The pattern in these blogs is for me to dig out some of my old photos of the ground with terracing then some more, post SPL and Taylor Report, just to show the contrast.

In this case I’ve been at Fir Park over 20 times since 1972 but the place hasn’t changed since I started carrying a camera around 1995. However I’ve found one or two things on the internet before coming right up to date with ICT’s win on Saturday in the Scottish Cup.

Can’t vouch for the ownership of the next 5 images so don’t sue me, I’m skint.

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Full house against Celtic in the 60s, showing East enclosure and Knowetop End
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South terracing
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Aerial shot c1970
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Extension of the main stand in the early 60s
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Construction of the 4856 seater South Stand which opened in 1993

Most people know that the main stand was supposed to extend the full length of the pitch but would have been in the garden of a local resident who would not play ball. Motherwell eventually bought the land but could not finance the job, so the steelwork remains to this day, sticking out to the south of the stand.

My earliest memories of Fir Park are 2 Rangers games in 1972. In the first one, goals from Brian Heron and Kirkie Lawson, in front of 16,000, gave ‘Well the points against a ‘Gers side who would lift the Cup-Winners’ Cup in Barcelona 3 months later.

That was followed in March by a cracking 2-2 draw in the Scottish Cup, with Alex MacDonald putting the Rangers ahead, Heron and Campbell scoring for ‘Well, and Colin Stein rescuing Rangers with 7 minutes left. The crowd? A mere 28,500.

A strange time, the 70s. It was quite common to see young lads with Doc Martens kicking 7 shades of keech out of each other on the terraces, and yet my clearest memory of Fir Park is quite bizarre. Motherwell and Rangers supporters under the East Enclosure at half time, belting out, together, Glen Campbell’s hit It’s Only Make Believe.

Here are some highlights from October 1976 Motherwell 3 Rangers 1 as Willie Pettigrew inspires Motherwell to come from behind to take the two points.

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South Stand, Motherwell v Stirling Albion, Scottish Cup 1999
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Main Stand, Scotland Women v Belarus, October 2015

From an ICT perspective, a wonderful memory is a quarter final from 2004. First Division ICT reached the semi courtesy of a long-range effort in 9 minutes from Barry Wilson. Just how long-range depends on the memory of the teller. ICT went on to go up as champions that year.

Now, coming right up to date as holders ICT reach the last 8 with a sensational stoppage-time winner from sub Jordan Roberts, on 6Feb 2016. Motherwell 1 ICT 2 …or just the winner.

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Davie Cooper (North) and Main Stand
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Phil O’Donnell (Main) Stand

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View from away end (South Stand) and that girder
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North view dominated by Dalziel (Tata) Steelworks
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Motherwell Bois and their conductor plus megaphone
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Panorama from away end
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