A new documentary charting Motherwell’s 1991 Scottish Cup victory will be shown on BBC ALBA on Friday, 18 January at 9pm.
Steelmen is the bittersweet story of life in the industrial Scottish town of Motherwell in the early 1990s. Providing a reflective insight into its community and society, the documentary is told through the football club’s Scottish Cup victory.
In 1991, as the town of faced the crippling social, economic and cultural impact of the closure of the Ravenscraig steelworks, the Steelmen lifted the prestigious Scottish Cup for the first time in 39 years, the victory a glimmer of light in the ensuing darkness.
The workers of Ravenscraig and the local community had a strong camaraderie, a characteristic shared by the squad.
As the local industry was threatened and community morale crushed, a series of footballing highs provided a clink of light in what was a devastating period for the town.
The film features Motherwell legends from the cup final victory, including captain Tom Boyd, Chris McCart, Ian Angus, Iain Ferguson, Luc Nijholt, Stevie Kirk and Jim Griffin, Ravenscraig steelworkers Donald Oliver and Kevin Harper, Motherwell club historian Keith Brown and Motherwell FC’s chief executive Alan Burrows. The story is enhanced visually by archive, memorabilia and drama reconstruction.
Steelmen, produced by purpleTV for BBC ALBA, will air at 9pm on Friday 18 January.