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Formed 1886

Founder member of Scottish Division Two 1893

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glencairn fc 1877








alpha fc 1881

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Formed by the merger of Glencairn and Alpha

motherwell 1885

1885-1888 a

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1900-1908 a l

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motherwell fc 1933-34

1932-1934 a e k

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1954-Feb 58 e1 k n o

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March 58 -1959 1 n o

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motherwell fc 1961-62

1960-1962 1 e k o

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1970-1972 f i

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1973-1974 f i

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motherwell 1974-76 warm weather kit

1974-1976 alt m p

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1974-1975 alt k

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1976-1978 1a e5 i j

motherwell fc 1976-78 alternate kit

1976-1978 2 m p

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Aug-Sept 1978 p

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1982-1983 1 o

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1982-1983 2 r

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1983-1984 2 m

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2008-2009 b o

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16 July 2011 b

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2011-2013 b

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2013-2014 b

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2014-2015 b o

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2015-2016 b

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motherwell fc 1932-33 team groupIn May 1886, Glencairn FC (named after John Glencairn Carter Hamilton of Dalzell no less) and Alpha FC (the works team from the Alpha Steam Crane & Engine Works) merged to form Motherwell FC. It seems that both teams wore identical navy and white outfits, a very common choice in Scotland at the time, but the new Motherwell team adopted "light blue:" in Scotland this term was commonly used to distnguish mid- or royal-blue from the far more common navy tops (which was sometimes described as "blue").

Very soon Motherwell were the town's most powerful team and in 1891 they joined the Scottish Federation, one of the new leagues that sprang up in imitation of the Scottish Football League, formed the year before. In 1893 Motherwell turned professional, changing to maroon shirts and "satin knickerbockers," almost certainly a fanciful description invented to add a certain distinction to the occasion. The maroon was replaced fairly quickly with "light blue".

Motherwell became founder members of the Scottish Second Division, which kicked off for the 1893-94 season. the club were now known as "The Steelmen," reflecting the town's association with heavy industry.

The club had a mixed career until 1903 when they finished as runners-up and were elected to the First Division. Out of their depth, Motherwell had to apply for re-election in 1904 and 1905 (this was before promotion and relegation became automatic) but survived and until the outbreak of the First World War, they generally finished in the lower half of the table. In 1913, 'Well adopted their famous claret and amber colours, unique in Scottish League history. In fact their yoked shirts were identical to those worn by Bradford City at this time and it is likely that they were adopted to emulate the success of the English club and reduce the need to change when colours clashed with opponents. It was not until 1928 that they adopted the amber shirts with bold claret band that became their signature kit. Photographic evidence suggests the original amber was a very dark shade and the new style tops were described in club records as "bright amber with a claret hoop".

Between 1926 and 1934, Motherwell regularly finished in the top three and in 1932, they won the First Division championship with five points to spare over Rangers. They also reached the Scottish Cup final in 1931, 1933 and 1939 but were beaten on each occasion. Their first cup success came in 1950 when they beat Hibernian in the League Cup final and two years later they beat Dundee 4-0 to win the Scottish Cup.

motherwell crest 1969The club dropped briefly into Division "B" (the second tier) in 1953 but returned the following season as champions. History repeated itself in 1968 and 1969 and when the Premier Division was formed in 1975, they just scraped in by virtue of finishing tenth in the old First Division.

From 1969 a number of different styles were introduced to a mixed reception from supporters. The first of these had the motherwell fc crest 1976 letters "MFC" embroidered on to the shirts in simple script. Admiral's all amber outfit with claret and white trim, introduced in 1976 proved quite popular, however. This particular shirt featured a more individual cypher. Admiral replaced this strip at the beginning of the 1978-79 season, but the old shirts were reintroduced for the final months of the season. The previous calligraphic script was then used on the unpopular yellow shirts that were introduced by Adidas in 1979.

motherwell fc crest 1982Between 1979 and 1985 Motherwell endured two more spells in the First Division (second level). A new crest was introduced in 1982, which has remained in place ever since.

In 1991 Motherwell won the Scottish FA Cup for the second time. In an effort to win further honours, highly paid stars were recruited but runners-up position in the Premier Division in 1995 was the best that could be achieved. Attendances continued to disappoint and in 2002 the club was placed in administration. The following season, Motherwell finished bottom and should have been relegated but they were reprieved because the stadium of First Division champions Falkirk did not meet Premier Division standards.

motherwell 125th anniversary crest 2011-12Now run on more stringent financial principles, Motherwell have relied on home grown talent in recent years to hold on to their place in Scotland's top division.

On 29 December 2007, Motherwell's captain, "Uncle Phil" O'Donnell suffered a heart attack and died on the pitch in the game against Dundee United. As a tribute, the first team played out the rest of the season in shirts embroidered with his signature.

To celebrate the club's 125th anniversary a commemorative crest was introduced for the 2011-12 season. The following season, with Rangers consigned to the Third Division, motherwell fc crest 2015Motherwell finished as runners up in the Scottish Premier League.

2014-15 was less successful and 'Well had to contest a relegation play-off against Rangers after finishing next to last, an innovation that came with the restructuring following the formation of the Scottish Professional Football League. They prevailed over two legs with a convincing 6-1 aggregate win to preserve their place in the top flight. The following season a fine retro kit, recreating the ground breaking strip from 1973 was introduced adorned with a revival of the calligraphic "MFC" crest.

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