Lasley hails Hammell as ’Well unveil tribute plans

Club captain Keith Lasley joins head of commerical Diane Harvey as she announces the club will pay tribute to four legends on the floodlight towers.
Club captain Keith Lasley joins head of commerical Diane Harvey as she announces the club will pay tribute to four legends on the floodlight towers.

MOTHERWELL are to pay tribute to four club legends - and captain Keith Lasley says Stevie Hammell should now be considered in the same company.

Giant posters on the floodlight towers at each corner of Fir Park will mark the contribution over the years of Ian St John, Willie Pettigrew, Dougie Arnott and James McFadden.

Sponsors are being sought to make it happen and Diane Harvey, head of commercial and hospitality at Fir Park, said: “Following the unveiling of the mural in the East Stand this is another way to remember the stars of the past, brighten up the ground and create another revenue stream.

“We already have various parts of the ground names after club legends such as the Phil O’Donnell and Davie Cooper stands and suites named after the Ancell Babes and 1952 cup winners like John Martis, Wilson Humphries, Andy Paton and Andy Muir.

“This gives us the chance to pay tribute to other players and we thought St John, Pettigrew, Arnott and McFadden were four who deserved their contribution recognised.”

Hammell’s testimonial year continues with a race night in the Centenary Suite on Saturday, December 1, and his testimonial dinner takes place at the Strathclyde Hilton on March 23.

Lasley broke into the first team just after Hammell and said: “You now have to consider Stevie a Motherwell legend. The level of consistency he has shown over so many years puts him right up there and it is just a shame he didn’t get more recognition from Scotland.

“Stevie was the first one to break through into a team with the likes of John Spencer and Don Goodman who were experienced players.

“You could tell he had the tools to go on and have a good career and it’s great to come together as a club to honour Stevie at the events we have.”

’Well head to Tynecastle on Sunday after a three-week break following the postponement of the Dundee United game and the international weekend.

Lasley said: “We had a couple of days off last week which was good. It was frustrating not having had a game, but it gave us a chance to recharge mentally and physically.

“I think we need that at certain times of the season and I hope it will pay dividends against Hearts and that we’ll be ready to push on.

“Overall we have to be pleased with the start we have had. We didn’t get a change to right the wrongs of the Aberdeen and Celtic games against United, but hopefully can do so against Hearts.

“Hearts have lost a few players and had to bring in a few younger guys like most teams in the he SPL, but they still have a nice mix of youth and experience, and Tynecastle will still be one of the toughest places to go this season.”