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Motherwell, Scotland


About Motherwell

Motherwell Football and Athletic Club was founded in 1886 as a result of a merger between Alpha FC and Glencairn FC. The club have remained in the top flight of Scottish football since 1984 and, as a result, were one of the founding members of the Scottish Premier League in 1998. The team's main rivals have historically been Airdrie United and Hamilton Academical, both of whom are also from the Lanarkshire area.

In the 1931-32 season, under the leadership of the team's legendary manager, John Hunter, Motherwell were crowned Scottish champions for the first and, to date, only time. Over the course of the next two seasons, Motherwell would continue to contest the league title, eventually finishing 2nd on both occasions.

Despite Motherwell's consistency in the league, major trophies have been fairly rare. Aside from their league title win in the 1930s, the club lifted the Scottish Cup in both 1951–52 and 1990–91. The latter of those wins came as a result of beating Dundee United in the final and it remains the club's most recent trophy. Their only other major silverware was a Scottish League Cup win in 1950–51. The 1950s also saw Motherwell lose the Scottish Cup final in 1950–51 and the Scottish League Cup final in 1953–54. In the 2012-13 season, after Rangers were banned from continental competitions, Motherwell were awarded a spot in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Amongst the most notable players to have represented the club are Willie MacFadyen, who scored 52 goals in the team's league title winning season and Ian St. John, who has since been inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Motherwell have played their home games at Fir Park Stadium for over 100 years, with their first match at the venue taking place in 1896. The stadium underwent renovations in 1995 and is currently able to hold a maximum of 13,742 supporters.