’Well mourn ‘greatest ever’

Andy Paton in action
Andy Paton in action
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Motherwell is mourning the loss of its greatest ever player Andy Paton, who has died at the age of 91.

Andy was captain when ’Well lifted the League Cup in 1950 and played in the final when they won the Scottish Cup in 1952.

Born in Ayrshire, he accepted a trial from then ’Well boss John ‘Sailor’ Hunter at the age of 19 and would go on to make over 500 appearances before leaving to join Hamilton Accies.

He was also picked to play for Scotland twice adding to his three wartime caps and in 2007 was votedby fans the ‘Best Ever Motherwell Player’.

Andy and his wife Mae moved to Markinch in 2005 to be closer to their family.

Son-in-law Dr Bob Grant says he was a keen follower of the game long after he retired and received regular visits from Motherwell’s Fife supporters club.

Bob added: “He was nicknamed ‘Smiler’,though he never smiled, and he could be fierce; he always got his man.”

’Well return to action on Saturday when they host Partick Thistle.