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Motherwell Football Club is a professional Scottish football club based in the town of Motherwell. The club currently competes in the Scottish Premiership, which is the top division in the Scottish football pyramid.
Motherwell currently plays their home matches at Fir Park, which has been the club’s home since 1896. The ground has a maximum capacity of 13,677, making it the ninth-largest football stadium in Scotland.
Motherwell’s biggest rivals are Hamilton Academical, against whom they compete in the Lanarkshire Derby.
Motherwell have won each of the three major trophies in Scottish football during their history, with the pinnacle being the Scottish League Division One title they won in the 1931/32 season. It remains the only time the club have won the top league title in Scotland, which came after they finished five points clear of runners-up Rangers in a season where they lost just twice in the league. The club have finished as runners-up on a number of occasions, both before and since that league title, but are yet to be crowned champions of Scotland for a second time.
Motherwell have also won the Scottish Cup twice in their history, the first of which came after they defeated Dundee 4-0 in the 1952 final at Hampden Park. They were forced to wait 39 years for their second as they this time overcame Dundee United in the final, coming out on top in a seven-goal thriller 4-3. Motherwell have also won the Scottish League Cup once, coming in 1951 after a 3-0 win over Hibernian in the final. In addition, they have won the Scottish second tier title on four separate occasions in their history. These came in the 1953/54, 1968/69, 1981/82 and 1984/85 seasons. Their trophy collection also contains the Scottish Qualifying Cup, Summer Cup, Lanarkshire Cup, Southern League Cup, West of Scotland League and more.
Motherwell Football Club was founded on 17 May 1886 as a result of the merger of two local teams, Glencairn FC and Alpha FC. They faced local rivals Hamilton Academical in their first-ever match, winning 3-2. The decision was made to become a professional club in 1893, as they entered the Scottish Football League for the first time and were placed in the second tier. They didn’t make it to the top tier until 1903, which is where they remained for the next 51 years. In 1927, the club achieved one of the more bizarre tournament victories in world football as they won the Copa Del Rey, defeating Real Madrid 3-1 in the final, becoming the only foreign team to win Spain’s biggest cup competition.
Motherwell have been regulars in the top flight of Scottish football for the majority of their existence, with just a handful of seasons played outside of it since being promoted to that level for the first time. No player has made more league appearances for Motherwell than Bob Ferrier, who turned out 626 times for the club in a 20-year career. Steven Hammell holds the appearance record post-World War Two, while Hughie Ferguson has the record for most goals all-time with 284, scored between 1916-1925.