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    Celtic tickets on sale

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    St Mirren U19s win in pictures

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    St Mirren U19s 1 – 2 Motherwell U19s

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    Come join the Revolution!

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    Vote for August’s Player of the Month

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    Youngsters head out on loan

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    The joy of success

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    ‘Well set for Hibs clash

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    McCall hails deadly firepower

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    Dunfermline win in pictures

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    Celtic tickets on sale

    Tickets for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic at Celtic Park are currently on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

    Tickets are priced at:

    ADULTS:   £26 / £23  
    CONCESSIONS:                                        £17 / £14
    • Concessions are listed as Under 16s and Over 65s.
    • The cheaper ticket price is for restricted view areas.
    • Fans should note that the ticket office at Fir Park will be open on Saturday morning (10am – 1pm) but no tickets will be on sale, at all, from Celtic Park either on the day of the match or before.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email sharon.mccaskie@sky.com.
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    St Mirren U19s win in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-1 win over St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Under 19s League at McKenna Park.

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    St Mirren U19s 1 – 2 Motherwell U19s

    Motherwell U19s bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat at the hands of St Johnstone with a 2-1 win over St Mirren at McKenna Park today.

    After an entertaining, but scoreless, first-half, Motherwell took the lead shortly after the restart when Craig Moore latched on to a Stuart Carswell cross to blast his side into the lead.

    The one goal advantage quickly became two when defender Darren Brownlie, up for a corner, found space at the back post to turn and bundle the ball past the keeper and a number of defenders.

    Saints, to their credit, quickly hit back though when Anton Brady’s fine finish from the edge of the area bounced past the helpless Willie Muir.

    However, the goal didn’t catapult the hosts back into the match – indeed, Motherwell were the only team really threatening as the game headed towards its conclusion but the score stayed the same and the points returned to Lanarkshire.

    After last week’s heartbreaking stoppage time defeat to Saints at Bathgate, Gordon Young opted for two changes to his side.

    Striker Moore came in to replace Lee Erwin who had to be content with a place amongst the subs and Stuart Carswell made a welcome return to the side after missing the opening three matches whilst with the first-team. The unfortunate Adam Ashgar was the man who dropped out.

    It was a bright but breezy afternoon in Glasgow, perfect for football, and Motherwell almost made the perfect start when a short back pass allowed Keiran McGachie to drive towards goal. By the time he reached the box though, Saints were starting to get back in numbers and after forcing the big striker to cut inside, his driving shot from the edge of the box flew just over the bar.

    Six minutes later, the same player again pounced on some slack defending and after beating Michael McNiven to the ball, the former Stenny man looked to have been clipped just inside the area. He was, however, a victim of his own honesty and after staying on his feet, managed to square the ball to Steve Hetherington whose curling effort was terrifically saved by the recovering Saints keeper.

    Motherwell continued to press and looked the team most likely to score and, with 20 minutes on the clock, a combination of superb goalkeeping and poor finishing kept it at 0-0.

    McGachie, who was at the centre of everything Motherwell had in the final third, was again the creator. Collecting a poor kick-out, he wasted no time in unleashing a stinging effort that forced McNiven to parry. The ball dropped for Stuart Carswell, who looked to have a tap in, but could only screw the ball wide from an acute angle.

    ‘Well continued to push and had more than a few crosses into the box which were mopped up by the sturdy Saints backline.

    Into the second half and after Saints had the chance to test Muir from a free-kick from the edge of the area (that ballooned high over the bar), Motherwell finally took the lead and it was a sweeping move of some quality.

    Keiran MacDonald, Zane Francis-Angol and Hermann Mboa Mekongo all combined in the middle of the park, with the latter spreading it wide to the right flank for Nicky Devlin. The former Dumbarton full-back quickly played in the supporting Carswell who flashed a lovely cross towards the near post where Craig Moore nipped in ahead of Jason Naismith to smash the ball home from close range.

    That goal only succeeded in pushing Motherwell on and McGachie once again came close to getting his name on the scoresheet. Racing on to a long Euan Murray ball over the top, he outpaced the covering defender but his low shot was well saved by the feet of McNiven at the expense of a corner.

    It looked as if it was only a matter of time before the Steelmen doubled their advantage and so it came courtesy of an unlikely source. A Keiran MacDonald corner from the right was flicked on at the near post before landing at the feet of Darren Brownlie. The big defender was afforded time and space to turn and shoot the ball into the net from a tight angle, the ball somehow weaving its way past a posse of defenders and the goalkeeper.

    Incredibly, from a position of control, Motherwell were immediately pegged back as St Mirren brought themselves back into the game with an excellent strike. Mark Lamont created space on the left and his deep cross towards the back post was cushioned down for the supporting Anton Brady who lashed a shot home from just inside the area.

    Game on? Well, not really as Motherwell never really looked under too much pressure as the game wound down to a finish. Indeed, Euan Murray almost restored the two-goal deficit with a header from a corner that was knocked off the line and McGachie was denied a penalty for the second time when he appeared to be pulled down by McNiven but the referee wasn’t interested, pointing for a corner and not at the penalty spot.

    Just before full-time, ‘Well had a golden opportunity to make the points safe but once again, McGachie was denied by McNiven. Francis-Angol and Mboa Mekongo worked a brilliant move down the left which finished with a decent ball into the area from the left back. It was only partially cleared and after Carswell and sub Lee Erwin had combined, it fell kindly for striker inside the box but his shot was expertly saved by Saints’ on-form goalkeeper with three players all waiting to tuck it home.

    It was the last action of an otherwise entertaining encounter. Motherwell move into third in the table ahead of tomorrow’s other matches and face last season’s league winners Celtic next Saturday at Lennoxtown (12 noon kick off).

    Motherwell: Muir, Francis-Angol, Murray, Brownlie (Lynch), Murray, Devlin, Hetherington, Mboa Mekongo, Carswell, MacDonald (Erwin), Moore, McGachie

    Subs Not Used: Stewart, Green, Ashgar, Leitch

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    Come join the Revolution!

    One final reminder to fans to come along and be a part of an exciting new dawn as Motherwell prepare to launch the ‘Well Society.

    Taking place on Monday 5th September at the Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park; all fans are invited to attend the first in a number of open meetings.

    Top of the agenda will be the board’s plans, aims and objectives following John Boyle’s retirement during the summer and the new membership Scheme – “The ‘Well Society”.

    Commenting, Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said, “We are delighted to announce this, the first of a series of meetings over coming weeks where our fans can debate directly with the whole board on our soon-to-be-launched, exciting new membership scheme.

    “We have all known for some time that John’s stewardship of the club was coming to an end.

    “The Board has said on a number of occasions that, ultimately, we wish to be owned by the Community and this proposed new structure is a huge step towards setting out how to achieve this goal. We believe it will put the club in the unique position of not being reliant on either a benefactor or the bank.

    “We want the people of this community to have pride in the club as a responsible representative of the region, regardless of whether or not they attend the games on a match day.“

    “If you genuinely wish to see the club succeed and flourish and build on an already rich heritage, then come along and get involved on the 5th of September. All questions, points and opinions are very much welcome – nothing is off limits.”

    Doors will open at 6.30pm with the meeting scheduled to start at 7pm. The venue can accommodate 500 supporters some of whom may need to stand.

    The Well Society

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    Vote for August’s Player of the Month

    Every month this season, Cash Converters will be giving you the opportunity to present your Motherwell Player of the Month with a trophy, and now is your chance to vote for who you think deserves to receive August’s award.

    It’s been an excellent month for the Steelmen who sit joint top of the Scottish Premier League table – has the mercurial Jamie Murphy caught your eye?

    Or what about new signing Nicky Law; the former Rotherham man has been at the heart of everything good. Big Michael Higdon has already bagged three goals and Tom Hateley is not far behind with two belters.

    Skipper Stephen Craigan has made his best start to the season in years and Stevie Hammell is back to some of the form that won him International recognition.

    No matter who it is, all you need to do is vote for which ‘Well player you think has been the stand-out performer for August and, if you are correct, you could be chosen at random from all entries received, to congratulate our star man in person.

    To cast your vote, simply visit our Motherwell Facebook page, ‘Up the Well’ or by CLICKING HERE.

    The link will also give you the opportunity to enter the draw to take part in the next Convert for Cash, which will be taking place on September 24th, when Aberdeen visit Fir Park.

    For the August Player of the Month – VOTE HERE.

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    Youngsters head out on loan

    Motherwell youngsters Ross McKinnon and Steven Howarth have both gone on 28-day loan deals to gain vital first-team experience.

    Left-back McKinnon will follow in the footsteps of Ross Forbes, Gary Smith and Jordan Halsman by signing on at Second Division side Dumbarton.

    Former Clyde striker Howarth, Motherwell’s top scorer at U19s level last season, will join Paul Hartley’s Alloa Athletic side as they push for promotion from division three.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall said, “We have been arranging quite a few bounce games for our fringe lads to play in but nothing can replicate a competitive match.

    “Ross and Stevie both need games and this will give them a perfect opportunity.

    Hopefully they will return to Fir Park next month sharper and will make a big push for a spot in the first-team.”

    Meanwhile, Under 19s defender Dean McLean has mutually agreed to terminate his contract and will leave the club with immediate effect.

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    The joy of success

    Good morning folks,
     
    Sorry it has taken so long to email you after Saturday’s victory; I had to head down south immediately after the match and only now found time to sit and put this together.
     
    It was another excellent attacking performance from the players at East End Park and, as I said after the match, if you had offered me all three points and four goals before we kicked off then I would have taken it, without any doubt.
     
    Obviously, everyone got a little bit nervous when they pulled a couple of goals back but, having watched the game again, I always felt like we were in control of things and so it proved with the killer fourth goal.
     
    It has been a pleasing start and I hope you are all enjoying things at the moment. Football fans get down when things are not going well so there is nothing wrong with daring to dream and being excited when it is working out. That said, I don’t think anyone will get too carried away. Our aim this season, first and foremost, is to get into the top six and that is still very much top of the agenda. If we achieve that, we’ll take it from there.
     
    Before I move on from all things Dunfermline – I just wanted to thank the near 900 fans that made the journey through to Fife and gave such excellent backing. Our crowds this year, particularly away from home, have been nothing short of brilliant and I have read one or two comments in some of Sunday and Monday’s papers commenting on it. Keep it up! Keep at your friends, family and colleagues to come along and support the club. And the lads with the drum… Brilliant!
     
    That leads me on nicely to the last point I wanted to make and it’s about next Monday and the Open Meeting for fans. I know club managers are not always renowned for taking much of an interest in what happens off the field but I do and am keen to see the club build and move forward. I’ve only been here eight months but, already, I have built up an attachment and a desire to see the new model flourish. Our brilliant fans, and you all have been brilliant with me since my arrival, have an unbelievable change to get seriously involved with the club and further influence our progression.
     
    Having spoken to Leeann and her team, it’s important you get involved! It’s Monday 5th September at 7pm.
     
    Just finally, all the best to Scotland this weekend. I’ll have my Scotland scarf on roaring the boys on at Hampden.
     
    All the best,

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    ‘Well set for Hibs clash

    Motherwell will face a home tie against SPL side Hibernian in the Scottish Communities League Cup 3rd Round.

    After seeing off Third Division Clyde in the previous round, ‘Well will now take on Colin Calderwood’s side on either Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st September 2011.

    Full match details, along with ticket information, will be confirmed shortly.

    The full draw:

    Ross County vs. Celtic
    Falkirk vs. Rangers
    Airdrie vs. Dundee Utd
    Kilmarnock vs. Queens Park
    Ayr vs. Heart of Midlothian
    St Johnstone vs. St Mirren
    Motherwell vs. Hibs
    Aberdeen vs. East Fife

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    McCall hails deadly firepower

    Stuart McCall has hailed a blistering attacking display in the 4-2 win over Dunfermline at East End Park, but admitted some late sloppiness made for a nervous finale.

    From being 3-0 up and cruising, the Well conceded two late goals, before Michael Higdon poked home a nerve-settling fourth goal – the big striker’s second of the match.

    And the ‘Well gaffer, who saw his side go top with the win – for 24 hours at least – admits more nervy finishes like that will be enough to give him some grey hairs.

    [pullquote]There’s no doubt in my mind that we deserved to win the game, but it should have been more comfortable than it was.[/pullquote]

    “This strawberry blonde won’t stay strawberry blonde for long if we play like that at 3-0 up”, quipped McCall. “I was delighted with the first half performance, delighted to go in at half time at 2-0, and we said at half time that we couldn’t become complacent. We got the third goal and we became a bit sloppy.”

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that we deserved to win the game, but it should have been more comfortable than it was. You’ve got to give credit to Dunfermline for getting back in to the game.”

    “To score four goals away from home and to be top of the league, for now, is nice for the supporters and the players. It was an important win for us, because we go to Parkhead after the international break.”

    “We said yesterday that when you have a two week break you don’t want to dwell on a defeat or a poor performance. “

    Bizarrely, three of the game’s six goals took wicked deflections, but there was no doubt about Higdon’s brace. After ending his goal drought at Clyde the former St Mirren man is well and truly off the mark after a bustling, clinical display in Fife.

    The ‘Well gaffer was understandably full of praise for his powerful hitman.

    “We decided to play him against Clyde, hoping he’d get a goal there, and that would kick him on,” confirmed McCall, outlining a plan which has clearly worked perfectly.

    “And thankfully he did, and got two today. That’s what we brought him in for.”

    Despite watching his side concede two late goals which gave a buoyant, attacking display a somewhat testing climax, the Steelmen boss also praised new signing Tim Clancy.

    The Irish defender only signed on Thursday, and showed remarkable poise to turn in a competent display beside the calming influence of Stephen Craigan.

    “I asked him yesterday if he was OK to go straight in,” the manager recalled. “Big Hutchy (Shaun Hutchinson) had done his hamstring at the death against Clyde, and we couldn’t risk him.”

    “Tim had only played the first game for Kilmarnock and a bounce game, but he had no doubts that he wanted to play and I thought he was excellent. For him to just come in to the side, I thought he did really well.”

    The former Bradford boss took the time, in the aftermath of the win in Fife, to confirm to the assembled press that a deal for Jamaican international Omar Daley has been agreed in principle.

    The pacey winger has agreed personal terms with the Fir Park club but must now return to Jamaica in order to iron out a couple of issues regarding international clearance.

    However, with the 64-times currently a free agent there is no obligation to get the player in before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

    But, all being well, McCall may have the player available to him when the SPL reconvenes in two weeks’ time.

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    Dunfermline win in pictures

    Pictures from the 4-2 win over Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at East End Park.

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

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