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    Kilmarnock game on BBC Alba

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    Dons reduce ticket prices

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    Kilmarnock Hospitality

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    Snow hits Fir Park

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    Hearts Game Off

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    Club Statement

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    Brown anticipates excellent Hearts clash

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    Brown tells refs to ‘act like men’

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    Under 19s Game Off

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    Bid on the Poppy Shirt

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    Kilmarnock game on BBC Alba

    Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank SPL clash with Kilmarnock at Fir Park will be shown, in full, on BBC Alba.

    The Ayrshire side are in good form and forced their way into the top six with a comfortable 2-0 win over Aberdeen last time out.

    ‘Well return to action after missing out on a game last weekend with heavy snow putting pay to the Sky live clash with Hearts.

    The match will be shown on the Spòrs show, starting at 8.30pm.

    The Gaelic channel launched in the autumn of 2008 and is available on Sky (channel 168) and Freesat, with a Freeview launch expected after a review this year.

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    Dons reduce ticket prices

    Aberdeen have announced that tickets for ‘Well fans travelling to Pittodrie for the game on Saturday 18th December have been reduced to £5.

    However tickets are limited to 200 and are available now, from the Fir Park Ticket Office, on a first-come-first-served up until Friday 17th December.

    If you don’t purchase on or before that day (17/12/2010), or the tickets sell out, then standard admission prices* will apply on the turnstile at Pittodrie.

    *STANDARD ADMISSION PRICES:

    Adult: £22
    Concession: £16
    Under 12: £9

    * Concessions are listed as Under-18s, 60s and over as well as full time students with valid matriculation card.
    * Fans requiring Wheelchair Accessible Area tickets should contact the club at tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Kilmarnock Hospitality

    Motherwell face in-form Kilmarnock this Saturday and you can watch the big match in style.

    After last Sunday’s postponement, Craig Brown’s men will be bursting for a game but face a tough text against the Ayrshire side who have been in scintillating form of late.

    However, with the race for third really hotting up, a win will be vital for the Fir Parkers.

    And you can enjoy the big match in style from our recently refurbished Centenary Suite.

    You will be welcomed on arrival with a glass of bubbly, then sit down to a fantastic three course meal.

    Complimentary Motherwell labelled wine will be served at your table and a pay bar facility is available via our attentive staff offering a drinks service to your table.

    Relax until before kick off with your complimentary matchday magazines and teamsheet before taking your seats in the centre of the Phil O’Donnell Stand for the match.

    Half time refreshments are served again in the Centenary Suite and a pay bar is available after match.

    Prices start from as little as £69!

    We also have amazing packages available in both the South Stand Boxes and the Millennium Suite.

    If you are interested, then contact Diane or Wilma on 01698 338062 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Snow hits Fir Park

    Fir Park was under a blanket of snow today as the recent cold snap took a turn for the worse. Here are some exclusive pictures from our friends at SNS.

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    Hearts Game Off

    This afternoon’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Hearts has been called off due to adverse weather conditions.

    After consultation with Strathclyde Police, and with no expected improvement in the weather, the match has been cancelled.

    No date has, as yet, been agreed for the rearranged game.

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    Club Statement

    Motherwell FC can tonight confirm that the Portuguese officials, scheduled to take charge of our game on Sunday, have left the country.

    However, the club have been given firm assurances by the SFA that our game versus Heart of Midlothian, live on Sky Sports, will still go ahead.

    The SFA are working furiously to ensure that no game will come under threat and the club has every sympathy with the difficult plight they are going through, and we are grateful for the work being done to ensure our game will go ahead.

    Craig Brown and the players will be in training for the game tomorrow and preparing for the match as normal.

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    Brown anticipates excellent Hearts clash

    Craig Brown is looking forward to a great encounter with in-form Hearts on Sunday afternoon, although he is under no illusions about how tough it will be.

    The Tynecastle men come into this clash on the back of four consecutive wins, and haven’t conceded a single goal in that period which has included matches against arch-rivals Hibs and against Neil Lennon’s Celtic.

    But Motherwell can take heart from a win in Edinburgh earlier this campaign and by the fact Craig Brown’s Motherwell have won all three clashes against the side from Gorgie since Brown’s arrival in January.

    “Hearts have four wins in a row and I have great respect for big Jim (Jefferies) and his staff and we are really looking forward to it,” he enthused.

    “We won at Tynecastle earlier in the season, and, in fact, we have had very good performances against Hearts since I’ve come to the club. We have won the last three – although that doesn’t mean we’ll win the fourth. There’s a good respect between the clubs and that should make for an excellent game.

    “We’ve had a couple of away games recently, and I think we were very unfortunate not to get something in the Hibs game, and we managed a draw with St Mirren.

    “We now have two home games coming up, and they are very important games for us as we try to maintain a good threat in the SPL. Therefore Hearts and Motherwell should be a very good fixture.”

    This preparation for this fixture has been marred by the strike of Scotland’s top referees, and we will have the bizarre sight of a referee from abroad officiating an SPL match at Fir Park this weekend.

    The Motherwell boss was open enough to admit that he has reservations about the impact a foreign referee could have on what is sure to be a passionate clash between two sides battling for third spot.

    As a former Scotland boss, Brown has plenty of experience with foreign officials but he would still rather have one of our own.

    “I don’t mind who we get to officiate our games, as long as they are qualified. After all, for 16 years I was dealing with foreign referees,” he started.

    “But I’m quite sure the referees won’t be any better than what we have in Scotland. All we can hope is that they are fair and that they do the best they can. I don’t think they will know the Scottish culture or the Scottish psyche so they won’t have the same feel for the game that our officials do.

    “During my time as a manager I have found that Scottish referees were as good as referees anywhere in the world, even down in England where they are full time.”

    Despite a very unfamiliar figure with the whistle, the ‘Well gaffer can potentially look forward to the return of a very familiar face in Keith Lasley for the visit of the Gorgie men, as he presides over a fully fit squad.

    “Every player is fit and available for us at the moment,” Brown confirmed. “So we have no complaints on that count and we are all ready for the match.”

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    Brown tells refs to ‘act like men’

    Craig Brown has told referees they must learn to deal with criticism and show greater maturity ahead of a footballing weekend decimated by their strike action.

    The SFA have confirmed that Motherwell’s match against Hearts this weekend will go ahead, refereed by foreign official, appeasing initial fears that Motherwell may pay a heavy price for the transgressions of other clubs.

    Yet even with the immediate concern of a postponed match out of the way, the ‘Well boss couldn’t hide his ire towards a refereeing fraternity who he believes need to ‘grow up’.

    An uncharacteristically aggravated ‘Well gaffer said: “Everyone has been criticised in this game.

    “If any referee had been the Scotland manager – not just me, you have seen it with Craig Levein recently – and had the abuse that position receives, it is incredible. Not just to yourself, but to your family.

    “There is abuse in every area of this game so the referees are feeling persecuted when they are not the only ones. What I am saying to the referees is: grow up and talk to the various parties like men.”

    Scottish football was thrown into chaos on Sunday as the referees announced their intention to withdraw their services for this weekends’ calendar – despite apparently not holding talks with any of the governing bodies beforehand.

    Craig Brown, who knows more about Scottish football and what goes on in the corridors of power at the SFA, thinks this immediate strike is simply unacceptable. 
     
    “I think the Scottish Referees Association has embarrassed football in Scotland by taking this unilateral strike action,” the experienced manager fumed. “There are five other bodies which should have been consulted before this takes place.

    “First thing they should have done was talk to Alex Smith of the Managers Union; you won’t find a more decent, sensible guy. I feel very strongly that if referees have a problem with managers then they should have consulted Alex Smith.

    “Also, speak to Fraser Wishart of the Players Union; speak to David Longmuir at the SFL, Neil Doncaster at the SPL and then Stewart Regan at the SFA. If, having all five parties round the table, they still have concerns then maybe they could decide on a strike.

    “It should have been dealt with in a mature, calm, sensible manner. That’s my view on the matter. The way to sort this is dialogue, not strike; strike should be an absolute last resort.

    Brown also slammed the referees’ decision to carry out a blanket ban, regardless of whether or not the clubs suffering have a history of critcising referees. A fact which is particularly irksome to the gaffer, considering he has never publicly derided a referees’ performance – despite opportunity and, arguably, justification to do so.

    “I would like the referees to come out and tell me what this has got to do with Motherwell Football Club. Referees make mistakes, and we have been on the end of some poor decisions, but I have never made an issue out of the errors in public and we should not be punished.

    “I’ve said before that we are a non-offending club. I heard Donald Findlay, the Cowdenbeath Chairman, eloquently explaining how his club were a non-offending club – yet they have lost a Fife derby with Dunfermline because of this.

    “If they had a grievance – and they clearly feel that they do – then they should have explained it specifically, because I now feel like we have a grievance. A blanket ban is not fair on many clubs, and it is cowardly.

    The former Scotland gaffer has never made any secret of his strong patriotic streak, and his disappointment is clear when referring to the potential damage which is being done to the image of our national game.

    “They have damaged the game to make a point, and I think there are more mature and constructive ways to make the point,” Brown insisted.

    “The damage which is being done to our game in the eyes of Europe and the rest of the world is massive. I don’t know if the referees have even considered this, and I’m really quite depressed that it should come to this, because I try to promote Scottish football, and Scottish referees.”

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    Under 19s Game Off

    Motherwell’s Under 19s clash with Hibs, scheduled to take place Saturday 27th November, has been postponed due to the cold weather.

    The pitch at Bathgate is already frozen and, with no improvement looking likely in the weather, the game has been postponed.

    No date has, as yet, been scheduled for the re-arranged fixture.

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    Bid on the Poppy Shirt

    The incredible offers on MotherwellFC-Bay keep coming and you now have a chance to buy a Motherwell Poppy strip.

    Motherwell players wore specially produced Poppy shirts as the club once again showed its support for Remembrance Day commemorations.

    There are 16 shirts have each been signed by the individual players and are now available to bid for with all proceeds raised from the auction going towards both the Poppy Appeal Fund (25%) and the Motherwell FC Community Trust (75%), the club’s own charity.

    This auction is for a signed Stephen Craigan shirt – once all shirts are sold we will calculate total and donate the balance of sales as above.

    Others to follow or contact the club at bids@motherwellfc.co.uk or offers for others.

    Payment in person at the club, paypal, cheque or credit /debit card accepted.

    We will advise on individual postage if outwith the UK, ask us for a price, we are happy to post worldwide when cleared payment is made.

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