Motherwell FC Miscellany now available

Last updated : 02 November 2009 By Firparkcorner

Motherwell FC Miscellany, written by our own Handsome_Devil, is an ideal Christmas gift for all with an interest in the Steelmen.

Contains stats, trivia and tales of success!

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. From the opening foreword by Stephen Craigan though 128 pages packed with detail, readers will be certain to discover fascinating insights about the club.

It follows in the footsteps of the successful, Motherwell FC On This Day, which provided 'Well reading for every day in the year.

The new volume also contains stats, trivia and anecdotes aplenty and is available immediately from the club shop, priced £9.99.

It is also stocked in local bookstores and is available online through Derek's website,

Here's a flavour of the new offering with fond memories of our clash with Nancy:-


A lot of what binds football fans together is the sharing of things experienced before and after games; an epic journey to the other end of the country perhaps, or possibly a massive session in the pub after a particularly bad defeat. However, one such sight which will never be forgotten by many Motherwell fans is the march from Stanislas square in Nancy to the ground before the first leg of the UEFA Cup match in 2008. Between 2,500 and 3,000 fans descended on the French town to see Motherwell's first game in Europe in 14 years and it seemed as though every one of them elected to walk to the ground. The long walk from the centre of the city where fans had been meeting up to drink and sing throughout the day passed through many streets which were full of bemused locals watching the spectacle. There was the wonderful sight of 'Well fans snaking back well over a kilometre en route to the ground where they watched the side battle bravely but lose 1-0. Graeme Smith's second half penalty save was the undoubted highlight but despite a bumper crowd of over 11,000 at Fir Park for the return leg, Motherwell were outclassed by the French and eventually lost 3-0 on aggregate. While this result was by no means brilliant, it should be remembered that even as a club below the top level of French football, Nancy's budget stretched to millions and was several times greater than that of Motherwell.