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    Lawless rejoins Rovers on loan

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    125th anniversary kits on eBay

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    Show Racism the Red Card

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    MFC TV launches today…

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    Win the league trophy for a day

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    Officials appointed for Killie clash

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    Murphy lauds team spirit

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    The crest of a wave

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    McCall delighted with Capital showing

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    Hibs win in pictures

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    Lawless rejoins Rovers on loan

    Motherwell youngster Steven Lawless has rejoined Second Division Albion Rovers on a one-month loan deal.

    Lawless, who spent time at Cliftonhill last season and helped Rovers gain promotion from the Third Division, will initially spend 28 days at the Coatbridge club.

    He made his second ‘debut’ on Tuesday night against Dumbarton, scoring in a 2-1 defeat. Ironically, the Sons opened the scoring thanks to fellow ‘Well player Ross McKinnon.

    The 19-year old told, “The aim is to go and play and get a couple of games under my belt as there hasn’t been a great deal of opportunities here what with the team doing so well.

    “It’s actually good for me that it’s Albion Rovers; as soon as I heard they were looking to take me back I jumped at the chance as it’s a good club. They are struggling at the minute but it’s a decent team who should be doing better than the current league position would suggest.

    “It was obviously good for me to score on my first appearance but at the same time, disappointing to lose as I felt we deserved something. We had a couple of decent chances when it went we pulled it back to 2-1 but it wasn’t to be.

    “My contract here expires at the end of the current season so the aim is to go and get myself sharp and come back to Motherwell, make an impact and hopefully get another deal.”

    The club can also confirm that defender Ross McKinnon has extended his loan deal with Dumbarton for a further two months although Steven Howarth has returned from Alloa Athletic.

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    125th anniversary kits on eBay

    The 125th Anniversary strips, worn by the first-team against Leeds Utd, have all been added to our eBay store for you to bid on.

    The club’s official eBay store is full of claret and amber goodies you won’t find anywhere else!

    From signed merchandise to hospitality packages and money can’t buy experiences, fans have the chance to get their hands on some exclusive Motherwell memorabilia?

    Previous auctions have included match-worn shirts, signed footballs, programmes, tickets, and even sponsor rights.

    Right now, we have every single 125th anniversary shirt, socks and shorts worn at the Leeds United Pre-Season friendly match. If you can’t remember what they look like, take a look at the match pictures by CLICK HERE.

    Or, to browse everything at our official eBay store CLICK HERE.

    The club also run charity auctions from time to time where all proceeds go towards one of the many local charities we support.

    If you wish to donate an item please contact us on 01698 333333 or email

    Standard eBay terms and conditions apply to any purchases.

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    Show Racism the Red Card

    The Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action continues this weekend when Motherwell take on Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    The 2011 Fortnight of Action will, for the first time ever, make a stand against both racism and sectarianism.

    We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-sectarian message as well as the anti-racism message at this time, especially when recent incidents have once again highlighted the problem of sectarianism within our communities.

    As we are launching the first joint Show Racism and Bigotry the Red Card Fortnight of Action, all professional clubs will take a stand against both racism and sectarianism at a home game during the fortnight. We have developed the ways in which the clubs are able to take action to make it the biggest and most high profile fortnight so far.

    At every Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixture this weekend SPL clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism and sectarianism in football and in society. Players in over 40 European countries are involved in similar events as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network against racism and discrimination

    Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland and we would like to thank you for this.

    It has not been without its challenges though and we urge fans to continue to support the anti-racist and anti-sectarian messages. We have heard of many instances where real supporters have turned on racist / sectarian fans making it clear that they are not welcome at their club.

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPL, said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

    The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist and sectarian behaviour.

    The SPL and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and sectarianism and any racist or sectarian behaviour will not be tolerated at Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures.

    This year the campaign has developed partnerships with local authorities to deliver educational workshops combined with football coaching sessions in a number of regions. The workshops are delivered by a dedicated team of ex-professional footballers and they are a very positive method of educating our young people about the negative impact racism and sectarianism have on Scottish society.

    Here’s a brief outline of what’s taking place during the Fortnight of Action this year:

    • Anti-racist / anti-sectarian football festivals and projects in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glenrothes, Falkirk, Inverness, South Ayrshire.
    • Show Racism the Red Card actions at Clydesdale Bank Premier League, SFL, SWPL, SWFL, and Scottish Cup matches.
    • ‘Unite Against Racism’ actions at UEFA Champions League fixtures.
    • Educational workshops in schools and community groups across Scotland.

    Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world, and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their racial or religious background. We all have a part to play in stamping out racism and sectarianism in football and society.

    If you see or hear racism or sectarianism at any level of football, please report it to stewards or police. Our website also includes updates on Fortnight of Action events and more information on the “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign in Scotland.

    Show your support for tackling racism and sectarianism:

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    MFC TV launches today…

    Motherwell Football Club are delighted to announce the arrival of the new official web TV channel – MFC TV.

    This exciting new service will offer the fans a unique insight into the club and offer increased coverage of not only Stuart McCall and the first-team squad, but other aspects of the club including our Under 19s, Youth Development, Community and Commercial departments.

    What can you expect?

    There will be several recurring features that you can expect on a week-to-week basis:

    • The Fir Park Podcast.
    • Memory Match – Highlights from a classic game from the past.
    • U19s pre-match build-up and post-match reaction.
    • Full U19s highlights.
    • Pre-match press conference and interviews with Stuart McCall and the first-team squad.
    • LIVE audio commentary from every single match both home and away.
    • First-team match highlights.

    But that’s far from it. You’ll get behind the scenes access to everything that goes on in and around Fir Park. We’ll be the first to break exclusives – if a player signs, you’ll hear it (and from the player) first on MFC TV. If there’s photocall, player appearance or just a general carry on, we’ll be there to capture it all.

    And that’s not all… Our Community Trust is vital to us and you can expect updates from courses as Stevie Kirk and the rest of the Community team work hard to ensure MFC are indeed Scotland’s Community Club.

    You’ll also here regularly from the Commercial Department with the latest offerings and events that the club run.

    Everything you need to know about Motherwell FC all in one place!

    How much will it cost?

    It will be a monthly cost of £4.99 and there are a variety of payments options. We’ve made it simple to pay either with your credit card, your debit card or even via direct debit.

    What will I need?

    A computer or laptop is about it. MFC TV has been tested in all major browsers and uses a flash player to view videos.

    When is it available?

    We’ll go live this coming Friday (21st October) and Kilmarnock at Fir Park will be our first ever live game. We plan to grow the service and offer additional elements such as live steaming outside the UK and Ireland and compatibility partnership with your Smartphone.

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    Win the league trophy for a day

    How would you like to win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy for a day?

    Clydesdale Bank are always looking for new ways to bring their sponsorship of the Scottish Premier League closer to local communities and they are offering you a unique opportunity to win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy for a day.

    Clydesdale Bank want to support activity in your community so tell them why having the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy along will add something special to your day.

    Whether you are a local school, a workplace, charity, youth group or simply holding an event in your community, tell them why the trophy can benefit your event and the trophy may pay you a visit throughout the course of the season!   

    Last season the Clydesdale Bank Premier League trophy visited various schools, workplaces and events throughout the country and now it’s your chance to win.

    For further information and details on how to win the trophy for the day visit

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    Officials appointed for Killie clash

    Craig Thomson is the man in charge for Saturday’s Sky live Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    39-year old Thomson, considered to be one of the best officials on the FIFA list, will be handling his second Motherwell game of the current season. His last was also live on television as Rangers ran out 3-0 winners back in mid-August.

    Craig will be a familiar face to Fir Park fans having been a top-flight official for almost a decade and taking charge of three league matches last season.

    Thomson was the man in the middle for the SPL opener against Hibs when goals from John Sutton and Jamie Murphy wasn’t enough for the victory as Hibs ran out 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Antony Stokes, Paul Hanlon and Liam Miller.

    His next appointment was the 1-0 home defeat by Hamilton Accies in the Lanarkshire derby. Then Accies striker Nigel Hasselbaink separated the sides with a 15th minute curler from the edge of the box.

    Most recently, he took charge of the 0-0 draw with Hearts last April when an unfamiliar ‘Well side did well to take a point at Tynecastle.

    His record in charge of the Steelmen is mixed with nine wins, fifteen defeats and seven draws from 31 matches

    Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 39 and conceded 43. 110 players have gone into the book, 52 were wearing claret and amber, while four players, including Stephen Craigan, have been dismissed. The skipper saw red in the 2-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park six years ago.

    Thomson will be ably assisted by Alasdair Ross and Andrew McWilliam with George Salmond on fourth official duties. Referee Observer will be Bryan Robertson with Gerry Collins as SPL delegate.

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    Murphy lauds team spirit

    Jamie Murphy has hailed the camaraderie in the Motherwell squad after the Steelmen carried on their marvelous start to the campaign.
    Murphy’s eighth minute goal secured a 1-0 win over Hibernian at Easter Road, with the Hibees’ goal leading a charmed life throughout an encounter dominated by the visitors.
    Had it not been for a combination of the woodwork and the brilliance of Graham Stack, Stuart McCall’s men could have won by four or five goals.
    It means ‘Well retain second spot in the SPL, three points ahead of Celtic, as they enjoy one of their best ever starts to a top-flight season.
    “It comes from friendship,” the prodigious 22-year old lauded.
    “We are all good friends and we socialise together. There is also a bit of banter and it is a good club to be at.
    “The manager has been great. Him and Kenny Black are great in training throughout the week. There is a great atmosphere about the club.
    “The manager has confidence in the players at the moment, and we have options on the bench but I think we are doing well at the moment.”

    [pullquote]The manager has been great. Him and Kenny Black are great in training throughout the week. There is a great atmosphere about the club.[/pullquote]
    Motherwell’s all-time European top scorer admitted he was delighted to nod home the winner, and prove that his impressive all-round game is still improving.
    Although Murphy insists he was never as bad with his head as the gaffer makes out:
    “I’ve scored four or five headed goals in my career although the gaffer seems to think I haven’t scored any,” he laughed.
    “It’s always good to get a goal, as the gaffer has been giving me a bit of stick for not scoring many headers.
    “He stopped training on Thursday because I scored with a header, but it was a good one! It does show I am trying to improve and getting headers in the game.
    “It was a good game to play in I thought we did well in the first half, kept the ball well, and we had a few chances in the second half as well. I think we deserved to win and could have got a couple more.”
    While the attacking talents of Murphy, Chris Humphrey and Michael Higdon are always likely to garner headlines with their eye-catching cut and thrust, the young striker was keen to shift the focus onto the midfield.
    ‘Well’s talented trio or Keith Lasley, Steve Jennings and Nicky Law proved irresistible on the ball in the Capital, playing some lovely passing football.
    There was also no shortage of industry when Hibs were in possession.

    And that gives the attackers a platform to build upon, according to the match-winner.
    He continued: “The three of them are good on the ball, and are happy to take the ball under pressure.
    “They also work really hard and help press quickly. I think they give us a great platform to play with, but that is the same throughout the team, and you can see we have a great team spirit.”

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    The crest of a wave

    Good afternoon ‘Well fans,

    I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend after what was another excellent performance and victory at Easter Road yesterday. It marks the end of the first round of games and it’s fair to say that the players deserve every amount of credit going for how well they have performed; they are a joy to work with and a credit to the club.

    However, I wanted to use this email as an opportunity to thank you; our fans. Do not underestimate your role in the progress we have made so far. In just about every game, you have sang, drummed and chanted your way through games and both the players and the coaching staff get a huge boost from it. Yesterday, all you could hear throughout the ninety minutes was constant singing, support and positivity and it’s little wonder the players go that extra yard. The support we are getting from you at this moment in time is certainly the best I’ve experienced in my ten months in charge and, from speaking to those at the club who have been here longer, the best in a long, long time.

    [pullquote]That all said, and it’s an old cliché but in this instance, it is appropriate, we’re taking it one game at a time just now. Next up we face Kilmarnock at Fir Park and that’s going to be exceedingly difficult.[/pullquote]

    Please keep it up! This is an exciting time to be a Motherwell fan. Not only are the players performing off it, we are creating our own revolution off it. I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Fir Park and the ethos of the place. The same goes for Kenny Black, Gordon Marshall and the other members of the coaching staff. It’s a special club and one that is very much on the up!

    There is too much talk decrying Scottish Football. Too many tales of woe and prophets of doom. Commentators ought to have a good look at what is going on here at Motherwell and I don’t just mean on the park.

    At the same time, you will have heard and read my interviews on the club website and in the press trying to temper expectations. Don’t see that as a lack of ambition on my park, purely trying to make sure people stay realistic. We have a relatively small budget in SPL terms, although I must pay tribute to the Board who managed to keep ours on a par with last season despite the economic difficulties we are all facing. Taking the budgetary restrictions we are under, and the choices we made in terms of squad size – quality over quantity – then we must stick to our target of top six and not get too far ahead of ourselves. Doing that will only lead to a fall.

    That all said, and it’s an old cliché but in this instance, it is appropriate, we’re taking it one game at a time just now. Next up we face Kilmarnock at Fir Park and that’s going to be exceedingly difficult. They are an excellent footballing side, you need only look at how they played against Celtic yesterday, and we will need to be at our best to win the game. People ask me why we play better away than we do at Fir Park. It’s probably because of the mentality of the opposition club – having to come at us and leaving space for us to exploit – whereas at Fir Park clubs tend sit in and frustrate us (like Aberdeen for example).

    However, with your help, we can do it. We need as many people to come along to Fir Park as possible this weekend and roar the boys on. We need to recreate the ‘away game’ atmosphere at home to help the boys do it. Get at your friends, get at your family and get at your colleagues. Tell them of the great things that are happening at Motherwell and who knows where we can go!

    Thanks again for everything and all the best,


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    McCall delighted with Capital showing

    Stuart McCall was thrilled after watching his Motherwell side dominate Hibernian on the way to a 1-0 victory at Easter Road.

    An eighth minute Jamie Murphy goal was enough to secure the points, as the diminutive front man stole in to covert a splendid, albeit rare, header.

    But the scoreline only tells half the story. ‘Well also smashed the bar, saw a Keith Lasley effort hit the upright and looked on as Graham Stack turned in a man-of-the-match winning display between the sticks for the hosts.

    Indeed, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest it was a comfortable afternoon for an industrious and classy Steelmen side.

    McCall couldn’t hide his joy at the standard of performance his charges turned in, a matter of weeks after an equally superb win at Tannadice.

    “We created all the chances,” the Motherwell boss praised. “Stack has made some tremendous saves and we’ve hit the post and bar.

    “I thought it was an all-round good performance. We were creative and we defended well, Darren’s not had a lot to do. All in all a good days work.

    “We said at half time that as much as we dominated the game, they would come at us, but not to get anxious. We knew we wouldn’t need another goal as long as we kept a clean sheet and it worked; we defended very well.”

    The result means the Fir Parkers retain their lofty position of second spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

    [pullquote]I thought it was an all-round good performance. We were creative and we defended well, Darren’s not had a lot to do. All in all a good days work.[/pullquote]

    In fact, after Celtic’s dramatic draw at Kilmarnock, ‘Well have actually increased the gap between themselves and the Hoops.

    The gaffer admits that even he has been surprised with the quality and consistency of his troops this campaign – but he isn’t getting carried away.

    He continued: “We knew we had to go to Tannadice and go to Easter Road. And if you’d said we could go to these places and pick up a point at each then we would have been happy. But to pick up six points and to deserve to do it is wonderful.

    “We’ve deserved the points that we’ve got, and expectations grow from outwith.

    “They are such a good group to work with. They give you everything. We’ll get beat in games, but as long as they show commitment and desire and work from the first minute to the last, that’s all we can ask.”

    The ‘Well boss reserved special praise for Jamie Murphy, for whom a headed goal is quite literally a show stopper: “We stopped the training this week because he’d scored a header.”

    Judging by Murphy’s superb headed finish against the Hibees it seems that the fabled headed goal in training was a sign of things to come.

    Indeed, while McCall was effusive in his plaudits for his whole team, he did single out Jamie Murphy and Michael Higdon after the pair gave Colin Calderwood’s side a torrid time in the Capital.

    “He just doesn’t score with his head,” the ‘Well boss continued, clearly still in shock. “You could see by the celebrations that it was incredible. He normally heads them out from under the bar.

    “I thought he was a threat when he got on the ball.

    “Without singling anyone out, Higdon led the line very well too. Their keeper has made a number of good saves. It was pleasing and it was a great team effort.”

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    Hibs win in pictures

    Pictures from the 1-0 win over Hibernian in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Easter Road.

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

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