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    John Hunter inducted to Hall of Fame

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    Gallagher and O’Donnell in Scotland squad

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    Loan report: Four in action

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    Next up: Celtic

  • Women

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 home opener

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    Manager reacts to win over Livingston

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    Livingston 0-2 Motherwell

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    Manager previews the trip to Livingston

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    John Hunter inducted to Hall of Fame

    John Hunter inducted to Hall of Fame

    Our first inductee to the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame in 2020 is John Hunter.

    We will honour the class of 2020 with a unique virtual induction event this winter by means of a special live, free-to-air, online event.

    We are also once again launching a special fans’ vote for a fifth inductee.

    You can join in the vote by nominating any individual from any era in Motherwell’s past – player, manager or official – who you think is worthy of being included in the 2020 class.

    Click here to vote for who you want to see in the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame.

    John Bryson Hunter was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire on 6 April 1878. Motherwell Football Club hadn’t been formed yet, but the boy who would affectionately become known as ‘Sailor’ would grow up to become its greatest influence.

    At the age of 18, he signed for Paisley side Abercorn, who had been relegated to the second tier the previous season. While Abercorn did not improve at all during his time there, Hunter was soon snapped up by English giants Liverpool.

    He became part of the Liverpool side that won their first-ever First Division Championship in 1901. However a year later, after he failed to settle in Merseyside, he was persuaded to return to Scotland, signing for Hearts for £300 in a joint transfer with Tom Robertson.

    He was to help the Jambos reach, but lose, the 1903 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers.

    In 1904 he joined Woolwich Arsenal in a £165 transfer, playing 22 times for them in 1904/05 season, before joining Portsmouth, then of the Southern League. But it was only when he joined Dundee in 1907 that he came into his own, moving from left midfield to centre forward, becoming a quite prolific goalscorer, and earning his only cap for Scotland in a 3-2 defeat by Wales down in Wrexham in March 1909.

    In the 1910 Scottish Cup Final, Hunter’s Dundee were up against a strong Clyde team who had knocked out Celtic 3-1 in the semi-final and were 2-0 up in the final with six minutes to play. Sailor scored a goal to give Dundee hope then, two minutes later, the Dark Blues equalised, and the teams had to do it all again. The first replay ended in a 0-0 draw but Dundee won the second replay 2-1 with Hunter notching the winner. It was to be his finest moment as a player in Scotland.

    He signed for Clyde in September 1910, but an injury forced him to retire six months later, without making a single appearance for the Bully Wee.

    Two months later, in April 1911, Hunter was appointed the first-ever manager at Fir Park at the age of 32, and so the man who would transform our beloved club began an incredible journey that would leave his name indelibly etched into the fabric of Motherwell FC history.

    The Steelmen had finished second bottom of the First Division in season 1910/11, just above relegated Queen’s Park. Hunter would improve their position slightly in the following season, although the highlight was the reserve side winning their league title for the first time.

    Motherwell improved steadily on the pitch over the next few years, as did John Hunter’s reputation off it, borne out by the directors handing him the secretary’s job in addition to his managerial duties midway through the 1912/13 season. Then, on 23 August 1913, the club sported the famous claret and amber colours for the first time in a 1-1 draw at home to Celtic.

    In August 1916, Hunter gave a debut to a young centre forward signed from Parkhead Juniors, Hughie Ferguson, who hit a double against Raith Rovers and followed it up with a hat trick two weeks later against Dundee. It was to prove an inspirational signing as Ferguson was Motherwell’s top scorer in every one of the nine seasons he played at Fir Park, amassing a terrific 362 goals and to this day he remains Motherwell’s all-time top scorer, a record unlikely to be surpassed. He was also the top scorer in the Scottish Football League in seasons 1917/18, 1919/20 & 1920/21.

    For the next four campaigns, Motherwell never finished lower than fifth in the league but, over time, financial restraints began to tell on the club. Local unemployment was higher than it had ever been, crowds were down, and the club had to abandon their reserve team.

    Motherwell began to slip in the league and they finished the 1924/25 third from bottom, on the same points total as the two teams immediately below them. Indeed, it was only Ferguson’s goals that kept the club in the top flight. The following season started pretty well for Motherwell, but soon into the season Ferguson was sold to Cardiff City for £5,000, putting paid, it seemed, to the club’s hopes for the near future.

    Mr Hunter though had identified an instant replacement for Ferguson in the shape of another signed from Parkhead Juniors, Willie MacFadyen, who would go on to more than justify the manager’s faith in him. He took Ferguson’s number nine shirt and spookily, repeated his predecessor’s debut feat by firing a double past Raith Rovers in a 5-0 romp.

    Motherwell finished fifth that season and for the next eight seasons, they would not finish lower than third, with a league title to celebrate in 1931/32.

    The original “famous five” adorned Fir Park in this era, with the names, Murdoch, McMenemy, MacFadyen, Stevenson and Ferrier tripping off the tongues of the Motherwell faithful, as the men in claret and amber played a brand of football that had the world drooling in anticipation whenever Motherwell came to town.

    It was at this time that Mr Hunter saw the advantage of taking such a football team abroad, and was the architect of four successful world-wide tours undertaken by the club, played to big crowds, to boost finances.

    The summer of 1927 saw Motherwell tour Spain, beating Real Madrid to win the King of Spain Cup, and drawing with Barcelona to secure the Barcelona Cup. The following year, ‘Well headed to South America with matches in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil yielding more silverware yet, and, 1931 and 1934 saw the Steelmen visit South Africa in the most arduous of tours.

    During the 1931 tour, 15 players played 15 games within 42 days, losing just the once, with MacFadyen scoring 30 of the 57 goals Motherwell rattled past the opposition.

    It proved to be the perfect preparation for the new campaign, which would see the Steelmen scoring an incredible 119 goals in 38 league games to finally secure the league title, after twice narrowly finishing runners up.

    Motherwell became the first club to win the Championship outside the Old Firm in almost 30 years and whilst using only 19 players.

    Despite the foreign tours being money-spinning for the club, Hunter insisted on the board curtailing them in future years, which they did into four or five games at a time, and a little closer to Lanarkshire.

    It was also during this period that “Sailor” instilled a cup fighting spirit at the club, resulting in three Scottish Cup final appearances, the first in the club’s history.

    Hunter would remain as secretary/manager at Fir Park until the summer of 1946 when George Stevenson, inside left and playmaker of the team which won the Championship, would take over the managerial hot seat, leaving Hunter to the then important secretary role.

    He oversaw the team winning its first-ever domestic cup, the League Cup, by beating the infamous ‘Famous Five’ Hibernian team 3-0 at Hampden Park in October 1950.

    Two years later, in 1952, the Fir Parkers would win the Scottish Cup for the first time, and the first stop for the victorious Motherwell team after lifting the old trophy was Fir Park to show Mr Hunter, who had been unable to witness the Hampden showpiece due to a deterioration of his eyesight.

    Sailor found it hard to leave Fir Park and remained as club secretary until his retirement in 1959 at the age of 80. After 48 years service, the club granted him a weekly pension of £10 a week upon his retirement.

    The legend that was John “Sailor” Hunter passed away, aged 87, in January 1966. It’s pretty safe to say that Motherwell Football Club would not be in the prominent position it is today within Scottish football, were it not for the vision, wisdom and influence of John Hunter.

    The original, and only, Mr Motherwell FC, the East Stand at Fir Park was renamed after him in November 2016 as a permanent tribute to his unrivalled contribution.

  • First team

    Gallagher and O’Donnell in Scotland squad

    Gallagher and O’Donnell in Scotland squad

    Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell are in the Scotland squad for a history-defining week with the national team.

    The trip to face Serbia on Thursday 12 November in the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off final will give the nation the chance to reach a major competition for the first time since 1998.

    The one-off tie was earned through a penalty shootout victory over Israel at Hampden last month.

    After that, Scotland have two UEFA Nations League group games on the road, facing Slovakia on Sunday 15 November and Israel on Wednesday 18 November.

    The pair join Allan Campbell and Barry Maguire in being called for national duty by Scotland, with the young duo in the Under 21 squad for their vital qualification double header with Croatia and Greece.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Loan report: Four in action

    Loan report: Four in action

    Ross MacIver was in the thick of the action as Morton pulled off the result of the weekend amongst the Motherwell loanees.

    His side found themselves 2-0 down at home to Ayr United, with the forward introduced in the 69th minute.

    Morton then started their comeback in the 83rd, with MacIver setting up the equaliser an excellent through ball, before his side pulled off a 3-2 win in the 88th minute.

    Harry Robinson played the last 15 minutes as Queen of the South lost 3-2 at Championship leaders Dunfermline Athletic.

    The winger came on as Queens chased the equaliser but couldn’t avoid their third defeat of the season.

    PJ Morrison made his first start in goal for Falkirk as they took in East Fife in League One.

    The ‘keeper kept a clean sheet as his side picked up their second win of the campaign in a 2-0 victory.

    Jamie Semple was an unused substitute as Cove kept up their 100% record in League One with a 1-0 home win over Partick Thistle, and Sam Muir got the full 90 as Gretna lost 1-0 at Edinburgh University in the Lowland League.

  • Club

    Get your limited edition Motherwell FC Loch Lomond whisky

    Get your limited edition Motherwell FC Loch Lomond whisky

    Want to get your hands on a limited edition Motherwell FC Loch Lomond 10-year-old single malt?

    Our whisky partners Lomond Group have made a special run of 500 bottles for fans to enjoy.

    Priced at just £50 with free delivery included, you can order yours now.

    This single malt has been created by Michael Henry, Loch Lomond’s Master Blender. He chose two single casks and married them together to create this wonderful single malt.

    Matured in American Oak casks from Loch Lomond’s own on-site cooperage, it delivers fruity and honey-sweet malt with some hints of toffee and warming cinnamon spice.

    This whisky opens on a gentle honeyed sweetness with green apple, pear and fresh vanilla. There is some juicy peach and apricot with chewy toffee, then warming cinnamon spice on the finish.

    This could be the perfect Christmas gift for any whisky lovers amongst the Motherwell support as we raise a glass to what has been a challenging but also successful year, with the club competing in Europe once again.

  • First team

    Next up: Celtic

    Next up: Celtic

    Celtic are the visitors to Fir Park on Sunday 8 November.

    Season ticket holders and international-based fans can watch at live.motherwellfc.co.uk. In the UK/Ireland, Sky Sports are showing the game live.

    Kick-off is at 12pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Celtic have won the last six encounters between the two teams, a run dating back to December 2018.

    The champions emerged victorious on their last two visits to Fir Park, but before that they had been held to three consecutive draws in ML1.

    Form guide

    ‘Well have won four of their last five league games, putting Livingston, Ross County, Aberdeen and St Johnstone to the sword.

    In those four games, the Steelmen also kept four clean sheets, netting 10 goals.

    Celtic picked up their first win in five matches with a resounding 2-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.

    Before that, home defeats to Rangers and AC Milan came before draws against Aberdeen and Lille.

    Prior to that, Neil Lennon’s team had won eight on the bounce, starting with a 3-0 home victory over Motherwell in late August.

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    We’re still printing our match programmes during the 2020/21 season.

    Get your hands on our Motherwell v Celtic programme here for £3 and have it delivered straight to your door.

    Watch live

    Season ticket holders and international-based fans can watch at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Subscriptions are available for supporters based outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland for £15 a month, allowing you to watch all games home and away.

    No pay-per-view option will be available at the weekend. In the UK/Ireland, Sky Sports are showing the game live.

  • Women

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 home opener

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 home opener

    Motherwell had a tough afternoon as they lost out 6-0 in their first home game of the new SWPL1 season at the hands of Hibernian.

    A double from Charlotte Potts, with further strikes from Rachel Boyle, Amy Muir, Colette Cavanagh and Shannon Leishman, consigned the women of steel to defeat in Airdrie.

    After a fairly even opening 10 minutes, it was Katie Rice who had the first shot of the game for the hosts.

    Trying her luck from outside the box, her shot was wide of the target.

    Hibs had the lead within 14 minutes. A powerful half-volley from the edge of the area from Boyle broke down the Motherwell resistance.

    Two minutes later, the visitors had their second. Boyle’s corner was met perfectly by the head of Potts to nod home.

    Lori Gardner then did well to beat Muir and put a clever ball across the box but there were no takers for Motherwell.

    With 23 minutes on the clock, Hibs raced out of sight. A drive into the box by Muir saw her fire low past goalkeeper Pollard and make it 3-0.

    Again Motherwell showed flashes in attack as they tried to get a goal back. Good play down the right hand side from Rachael Connor and Abbie Skelton saw Skelton get into the box but she couldn’t get her shot off.

    ‘Well got into the break with the chance to recuperate and they made a better start to the second half, pressing Hibs higher up the park and forcing them to make errors.

    But they would find themselves further behind 11 minutes into the second period, leaving them with a mountain to climb.

    Muir’s run in behind down the right led to a cross to Cavanagh, who had the easy task of tapping home the fourth.

    Boyle’s cross from a free-kick to Potts’ head made it five, before Leishman made it six in the dying minutes with a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

    Conditions were difficult for both teams at times but Motherwell will be disappointed with aspects of their defending for the goals.

    Motherwell’s next game is at home to current league champions Glasgow City on Sunday 8 November.

    Motherwell: Pollard, Connor, C Watson, Gallon, Rice, Swanson (Adams), Baillie (Pullar), Sinclair, Gardner, Callaghan, Skelton (K Watson).

    Subs not used: Tebbett, Crooks, Reside, Roberts.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to win over Livingston

    “We challenged the boys to put in a different sort of performance. They did that.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to the win over Livingston.

  • First team

    Livingston 0-2 Motherwell

    Livingston 0-2 Motherwell

    Motherwell picked up a hard-fought three points on the road as Livingston were put to the sword.

    First half goals from Callum Lang and Tony Watt secured a brilliant win for the visitors in difficult conditions in West Lothian.

    Stephen Robinson made two changes from the side which started the 4-0 win over Ross County last weekend.

    Aaron Chapman came in from the start in place of the injured Trevor Carson, with Lang replacing Christopher Long in attack.

    In total, eight academy players made up the matchday 20 for the Steelmen, including a first appearance on the bench for 18-year-old defender Matthew McDonald.

    Livingston is a formidable place to go but in treacherous windy conditions, the visitors immediately set about getting control of the match.

    After settling in and absorbing the early pressure, the breakthrough would come in the 22nd minute.

    Lang was slipped in behind down the left with 35 yards to make up on goal.

    Arriving in the box, he was forced to check back and with reinforcements arriving on both sides, he cooly placed the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.

    Motherwell looked settled and assured and would go in at the interval two goals to the good.

    Winning a free-kick dead on the edge of the area, just to the right of the arc, Mark O’Hara sized up the opportunity.

    The stand-in defender sent a rocket through the wall which Stryjek did well to parry. But Watt was alive to get to the rebound and stab home from close range.

    The second half was low on chances, as both sides absorbed pressure from either.

    Tiffoney came closest with a head wide from the penalty spot from the hosts, while the Steelmen didn’t trouble the home ‘keeper save for Watt’s late stinging effort from distance, which was turned away.

    Motherwell: Chapman, O’Donnell, O’Hara, Gallagher, McGinley, Maguire, Campbell, Polworth, Lang (Long), Cole (White), Watt.

    Subs not used: Archer, Devine, Hussain, Johnston, McDonald, Cornelius, Hastie.

  • Club

    Vote for your Hall of Fame class of 2020 entrant

    Vote for your Hall of Fame class of 2020 entrant

    We will honour the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame Class of 2020 with a unique virtual induction event this winter.

    Our Hall of Fame was launched in November 2019 at a memorable dinner in the Bothwell Bridge Hotel.

    George Stevenson, Willie Pettigrew, Ally Maxwell and James McFadden were all inducted, with our fans’ vote adding Phil O’Donnell to complete the inaugural group.

    The current Covid-19 restrictions make a similar night impossible in 2020. Instead, we will have a special live, free-to-air, online event coming soon.

    Tam Cowan will again host, and our assistant manager – and former club captain – Keith Lasley will join him to induct four more legends from the club’s past.

    We are also once again launching a special fans’ vote for a five inductee.

    You can join in the vote by nominating any individual from any era in Motherwell’s past – player, manager or official – who you think is worthy of being included in the 2020 class.

    Click here to vote for who you want to see in the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame.

    We will shortly be announcing the other four inductees who will either receive their induction on the night, either in person or represented by a relative, the date of which will be announced in due course.

    The four inductees usually come from four broad groups:

    1886 – 1939
    1945 – 1969
    1970 – 1995
    1996 – 2020

    “It was crucial to continue the Hall of Fame this year, despite the Covid-19 restrictions,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.

    “We want to ensure this is an annual induction, and being a member of the Hall of Fame really means something special to those involved, which is why we will carry on with an online version.

    “All four in the class of 2020 have made incredible contributions to Motherwell FC and are already, rightly, genuine club legends.

    “The event itself is only possible thanks to the brilliant backing of our five sponsors, who I thank very much for their ongoing support. I hope fans enjoy the event when we broadcast it live across our platforms later this year.”

  • First team

    Manager previews the trip to Livingston

    Stephen Robinson discusses the loss of Trevor Carson, the influx of young talent in the team and the weekend visit to West Lothian.