The FC Motherwell ( officially: Motherwell Football Club ) - also known as The Steelmen or The Well - is a traditional football club from Scotland. The club plays its home matches at Fir Park in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire from. Currently, the team plays in the Scottish Premier League and is coached by Stuart McCall since January 2011.
The FC Motherwell was founded on May 17, 1886, the merger of the two companies football clubs Glencairn and Alpha. In 1893 the team of the newly established Scottish Football League Second Division joined in the first game and defeated Hamilton Academical 4-1. In 1895 Motherwell moved into the newly built stadium Fir par
1912 joined the FC Motherwell 's shirt colors: The colors of " claret " and " amber" (red and amber ) became the trademark of the club. After the First World War, the club had under coach John 'Sailor ' Hunter his strongest time. Team reached in 1931, 1933 and 1939, the final of the Scottish Cup and won 1931/32 the championship. Willie MacFadyen shot in this championship season 52 goals for FC Motherwell, which today means Scottish record.
1950 and under the leadership of George Stevenson defeated Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup Final Hibernian after goals from Archie Kelly, Willie Watters and Jim Forrest 3-0. In the same season they also reached the final of the Scottish FA Cup, but lost here against Celtic Glasgow. Only two years later, Motherwell was back in the Cup final, and defeated, this time to Dundee after goals from Wilson Humphries, Archie Kelly, Willie Redpath and Jimmy Watson 4-0.
1955 Bobby Ancell took over as coach and formed a team that would become known as the Ancell Babes, with players like Charlie Aitken, Ian St John and Pat Quinn.
1968 had to Motherwell the transition to the third tier (Scottish Second Division ) compete, but fought his way to the next season its chances of promotion. In subsequent years, the team of Willie McLean, Roger Hynd, Ally McLeod, David Hay, Jock Wallace and Bobby Watson was trained. Only under Tommy McLean, who took over as coach in 1984, the team managed to equal in the first season promotion to the Scottish Premier League.
1991 Motherwell won the Scottish FA Cup again. In the final they defeated Dundee United after goals from Phil O'Donnell, Stevie Kirk, Iain Ferguson and Ian Angus 4-3.
The 2002/03 season the club finished at the bottom of the table, which would have meant relegation. However, since the stadium of the potential climber Falkirk FC did not satisfy the requirements of the Premiere League, Falkirk and the rise was denied Motherwell was at the green table hold the class.
In the season 2004/ 05 Motherwell reached after 50 years again in the Scottish League Cup final. Here they were beaten with 1:5 Glasgow Rangers.
On the final day of the season 2004/ 05 Motherwell beat the league leaders Celtic and made thus for winning the title of Rangers.
On December 29, 2007, a tragedy befell the club, as the captain Phil O'Donnell in the match against Dundee United collapsed on the field and died on the way to hospital.
Current squad - 2013/14 season
(Updated: September 22, 2013)
- Biggest win: 12-1 against Dundee United, Scottish League Division 2, January 23, 1954
- Highest Draws: 6:6 against Hibernian Edinburgh, Scottish Premier League 5 May 2010
- Biggest defeat: 0-8 against FC Aberdeen, Scottish League Premier Division, March 26, 1979
- Highest Attendance: 35,632 quarter-final against Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup second leg, March 12, 1952
- Most league appearances: Bob Ferrier (626, 1918-1937 )
- Most league goals: Hugh Ferguson ( 283, 1916-1925 )
- Most goals in one season: Willie MacFadyen (52 in 1931/32 )
Well-known former players
- Tommy Boyd
- Mark Brown
- John Fallon
- Paul Lambert
- Gary McAllister
- Brian McClair
- Ross McCormack
- Lee McCulloch
- Scott McDonald
- James McFadden
- Alex McLeish
- Simon Mensing
- Phil O'Donnell
- Pat Nevin
- Stephen Pearson
- John Spencer
- John Hunter (1910-1946)
- George Stevenson (1946-1955)
- Bobby Ancell (1955-1965)
- Bobby Howitt (1965-1972)
- Ian St John (1972-1975)
- Willie McLean (1975-1978)
- Roger Hynd (1978-1979)
- Ally McLeod (1979-1981)
- David Hay (1981-1982)
- Jock Wallace (1982-1983)
- Bobby Watson (1983-1984)
- Tommy McLean (1984-1994)
- Alex McLeish (1994-1998)
- Harri Kampman (1998)
- Billy Davies (1998-2001)
- Eric Black (2001-2002)
- Terry Butcher (2002-2006)
- Maurice Malpas (2006-2007)
- Mark McGhee (2007-2009)
- Jim Gannon ( 2009-12/2009 )
- Craig Brown ( 12/2009-12/2010 )
- Stuart McCall (since 1 January 2011)
- Scottish champions: 1931/32
- Scottish Cup Winners: 1952, 1991
- Scottish League Cup Winners: 1950
- Master of the Scottish 1st Division: 1981 /82 1984/85
- Master of the Scottish 2nd Division: 1953 /54, 1968/69
- Milk Cup winner: 1983