Motherwell

Fir Park

Capacity: 13,742 (all seated)
Address: Fir Park, Motherwell, ML1 2QN
Telephone: 01698 333 333
Fax: 01698 338 001
Ticket Office: 01698 338 009
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Well or The Steelmen
Year Ground Opened: 1895
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: McEwan fraser
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Amber and Claret
Away Kit: Black and Grey Hoops

South Stand
South Stand
Phil O'Donnell Stand
Phil O'Donnell Stand
East Stand
East Stand

The stadium is dominated by the large South Stand at one end. Almost twice the height of the other stands, it is two tiered with a row of executive boxes running across the middle and has a capacity of 4,500. Opposite, the Davie Cooper Stand, is a small covered seated stand. The single tiered Phil O'Donnell Stand on one side of the ground, is both raised above pitch level and set back from it. This older stand has windshields to either side as well as a few supporting pillars. It is unusual in that the stand itself doesn't run the full length of the pitch, but the supporting steelwork does, making for an odd looking sight. According to Simon Inglis in his book 'The Football Grounds Of Great Britain', this was because it was originally intended in 1962 to build a full length stand but due to a dispute with a an owner of a house beyond the corner of that ground (a dispute which the club lost) it was never completed as intended. This stand was funded chiefly from the sale at that time of Ian St John & Pat Quinn to Liverpool. This did not go down well with the fans as many subsequently boycotted the stand and to this day it is the most sparsely populated section of the ground. Opposite is the smaller East Stand, which also has a number of supporting pillars, running across it. This originally was a covered terrace, but was made all seated in 1990.

Away fans are housed in the South Stand at one end of the pitch. Normally only the lower tier is opened for away fans, but if demand requires it, then the upper tier can be opened also. Up to 4,500 fans can be accommodated in the two tiers. The view of the playing action from this stand is pretty good, as well as the facilities. David Tennant a visiting St Mirren supporter adds; 'Overall Fir Park is a good day out. The huge away stand was very nice to be in and the atmosphere was alright. No hassle around the ground, but some good banter was had with the home support.

Craig Barry recommends the 'Jack Daniels Bar, which is the closest to the ground. It is popular with both home and away fans, each having their own bar'. Whilst Craig Irving adds; 'The Fir Park Social Club is on same road as the ground and is an extremely friendly boozer. Away fans are normally admitted, although restrictions may be put in place for Old Firm games'.

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Leave the M74 at Junction 6 and head towards Motherwell. At the first set of lights that you come to turn right onto the B754 (Airbles Road) towards Wishaw. The ground is at the end of this road on the right. Street parking.

Airbles Railway Station is the closest to Fir Park, but is only served by a local service. You are more likely to end up instead at Motherwell Central station, which is around a 15 minute walk away from the ground.

Alan McAulay adds; 'You exit the train station facing the main shopping street in the direction of the ground; go straight along it through the shopping precinct/centre; past the shopping centre car park, which leads to an underpass; go under the underpass, up the stairs and turn left; go straight on and the large stand gradually comes into view from behind Wilsons Furniture Store. The road 'forks' at this point with away fans, and those going into the old seated terrace going to the left and all other fans to the right. Away fans walking from Motherwell should note, that the road to the away end is a long and winding one (you think you're there when you see the stand, but it takes about another 5 minutes to access it), so should allow plenty of time. There is also a pretty good pub right next to Motherwell Central, but fans should remember to leave on time, the last time I was in Motherwell I missed the first ten minutes!' 

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Admission prices vary in accordance with the category of the match. Category A (Premium) prices are shown here with category B (Standard) prices in brackets.

Home Fans 
Phil O'Donnell Stand:
Adults £27 (£23), Concessions £18 (£16), Juveniles £14 (£12) 1 Adult + 1 Juvenile £33 (£29)
Davie Cooper Stand:
Adults £27 (£23), Concessions £18 (£16), Juveniles £14 (£12) 1 Adult + 1 Juvenile £33 (£29)
East Stand:
Adults £20 (£19), Concessions £16 (£15), Juveniles £10 (£9) 1 Adult + 1 Juvenile £27 (£24)

Away Fans:
Maxim Office Park Stand:
Adults £27 (£23), Concessions £17 (£15), Juveniles £14 (£12) 1 Adult + 1 Juvenile £33 (£29)

Concessions apply to over 60's and full time students. Juveniles are classed as under 16's.

Official Programme £3

Motherwell FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Airdrie United and Hamilton.

Record Attendance

35,632 v Glasgow Rangers, Scottish Cup, March 12th1952.

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 4,486 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 4,912 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 4,286 (Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thnaks to Owen Pavey for providing the layout diagram and to Jean-Francois Foxhal, for some photos of Fir Park Motherwell.

Motherwell v Berwick Rangers
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Saturday 29th July 2017, 3pm
Adrian Hurst (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Fir Park?
 
This was a sentimental visit to Fir Park as I had last visited over 40 years earlier when my team Sheffield Wednesday had played a pre-season friendly there.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We were staying locally as we were supporting my daughter in the British Transplant Games that were being hosted by North Lanarkshire during the same long weekend. The Fir Park ground was easy to find - about three-quarters of a mile from the town centre, and we parked on a nearby side road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we walked around the ground and took particular interest in the Phil O'Donnell Stand as he previously played for Sheffield Wednesday before returning north to play for Motherwell prior to his tragic death. We spent time in the club shop and bought the grandkids a club scarf each before having a couple of drinks in the supporters bar attached to the Davie Cooper Stand. The home fans were friendly and readily got into conversations with me and the boys.. A girl in the supporters bar war was doing face painting before the game and my youngest grandson had the Scottish flag painted on his face!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Fir Park Stadium?
 
I would describe Fir Park as a nice homely kind of ground. We sat behind the goal in the home end in a quite low stand but had an excellent view. To our left was a low stand which ran the full length of the pitch. The Main Stand was bigger but somewhat strange as the stand seemed to end abruptly towards the away end. The away stand was by far the biggest and the 59 Berwick Rangers fans seemed to get somewhat lost in the lower deck! No doubt there would be a brilliant atmosphere when either of the Old Firm teams are in town and that stand is full.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was largely one way with the home team doing the vast majority of attacking and only some wayward finishing coupled with dogged defending and a portion of luck kept the game level until the 82nd minute when Motherwell grabbed the only goal of the game. The atmosphere was somewhat quiet, but considering the crowd was only about half of what they get for a league game coupled with the low away support this is understandable. The stewards were friendly and helpful, especially before the game when we were finding our way around the ground. We didn't have food or drink so can't comment, however the prices looked reasonable.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A five minute walk back to the car and got straight out and away without any problems.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
We had a good day out at Fir Park and will have to leave it less than the previous 40+ years before returning again!

Motherwell v Heart of Midlothian
Scottish Premier League
Friday 30th September 2016, 7.45pm
Mike Kimberley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Fir Park?

During the summer I saw a few Scottish matches and I enjoyed the atmosphere and visiting Scotland. This was a handy Friday night match and staying the night I could catch two other games on the Saturday.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I was staying near Motherwell Central Railway Station and a taxi up tp Fir Park cost £3.80. There did appear to be street parking not too far away from the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I had already eaten at one of the many take-away food outlets in town. I went to look at the club shop and bumped into another Ninety-Two Club member who was chatting to two other ground-hoppers. We all appeared to be doing much the same, taking in two or three games in a weekend. Locals were all friendly and helpful as usual in Scotland.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Fir Park?

Fir Park has largely been rebuilt, certainly on three sides and looks neat and tidy. The away end looks rather square and dark but I am sure it offers an excellent view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself had a own scrappy goal and then two fantastic shots for Hearts, giving the visitors a three nil advantage. Many of the home crowd had left when James McFadden, formerly of Everton, scored a magnificent consolation goal in the top left corner from a free kick outside the box. The quality of the goals were well worth the entrance fee.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I walked back to my hotel slowly via several hostelries. Again the locals were friendly and welcoming.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A most enjoyable game for the neutral of which I suspect there were more than the four I have mentioned.

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Updated 15th August 2017

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