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    Forbes’ suspension frustration

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    Score Selector is back!

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    ICT Hospitality for two just £118

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    Officials appointed for ICT clash

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    Craigan announces N.Ireland retirement

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    SPL Board Announcement

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    Season Tickets: Discounts Galore!

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    Disabled Supporters Association

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    McCall reflects on Leeds defeat

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    Leeds defeat in pictures

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    Forbes’ suspension frustration

    Motherwell will have to do without Ross Forbes this Saturday as the midfielder serves a one match ban carried over from last season.

    Forbes, 22, will sit out the SPL opener with Inverness Caley Thistle at Fir Park after going over the disciplinary points threshold following a booking at Tannadice on May 7th.

    [pullquote]The rest of the boys have been planning for Inverness but my focus is on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday week.[/pullquote]

    The former Scotland U21 star admits missing out is a disappointment but has already set his sights on the Kilmarnock game on July 30th.

    “I knew about the suspension at the end of last season but, as the Inverness game gets closer, you become a little disappointed to miss out on the opening fixture,” he admitted.

    “Along with the rest of the squad, we’ve been working hard to prepare for the new season. The rest of the boys have been planning for Inverness but my focus is on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday week.”

    Motherwell boss Stuart McCall along with Keith Lasley and Jamie Murphy will meet the media tomorrow to preview Saturday’s league opener. The best will appear on the Official site later in the afternoon.

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    Score Selector is back!

    With competitive SPL action just two days away, cbfootball.co.uk is delighted to announce that Score Selector is back and ready for you to enter your first set of scores.

    This is your opportunity to show off your SPL knowledge by predicting scores for each SPL fixture throughout the 2011/12 campaign. 

    You can create your own mini leagues to see how you compare against friends, family and workmates, as well as measuring up how you perform amongst your fellow supporters.

    As well as the grand prize of £10,000 for the overall winner, we have a weekly prize of an iPod shuffle, and a monthly prize of £500 for the person with the most points over the month. There is also £5000 up for grabs for the first person to correctly guess all 6 scores in a fixture group – remember this is a one off, when it’s won, it’s gone. 

    Accounts and mini leagues from last year are still valid, and you have the opportunity to change your screen name up until the first day of the new season. 

    So check out the Score Selector section at www.cbfootball.co.uk and enter your predictions for the first set of fixtures for this season, or register if you’re a newcomer.  Good luck for the season ahead!

    Score Selector is open to over 18s only. Terms and Conditions apply, see www.cbfootball.co.uk for full details.

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    ICT Hospitality for two just £118

    As an introductory offer, and to allow you to try our new hospitality menu, we are offering a much reduced meal package for two this Saturday vs Inverness CT. 

    Start the season in style with a two person hospitality package for just £118.

    We would like to introduce our facilities and great match day atmosphere to as many potential new clients as possible with a view to driving membership. Therefore, members are welcome to bring along someone that could be interested in a joining the club or indeed individual match day tickets throughout the season.  

    As a Centenary or Millennium Club member you may purchase two meals for the combined price of £49. 

    Thursday 21st July is the final booking date for this offer to allow time to finalise seating and catering.

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    Officials appointed for ICT clash

    Referee for this Saturuday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League opener with Inverness Caley Thistle at Fir Park will be Steven McLean.

    The 30-year old will be a familiar face to ‘Well fans having overseen three matches during the 2010/11 campaign.

    His first was his Motherwell ‘debut’ – a 2-1 win over Dundee United at Fir Park last October. A couple of own goals gave The Steelmen the points despite David Goodwillie slamming home a penalty after McLean had adjudged Stephen Craigan to have handled inside the area.

    His next was at Pittodrie when Motherwell took on Aberdeen for the first time since Craig Brown’s departure. A scintillating display from Stuart McCall’s men gave the Steelmen all three points after coming from behind to win 2-1.

    It was a difficult game for McLean to handle but, despite howls of protest from the home stands, the young official had an excellent evening and showed composure in the face of difficult circumstances.

    Most recently he was the man in the middle for another clash against Aberdeen, this time at Fir Park. A game more remembered for things that happened off the park after the final whistle; on the park the Steelmen won 2-1 again thanks to goals from Chris Humphrey and Shaun Hutchinson.

    McLean began his refereeing career back in 1997, aged just 16, but had to wait six years before being promoted to the SFA Senior List. It took him a further four years (June 2007) to get promoted to a Category 1 where he has spent the last three years handling SFL and ALBA Challenge Cup games as well as gaining experience as a fourth official at SPL matches.

    He eventually made his bow in Scotland’s top league when he took charge of Aberdeen’s 1-0 away win at McDiarmid Park almost one year ago.  A late Darren Mackie goal was enough to give the Dons all three points and McLean had a good afternoon, booking five players in a competitive contest.

    He quickly followed that with another SPL match, this time the six-pointer between Kilmarnock and St Mirren at Rugby Park. A slightly more eventful outing for the young referee with Paul McGowan shown a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident. Killie eventually won the game 2-1; goals from Dayton and Eremenko cancelling out Steven Thomson’s leveller just after the interval.

    A busy debut season; Steven handled ten Scottish Premier League games and is on course to become one of Scotland’s top officials.

    McLean will be ably assisted by John Gilmour and Lawrence Kerrigan with Iain Brines on fourth official duties.

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    Craigan announces N.Ireland retirement

    Motherwell skipper Stephen Craigan has announced his retirement from International football after picking up 54 caps for Northern Ireland.

    The 34-year old has been a mainstay for Nigel Worthington’s side over the past five years and was captain for his 50th cap last year.

    But the Newtonards-born defender, who played a total of 54 games for club and country last season, has opted to try and extend his club career but reducing his schedule.

    [pullquote]I’ve punched above my weight but I’ve enjoyed that challenge. People have been asking me when I’ve been going to retire since I turned 30.[/pullquote]

    “To be honest I’m giving up international football with a heavy heart,” Craigan told BBC Scotland.

    “It’s harder to recover between games and I thought for the benefit of Motherwell and my club career I had to give myself more of a chance. This definitely isn’t about my career winding down – in fact it is the opposite.

    “The reason for coming away is to try and extend my playing career as much as I can. i’ve been vigilant with regards to looking after myself. I’ve spent loads of money over the years on diets and supplements and sprint coaches and sport psychologists.

    “I’ve gone to all extremes to try and extend my career and this is just another way of trying to do it. It hasn’t cost me financially this time, but it has cost me in terms of playing for my country.”

    ‘Well legend Craigan, who was rewarded with a testimonial last season, admits that playing for his country was amongst his proudest moments.

    Northern Ireland have achieved some incredible success over the past few years including beating England and turning up positives results against Italy and World and European Champions Spain.

    “Until you stand there and hear your national anthem and see your family you can’t explain what it means,” he said.

    “I’ve achieved far more than I ever thought I would. When you do get a little bit down or things get on top of you it’s nice to go and look at some jerseys that you’ve collected over the years. I’m lucky enough to have them from Andreas Pirlo, Dmitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    “For me to be on the same pitch as these guys, I’ve punched above my weight but I’ve enjoyed that challenge. People have been asking me when I’ve been going to retire since I turned 30.

    “I think we have a habit of ruling people out in football. David Weir has broken that barrier by playing on past the age of 40. We need more players who play beyond their mid thirties to lift that stigma that comes once you reach a certain age.

    “The hardest thing I’ve had to do was to tell my mum and dad that I was giving up. I texted my brothers; I didnt’ have the heart to phone them because I know how much they enjoyed going along and supporting me and the team. That was the hard part for me. But everything was a high for me playing for Northern Ireland. I’ve been lucky, but I’ve worked hard for it.

    “But I haven’t just dedicated myself to football for my country, I’ve dedicated myself to football in general, and for the last 7 or 8 years that’s been for Motherwell.

    “We’ve got a tough season ahead of us and have an obligation as players to respect the game and respect the clubs that we play for so we’ll be doing our best to have a good season. Anything you get in the SPL you have to work hard for and we’re prepared to do that.”

    His National manager Nigel Worthington added: “Northern Ireland is losing a very experienced player and a truly excellent professional.

    “Stephen has been a great servant for Northern Ireland and a fantastic ambassador for the country.

    “It is sad to see a player like Stephen retire but I wish him all the very best in his career which lies ahead.”

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    SPL Board Announcement

    At today’s SPL AGM, Derek Weir was elected following nomination to form part of the five-man Board of Directors.

    Ralph Topping was also elected for the third time as Chairman of the Scottish Premier League.

    Derek, Ralph and the Chief Executive, Neil Doncaster, will be joined by Eric Riley (Celtic FC) and Steven Brown (St Johnstone FC) who were re-elected by the clubs to complete the SPL Board.

    Rod Petrie (Hibernian FC) and Stewart Gilmour (St Mirren FC) stepped down from the Board today after eight and two years’ service respectively.

    Ralph Topping, Chairman, said: “On behalf of the Board and the Clubs I would like to thank Rod Petrie and Stewart Gilmour for their time and valued input during their terms; and welcome Derek Weir to the Board.”

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    Season Tickets: Discounts Galore!

    Although the Early Bird offer on Season Tickets has expired, there are still plenty of reasons to buy your Motherwell FC Season Ticket.

    As well as extending the free kids offer, which originated in the Cooper Stand last year, all around the ground – we have a brand new initiative for 2011/12 which could save you money at a number of well-known business’ throughout Lanarkshire.

    The club has teamed up with a number of companies including McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway, Brewers Fayre, Access NL, Evans Halshaw, Rita Rusk, Livingwell Health Club and many more to offer you a range of terrific offers.

    For a full list of offers available with your 2011/2012 season ticket – Click Here

    Easier to buy…

    As ever, we’ve made buying your Motherwell Season Ticket as easy as possible. We will, once again, run the interest free option where fans can spread payments over four months (May, June, July and August) without incurring any additional charges.

    If you want to spread payments, Zebra Finance will also return to offer the facility to pay over a 10-month period (19.9% APR).

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    For a full price breakdown, Click Here

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    Disabled Supporters Association

    Anyone interested in joining the above association please come along to the Centenary Suite on Wednesday 20th July at 7.00pm.

    Membership is open to any disabled person or individual who feels that they may be able to contribute to the objectives of the MFCDSA and support disabled people.

    Formed under the auspices of CAFE – Centre for Access to Football in Europe a UEFA backed organisation, the association aims to assist MFC improve the facilities at Fir Park and match day experience for all disabled supporters. 

    Positive discussions have already taken place with Leeann Dempster Chief Executive and agreement reached on some issues but to make this work we need your help and more members.

    The club are very supportive and wish to empower the Disabled Association in raising funds, managing match day requirements and generally improving facilities and the match day experience for disabled supporters.

    Want to find out more please come along next Wednesday at 7.00pm or email mfcdsa@talktalk.net.

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    McCall reflects on Leeds defeat

    Despite defeat, Stuart McCall was happy with the way his side performed against Championship side Leeds United this afternoon.

    Motherwell took the lead midway through the first-half, the on-form Jamie Murphy adding to his already blossoming reputation with another fine goal – his fourth in four games.

    And although the visitors came back to win the match in the second half, McCall has seen enough to convince him that the Steelmen are on the right track.

    [pullquote]The goal was terrific but I was disappointed to lose the game. It was an entertaining affair with some good performances, but with areas to work on.[/pullquote]

    “I thought we played some good stuff at times; the goal showed the quality we have in the side,” the ‘Well boss told the press after the match.

    “That is what we can do with the players we have in the side; if we can get the ball forward quickly not many can keep up with Chris Humphrey but Jamie Murphy managed it and scored.

    “The goal was terrific but I was disappointed to lose the game. It was an entertaining affair with some good performances, but with areas to work on.”

    Leeds got back into the match following an uncharacteristic error from Republic of Ireland International goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

    The former Charlton stopper has been sensational for the Steelmen since his arrival last summer and in his defence, a heavy downpour made conditions for goalkeepers treacherous at best.

    It’s not something that will keep McCall up at night though, the gaffer instead choosing to reflect on what was another excellent showing from the Motherwell stopper.

    “It (the ball) slipped out of his gloves, and I would rather it happened today and not next week when the SPL starts,” said McCall.

    “All players make individual mistakes but he will bounce back. You can count the number of errors he has made since joining the club on one hand.

    “He made a wonderful save from the penalty and had a number of terrific blocks during the match. He’s a top keeper and I, along with the rest of the staff, players and fans have every confidence in him.”

    With pre-season complete for another season, attention now turns to Inverness Caley next Saturday.

    Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas’ side, themselves having a very impressive pre-season, travel to Fir Park on the opening day of the Scottish Premier League season.

    McCall admits he is satisfied with the ways things have gone since returning back in late June but is on a mission to turn chances into goals ahead of next Saturday’s big match

    He said, “It has gone well, we are getting up to speed now, all in all we have progressed well ahead of next week.

    “We have been creating chances and that is a good thing, the game against Partick in midweek saw us have 14 attempts at goal and we should be doing better with that number of chances.

    “Overall really pleased with the way we are going.”

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    Leeds defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-1 defeat by Leeds Utd in a pre-season friendly match at Fir Park.

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

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