Alloa, Morton, Thistle and Rangers had joined the European quartet as seeds for the last-16 draw thanks to winning their groups with the highest number of points.

BBC Scotland's Rob Maclean picks out four main talking points from the weekend's Scottish Premiership action.

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Motherwell Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire. The club compete in the Scottish Premiership. Motherwell have not dropped out of the top-flight of Scottish football since 1985, but have only lifted one trophy in that time – the Scottish Cup in 1991.[5]

Scotland's top league offers intrigue, drama and chaos despite all of its flaws, argues BBC Scotland's Tom English.

The early years proved somewhat chaotic as the club had little regular competition to play in, and matches would often start with players short, as men failed to turn up on time after their shifts in the local ironworks. On 5 August 1893 the decision was made to turn professional,[7] and they were consequently elected to the league, then being the only Lanarkshire side to compete at national level.[8]

The club won the Lanarkshire Cup during 2013–14 in the last season that the cup was competed. This was the club's fortieth success. By achieving this they retain the trophy unopposed and became the only team in Britain to win 40 regional trophies.

Hearts win at Motherwell for the first time since 2010 to move up to second in the Scottish Premiership.

Motherwell fans have the chance to own their club, but do enough of them want the responsibility? asks Richard Wilson.

The club has won four major trophies in its history: the First Division in 1931–32, the Scottish Cup in 1952 and 1991, and the Scottish League Cup in 1950. In addition, it has won the second-tier Scottish league on four occasions; as the Second Division in 1953–54 and 1968–69, and as the First Division (beneath the Premier League) in 1981–82 and 1984–85. It also won the Milk Cup, in 1983.

Since O'Donnell's death in 2007, only one player has worn the number 10 shirt. David Clarkson, who is the nephew of O'Donnell, wore the shirt up until he left the club in July 2009. Since then the number, although not retired, has not been issued to any subsequent player.

Below is a list of honours won and other achievements by Motherwell.[55]

Fir Park will also be used as the home venue for the Scotland women's national football team during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign.[24]

Motherwell's biggest win was a 12–1 victory over Dundee United in 1954, with the club's heaviest defeat being the 8–0 loss to Aberdeen in 1979.[48]

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The club have won five major trophies in domestic football; the Scottish League Title in 1931–32, the Scottish Cup in 1951–52 and 1990–91, the Scottish League Cup in 1950–51 and the Summer Cup in 1964–65.

The diocese has already seen the twinning of parishes in recent years, with one parish priest providing cover to more than one church in some parishes at present, however churches will be maintained where possible in light of the new plans.

Bob Ferrier holds the record for the number of Motherwell appearances, with 626 in the inter-war period. The goalscoring record is held by Hughie Ferguson, who scored 284 league goals in 10 seasons in the 1910s and 1920s. Willie MacFadyen's 52 goals in the title-winning 1931–32 season remains a club (and country) record for goals in one season.

Following their return to the First Division, Bobby Ancell took management of the club in 1955 and presided over an era in which highly regarded Scotland stars including Ian St. John and Charlie Aitken played for the club.[15] However, Motherwell were unable to keep their assets, and no trophies were won in Ancell's era. His resignation came in 1965 amidst a downturn in form which eventually saw the club relegated back to the Second Division at the conclusion of the 1967–68 season.

In 1958 he married Mary Hamilton in St Bridget’s Church, Baillieston where they continued to live following their marriage and had two children, Marie Therese and Paul. In 1997 Mary died of cancer, nine years after they moved to live in Uddingston.

BBC Scotland gives a rundown of the arrivals and departures during summer 2016 in the Scottish Premiership.

The pitch underwent extensive remedial work, costing £350,000, in preparation for the 2009–10 Scottish Premier League season.[11] There was a severe winter in 2009–10, however, which damaged the pitch greatly.[11] The club tried to make the best of the situation by relaying both goal mouths.[12] In season 2010–11, the club removed the top few inches of the pitch and completely relaid the pitch. They also added twisted sand fibre which should prevent the pitch from tearing as easily.

Reports that Joey Barton will not return to Rangers on Monday as Scotland players react to their Lithuania draw.

Fir Park did not get off to a convincing start, with low attendances leading to rumours that Hibernian were ready to take over the stadium, something that didn't materialise.[2]

Jim McInally's side were surprise winners of Group A as Premiership side Dundee failed to qualify, as were Alloa in Group D ahead of holders Ross County, who failed to live up to their billing as top seeds in their section and also exited the competition.

On 2 December 2011, a match against Hibernian was abandoned at half-time due to a floodlight fire causing safety concerns.[13]

Following the break-up of the squad after World War II, the club were not instantly successful. It then captured two major trophies in as many years with victories in the 1950 Scottish League Cup Final and the 1952 Scottish Cup Final. The club was then relegated for the first time ever at the end of the 1952–53 season, but the club were promoted the next year.

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Up until 1895 the club had played at a few different venues, including a site at Roman Road, and Dalziel Park.[6] The small pitch and muddy conditions at Dalziel Park were deemed unsuitable and fortunately Lord Hamilton granted a lease on a plot of land on his Dalzell estate. This new ground was named Fir Park and has remained the club's home for over one hundred years.

In the summer of 1927, the club made a very successful tour of Spain, winning six out of the eight games they played and losing only one. These results included an emphatic 3–1 victory over Real Madrid and a 2–2 draw with Barcelona.[11] Following their success in Spain, the club went on another summer tour, this time of South America. After losing only three of their previous ten games, the tour culminated in a 5–0 defeat by a Brazilian League Select side.[12]

Top-flight managers give their thoughts on Charlie Christie's suggestion that Scottish clubs should have a quota of home-grown players.

For more info on reserves and under 20s, see Motherwell F.C. Reserve and Youth squads[72]

The following years saw the club grow, appointing their first and longest serving manager to date, John 'Sailor' Hunter, who would go on to steer the club into its most successful period.

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Fir Park is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 13,677.[1] The stadium has an unbalanced look about it, with one large stand contrasting with three smaller stands. Until recently, the Davie Cooper and South stands had their advertising slogans changed in line with the club's main sponsor. For example, Motorola was displayed in the mid-1990s.[4] Both of these stands were designed by Bill Dickie, who was also a club director and SFA president.[6]

BBC Scotland takes a look back at a selection of giant killings and famous derby wins in the last 16 of the Scottish Cup.

Fir Park Stadium is a football stadium situated in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The stadium plays host to the home matches of Scottish Premiership club Motherwell and was the temporary home of Gretna for the 2007–08 SPL season. Motherwell moved to the stadium in 1895,[2] previously playing their football at Dalziel Park.[3]

Motherwell F.C. was formed in 1886.[4] It played at sites on Roman Road and Dalziel Park until 1895, when Fir Park was opened.[4] The ground was laid out in a wooded area belonging to Lord Hamilton of Dalzell, whose racing colours were claret and amber.[4] Motherwell then adopted these colours themselves.[4]

The incident involved the Tsunami ride, which can travel at up to 40mph through corkscrew turns and loops. One eyewitness said "people were trapped upside down on the ride" following the crash.

The club's record European appearance holder is Steven Hammell, with 19 appearances for the club in Europe. The current record European goalscorer is Jamie Murphy, with seven goals. Also, the 8–1 win over Flamurtari on 23 July 2009 currently stands as their record victory in European competition.[45]

Fir Park's current safety certificate limits the capacity to 13,742, all-seated in accordance with the Taylor Report although the ground is listed as 13,677.[4] Its average home gate for the 2011–12 season was 5,946.[46] The club's record attendance for a home match is 35,632, against Rangers in a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on 12 March 1952, but as season ticket holders were not counted at the time, the true attendance would be over 37,000.[47]