By Graham Ruthven

Scottish football boasts a number of storied rivalries. It’s what makes our national game what it is. Our video series, The Derbies, illustrates those rivalries. It’s not just about what happens on the pitch. In fact, most rivalries are largely about what happens off the pitch. We hope to show that.


The first episode of The Derbies looked at the junior football rivalry between Auchinleck Talbot and Cumnock Juniors. This time, we looked at the storied contest between Motherwell and Hamilton Accies. This is the North Lanarkshire derby and this is as intense as it has ever been.


This is a rivalry with a number of different threads and themes. One side has long been the dominant force, but now, in recent seasons, the dynamic has shifted. This video illustrates the nature of the derby between Motherwell and Accies, as well as how it is changing.



On this occasion, it was Stephen Robinson’s Steelmen that came out on top, convincingly beating Martin Canning’s mean 2-0 at Fir Park. For now, Motherwell can claim to have the bragging rights, but Accies, at least going on the pattern of the last few years, will be back soon enough to get one over their rivals.


Got a suggestion over what rivalry we should focus on next? Send us an email at, send us a message on Facebook or fire us a tweet. We’re ready to get the riot gear on.

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