Motherwell legend Dougie Arnott has backed the Well Society’s bid to secure the long-term future of the club.
Arnott was one of several former Fir Park favourites who took time out to endorse the Well Society’s aims at their recent golf day.
Arnott was a favourite of the Motherwell fans throughout his 12 years at the club, during which he helped the team to Scottish Cup success in 1991 with his semi-final double against Celtic among the highlights.
And he feels the strength of feeling the supporters have for their team can be put to good use through the Well Society ownership scheme, which gives supporters the chance to control the club and give it much-needed financial stability in a time of general economic uncertainty for Scottish football.
Arnott said: “In my days playing there, the Motherwell fans were die-hards and now they have a great opportunity to be part of the club and have a say in the club.
“There are obviously different types of membership but, from the lowest to the highest, everybody plays their part and I think it’s a great idea for fans to own the club.”
Arnott recently worked for Motherwell again as bar manager for several years before leaving earlier this year to concentrate on his personal business interests.
So he knows how hard Scottish football clubs have to work to maintain financial stability and he believes the administration days of 2001 should serve as a reminder for fans to seize this unique opportunity.
“You never know what’s round the corner,” Arnott said. “After what happened 12 or 13 years ago, it should scare everybody because you could lose a club, a club that you have supported all your days. It’s very important that fans get involved.
“You have not got the back-up of John Boyle there now. Hopefuly we can get the money in to achieve their targets.”
The financial security which would come if fans raised the £1.5million target to assume majority control could help the team continue their recent achievements on the park.
“Stuart McCall has done a great job in the last few years,” said Arnott, who runs the Wee Thackit pub in Carluke.
“He has got them playing well and up to third in the league again.
“He has made some good signings to replace what we thought were irreplaceable players.
“I’ve seen Henri Anier a couple of times, he is a really exciting player. His movement is great and he is a threat all the time. I would have loved to have played alongside him.
“Since I left my job at the club, I don’t get down to many games now, but my laddie is a season ticket holder and he keeps me informed about how they are doing. It’s looking really good.”