Our next Well Travelled featured member is Graham Prentice who is now based in Perth, Australia. Despite leaving Scotland 20 years ago and moving countries 10 times during that period, his love for the club has never diminished.
Graham started attending matches back in 1986 with his first match being against Liverpool in the Clubs Centenary match. The Steelmen held a Liverpool side including players like Dalglish, Hansen and Rush to a 1-1 draw.
That match stated Graham’s love affair with the club and within a few years he found himself following the club home and away until he moved to Aberdeen for University in 1990. That ended his regular attendance at matches, however he was able to make it to many of the matches during the Scottish Cup Campaign in 1991, including the famous final at Hampden.
After University Graham’s career in oil and gas lead him to a move to Australia in 1996. After moving around for about ten years he recently moved back to Australia. Graham has two young daughters, born in Singapore with a Scottish father and an Australian mother he admits they are not quite sure what nationality they are but he insists they will be Well fans! Graham now hopes that he will settle in Perth, Western Australia for the foreseeable future.
Despite being away for so long the club means so much to Graham. He treasures his memories of supporting the club throughout his life.
“Motherwell FC played a very important part in my upbringing and I will always be thankful for the opportunity to follow the club all round Scotland and also the odd European trip as well, learning a lot on the way” Graham said.
Graham still supports the club by contributing each month to the Well Society. He firmly believes that fan ownership is the only sustainable model for the club and provides a unique opportunity to get more people involved and engaged.
“The club plays a vital part in the community and I believe the transfer to fan ownership creates a unique opportunity for Motherwell FC to deepen and strengthen its ties with the local community and in doing so opening up new opportunities for young people to get involved in the club and help play an important part in its future.”
Graham encourages all Well fans to do the same and continue to support the club in any way they can.
“I understand that many people in the community are struggling to make ends meet, but I firmly believe that those of us lucky enough to be able to afford it should give something back to the club that means so much to so many of us. This is why I have regularly sponsored a players shirt instead of buying a season ticket and this is why I have now signed up to donate £50 to the Well Society every month. I see it as my duty and if more people, who were lucky enough like me to afford it, felt like me and acted upon it, the club would be in much better shape.” Graham said
We would like to thank Graham for taking the time to chat with us and for all of his support.
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.