'Well Reading List

Last updated : 04 October 2017 By Firparkcorner

Get your homework done....pass away the long weekends during the winter shutdown... slip one of these under your pillow..... holiday reading....

A History of the Steelmen 1886-1986
by John Swinburne 1985
ISBN 0 9511029 1 5
Published by MFC

The definitive history of the the first 100 years. Lots of information, extracts from Boardroom minutes and photographs. Required reading.
History of the Steelmen


'Well Worth the Wait

'Well Worth the Wait
By John Swinburne 1991
ISBN 1 85158 447 1
Published by Mainstream

A celebration of the 1991 Scottish Cup triumph. Includes a minute by minute commentary of the match.
Superclubs Soccer Yearbook 98/99 £4.99
ISBN 1 84 084118 4
Published by Dempsey Parr
13 Whiteladies Rd Bristol BS8 1PB

The Well's book in a series of 102 covering most senior UK teams. Comprising a diary, yearbook, fixture list, satistics, photographs, history section and info for home and away fans. A good browse.


Superclubs Soccer Yearbook 98/99


1st Division Champs 81/82

Souvenir Brochure - 1st Division Champions 81/82
Published by MFC £1

A 'Limited Edition' 32 page brochure published as a memento of the 1st Division Championship of 1981/82. Now becoming a collectors item. Lots of player profiles (Sproat, Irvine, Conn, Mclaughlin, Forbes etc)


MFC 1886-1999

Images of Sport
Motherwell Football Club 1886-1999

Compiled by John Swinburne
ISBN 0 7524 15511 5
Published (1999) £9.99
by Tempus Publishing Limited

Launched at an 'Open Day' at Fir Park on 9 October 1999 this is John Swinburne's third 'Well book. Its a pictorial history concentrating on the post 1945 era. All photographs are in black and white with lots of interesting text throughout.


Tribute to a Legend £14.99
ISBN 1 85158 789 6

Tribute to a Legend by Graham Clark is a celebration of the life of Davie Cooper. The book charts Davie's progress from his early days at Clydebank, his decade of success at his boyhood heroes Rangers, on to his part in therevolution at Fir Park and the return to Kilbowie, not forgetting Coop's Scotland days.

Written by the same author who helped produce Davie's autobiography 'True Blue' while at Ibrox, Graham Clark makes a fine job of detailing Davie'scareer. To Clark's credit he has done justice to all periods of Davie's footballing life and not simply concentrated on Cooper's time with Rangerswhich could easily have happened.

Throughout the book Clark's writing is complimented by tributes from Davie's team-mates and opponents which makes interesting reading. The text in itself is also enhanced by numerous excellent colour photographs again from various stages throughout Davie's career and not just from Ibrox.

All in all a book treasure not only for those fortunate enough to see Davie perform for their team but for all those who admired the man's wonderful football talent.

Andy Paterson

Davie Cooper - a Legend


The Men Who Made…

The Men Who Made Motherwell Football Club
Jim Jeffrey and Genge Fry
ISBN 0-7524-2191-3
Published (2001) £15
by Tempus Publishing Limited

A superb directory of all players who wore the claret and amber during the period 1946 till 2000. Great reference. .
Joe Wark Knew My Father Tae
by Matt Johnstone 2003
PO Box 19018 Motherwell ML1 3YZ
£10+£1 p&p

A very personal recollection of the author's love affair with the Mighty Dossers through the eighties until the Cup Win of 1991


Joe Wark Knew My Father Tae


Saturday is Service day

Saturday is Service Day
Callum Bell
Published (2002) £10

An inside view of the football hooligan group Motherwell Saturday Service. .


Champions of Scotland

Motherwell:Champions of Scotland
Alex Smith
ISBN 1-874287-73-2
Published (2003) £14.99
by Desert Island Books

A complete and long overdue tribute to the championship winning team of 1931/32. .


Official History

'Well Again
The Official History of Motherwell Football Club by Graham Barnstaple and Keith Brown

Hardback £20.95

Read the review here


Extended Highlights

Extended Highlights
by Matt Johnstone (2006)
PO Box 19018 Motherwell ML1 3YZ £10+£1 p&p

More information here.



Peacocks and feathers...

Peacocks and Feather Dusters
Matt Johnstone

The tale of Motherwell through administration and beyond as seen through the eyes of Matt Johnstone. More details here.


The more things change..

The More Things Change...- coming soon


Motherwell FC On This Day

Written by dedicated Motherwell FC supporter Derek Wilson and published in time for Christmas 2008, Motherwell FC On This Day tells the story of Motherwell's long and eventful history. With individual diary entries for every day of the year, plus multiple listings on busier dates, it is full of Fir Park heroes (and villains) and tells the tales of the matches and the characters, the promotions and relegations - indeed, all the events, however big or small, that have helped make Motherwell FC the club it is today.

ISBN. 9781905411375. Format. HARDBACK - 176 Pages Pitch Publishing £9.99


Motherwell FC Miscellany

Motherwell FC Miscellany, written by Derek Wilson, who also penned the Motherwell FC On This Day volume , is an ideal read for all with an interest in the Steelmen.

Both stories of glory and tales of woe are recounted in the Motherwell FC Miscellany while famous players such as Joe Wark, Willie Pettigrew, Phil O'Donnell and Davie Cooper are fondly remembered. The new volume also contains stats, trivia and anecdotes aplenty.

ISBN. 9781905411443. Format. HARDBACK - 128 Pages Pitch Publishing £9.99