Most Well fans based abroad have an obvious connection with the club, either they grew up in Motherwell or they have family connections but Brad Minoski from North Huntingdon a town just outside Pittsburgh has a unique story as to how he fell in love with the club.
Brad started following football after watching Columbus Crew play Newcastle United back in 2011. He then started to study the game and in particular British football, reading up on clubs, managers and players as well as watching as many games as he could.
He then started to learn more about Scottish football with the history and the passion of the supporters catching his attention. He decided to follow a specific club and Motherwell was the team for him.
Brad said “First of all Pittsburgh is known as the Steel city with a proud history of being the leading Steel producer in the U.S so I knew this was a natural fit for me.”
“Secondly I found it interesting how despite being from such a small town Motherwell has been able to host top flight football since 1985 with some great players playing for the club over the years like Phil O’Donnell, Willie Pettigrew, Davie Cooper, Ally Maxwell, Dixie Deans, Keith Lasley and Tom Boyd. I just thought that was fantastic and definitely a club I wanted to be part of as a fan.”
With limited coverage it can be difficult to follow the club from so far away however Brad keeps up with all the results and news from around Fir Park as well as tuning in to the MFC Podcast on a regular basis. Although Brad has never been to Scotland, he is planning to make a trip over soon with a visit to Fir Park on the top of his agenda.
Sport plays a huge role in Brad’s life as he also follows his local teams , Columbus Crew (MLS),The Steelers (NFL), The Pirates (MLB) and The Penguins (NHL.) Coincidently the year 1991 holds significance to The Penguins as it was the year they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history!
Brad recently joined the Well Society and gave his support to fan ownership at Fir Park.” By contributing £15 a month, if I can help Motherwell F.C. take one step closer to fan ownership where the people in charge will always have the best interest of the club at heart since were all Steelmen, then I’m happy to contribute.”
We would like to thank Brad for supporting the Well Society and for taking the time to answer our questions. We hope that he is able to make it across the pond for a game soon where he will undoubtedly be made to feel more than welcome from everyone connected with the club.
If you are a member of the Well Society who is based abroad, please get in touch as we would love to hear your story.