Lifting the Summer Cup in 1965 was the biggest highlight under manager Bobby Howitt and was the first trophy the club had lifted since beating Dundee 4-0 in the Scottish cup final in 1952. The tournament consisted of four teams in a group, ‘Well’s group rivals consisted of Airdrieonians, Third Lanark and Kilmarnock. The side romped through the early stages by winning five of the games and drawing once. The semi Final was a two legged affair and the men from Lanarkshire were paired with Hibernian. The first leg took place at Easter Road and Hibs proved to be tough opposition as they ran away with a 2-0 lead. The 2nd Leg took place at Fir Park only 6 days later and in an amazing match the Steelmen won 6-2.
The final would also be a two legged affair with Dundee United being the fellow finalists. The first game at Fir Park, Motherwell played some great flowing football and won the game 3-1, fans around the town believed the 13 year cup drought was about to come to an end. Despite losing the second game at Tannadice 1-0, the ‘Well won the cup 3-2 on aggregate adding another fine piece of silverware to the Trophy Room.