18 years ago today?.

Last updated : 18 May 2009 By Firparkcorner

The old trophy has been returned to Fir Park on only two occasions. The first was in 1952 when 136,247 crammed into Hampden to see Motherwell beat Dundee 4-0. A wait of 39 years ended when Tom Boyd climbed the steps to raise the trophy high after a wonderful 4-3 win over Dundee United in extra time.

Perhaps it is the very scarcity of such events which causes Motherwell fans to treasure those moments. We are able to dismiss from the memory banks all the poor games played in unpleasant conditions year after year but we retain clear memories of that 1991 cup run. We can recall the pre-match preparations, the excitement of the game, the post-match celebrations and the carnival procession through the town the next day with clarity.

We renew hope with every season's new campaign, daring to believe that this time, this year, we'll go all the way and win the cup for the third time.

No doubt many of us will settle down in front of the TV tonight and enjoy a rerun of the great day. We'll raise a glass or two to the team and remember, sadly, those who are no longer with us.

And we'll hope that season 2009/10 might see us back celebrating on the Hampden slopes.

Read all about the 1991 cup run here.