A special tribute to the past

Sponsor Stuart Chalmers and his staff are joined by Motherwell commercial manager Diane Harvey (front row, right) and players Tom Hateley (front row, left) and Stevie Hammell to unveil the mural.
Sponsor Stuart Chalmers and his staff are joined by Motherwell commercial manager Diane Harvey (front row, right) and players Tom Hateley (front row, left) and Stevie Hammell to unveil the mural.
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A NEW mural has been installed at Fir Park stadium in Motherwell as a thank you to the club’s ‘singing section’ in the East Stand.

Following a request by Motherwell’s most vocal supporters to brighten up the area of the stadium in which they sit, the club hit upon the idea of using the artwork of acclaimed artist Senga Murray.

Senga’s portrait of Davie Cooper will be familiar to anyone entering the stand named in his honour, but she also created a piece which currently hangs in the boardroom.

This piece, which pays tribute to the 1952 and 1991 Scottish Cup winning sides, as well as legends Phil O’Donnell, Brian Martin and Tommy Coyne and also features images of Ravenscraig, and badges for Motherwell FC and the old Motherwell District Council, were used as inspiration for the mural.

The club contacted Impact Signs who removed all the colour except for Claret and Amber and blew it up to several times its original size.

Diane Harvey, head of commercial and Motherwell FC hospitality, said: “We thought it was great idea to brighten up the wall of the East Stand and it also serves as a thank you to the ‘singing section’ for the backing they give to the team at every game.

“We were keen to use something that reflected and honoured our past and had the idea of using Senga’s painting as the inspiration and she was happy to let us do it.

“The result is absolutely brilliant and we look forward to the fans being able to see it for the first time when we host Celtic this weekend.”

The mural is sponsored by local businessman and Motherwell fan Stuart Chalmers, who owns four hairdressers in the area including two unisex Generation 5 shops in Carfin and Wishaw, Believe Hair Salon in Motherwell and Fir Park Barbers, which opened just around the corner from the football stadium last year.

Stuart is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in the industry since his great grandfather opened his first shop in Wishaw in 1898, while the Generation 5 shops are named in honour of his daughter.

He said: “I know from going to Motherwell games that the boys in the ‘singing section’ create a bit of atmosphere and spend a lot of money on banners.

“So when Diane suggested sponsoring the mural I was happy to help.

“I’ve supported the club for 39 years and it’s an absolutely brilliant time to be a fan involved in the Champions League and sitting top of the league.

“I was at the 1991 cup final and it lives long in the memory, it was one of the happiest day of my life.

“Recently we’ve flirted with a few cup finals, but for a provincial team the boys are doing, very, very well and I’m very happy with them.

“The finished mural is great and hopefully come the Celtic game it will put a few smiles on faces, as will the result.”