Review of 2004 (2)
Updated Tuesday, 28th December 2004
Motherwell fans were, not without reason, anxious about the forthcoming season. The summer transfer window had brought lots of movement in both directions and our pre-season warm up games had done little to inspire confidence.
The new surface in July
Things were not so rosy in the dressing room. The heart of the team had gone. Adams, Lasley and Craig were replaced by Paterson, Kerr and the relatively unknown Foran. Before the season had started we had lost Kerr as his studs caught in the turf at
We lost the first two games and many felt that a struggle against relegation might lie ahead. Then something wonderful happened.
Clarkson comes close at Parkhead
We dominated game three at Dens Park and secured our first three points of the season. Burns was left to soak up the rays on the bench while McDonald (and McBride) were given starting positions. Skippy grabbed his chance and scored a double. We were on a run.
A series of eight games without defeat catapulted the Mighty ‘Well up the table. A win against Hearts was a notable contribution to that string of results and by the beginning of October we were sitting pretty in third spot. Not only was our league form impressive but we had managed to evade two CIS Cup banana skins. Morton and Inverness had fallen and
Foran, McBride and McDonald had been scoring goals for fun and we were riding a wave. Richie quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite. Both McBride and McDonald were to miss weeks with injury though the youth pool was able to produce replacements. Clarkson, despite no lack of effort, had been less fortunate in front of goal.
Then came the barren spell. Five games without a point. These failures came against our fellow top six clubs and were mostly defeats by the odd goal but the CIS Cup game against Livingston was to be another turning point.
SPL table October 3 2004
We won the quarter final five-nil and then amassed fifteen points without loss (only conceding one goal on the way). Again Hearts were beaten, this time at Tynecastle and there is now some talk of us setting our sights on a second consecutive top six finish.
The year ended with a couple of defeats but nevertheless the start of season 2004/5 has given the fans some wonderful entertainment. From the twenty SPL games we have had nine wins, nine defeats and two draws and a CIS semi final to anticipate.
The tabloids continue to link both Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas with almost every managerial vacancy on either side of the border. This tribute their success at
Happy New Year to ‘Well fans everywhere!
Review of 2003 here.