Steven Hammell is to become the latest inductee to the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame.
Having played 583 games in claret and amber, Hammell is Motherwell’s post-war record appearance holder.
Hammell started his professional career at Fir Park in January 1998. He made his debut in 2000, starting in a Scottish Premier League match against Aberdeen at the age of 18.
Playing 242 times across seven seasons between 1999 and 2006, he established himself as a club stalwart and was part of the side which reached the 2005 League Cup final against Rangers.
In 2006, he departed for a short spell in England with Southend United, spending 18 months south of the border and making 55 appearances before returning to Motherwell in January 2008.
A testimonial would follow against Everton in 2012, with a star-studded Toffees side being held 1-1 at Fir Park.
A further 341 appearances would be made in claret and amber by Hammell, as Motherwell went through a prolific period of finishing both second and third in the league, reaching the qualifying stages of both the UEFA Champions league and UEFA Europa League.
Hammell would go on to make 23 appearances in European football for Motherwell, a feat that no other player has matched.
He was also a member of the starting team which reached the 2011 Scottish Cup final, and was in the squad for the 2017 League Cup final, but a trophy would prove elusive before he brought the curtain down on his career at Fir Park in a league match against Ross County in January 2018.
He won full international recognition with Scotland back in 2004, when the late Tommy Burns capped him in a friendly match against Sweden at Easter Road, and was a member of several Scotland squads.
Steven retired after a distinguished 20-year playing career in January 2018, taking up the important role as academy director at the club, rearing the next batch of graduates to follow in his footsteps.
Our Hall of Fame will welcome its new inductees in a special event in November.
Taking place at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel on Saturday 13 November, the event will induct the classes of 2020 and 2021.
The event is priced at £60 for adults and £30 for children aged under 12.
We will induct both the 2020 and 2021 intake at the event.
Current Hall of Famers include George Stevenson, Willie Pettigrew, Phil O’Donnell, Ally Maxwell and James McFadden.