A message from the club
Dear ‘Well fans,
What a season we’ve had again at Motherwell; full of the usual drama, excitement, pain, anguish and joy. It’s those range of emotions that make supporting our club completing, even addictive, if not unpredictable.
There has been, once again, a fair amount of transition at Fir Park since we last put Season Tickets available for renewal. On the park, the manager changed with the return of Mark McGhee last autumn.
Mark’s first remit from the Board was to ensure Motherwell were a Premiership club for this forthcoming 2016/17 season. Not only did he achieve that, he returned the club into the top six for the seventh time in the last nine seasons, winning a couple of Manager of the Month awards along the way.
The second element was to breathe life into the player production process and to ensure a clear, obvious pathway existed for our Academy and Under 20s talent to progress into the first-team as soon as possible.
For the overwhelming majority of our existence, Motherwell FC has been a club noted for developing, showcasing and trading young, talented footballers. That premise is the absolute cornerstone of our strategy going forward. It’s key to everything we do. It’s our future.
And since Mark returned to the club, you have seen the emergence of Ben Hall and Chris Cadden with the likes of Dom Thomas, Luke Watt and Allan Campbell all extremely close to regular first-team football.
And, even more excitingly, Stephen Craigan is doing a terrific job with the Under 20s. Not only did the team finish sixth in the seventeen-team table, their best return for a long time, they beat four Premiership sides on the way to winning the SFA Youth Cup for the first time ever. That 5-2 win against Hearts at Hampden will live long in the memory for all those there, that’s for sure.
The togetherness that was on show that night has been running through everyone at the club for several months now. You can feel it every single day at Fir Park.
And it’s that spirit and determination that will be required to make off the park work. When majority shareholder Les Hutchison announced the planned ownership transition to the ‘Well Society, it set in motion a historic set of talks that will hopefully conclude with full fan ownership, long-term stability and the club operating responsibly to ensure this Lanarkshire institution is available for generations to come.
People often ask me what fan ownership means or what individuals can do to make the whole process work? My reply is simple: everything possible. If you can join and contribute to the ‘Well Society, brilliant! If you can renew your Season Ticket, we would plead with you to do so.
If it’s a replica strip, a brick or a tunnel tile – whatever you can. Every single thing counts, no matter how big or small.
Obviously, it goes without saying that Season Tickets are a vital source of revenue that help us plan for the campaign ahead. The more season ticket holders we have, the more we can look to improve at all levels of the club.
I have reviewed some of the pricing structures and am pleased to announce that not only have we extended the excellent WELLevate offer for another season, where parents or grand parents can take up to two kids absolutely free of charge, we’ve extended the concession tickets too.
It wasn’t fair that a 16-year old, more often than not still at school, was asked to pay full price – so for the first time, all 16 to 18 year olds will pay a concession price, rather than a full adult price.
It’s a fairer deal, and we hope it encourages more and more young adults to become season ticket holders, rather than pick and choose their games.
It promises to be a tough, but exciting, SPFL Premiership in 2016/17. There will be a minimum of three Category A matches as opposed to the one, which has been the case over the last few years.
That means a Season Ticket represents terrific value – a WELLevate ticket in the Cooper for example could save you a whopping £587 on pay at the gate prices. Not only that, the added value offers remain in place and continue to prove popular.
We are rightly proud of our history. We have enjoyed the present over the last few months. Working together, we can ensure a bright future for everyone in Claret and Amber.