee’s last match involving the Steelmen.
Willie will be assisted by Frank Connor and David McGeachie with Steven Reid listed as fourth official.