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    McCall nets Manager of the Month

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    Celts game live on ESPN

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    Injury devastation for Devlin

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    Cash Converters POTM

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    Hibs Cup prices confirmed

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    Open Meeting a roaring success

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    Officials named for Celtic clash

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    McCall hails Steelmen stars

    Stuart McCall has hailed his players and backroom staff after being awarded Clydesdale Bank Manager of the Month for August.

    The award comes after the former Scotland International led the Steelmen to second place in the SPL, with just one defeat in six matches.

    And a typically modest McCall was keen to see as much of the praise as possible shifted toward the players who have turned the gaffer’s instructions into the ‘Well’s best league start since 1977.

    “If anyone wins manager of the month, it’s mainly because the team has been the team of the month,” lauded the Motherwell boss.

    “As much as Kenny and I – and all the backroom staff – work ever so hard, it’s the lads who have won it and it’s great to accept.

    “There are highs and lows in football and you have got to enjoy the highs like today. But you have just got to continue working hard and improve individually and collectively.

    “We’ve had setbacks, we have had some poor performances and fierce defeats since I’ve been here, but it’s the way they have bounced back that has been impressive.

    “We’ve managed to do that more often than not and had some big, big performances as well.”

    [pullquote]As much as Kenny and I – and all the backroom staff – work ever so hard, it’s the lads who have won it and it’s great to accept.[/pullquote]

    The former Everton and Rangers midfielder will now be hoping to buck the trend of the ‘Manager of the Month Curse’ in the most spectacular fashion – with a win at Celtic Park.

    But, as much as today’s award adds to a prevailing sense of momentum and confidence at Fir Park, McCall admits that the trip down the M74 will be as tough as ever for the boys in claret and amber.

    He continued: “As much as I’m an optimist, I’m a realist. We are under no illusions how tough this will be. Celtic are an excellent side.

    “A good Dundee United team went there and Peter [Houston], their manager, was quite happy with their performance even though they lost five goals. That can happen when you go to the Old Firm away from home.

    “Away from home you always have it in the back of your mind that if you lose an early goal it could be a long day.

    “But I’ve got belief in the players and we’ve got to be as competitive as we can. We’ll make it as difficult as we can but also carry an attacking threat, so that when we get up the park we can create chances and hopefully take them.”

    McCall also confirmed that prospective new signing Omar Daley will not be involved on Saturday.

    As the manager previously warned, the deal is something of a tangle of red tape, but the Steelmen boss does expect the player to be registered in the coming days, having already put pen to paper.

    And he expects the flying winger to be an exciting addition: “Omar Daley has actually signed but we are just waiting for the final bit of paperwork.

    “He is flying back into the country but not in time to be involved. He was over playing for Jamaica against Colombia in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday and had to go back to Jamaica to sort all his paperwork out.

    “He is more known as a wide player. He has great pace and good feet. I played him down the middle at Bradford at times – he doesn’t have the greatest of goal-scoring records but he is always a threat because of his pace and ability.”

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    McCall nets Manager of the Month

    Motherwell Manager Stuart McCall has been named the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Manager of the Month for July / August.

    McCall has guided the side to second in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League following wins against Inverness CT, Hearts, St Mirren and Dunfermline in what has been an exciting start to the season. 

    ‘Well were in sensational form on the opening day recording a 3-0 win over Inverness CT which was followed up with a hard fought draw at Kilmarnock and impressive 1-0 back to back wins over Hearts and a confident St Mirren side.

    Despite suffering defeat to Rangers, McCall made sure his players responded in the correct manner and they rounded off the month with a fantastic display in a 4-2 win over Dunfermline. 

    It was McCall’s emphasis on attacking football whilst maintaining positive results that led the panel to pick him as their Clydesdale Bank Premier League Manager of the Month.

    A panel of Scottish football experts chose the award winners from a shortlist which included the top three fans’ nominations from Clydesdale Bank’s football website, www.cbfootball.co.uk.

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    Celts game live on ESPN

    Motherwell’s match against Celtic, scheduled for early November, has been moved to accommodate live television coverage.

    The game, originally scheduled to take place at Fir Park on Saturday November 5th (3pm), will now take place on Sunday November 6th (12 noon kick-off).

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    Injury devastation for Devlin

    Young full-back Nicky Devlin will sit out most of the season after sustaining a cruciate ligament injury in training this week.

    The former Dumbarton starlet has been a shining success for the Under 19s this season and already had one eye on breaking into the first-team.

    However, his progress has ground to a halt with the news that he’ll probably miss most of the 2011-2012 campaign.

    Speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk, Devlin said, “There’s never a good time to pick up an injury like this but it couldn’t have came at a worse time.

    [pullquote]I got the news yesterday that I am likely to be out for the majority of the season – certainly six months at the very least.[/pullquote]

    “I was really settling in to the club and was starting to enjoy my football and I think Gordon Young and the coaching staff were happy with how I was progressing.

    “I thought, at first, that it was a nothing injury, that I would be back quite quickly. However, I got the news yesterday that I am likely to be out for the majority of the season – certainly six months at the very least. Anything before that would be a bonus.”

    Devlin will now join fellow right-back Steven Saunders on the long road to rehabilitation and admits that he is thankful for small mercies having someone else to work with on the many days at the gymnasium.

    “If there is any bonus in the timing it is that (Steven) Saunders is going through a similar type of rehab to me and we can push each other on.

    “I just need to work hard in the gym and use the time working on other aspects that will hopefully make me a better, stronger player when I return. Hopefully I am back as soon as possible!”

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    Cash Converters POTM

    There’s still time to vote in the Cash Converters Player of the Month competition and you could be chosen at random from all entries received and congratulate our star man in person.

    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.

    CC

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    Hibs Cup prices confirmed

    Prices for the Scottish Communities League Cup clash with Hibernian on Tuesday 20th September can now be confirmed.

    This match will be pay-at-the-gate with admission as follows:

    ADULTS:   £15  
    CONCESSIONS:                                  £10
    JUVENILES:   £5
    • Prices are for all four stands (Phil O’Donnell, Davie Cooper, East and South (Away) Stand.
    • Season Tickets are valid for this match using the “Domestic Cup Tie” voucher near the middle of the book.
    • Concessions are listed as Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles aer listed as Under 16.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email sharon.mccaskie@sky.com.
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    Open Meeting a roaring success

    300 fans attended the Alona Hotel last night as the Board of Motherwell FC outlined their plans for the future of the club.

    The top-table panel, consisting of board members Derek Weir, Bill Dickie, Leeann Dempster, Andrew Wilson, Jim McMahon and John Swinburne were joined by ‘Well skipper Stephen Craigan.

    The evening, compered by Andrew, kicked off with a general welcome and an outlined the clubs’ objective of becoming a unique fan-run club.

    Derek Weir gave a short presentation about the legal side of the new Well Society, detailing some of the stresses, strains and pains of the last few months as the club constructed the Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) with lawyers and still await approval from the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

    [pullquote]There are too many negatives around Scottish football at this time, but together, the club and fans, have a real chance to do something incredibly positive and secure the future for this club for our children and our children’s children.[/pullquote]

    Jim McMahon, a board member since 2001, then outlined some of the financial aspects of how the Society will work and operate. Jim also outlined the share transfer plans with approximately 45% of Mr Boyle’s holdings being transferred to the IPS upon completion with the remaining 55% migrated when the society is fully functioning and ready to take on majority control of the football club.

    Jim also talked at length about his hope of raising capital somewhere in the region of £1.5 million, although no actual membership target has been set, to act as a buffer in temporary cash flow situations.

    Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive, then spoke in-depth about how the board had come to their current proposals and a breakdown of the various memberships that will be on offer when all plans and proposals are confirmed. Several levels are available, starting at £300 for the ‘Steel’ Membership with the ability to spread payments interest free, all the way through to the premium “1886” Membership, aimed at successful business’ and individuals,  with a mouth-watering array of benefits.

    Leeann was also keen to stress the one member, one vote philosophy no matter the financial commitment and hoped the Society would be fully up and running, with the ability to take membership fees by November or December.

    Finally, Stephen Craigan gave an account of what the fans and the club mean to the players and how the stronger involvement of supporters through the Society would benefit the club, even on the pitch. The 54-times capped Northern Irish International recalled some of his days with the club and memorable occasions whilst wearing Claret and Amber and encouraged everyone to get on board.

    He also revealed that former hero James McFadden has agreed to become involved as the first member and that he, along with his 20-month old daughter, would become member two and three.

    Bill Dickie, Vice-Chairman, and John Swinburne both gave short address’ giving their backing to the Society. Mr Swinburne, in particular, gave a rousing speech about his long and illustrious life watching Motherwell and encouraged everyone to follow in his footsteps when he first received shares some 40-years ago.

    Following the formalities, the floor was open to ask questions in a Question Time style Q&A. A mixture of clarifications, ideas and encouragement; over thirty questions, varying from the financial model, timelines, a family option and others were all discussed at length.

    The evening ended with a vote of thanks and a promise of more meetings and consultation with fans as the fine-tuning before the proper launch continues.

    Afterwards, Leeann Dempster told motherwellfc.co.uk, “We are all delighted with the turnout and the overwhelming positivity and feedback we received from supporters.

    “We have unanimous board support for this exciting venture. Many clubs turn to their fans at a time of weakness, of financial difficulty. We are approaching fans now at a time of strength – on and off the park.

    “Together we can ensure a great football for Motherwell FC. I have consistently said over the past two years that our ultimate aim is to become the best run family-friendly, community club in Scotland and tonight was a massive step in that direction. This is a historic opportunity for the club and its supporters to really make a mark for the future.

    “There are too many negatives around Scottish football at this time, but together, the club and fans, have a real chance to do something incredibly positive and secure the future for this club for our children and our children’s children. Perhaps even point the way forward for the whole of Scottish football.”

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    Officials named for Celtic clash

    Referee for this Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic at Celtic Park will be Alan Muir.

    Coincidentally, Muir was the man in the middle the last time Motherwell visited the east end of Glasgow – when a young and unfamiliar side crashed to a 4-0 defeat as Stuart McCall rested players ahead of the Scottish Cup Final.

    That was Muir’s fourth ‘Well game of the season, having overseen the 1-1 draw with St Mirren in Paisley last November, January’s 2-0 win over Hibs at Fir Park and February’s 6-0 capitulation at Ibrox.

    He’ll be a familiar face to Motherwell fans having taken charge of three games the season before last too.

    A 4-0 defeat by Celtic in Glasgow eighteen months ago was instantly forgettable. He also took charge of the 3-2 extra-time with over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Co-operative Insurance Cup Fourth Round and the lively 2-2 draw against Dundee United back in late November 2009.

    In all those games he has produced 33 yellow cards, fifteen of which were shown to a player in claret and amber, and two red card, the first given to former defender Paul Quinn for a professional foul on David Fernandez in the 1-0 defeat to Killie and the most recent to Michael Higdon, then an opposition player, in that game with St Mirren last November.

    The 36-year-old has taken charge of three SPL games in this campaign, including Kilmarnock’s 1-1 draw with Dundee Utd, Rangers’ 2-0 win at McDiarmid Park and, most recently, St Mirren’s 2-1 success at Easter Road.

    He will be ably assisted on the day by Willie Conquer and Lawrence Kerrigan, with Gary Hilland on fourth official duties.

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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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