Well Society dinner is a tribute to Tommy

Tam Forsyth, Craig Brown, Willie McLean, Tommy McLean at Well Society dinner
Tam Forsyth, Craig Brown, Willie McLean, Tommy McLean at Well Society dinner

Motherwell fans and legends gathered to pay tribute to Scottish Cup winning manager Tommy McLean on Saturday.

The dinner at Hamilton Park Racecourse also served as a fundraiser for the Well Society as it seeks to raise £800,000 by November in its efforts to take control of the club.

Mark Benstead of Sky Sports News hosted the event and interviewed ’Well legends Chris McCart, Brian Martin and Stephen Craigan.

He then handed the reigns over to former ’Well and Scotland boss Craig Brown who held a Q&A with Tommy, who was boss at Fir Park from 1984-94.

Diners also heard speeches from long serving coach and scout Bobby Jenks, cup winning midfielder Jim Griffin and acting Well Society chairman Brian McCafferty.

Dinner committee convener Dee McPherson said: “It was a fantastic night, Tommy loved it and it was about time that Motherwell Football Club and its supporters celebrated his contribution.

“This was a celebration of Tommy’s era at Motherwell, which is probably the best era in the club’s history, with all due respect to the job Stuart McCall has done recently.

“This event was also an opportunity for the Well Society to encourage people to really embrace the fact that we could become the majority shareholder within the club.

“Looking to the future we will always be there in a supportive role, but we want to give the fans a real say in how Motherwell goes forward.

“I don’t think fans really get a say in what goes on in a football club and it would be lovely if it could happen here.”

Tommy McLean admits he doesn’t much like being the centre of attention, but was pleased to be able to join the fans to look back on his time at the club.

He said: “I don’t like the limelight or the publicity, I prefer to stay in the background because I’m not a public speaker.

“However it was good for the fans to come out and say that they appreciated what was achieved while I was in charge.

“As well as the good days there were a lot of the bad days, but they stood with us and bought into what we were trying to do and they deserve a lot of credit too.”

Other guests at the event included Tommy’s backroom team of Tam Forsyth and Cammy Murray, his brother Willie McLean, who also managed ’Well, former club chairman John Chapman and ex-defender Martyn Corrigan.

It was sponsored by Ian Skelly, who was the club’s main sponsor when it won the cup in 1991.

Membership of the Well Society starts at £10 per month.

To join visit Well Society to download the forms or call 01698 338006.