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    Social Care training scheme celebrated

    A group of young people in North Lanarkshire recently celebrated their success at an event at Motherwell Football Club, after completing a pilot project for The Prince’s Trust Scotland.

    Get in Social Care, which was run in partnership with the North Lanarkshire’s More Choices More Chances Partnership and social care charity Quarriers at Motherwell Football Club, gave the group the opportunity to complete certification including epilepsy awareness, emergency first aid, food hygiene, safe handling, introduction to autism and SCIP (Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention), as well as completing work experience placements with local employers.

    The celebration event was hosted at Motherwell Football Club where the young people had the chance to demonstrate the skills they had learned over the six weeks through a series of interactive information stations covering First Aid demonstrations and sensory tasks, as well as presenting their thoughts and experiences of social care to an audience of family, friends and supporters. 

    Geraldine Gammell, Director at The Prince’s Trust Scotland, said: “Get into Social Care is a fantastic initiative for the young people The Prince’s Trust supports and I am delighted we have been able to introduce it to our core programmes.

    “The programme provides a very practical and direct route into training and employment and with social care identified as an area young people have a very keen interest, I am confident that they will make a real difference while building a positive future.

    “I would like to offer my congratulation to the young people who have made this pilot such a success and also thank Motherwell Football Club for hosting the event.”

    The Prince’s Trust runs a range of Get into programmes, giving young people a taster of industries where there are real career opportunities such as retail, catering and mechanics.

    Jane Liddell, Head of Education Quality and Development at North Lanarkshire Council added: “The Get Into programmes we have delivered this session have given unemployed young people within North Lanarkshire new qualifications, skills and employment experience which we know will assist in moving them into employment.

    “We are very proud of the young people who have been part of the Get Into Social Care programme as they have demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn – all important qualities in preparing our young people for life and work in the 21st century.”

    Paul Moore, Chief Executive at Quarriers said: “Quarriers is delighted to have delivered this successful training course.  We’re committed to getting young people involved in social care and firmly believe our diversity and skills make Quarriers an obvious choice to deliver this.”

    Delivery of the new programme is being supported by the North Lanarkshire Partnership, the Wood Family Trust, The European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

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    Player Sponsor’s Evening

    The Club’s annual Sponsors Event will take place in the Centenary Suite, Sunday 15th of May. 

    All Player Sponsors will have already received their invitation to this prestigious event.  A number of tickets have been released for public sale and are available at £30 per person. 

    A 3 course meal will be served followed by a short Q & A with the Management Team here at Fir Park.  The Presentation by players to the Sponsors will be followed by the Sponsor’s Player of the Season Award. 

    Your host for the evening will be Fir Park favourite, Tam Cowan, making this year’s event THE perfect prelude to the Cup Final with only 6 days to go until the big day.

    This year, you will be able to bring along any of your treasured Motherwell FC items to be signed by the players.  If there’s anything you’d like signed, please make our staff aware on arrival.  You’ll be able to collect your items at the end of the night.  

    For more information or to sponsor a player for 2011/2012 please contact 01698 338008 or email (including your contact telephone number) commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.


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    McCall content with home point

    Stuart McCall was delighted to stop the rot of consecutive SPL defeats, and begin to build the momentum ahead of the Scottish Cup final.

    The Steelmen shipped nine goals in their previous two outings, but looked far more solid against the men from Ayrshire and also had several moments of incisive football going forward, particularly through the lively Steve Jones.

    And McCall has now set his sights on taking those positive traits into the weekend – and the Hampden showpiece beyond.

    “I would have loved to have won the last home game of the season,” the gaffer conceded. “But I thought we dealt well with a Kilmarnock team, who we have seen can play a bit this season.

    “I was pleased with our application and the way we played the game, although it would have been nice to win, especially after we scored and then Jenno [Jennings] has a goal disallowed. But it was a well-deserved point.

    “We have now got eleven days – obviously with the SPL match against Celtic in there – between us and the Cup final; the biggest game in many of the player’s and staff’s careers, really. We’ll approach Sunday in the correct manner, then we’ve got the big one.

    “It’s just a fantastic way to end the season. For these lads to have started playing in Europe back in July, considering the lack of numbers, is terrific and they deserve every credit.”

    McCall was particularly effusive in his praise for his defence, which had been through a tortuous couple of matches recently.

    Yet against a lively Kilmarnock attack – Eremenko scheming, Dayton buzzing down the flank and Bryson bursting from midfield – ‘Well defended well and constricted Killie to only a couple of truly clear-cut chances in the 90 minutes.

    The gaffer continued: “We tracked runners and were defensively much stronger. There were certain spells that Kilmarnock looked dangerous, but I thought when we were on top we had opportunities that just wouldn’t fall for us.

    “I thought Kilmarnock played well, though; in fact I thought it was a decent game.”

    The Motherwell boss, after the match, also sought to put Motherwell fans’ collective minds at ease regarding Jamie Murphy’s absence from the match squad.

    The ‘Well star, so often a stand-out during the Steelmen’s mammoth 51-game season so far, was left out against Killie altogether – but the Scottish Cup quarter-final and semi-final Player of the Round will be back in the team when 21st May rolls round.

    “He’s one of those players who has played a lot of football this season,” McCall conceded. “And I thought I should freshen things up a little bit.”

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    Kilmarnock draw in pictures

    Pictures from the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.

    These action shots and more are available to buy online at www.motherwellpics.com.

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    Motherwell 1 – 1 Kilmarnock

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    Alan Temple at Fir Park

    Motherwell and Kilmarnock shared the spoils in the torrential Fir Park rain, as the final home match of the campaign ended 1-1. 

    Steve Jones, pushing for a Cup final spot, opened the scoring early in the first half, cutting in from the flank and drilling past Cammy Bell, before a Willy Aubemayang tap-in levelled the score in the first half.

    Cammy Bell and Darren Randolph both excelled in a lively second period, but no-one could grab all three points.

    Stuart McCall had demanded an improvement, particularly in terms of defending, from the previous two matches, which had seen the Steelmen ship a remarkable nine goals. To that end – and with one eye on retaining fitness levels ahead of the Cup final – he made five changes.

    Craigan, Saunders, Lasley, Sutton and Steve Jones came in for Gunning, Ross, Forbes, Carswell and Jeffers as the ‘Well gaffer made swathes of changes to his staring eleven.

    Killie interim boss Kenny Shiels, who has made no secret of his desire to take the Rugby Park reins permanently, had his own recent woes ahead of kick-off, having still failed to break his duck in charge of the Ayshire club; six SPL matches without a victory.

    Shiels made two changes from their recent 2-0 defeat to Celtic, bringing Jamie Fowler in for Mohamadou Sissoko and Willy Aubameyang in for Keiran Agard.

    Motherwell certainly started like a side with a point to prove, and were ahead with the first truly concerted attack of the match after eight minutes. Steve Jones danced in from the left flanks and drilled a low, raking shot past Cammy Bell, who was utterly deceived by the effort.

    Northern Ireland international Jones was causing the Killie defence all sorts of problems as he attempted to play himself in to Cup final reckoning, but it was Chris Humphrey on the opposite side who created the next decent chance, as the Jamiacan winger beat Garry Hay and whipped in a delightful cross, but there were no takers in the penalty area.

    Kenny Shiels’ side began to enjoy more possession as the half progressed, particularly through Alexei Eremenko but, although the mercurial Finn was attempting to find the killer pass on numerous occasions, the ‘Well backline were dealing comfortably with the relatively pedestrian pace of the Killie attacks.

    Indeed, only relatively tame efforts from Willy Aubemayang, with a header saved by Randolph, and Eremenko, who fired a shot straight down the throat of the Motherwell keeper, really tested the men in claret and amber.

    And the hosts came close to doubling their lead seven minutes before the break. In fact, they did have the ball in the net. A wonderfully whipped cross from Chris Humphrey found the surging Steve Jennings on the edge of the six yard box, and his glancing header found the net via the far post. But the asistants flag was already raised.

    An Alexei Eremenko free-kick, easily stopped by Randolph, would prove to be the final moment of interest in a relatively even first half, but one in which the home side patently had more cutting edge.

    That lack of cutting edge was remedied a matter of minutes after the break, as Kimarnock burst out of the blocks in a blistering opening gambit to the second half. Eremenko, whose final ball had previously been wasteful, slipped a delightful through-ball to James Dayton who squared the ball perfectly for Willy Aubameyang to slot into the net.

    It was a forebearer of things to come in the second half, as Kilmarnock enjoyed the vast majority of possession and territory. The rain lashed down on to the sodden turf, and chants of “Kenny must stay” poured down from the travelling fans in the South Stand, obviously enjoying what was being served up by the Caretaker’s charges.

    Despite the possession enjoyed by the visitors Motherwell successfully kept the clear-cut opportunities to a minimum, and actually gradually found their feet in the half. That was illustrated as Chris Humphrey cut a teasing ball into the box which eluded everyone – including the goalkeeper and Francis Jeffers – before being cleared.

    Darren Randolph, one of the stars of this Motherwell campaign, was once again on top form to make a splendid double save with twenty minutes left on the clock. Firstly, denying David Silva’s curling effort, then scurrying back his line to tip a Garry Hay deflected drive over the bar.

    The Irish keeper was somewhat less stretched moments later, as Aubameyang wasted a good opportunity by heading tamely at the stopper from eight yards out.

    Not to be outdone, Cammy Bell made a stunning save with five minutes left to play. Bell, who was superb on his last visit to Fir Park too, dived to brilliantly parry away a powerful Shaun Hutchinson header.

    Both sides were pushing admirably for a winner, despite there being little to play for, and Garry Hay forced another good save from the ‘Well keeper as the Killie veteran drove in a powerful shot from just inside the area.

    That proved to be the final action of the encounter, as the curtain fell on another tumultuous season of home encounters at Fir Park – with all the focus now on a mouth-watering double-header against Celtic to come.

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    Graham Barnstaple at Fir Park

    Full time – 1-1 at Fir Park, same summary as half time, Killie better in possession we looked better on break

    90mins – Carswell on for Lasley with only two minutes being added on

    86mins – Play switches to the other end and Randolph pulls off a fine save from a Hay piledriver

    85mins – Hutchinson header across goal clawed out one handed by Bell, not takers for the rebound

    82mins – Gunning on for Hammell

    80mins – Ref now giving fouls any time a Killie player hits the deck, and that is fairly regularly at the moment

    78mins – Darren Randolph is not taking his goal kicks, but is kicking okay from open play??

    74mins – Double save from Randolph from Silva and a deflected shot from Hay – keeps us in it

    67mins – Killie sub, Dayton off, Taouil on

    65mins – Tonight’s attendance is 4101, not bad for a wet Wednesday night at the end of the season

    53mins – Yellow for Hateley, late on Dayton, then Jeffers on for Jones as a sub, Sutton now playing on the left with Franny up front

    49mins – GOAL – Equaliser for Killie, Dayton cross from right turned in from close range by Aubameyang, 1-1 – not the best start to the half!

    46mins – Second half underway with ‘Well kicking off

    Half time: 1-0 Well, Killie loads of possession without a killer touch, we look good on the counter through the wide men

    38mins – Humphrey cross from right headed in by Jennings but Assistant’s flag was up for offside – tight call

    25mins – Craigan long clearance finds Sutton who nicks in behind the defence only to be blocked by Bell, who is injured in the process

    18mins – Dayton corner headed at back post by Clancy, cleared by combined efforts of Hammell and Randolph

    15mins – Aubameyang shown yellow for a late tackle on Saunders

    8mins – Steve Jones goal is his first League goal for the club, his only other goal coming against Stranraer in the Cup

    8mins – GOOOOAALLLL – Steve Jones cuts in off the left wing and his 18 yard shot proves too powerful for Cammy Bell 1-0 Well

    1min – ‘Well win the toss, Killie kick off, and we are shooting towards the South Stand.


    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “I would have loved to have won the last home game of the season but I thought we dealt well with a Kilmarnock team, who we have seen can play a bit this season.

    “I was pleased with our application and the way we played the game, although it would have been nice to win, especially after we scored and then Jenno [Jennings] has a goal disallowed. But it was a well-deserved point.

    “We have now got eleven days – obviously with the SPL match against Celtic in there – between us and the Cup final; the biggest game in many of the player’s and staff’s careers, really. We’ll approach Sunday in the correct manner, then we’ve got the big one.

    “It’s just a fantastic way to end the season. For these lads to have started playing in Europe back in July, considering the lack of numbers, is terrific and they deserve every credit.”

    Kilmarnock caretaker manager Kenny Shiels:

    “I think it was a fantastic match. People talk about restructuring the league and all these negative things.

    “We’ve got this narrow-mindedness that the league’s not good. With the population of Scotland it’s unbelievable the quality of play that can be produced.

    “You would not see a game of football like that in England outside of the Premiership. In the Championship, League One and League Two, it’s hump the ball, it’s not attractive, it’s not good to watch.

    “Nine games out of 10 we are involved in are really entertaining. We had a lot to play for tonight and we clinched fifth position, which is a terrific achievement.

    “Motherwell contributed to the game, they got it down and tried to play but they couldn’t get the ball off us for long periods. I felt it was a thoroughly good match to watch.”


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    Ballot update

    The Cup Final Supporter Ballot is well underway as fans who applied for tickets are currently being contacted by club staff.

    Fans should be aware that process, via telephone and email, is still on-going and may take until the end of this week and into the beginning of next.

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said, “We’ve had a few concerned fans getting in touch but making contact with several thousand people can be a lengthy process so don’t panic.

    “We would anticipate the tickets to be sold out by the middle of next week meaning it is unlikely that there will be any general sale of tickets.”

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    Book Cup Final Hospitality places now

    Only a few places remain for our fantastic Cup Final hospitality package, priced at just £99 per person.

    What better way to enjoy the biggest game in the last two decades?

    Your package will include:

    • Full buffet lunch in the Davie Cooper Suite.
    • Coach transfers from Fir Park to the National Stadium.
    • Your match ticket for the big game at Hampden.
    • Coach transfers back to Fir Park after the final whistle.

    There are only a handful of places left – if you would like further information or to book, contact our commercial team now on 01698 338 008 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Club Statement

    Motherwell Football Club today (Tuesday 10th May 2011) issued the following statement in relation to the SFA Disciplinary Hearing.

    “The club can confirm that it has received notification from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that Chairman John Boyle has been fined £2,500 and severely censured after being found guilty of ‘behaving in an inappropriate and inflammatory manner towards the opposing team’s club official’ at a hearing in Glasgow this afternoon.

    “Motherwell FC is surprised at this outcome and fully intend to appeal the decision at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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    Murphy collects second award

    Jamie Murphy has been the stand-out star in this season’s Scottish Cup; consecutive ‘Player of the Round’ awards for his quarter and semi final performances are testament to that.

    And as Cup final fever begins to take hold in Motherwell he is looking to make it three out of three when the Steelmen face Celtic on May 21st.

    “It’s something that is pleasing and it shows that I’m doing well. I love playing in the Cup and hopefully I can pick up another one in the final,” the 21-year old enthused.

    “Cup games are a fantastic experience and it’s great that a club like Motherwell have made it all the way to the final, and once you’re there anything can happen.

    “It’s the national stadium and there’s something wrong with you if you are not excited about the prospect of playing there. It was great to see so many people queuing to get tickets to come and see you play and I’m sure the crowd will be great and it will be a brilliant day.

    “But we’ve got two games before that, and we’ll focus on getting positive results in them before looking at the final.”

    As the Scotland under-21 star points out, there are still 180 minutes of SPL football to be played before the ‘Well players and fans can start casting their minds towards next week’s trip to Hampden.

    Motherwell face Kilmarnock tomorrow night before travelling to Celtic Park on the final day of the league season, and after a disappointing couple of results for them men in claret and amber Murphy is desperate to get back to winning ways – despite the fact tomorrow is, remarkably, the Steelmen’s 51st game of a marathon season

    He continued: “Everyone is going to feel tiredness a bit; it’s been a long season and we’ve played more games than most teams (in fact, only Rangers have played more) so it’s only natural that a few players are feeling some fatigue after matches now. But we’ll still give 100%.

    “We’ve also not had much luck in the past couple of weeks, but we’ll still feel confident that we can do well in every match.

    “There’s still a slim chance we can get fifth place in the league so that gives us something to play for, plus it’s the last game at Fir Park this season so we want to give the fans something positive to finish on.

    “We played very well the last time we played Kilmarnock at Fir Park so there’s a belief that we can go out there and win the game.”

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    McCall desperate for return to form

    Stuart McCall has set his sights on recovering from a miserable seven days and starting to build some momentum ahead of the Scottish Cup final.

    The Steelmen have suffered consecutive heavy defeats in the SPL, shipping five at home to Rangers and then four on a miserable jaunt to Tayside.

    But the ‘Well boss reckons Wednesday’s encounter against Kilmarnock is the perfect opportunity to tighten up at the back and return to winning ways ten days before the club’s biggest match in 20 years.

    “We got into the top six by finishing sixth; meaning that over the course of the season there has been five clubs better than us. So, theoretically, the remaining matches were going to be difficult,” McCall conceded. “You can add the tiredness of the lads, having played so many games, into that. But the last two games, and the goals against, have been disappointing.

    “From a defensive point of view we have leaked too many goals recently, and we will look to remedy that. But the bottom line is; if we can go into the Cup final with a fully fit squad, with recharged lads who are ready to give one last push, then that is what we must aim for.

    “As much as we talk about the top six – and we are delighted to be there – when you have a Cup final to look forward to that is the be-all and end-all.”

    The former Bradford boss was also candid enough to admit that catching Killie in the race for fifth spot in the SPL will be a tough assignment. Motherwell would have to beat the Ayrshire side and then get a result at Celtic Park, while hoping Killie lose at home to Rangers.

    McCall is refusing to give up on that aim, but is more concerned with getting a good result on the board ahead of the final – especially against a Kilmarnock side who ‘robbed’ Motherwell on their last visit to Lanarkshire.

    The former Everton and Rangers midfielder continued: “It will be difficult. If we do beat Kilmarnock then we will need a point on the last day of the season at Celtic Park – and that’s surmising Kilmarnock lose to Rangers – so that’s a huge ask.

    “Our main focus is to put a really strong performance in against Kilmarnock and get a good result. Look at the performance Stoke put in against Arsenal just before their Cup final (a 3-1 win) and that is the type of performance I want, to build momentum and build confidence.

    “We played really well against them here last time and got beat 1-0 – in fact, we were robbed. There’s no doubt about that. I feel we owe them a wee bit of revenge; we didn’t take our chances and their keeper played well.”

    The Motherwell boss also took a moment with the assembled press to dismiss any complaints over his side’s performance against Rangers recently, namely from Celtic boss Neil Lennon.

    After the Hoops’ 2-0 victory at Rugby Park, Lennon asserted: “We need teams to compete against Rangers, and there hasn’t been much evidence of that in the last two matches.”

    The first of those ‘last two matches’ was Rangers’ 5-0 win over Motherwell, and the ‘Well boss certainly doesn’t believe his team lacked a desire to compete.

    “I’ve not taken a lot of notice of it,” said McCall. “What I would say is anyone who was at our game against Rangers would have seen the team we put out; we put out a side which could be considered our strongest eleven.

    “Anyone who was at that game knows how well we played in the first half, and I was disappointed to go in behind at the break. In the second half, yes, we wilted, but that was as much to do with Rangers getting the second goal and getting the confidence.

    “If anyone thinks I want to send a team out to lose any matches then they don’t know me. Do you think we wanted to get beat 5-0? Of course not!”