Sad News for the Motherwell: He’s gone

Defender thanks fans as he announces his departure from Motherwell.
Bevis Mugabi has announced his departure from Motherwell after failing to agree on a new contract with the club.

The Ugandan international was one of five players offered new contracts last month when the Fir Park club announced their summer departures.

Mugabi, 29, said in a statement: “After five years, my time at Motherwell has ended.

“It’s been a pleasure to share a changing room with all of the players over the years.

“I’d like to thank all of the managers I’ve played under and the staff who have kept the club running smoothly in the background.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the fans for making Motherwell feel like my home away from home. You’ve been truly incredible in your support of me and the club through both highs and lows.

“I’m truly grateful to have played over 100 games for this incredible club, which I hold very dear!

“I wish you all the best in the future, mon the Well.”

READ MORE: ‘Club legend’ FA Cup winner and former England defender dies, aged 94.

Tommy Banks, a Bolton FA Cup winner and former England defender, died at the age of 94, and the Wanderers paid tribute to a ‘club legend’. Flags will be lowered to half-mast at the club in honor of him.

Banks, who played left-back, joined Bolton in 1947 and won the FA Cup with the Trotters in 1958, defeating Manchester United 2-0. He was also chosen by manager Walter Winterbottom to be part of England’s 1958 World Cup squad in Sweden, and he went on to represent his country six times. Before his death, Banks was thought to be the Three Lions’ oldest surviving former international.

Banks made 255 appearances for Bolton before retiring to his hometown of Farnworth, but was diagnosed with dementia in 2022.

Bolton Wanderers issued a statement on their website: “Everyone at Bolton Wanderers is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of club legend Tommy Banks, aged 94. Tommy’s name will live on in Wanderers history as he was a key member of our 1958 FA Cup-winning team.

“Banks joined the Whites in 1947 as a left back, and after making his debut against Wolves, Tommy quickly established himself as a tough-tackling full back in the Wanderers’ defence. Tommy would also play for the Whites alongside his brother Ralph during his early career at Burnden Park.

“In 1958, Tommy had a successful year at both the club and international levels. First, Bill Ridding’s Wanderers won the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, defeating Manchester United 2-0, with Tommy starting at left-back on the biggest stage. A brace from Whites captain Nat Lofthouse was enough to secure the trophy in front of over 99,000 fans.


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