Joe Wark takes his memories online

Joe Wark (centre) with (l-r) Motherwell legends Billy Reid, Cammy Murray, Davy Main, Davy Whiteford, Bobby Watson and Bobby Graham
Joe Wark (centre) with (l-r) Motherwell legends Billy Reid, Cammy Murray, Davy Main, Davy Whiteford, Bobby Watson and Bobby Graham

Football legend Joe Wark is tackling dementia with the same determination he always showed as a Motherwell player.

Joe’s popularity with the fans never waned during 16 years at the club where he forged a memorable career with the Steelmen. Now he is facing the challenge of dementia.

He is the first person to complete a digital memory book as part of the ‘Remember Well’ project which was launched in 2012 by North Lanarkshire Council in partnership with Motherwell FC, NHS Lanarkshire, and Alzheimer Scotland.

Key to its success is the use of old football pictures and memorabilia to help people recall players and trigger memories.

Joe’s digital memory book recalls a career which started with Motherwell being promoted to Scotland’s top flight in his first season, scoring a memorable hat trick against Montrose, and finishing player of the year.

During the years from 1968 to 1984, he made 539 appearance under seven different managers and after retiring as a player he became an ambassador for Motherwell.

He said: “Everyone who has seen the book and video is very impressed. I am very proud of it.”

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Social Work Services, said: “Joe is rightly seen as a Scottish football legend and his story gives a fascinating insight into football of a bygone era.

“Through this project, we can raise awareness about dementia and support people with the condition to lead a fuller and more enjoyable life.

“ I thank the Wark family, Motherwell FC and everyone who contributed to the success of this project,.”

The Remember Well project holds weekly meetings at Fir Park.