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    McCall wary of Terrors backlash

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    Season finale live on Sky

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    Randolph called up again

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    Murphy tops Player of the Round poll

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    Officials named for United clash

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    ‘Well net award hat-trick

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    Voting open for monthly awards

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    Cup Final tickets go on sale

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    Ticket Office Opening Times

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    McCall ‘embarrassed’ by poor showing

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    McCall wary of Terrors backlash

    Stuart McCall has admitted that he is wary of a Dundee United side which may be out for vengeance this weekend.

    The Steelmen have inflicted several of the Arabs’ most painful moments this season; knocking them out of the Co-operative Insurance Cup quarter-final and ensuring that they wouldn’t be making it two Scottish Cups on the trot by defeating Houston’s men at the same stage in that competition.

    Indeed, the men in claret and amber have also beaten the Terrors twice in the league at Fir Park, so there’s every chance United will be relishing the prospect of revenge back in Tayside – and that’s something McCall is conscious of.

    “Dundee United away is up there as one of the most difficult ones,” the ‘Well gaffer conceded. “We knocked them out of the cup, they were the holders, and they will be looking at revenge.

    “It’s a tough place to go. I found that out in my second league game when we were beaten 2-0. We managed to put in a terrific performance in the cup and get 2-2 and get them back here.

    “They’ve got some terrific players. Unfortunately for them they will be losing a few of them and they will want to go out on a high. It’s a really difficult game, but when we got into the split in sixth place we knew we were going to be playing five sides above us and we knew we were going to have some difficult games.”

    There’s little doubt the Steelmen will have to improve immeasurably on last weekend’s performance against Rangers, which saw the Ibrox side fire five goals past a shell-shocked Motherwell.

    The boss was typically honest in his post-match assessment that day, referring to the performance as ‘embarrassing.’ Seven days later, the defeat is still smarting – but he believes his side are ready to bounce back with a suitably positive performance at Tannadice.

    He continued:  “I’ve looked at the game again twice and my thoughts on the game then were the same as now; first half we more than matched Rangers in an even, competitive game. Once they got the second goal they lifted and got stronger, we looked a bit leg weary.

    “The three goals they scored thereafter were terrific goals. There was nothing we could do about them. Naismith probably won’t score two goals in a game like that in his career.

    “Sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up. I’ve said that – the second 45 we didn’t perform with any energy or zest and I think that might just have been off the back of a long season.

    “But the group have done the club proud. From the European game, the CIS – they had a terrific run in that – and now the Scottish Cup final and finished in the top six. Yes, we’ve had blips on the way, but so does every team.”

    McCall hopes that the odd ‘blip’ this season won’t cost his side a shot at fifth spot in the table. The former Bradford gaffer has pinpointed usurping Killie – who visit Fir Park for a crunch encounter on Wednesday evening – as the club’s remaining SPL target.

    He knows it will be tough, but a positive result against United could be half the battle, with Kilmarnock having to face Celtic and Rangers as well as Motherwell in their final three matches.

    “We’re under no illusions how difficult the games we’ve got are,” McCall said candidly. “We came into the split and we wanted to catch Kilmarnock.

    “To do that now, with Kilmarnock getting a point against Hearts and assuming they are beaten by the Old Firm, we’ve got to beat Kilmarnock in the game on Wednesday. But because of the goal difference we also need to take another point. We’ll be looking to do that at Dundee United.”

    The gaffer also confirmed that, for the moment, there was ‘nothing to report’ on the contract front, although he confirmed Steve Jennings agent would be visiting next week to discuss terms on a new deal.

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    Season finale live on Sky

    As expected, Motherwell’s final league game of the season against Celtic at Celtic Park will be shown live on Sky Sports.

    There has been no change to the kick-off time, 12.30pm on Sunday 15th May, and tickets will go on sale, from the Fir Park Ticket Office, this coming Monday (9th May).

    Tickets are priced at:

     ADULTS:   £25  
     CONCESSION:                                                 £16
    • Concessions are applicable to Under 16s, Over 65s.
    • Fans requiring disabled access should contact Elaine MacDonald at Fir Park on 01698 338068 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.
    • Fans planning on making the trip to Glasgow can check our handy “Away Day Guide” to Celtic Park.
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    Randolph called up again

    Darren Randolph has once again been included in the Republic of Ireland International squad.

    The 23-year-old, who was picked in the pool for the UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifier with Macedonia and the friendly with Uruguay back in March, has been named in a preliminary list of 34 players for the forthcoming Carling Nations Cup fixtures versus Northern Ireland and Scotland on 24th & 29th May 2011 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. 

    Randolph has also been included on a preliminary list for the UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifier against Macedonia in Skopje on Saturday 4th June and the International Friendly versus Italy on Tuesday 7th June.

    It’s further recognition for the talented goalkeeper, who has smashed the clubs’ clean sheet record this campaign with 19 shutouts.

    Speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk, the former Charlton stopper said, “I am absolutely delighted to be included in the squad again.

    “It’s an honour to picked for your national team and although I never managed any game time at the start of April, it was brilliant to be involved.

    “These are important games for Ireland; we’ll be looking to win so everyone will be focused even although it comes at the end of a long season for most of the players.”

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    Murphy tops Player of the Round poll

    Jamie Murphy has once again claimed the Scottish Cup Player of the Round award, the second time he has won the trophy this term.

    The former Scotland U21 hitman, whose progress is being monitored by a host of top Premiership clubs, was the star of the Quarter Finals in March when he ran riot against Dundee United at Fir Park.

    He repeated that feat in the Semi Finals with a sterling display against St Johnstone, including a fine solo goal midway through the first half.

    Twenty-one year-old Murphy, who has netted 26 goals in 83 starts for the Steelmen, said: “I am delighted to win the award, particularly as it’s voted on by the fans via the SFA Facebook page.

    “We’ve had a great run in both Cups this year hopefully, with a bit of luck; we’ll pick up the ultimate award which would be a Scottish Cup winners medal.”

    Jamie will be presented with his award at a Press Conference next week.

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    Officials named for United clash

    Referee for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Tannadice is Brian Winter.

    Brian will be handling his first ‘Well game of the current season; indeed, his last time in charge of the Steelmen was almost exactly a year ago, when he was the man in the middle for Motherwell dramatic final-day 3-3 draw with Rangers at Ibrox.

    It’ll be his eleventh SPL game of the campaign, his most recent being Dundee Utd’s 4-2 win over Kilmarnock two weeks ago.

    Strangely, despite being a category 1 official for nearly ten years and officiating in the SPL for six, the 43-year old has only ever taken charge of four Motherwell games in that time.

    The Steelmen have won two, drawn one and lost one of those games; nine goals have been scored whilst seven have been conceded. Eight players have been cautioned, five of them wearing Claret and Amber, and three have been ordered off (two from ‘Well – David Clarkson and Jim Paterson – in the same game versus Kilmarnock at Rugby Park four seasons ago).

    Brian will be ably assisted by Gordon Middleton and Alastair Mather with Willie Collum on fourth official duty.

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    ‘Well net award hat-trick

    Motherwell scooped the Best Club Media Relations gong for the third successive year at the Clydesdale Bank SPL Awards last night.

    After previously winning the award in 08/09 and 09/10, the organisers made the voting structure more stringent and the Scottish media were asked to rate each club on a number of areas including facilities, player accessibility and helpfulness of club staff, to give an all round view.

    The club once again came out on top and collected the award at the ceremony, held in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, last night.

    Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows said, “It’s fantastic for Motherwell to win any award but three in succession is a brilliant achievement.

    “Any media department of any club is only as good as the manager and players allow it to be. In that regard, I can’t speak highly enough of Stuart McCall and all the lads for their help and cooperation throughout the season.

    “We will continue to try and improve year-on-year and 2011/2012 will be no different. Hopefully we’ll start it in the best possible way; as Scottish Cup winners.”

    The full list of winners is:

    Manager of the Season – Mixu Paatelainen, Kilmarnock FC

    Player of the Season – Emilio Izaguirre, Celtic FC

    Young Player of the Season – David Goodwillie, Dundee United FC

    Goal of the Season – Derek Riordan, Hibernian FC

    Save of the Season – Marian Kello, Heart of Midlothian FC

    Under 19 League Player of the Season – Jason Holt, Heart of Midlothian FC

    Best Club Media Relations – Motherwell FC

    Best Community Initiative – St Mirren FC

    SPL Family Champions – Rangers FC

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    Voting open for monthly awards

    It’s time to decide who you think deserves to win the Clydesdale Bank SPL Manager, Player & Young Player of the Month for April.

    Has someone in our team caught your eye with their performances over the month? Although Saturday was a letdown, we’ve had a tremendous April. Has Stuart McCall suitably impressed you? Could the free-scoring John Sutton be in with a shout of the Player of the Month? Is Jamie Murphy a contender for the Young Player of the Month?

    Vote and you could be in with a chance to win a pair of hospitality tickets to one of our upcoming fixtures!

    Fans can vote by visiting the Clydesdale Bank Premier League website www.cbfootball.co.uk and the top three fans nominations will be put forward to the shortlist for the panel of Scottish football experts to choose the winners.

    And to give you something back for voting, a lucky fan whose votes for the three categories match that of the judging panel will be picked at random to win hospitality tickets for a Clydesdale Bank Premier League team of their choice (subject to availability).

    Voting is open now and closes at 4pm on Thursday 5th May 2011.

    Log onto www.cbfootball.co.uk to cast your vote and play our Score Selector game. You can also win tickets for our upcoming fixtures, take part in the weekly quiz and keep up to date with all Clydesdale Bank’s football activities.

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    Cup Final tickets go on sale

    Scottish Cup Final tickets went on sale this morning and thousands have already been and gone in a frantic opening day.

    People queued from as early as 7am to get their tickets with both Fir Park and the Unit in Brandon Parade busy.

    Fans are reminded that Season Ticket Holders have until this Saturday to secure as much as four tickets per Voucher C at the rear of the book.

    After that, any remaining tickets will be subject to a ballot which you can register for here: CLICK HERE.

    Alternatively, if you want to certain of your Cup Final tickets, any new 2010/2011 Season Ticket holder can bypass the ballot and secure a seat at Hampden today – CLICK HERE for more information on buying a 2011/2012 Season Ticket.

    WHERE YOU CAN BUY TICKETS

    You can buy your tickets from three different locations:

    The Main Office @ The Chapman Building:

    You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (ALL).

    The Ticket Office @ The Chapman Building:

    You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (ALL).

    Unit 40 @ Brandon Parade (Motherwell Town Centre):

    The new unit is on the site of the old Birthdays / Thorntons (most recently an art store) – You can purchase your Cup Final Tickets and 2011/2012 Season Tickets (First Time / Lapsed ONLY).

    For Opening Times for the week beginning Monday May 2nd: CLICK HERE

    PRICES

     SOUTH STAND (SECTIONS P1 – P6) £35
     WEST STAND (SECTIONS B1 – B8) £28
     WEST STAND – FAMILY (SECTIONS A1 – A5)                £25 / 10  
    • The Family Section will be located in the West Stand – Sections A1 to A5.
    • A Juvenile ticket in the Family Section is considered to be children aged fifteen and under. Any adult attempting to enter the Family Section without a child/children aged fifteen and under will be refused entry to that section.
    • At the request of a number of supporters, and similar to the Semi Final, Sections B1 to B5 in the West Stand has been designated as a “Singing Section” for like-minded fans wishing to back the team in their own unique and vocal style. Please ask for this Section when purchasing tickets if you wish to sit there.
    • No telephone orders can be taken and no refunds or exchanges can be given after purchase.
    • There will be a credit card charge of £2 per ticket and £1 per ticket for every debit card transaction. There will be no charge for any cash transactions.
    • Fans requiring disabled tickets should contact Elaine MacDonald at the club on 01698 338068 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.


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    Ticket Office Opening Times

    Motherwell FC can confirm the following opening times for the Chapman Building / Brandon Parade for the forthcoming week.
     
    Ticket Office at Fir Park:
     
    Monday 2nd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Tuesday 3rd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Wednesday 4th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Thursday 5th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Friday 6th May 2011: 9.15am – 3.30pm
    Saturday 7th May 2011: 10am – 2pm
     
    Shop at Brandon Parade, Motherwell:
     
    Monday 2nd May 2011: 10am – 6pm
    Tuesday 3rd May 2011: 9.15am – 6pm
    Wednesday 4th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Thursday 5th May 2011: 9.15am – 4.30pm
    Friday 6th May 2011: 9.15am – 3.30pm
    Saturday 7th May 2011: 10am – 2pm

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    McCall ‘embarrassed’ by poor showing

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was far from happy after watching his ‘Well side crumble in the last thirty minutes at Fir Park.

    After a fairly even first forty-five minutes, ‘Well were never at the races in the second half which allowed Walter Smith’s men to cruise to a 5-0 victory.

    And the ‘Well boss was left scratching his head as to why his players couldn’t lift themselves in the same manner as last week at Tynecastle

    “I was disappointed with the second half,” said McCall. “If you come up against Rangers or Celtic at the top of their form they are hard to beat.”

    “First half we more than matched them and had 59% of the possession but didn’t do enough with it although (Allan) McGregor has had two outstanding saves.

    “I don’t think there was any way we deserved to be a goal down at half time; we restricted them to very little. I am not going to start moaning about decisions, when you get beaten five-nil you can’t look at decisions, although sometimes you say officials can be too close as (David) Weir had a hold of Sutton’s shirt and it should be a free kick, they go up the other end and score!

    “That didn’t change the game, what changed the game was the second goal. Last week when we went behind we looked as though we had the belief that we could come back; I didn’t see that today. I am really disappointed and the last thirty minutes were embarrassing.

    “They kicked on, we had said at half time the next goal was important, we should have been able to go out with no pressure; they would be edgy. But they got the goal and from then on they looked the stronger side.”

    The 46-year old former Bradford boss did reflect on an interval of opportunity, when, at half-time, he urged his troops to go at the SPL Champions.

    However, a combination of no breaks in the right areas and clinical finishing from the visitors meant ‘Well were sunk by the hour mark.

    McCall continued: “I thought it was an open game in the first half.”

    “The keeper’s had a great save from Jones, Jeffers had been through and tried to square it and McGregor got a touch, we had a free kick in a great position at the edge of the box which, on another day, might have been a penalty.

    “And we don’t want people sent off but Lafferty could have so easily have been shown a second yellow card. The whistle had gone; he carried on and had a shot.

    “But I can’t be too critical of the players as they have been fantastic since I came here. That said, you have lads who are playing for a new contract in front of a host of scouts, and others playing for Cup Final places but you wouldn’t have thought that in the last half an hour.

    “I don’t want to be over critical but, as I’ve said, it is embarrassing to lose five goals at home to anyone.

    “Rangers were clinical, I think they only had two other chances in the second half, if we could have been a bit more clinical in the first half and gone in level at half time it could have been a tense game but that was all taken from the game with the second goal.”