The Steelmen finished eighth in the 2018/19 league table. Considering the Well were candidates for the drop early on in the campaign, it wasn’t the worst finish in the world.
Duncan was pleased that the academy played such a role in the campaign. He told NTOF: “It was a season of two halves I suppose. There wasn’t a great deal to get excited about early on, but after Christmas it was brilliant for a number of reasons.
“David Turnbull and Jake Hastie were a joy to watch. You almost forget that Allan Campbell is part of that as well because he’s a bit more experienced. The upturn in results combined with the academy guys being behind it was a real source of enjoyment.”
Why Superscoreboard host Duncan supports the Steelmen
A Motherwell native, Duncan has always been close to Fir Park, even since the day he was born. Having been born within sight of Fir Park, the North Lanarkshire club have been an ever-present factor in his life.
He said: “I went to school right next to Fir Park, I was just seduced by it from the start. My papa never really gave me any choice! He took me to games.
“Going to school though and peeking through the Fir Park gates to see if you could see any of the players and seeing the floodlights as I played football next to my house. It was all something that sucked me in early on.
“For me personally, you can’t beat the community feel of a small club. You feel so much closer. You feel like you matter rather than just being another number. The community aspect really adds to it.”
Fans of every team across the land will have their favorites. Whether that be away days, players or matches, there are some things that just stick with you for different reasons.
Duncan is no different, highlighting some of his favourite things from his time as a Motherwell fan. He also thinks the Steelmen have to be realistic with their expectations.
He said: “My favourite player has to be James McFadden. He burst into the team when the club was on its knees and needed a lift. He was a guy that got you off your feet every time he had the ball.
“My favorite game has to be the 6-6 with Hibs. We didn’t win the game, but my god. Of course I stayed to the end! It was just unrivalled drama and the quality of Lukas Jukiewicz’s equaliser was right up there quality wise. It’s one of the best goals I’ve seen live.
“The European days were great just because of the novelty of them. We made a bit of a habit of it, with the first one being Nancy for my first generation. We had planes, trains and automobiles to get there. That’ll be hard to beat. It was nuts!”
“I’ll never tell a fan not to dream big, but it looks like the top six is sown up for the foreseeable future. That has to be the aim to sneak in there and give the fans another big day out like a cup semi-final.”