Motherwell Football & Athletic Club is a Scottish football club based in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. They currently feature in the Scottish Premier League.
Motherwell were established on May 17,1886 after two amateur teams, Glencairn and Alpha, merged together. They played their first ever match against Hamilton Academical and won it 3-2. In 1893 they became professional and played in the Second Division in the Scottish Football League in the 1893-1894 season. They were elected to the First Division in 1903-1904.
Motherwell won their first First Division league championshp in the 1931-1932 season and featured in three Scottish Cup finals, in 1931,1933 and 1939. They won the Scottish League Cup in 1950 and the Scottish Cup the following year. They however were relegated at the end of the 1952-1953 season but bounced back immediately. They went through a lean period after that and recovered in the 1970s. But they were relegated soon and returned to the Premier League twice in the early 1980s.
Motherwell won the Scottish Cup in 1991 and finished in the top three twice in the Scottish Premier League in the mid-1990s. But they suffered again and in April 2002 were placed in administration. They were relegated in 2002-2003. But by the end of the 2004-2005 the club had recovered financially and were out of administration. They went onto finish third in the Scottish Premier League in the 2007-2008 season.
Motherwell play their home matches at the Fir Park Stadium that can accomodate 13,742 spectators. They bear the nicknames “The ‘Well” and “The Steelmen.”