PART II: A STEELMAN DOWN UNDER

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Motherwell FC is not just a club supported by the 4000 or so season ticket holders, it’s an entity which means so much to so many people all over the world. In this series we will look at some of our members from different parts of the world and get an insight into their story following the Well from so far away.

In a recent article we looked at Brad Minoski from Pittsburgh, USA and his journey supporting Motherwell. In this instalment we caught up with Andrew Birdsall based in Sydney, Australia who continues to follow the club and support the Well Society despite the distance.

Andrew’s grandfather who grew up in the South East of Glasgow introduced him to footballandrew-birdsall from an early age. Although his grandfather was a Rangers fan, he truly just loved the game and would get out and watch many different clubs. Andrew decided he should chose a team outside of the Old Firm to follow and with a lot of his family born in Bellshill Motherwell was the team for him.

When asked about his favourite moment supporting Motherwell, Andrew’s highlight was being in Scotland for the Scottish Cup Final in 2011. Despite the result he loved the experience and the day out with his mates at Hampden with a full house.

In terms of his favourite player, it’s an easy choice for Andrew “It’s great to see Socceroo Scott McDonald finding a home at Fir Park, hopefully he can bag a few goals this year.” Andrew said.

It can be very difficult for a fan based abroad to keep up with everything going on at Fir Park. Andrew constantly checks the internet for news and watches highlights but nothing compares to being back at Fir Park for him.

Andrew said “Nothing beats live football – you can’t recreate the atmosphere and sense of community that comes with being at a home game. For me it’s always special to visit Scotland and having this link will make it all the better. Can’t wait to get back there.”

As a Well Society member, Andrew recently became an owner of Motherwell Football Club. Despite living so far away he felt that he wanted to get involved and support where he could.

Andrew said “I really believe in the mission- the idea of fan ownership and involvement is fantastic, and it brings the game back within the reach of the average fan and the community.”

We would like to thank Andrew for taking the time to talk with us, and for supporting the Well Society. Like all of our fans based abroad we hope we will be able to welcome them back to Fir Park in the not so distant future.

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.