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    TV: ‘Well smash six past Thistle

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    Dunfermline Tickets & Travel

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    Boot Sponsorship – There’s still time

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    Hutchinson to be banned

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    Loan Watch – Saturday 25th February

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    Winter’s in charge for Pars test

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    TV: McCall proud despite defeat

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    Celtic 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    ‘Well Society is half way there

    Chief Executive Leeann Dempster has revealed the ‘Well Society is now just over half way to achieving its initial quarter of a million revenue target.

    The Board have set a March 31st deadline to raise at least £250,000 to demonstrate the project is viable and over 250 fans have come forward to sign up already with the Steelmen are on course to create SPL history.

    Leeann said, “We’ve had a brilliant response so far but we need more fans to come along and sign up.

    “We have an evening planned this Tuesday where fans can come along and ask questions and, hopefully, join our revolution.

    “I have been asked numerous times about the financing side of things. We don’t need the full membership fee up front. We are prepared to work out one to one payment plans to suit individual needs – that’s why we are having an evening where people can come along.

    “We have one month for our fans to come out and support what we think is a brilliant initiative.”

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    TV: ‘Well smash six past Thistle

    A Motherwell reserve side edged out Partick Thistle in a nine-goal thriller at Dalziel Park this afternoon.

    The Steelmen got off to the perfect start when Lee Erwin headed home Steven Lawless’ cross from the left hand side inside the opening minute.

    Motherwell doubled their advantage twelve minutes later. Erwin’s excellent switch found Chris Humphrey hogging the right touchline. The Jamaican got past his marker before firing across the face where Bob McHugh was on hand to tuck home from close range.

    Thistle brought one back from a corner before ‘Well added a third. McHugh collected on the edge of the box and after his low shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, Erwin followed in to tuck home for his second of the afternoon.

    The visitors pulled one back again from another set-piece before Motherwell quickly restored their two goal advantage with a set-piece of their own. Ross Forbes’ curling free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Thistle ‘keeper and McHugh was in the right place again to slam home into an empty net.

    To their credit, Thistle pulled another goal back, a lovely one two and finish by the left full-back however, Motherwell wouldn’t be outdone and two later goals sealed the victory.

    McHugh’s terrific slide-rule ball provided the assist for substitute Craig Moore who took a neat touch before firing through the legs of the outrushing keeper.

    With about eight minutes to go, McHugh completed his hat-trick, getting on the end of a Francis-Angol cross to slot home to complete the scoring.

    Motherwell: Hollis (Bradley), Green (Murray), Page, Cummins, Halsman (Francis-Angol), Carswell, Lawless, Humphrey (Watt), Forbes, Erwin (Moore), McHugh


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    Dunfermline Tickets & Travel

    Fans are reminded that tickets for this Saturday’s match with Dunfermline at East End Park are available from the ticket office.

    Tickets are priced at:

    ADULTS:   £18
    CONCESSIONS:                                              £10
    JUVENILE:   £5
    • Tickets must be purchased prior to going to the turnstiles on match day and tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the match from the Away Matchday Ticket Kiosk, located in the east end of Dunfermline’s Main Stand
    • Concessions are listed as Over 60s, U18s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are listed as Under 12s.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 01555 870122 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.



    The bus for Dunfermline will leave the Bentley Hotel at 1.15pm. Phone Jim on (01698) 299650 or e-mail Christopher on christopher_hutton@btinternet.com.


    The Wishaw bus to East End Park will leave at 1.15pm. To book seats please call Anne on 01698 384050/07878 062 614 or Andy on 07575 238 023 or email andysim2@sky.com.


    The Dunfermline bus will pick up at the Fir Park Club, Motherwell at 12pm, then Carousel Bar, Bellshill at 12.10pm and finally the Holytown War Monument at 12.20pm. To book seats, contact Brian Worton on 07763 061821.


    By car

    From the Forth Road Bridge and Perth:

    Exit the M90 at Junction 3 and take the A907(Halbeath Road)into Dunfermline – the ground is on the right

    From Kincardine Bridge and Alloa:

    Take the A985 to the A994 into Dunfermline. Take Pittencrieff Street, Glen Bridge and Carnegie Drive to Sinclair Gardens Roundabout.Take the 1st exit toward the traffic lights then turn right into Ley’s Park Road.Take the second exit on the right into the Car Park at the rear of the stadium.

    Parking: There is an official Car/Coach Park at the north end of the ground. Travelling supporters may find parking on the north side of the cemetery and then walking through the cemetery the simplest solution with the fastest get away. Alternatively, you may wish to park in the town centre, which has plenty of car parks and within 10-15 minutes walking distance of the ground.

    By bus

    Dunfermline Bus Station can be accessed, via travel from Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow, on several services including Stagecoach services X24, X26 and X27. Thereafter travel on local services such as Stagecoach services 33 and 19A will take you to within 5 minutes walk of the stadium. Further information and timetables are available online at http://www.stagecoachbus.com/

    By train

    East End Park is within 15 minutes walk of two railway stations, the most recently opened Dunfermline Queen Margaret to the east of the town and Dunfermline Town which lies within the town centre itself and to the west of the stadium. Both stations are on the Fife circle line and are served by trains from Edinburgh Waverley.

    Further information and timetables are available online at www.scotrail.co.uk.



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    Boot Sponsorship – There’s still time

    There is still time to sponsor your favourite player’s boots or jersey for the remainder of the season, from only £200.

    As a sponsor, your name or company name will be listed in the match-day magazine and on the official club website! Your name will be announced alongside that of your chosen player if he is picked for first-team duties; fantastic exposure for any small business or as a special gift to the ‘Well fan in your life.

    At the end of the campaign, you will be invited to the annual sponsor’s evening. Mix and mingle with Motherwell stars from the past and present before your chosen player presents you with his jersey.

    The evening also includes a fabulous three-course meal, an intimate Q & A with the management team, as well as MC entertainment from Fir Park favourite, Tam Cowan.

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

    >> Click here to see who is still available to sponsor…

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    Hutchinson to be banned

    Shaun Hutchinson’s yellow card at Celtic Park on Saturday has taken him over the disciplinary points threshold.

    The 21-year English defender will start his one game ban from Saturday 10th March – meaning he will be forced to watch the Aberdeen match on 17th March from the stand.

    To see the latest suspension news, CLICK HERE.

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    Loan Watch – Saturday 25th February

    Four Motherwell players were involved this weekend in the Irn-Bru Second and Third Divisions.

    Ross McKinnon’s Alloa Athletic took on Jamie Pollock’s Clyde at Recreation Park. The league-leaders’ won the game with a few minutes left on the clock when Darren Young neatly converted McKinnon’s left-wing cross to record his first goal of the season.

    Pollock, making his first start for the Bully Wee after making his debut against Elgin in midweek, lasted 86 minutes before being subbed for Stephen McDonald.

    Elsewhere, Gary Smith was on the losing side as Stenhousemuir crashed 3-1 at home to Arbroath. The 20-year old grabbed a double against Airdrie the previous Saturday but was unable to prevent the Red Lichties winning courtesy of goals from Steven Doris and a Josh Falkingham double.

    The hosts did pull a goal back in the 70th minute, Stewart Kean on hand to fire home Andy Rodgers’ cross but it wasn’t enough as Stenny stay in fourth place.

    In the same division, Jordan Halsman drew 1-1 with relegation rivals Forfar at Cliftonhill. Dale Hilson put Forfar ahead inside two minutes when he struck a spectacular effort into the top-left hand corner from Christopher Templeman’s header, but the hosts levelled three minutes later.

    Halsman crossed from the right and John Gemmell connected to send a header into the roof of the net from near the penalty spot.

    Picture: Paul Reilly, Albion Rovers FC

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    Winter’s in charge for Pars test

    Referee for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dunfermline Atheltic at East End Park is Brian Winter.

    Brian will be handling his first ‘Well game of the current season; indeed, his last time in charge of the Steelmen was ten months ago when Motherwell crashed to a disappointing 4-0 defeat to that.

    Previous to that, you have to go back a further year when he was the man in the middle for Motherwell dramatic final-day 3-3 draw with Rangers at Ibrox.

    It’ll be his tenth SPL game of the campaign, his most recent being Dundee Utd’s 0-0 draw with St Mirren two weeks ago.

    Strangely, despite being a category 1 official for nearly ten years and officiating in the SPL for six, the 44-year old has only ever taken charge of five Motherwell games in that time.

    The Steelmen have won two, drawn one and lost two of those games; nine goals have been scored whilst eleven have been conceded.

    Ten players have been cautioned, five of them wearing Claret and Amber, and three have been ordered off (two from ‘Well – David Clarkson and Jim Paterson – in the same game versus Kilmarnock at Rugby Park four seasons ago).

    Brian will be ably assisted by Andrew McWilliam and John McCrossan with Charlie Richmond on fourth official duty.

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    TV: McCall proud despite defeat

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall praised his players despite crashing to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Celtic this afternoon.

    The Steelmen played well in Glasgow, held on to the ball for long spells and, for the final 25 minutes, caused some problems in the home penalty box.

    In the end, the match was settled by a solitary Gary Hooper goal; the only real disappointment of the afternoon for the former Scotland International midfielder.

    [pullquote]We looked a good team on the ball, we got in good areas but we just didn’t have that final strike.[/pullquote]

    “To go toe to toe with a team like Celtic, with the run they are on and the players they’ve got; I took a lot of positives out of the game,” he said.

    “I was disappointed with the goal. You can accept it if you get cut open with the players Celtic have got or a long range piledriver from Ki or Mulgrew but to lose it from a throw is hard to take.

    “Having said that it would be easy to crumble like we have in the past here but I thought towards the end of the game we looked like the team that was could score without ever really testing the goalie. We had corners, we had opportunities on the edge of the box to slide people through, balls across the goal; we went right to the end.

    “We’ve not done ourselves justice at either of the Old Firm’s grounds and I thought today we did. We looked a good team on the ball, we got in good areas but we just didn’t have that final strike. To come here and get beat one nil is no disgrace. We’ll take a lot of positives from today and we look to the next game in a positive manner.”


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    Celtic defeat in pictures

    Pictures from the 1-0 defeat by Celtic in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Celtic.

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

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    Celtic 1 – 0 Motherwell

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    A well-marshalled Motherwell side fell to a solitary second half strike from Gary Hooper, going down 1-0 to Celtic at Parkhead. 

    Hooper’s strike on the hour meant Motherwell’s recent run of four wins in a row was ended as Celtic continued there mammoth twenty game winning run.

    However, It was a very decent performance by ‘Well, and they were unfortunate to lose to the only clean cut chance their hosts had.

    Stuart McCall made one change from the team that triumphed over Hibernian in midweek, with KEITH LASLEY retaining his place after suspension, OMAR DALEY dropping back to the bench. The manager’s faith in TIM CLANCY remained, as the Irishman kept his place in defence, with STEPHEN CRAIGAN once more a defensive sub.

    Neil Lennon changed half of his team from their win over Dunfermline on Wednesday, with Samaras, Rogne, Forrest, Wanyama and Matthews all restored to their starting line-up.  Scott Brown missed out through injury, while Anthony Stokes and Emilio Izaguirre started on the bench.

    Motherwell set their stall out, stifling Celtic in the opening exchanges, and looking to burst forward when they were able. However, the first real opportunity fell the hosts’ way, when Gary Hooper opted to play a ball across the six yard line, when a shot would have been the better option. The ball was intended for Georgios Samaras, but it flew past the Greek and TOM HATELEY cleared.

    Samaras was then almost played in on DARREN RANDOLPH from Ledley’s lobbed ball, but the big keeper was alert to get there first.

    Motherwell had some good spells of possession, without really testing Forster, with HENRIK OJAMAA constantly barracking Rogne and Wilson with his persistent running. Scotland call up Charlie Mulgrew should have tested Randolph from inside the box, but his shot was deflected past by Clancy.

    Randolph was then called in to action when Samaras took the ball off Mulgrew’s foot and had a dig from the edge of the box. The ball bounced up in front of the goalie, who spilled the shot, but was alert enough to make a fine save from Hooper on the rebound.

    Attacking chances were sparse for Motherwell and they were given a good opportunity to work Forster when JAMIE MURPHY was fouled on the right wing. Hateley’s ball in found NICKY LAW at the back edge of the box, but as much as the possession and passing drew the Celtic defence out, there was no room for anyone to get a shot away.

    As the half petered out SHAUN HUTCHINSON and Hateley picked up bookings for sliding challenges at the edge of the Motherwell box, with Hutchinson’s ruling him out of the home game versus Aberdeen in a few weeks. From the Hateley foul, Randolph made a great punching save from Ki’s whipped effort.

    The second half started in much the same vein as the first half was played, with the Steelmen working hard to squeeze Celtic out and looking to cause problems going forward. James Forrest, who was very impressive in the same fixture earlier in the season, made some great room on the right hand side to play in Hooper, but the prolific striker shot well wide of the away goal. Samaras then lobbed a tame shot over Randolph’s bar form six yards after Adam Matthews had played him in.

    With Hateley and Hutchinson booked in the first half for late challenges, MICHAEL HIGDON and  Lasley were lucky to escape the same fate with crunching tackles on Mulgrew and Wanyama on the half way line. Wanyama made way for Anthony Stokes after 60 minutes, and his arrival was followed by the match winning goal. A throw in by Matthews was won in the box by Samaras, who knocked the ball in to Gary Hooper’s path, and the unmarked striker made no mistake form eight yards. It was the only concentration lapse the Motherwell defence had all game, and was ultimately the one that cost them a point.

    To prove this even further, Clancy, Hutchinson and Randolph all made great blocks, clearances and saves to prevent Celtic stretching their lead, with a fingertip stop by the Irish goalkepper to deny Forrest the pick of the bunch.

    Ojamaa was subbed for Daley, who tried to use his pace to breach the Celtic backline, but was unable to conjour up an equaliser. Instead, Celtic ran the game out with their one goal lead to record a twentieth consecutive win in the SPL.

    Motherwell now go to East End Park in their next outing against Dunfermline, looking to bounce back from today’s unlucky defeat.

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    twitter Alan Burrows at Celtic Park

    92mins – Full Time!

    90mins – Two minutes of time added on – One last chance perhaps?

    87mins – Low shot from Mulgrew is comfortable for Randolph. Big GK batters his kick out off Clancy but ‘Well survive.

    74mins – Omar Daley on for the booked Ojamaa. Sensible management from McCall. Not quite worked for the wee man today.

    73mins – Another half decent chance for Motherwell. Jennings picks up not far from the home box. Drags a low shot well wide though.

    77mins – Ojamaa has Motherwell’s first shot on target. Law slips him through but low near post is comfortable for Forster in the home goal.

    71mins – Forrest goes on the run, his low shot is brilliantly saved by Randolph for a corner….

    70mins – Henrik carded for going down in the box. Referee was right up with play and correct.

    61mins – First chance for Humph to run down the wing. Puts in a decent ball. No takers at the near post though… Celtic counter though

    60mins – Great block from Hutchy to prevent number two. Corner. ‘Well bring in Humphrey for Murphy before it is taken…

    58mins – Celtic brought on Stokes for Wanyama just before that goal too. Signal isn’t great…

    GOAL Celtic! Long throw bounces off Samaras into the path of Hooper. He blasts home from close range. 🙁

    55mins – First ten or so minutes of the second have matched the first-half. Celtic having most of the ball, Motherwell compact!

    48mins – Attendance today is 46,408. 329 in the away end!

    46mins – Second half gets started…

    45mins – Half Time – 0 – 0. Similar second half please!

    45mins – Hateley booked for a foul outside the box. Ki’s curling shot is turned away by Randolph and ‘Well get it clear…

    44mins – Half chance for Matthews there. Free-kick on the right, ball loops over Jenno. Header is right at Randolph who gathers.

    43mins – Motherwell are being penned in a little. Celtic are having loads of possession but the Steelmen looking stubborn.

    38mins – From the free-kick, Ki has a shot deflected just wide… Corner!

    38mins – Hutchinson booked and he can have no complaints. That’ll be him suspended for the Aberdeen game (along with Clancy)

    35mins – First real bit of attacking play from the Steelmen. Couple of balls into the area but can’t get anything from it….

    30mins – Samaras seemed to have the ball for an age inside the box there. Motherwell eventually bundle it out for a corner

    24mins – Motherwell holding tight at the minute. Home side look dangerous on the attack though. ‘Well trying to counter…

    18mins – Mulgrew fires wide before Randolph is forced into an excellent double save. Celtic turning the screw a bit now…

    16mins – Squeaky bum time in the Well defence. Ball ping-balls about for a few seconds before Mulgrew drives it just wide of the post. Phew!

    15mins – Celtic are passing the ball well in the final third but Motherwell are defending in numbers and pressing the ball…

    12mins – Henrik is taking it tough at the moment. Been smashed three times already – albeit only one of them illegally.

    12mins – Samaras has a wee half chance but Randolph is off his line quickly to smother.

    11mins – Hooper gets behind the Well defense. Drags a shot cum cross across the box but Hateley hooks clear! Phew

    8mins – Well have been doing okay thus far. Lots of the ball not really causing the home side many problems…

    1min – Match gets underway…


    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “It makes a change from talking about a 4-0 defeat which I have done the last two times.

    “I am proud of the players, the biggest disappointment is the goal we lost. We switched off at a long throw-in and to be fair to Tim Clancy he came in and held his hands up, he lost Hooper in the flight of the ball.

    “We had a right go at them in the last 25 minutes but we didn’t test their keeper enough.”

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon:

    “It was a great performance and a great result, another three points and another clean sheet.

    “We were in the ascendancy and at 1-0 it is always a little bit tense but I don’t remember my goalkeeper having to make a save. ”


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