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    Motherwell 1 – 1 Everton

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    ‘Steelmen’ returns bigger than ever

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    Randolph gets Ireland call-up

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    Charter planned for Greece

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    TV: McCall pleased with home draw

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    ‘Well draw Panathinaikos

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    Arbroath match off

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    ‘Well & Breathing Space renew partnership

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    Motherwell 1 – 1 Everton

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    Kris Jack at Fir Park

    A Nicky Law screamer earned Motherwell a credible draw against an Everton side full of star names in Stevie Hammell’s testimonial.

    Law’s second half strike cancelled out a header from Toffee’s defender Shane Duffy, which gave the Liverpudlian’s a half time lead. Despite sharing just the two goals, both sides created a number of chances in as entertaining game as you will see for a pre season testimonial.

    The game of course was to honour the veteran left back and the stature of the opponents from Goodison Park was testament to the appreciation of the 30-year-old’s efforts in Claret and Amber.

    He rightfully took the captain’s armband and place at left back in an unfamiliar back four, made up with trialist Simon Ramsden and young Adam Cummins. Tom Hateley made up the back quartet, with Steven Saunders and Jonathan Page rested from the draw at Raith.

    With the Arbroath game called off in midweek, Nicky Law, Henrik Ojamaa and Chris Humphrey missed out on a run about but we’re reinstated for today’s game, sending impressive youngster Steven Hetherington back to the bench. He was in good company though as a certain James McFadden, called upon by his buddy Hammell, started the game as a sub.

    Everton clearly weren’t taking the game lightly; with a starting eleven not out of place in a full Premiership match. Tim Cahill, Merouane Fellaini and Sylvain Distain all started for David Moyes’ men, with former Rangers men Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic on the bench.

    The visitors started the game the more composed, with some crisp passing and possession, but Michael Higdon had the first pop at goal with a speculative effort from 30-yards which sailed wide. Minutes later Chris Humphrey looked keen to get past Tony Hibbert early on and after ghosting past the left back, Howard did well to catch his whipped cross.

    Leon Osman passed up a great chance to five Everton the lead when he rose highest to Anichebe’s cross, but his header went v Darren Randolph’s bar. It served as a warning as Anichebe himself then fired over the bar, after Fellaini had stumbled on the ball.

    Down the other end and a trip on Keith Lasley by Fellaini allowed Stevie Hammell a chance to score on his big game, but the left back’s free kick from 25 yards was deflected over for a corner. Jamie Murphy was then unfortunate to see an effort deflected onto the post after getting to the by-line.

    Everton’s Greek striker Apostolos Vellios then should have given the visitors the lead when Coleman picked him out on the penalty spot, but a great block by Cummins kept the Well goal intact. Up the other end, Higdon, Ojamaa and Ramsden passed up decent chances, before Everton got themselves ahead.

    Anichebe’s short corner made its way back to the big striker, and his stood up cross towards the back post was headed across Randolph and in off the post by Duffy. His run had not been spotted by the ‘Well rearguard as he rose to prod home the opener one 33 minutes. There were some complaints towards referee Stevie O’Reilly about climbing but the official wasn’t interested.

    Everton then looked to extend the lead with Fellaini and Cahill testing Randolph from distance. In reply, Murphy and Law both pulled shots wide for Motherwell as the half came to an end.

    Lee Hollis replaced Randolph in goal for the Steelmen for the second half, with David Moyes making a slew of changes to his side. Hollis was the first sub to impress though, making a great save from Fellaini just after the restart.

    Estonian International Ojamaa then had a great chance to tie the game when played in by Lasley but his effort drifted wide. Former Ranger Nikica Jelavic then played n Fellaini, but Cummins was again there to thwart the danger.

    With the game poised, ‘Well got level through Nicky Law with arguably the goal of his career. A ball in from the right was headed clear by Distin and as the ball dropped at the edge of the box, the nippy midfielder thundered a ferocious volley past the despairing Howard high into the top corner, to the delight of the home fans. It was a peach of an effort, worthy of the occasion.

    A few moments later, Motherwell could have taken the lead but for the post. Jamie Murphy’s terrific cross-field pass found Tom Hateley who found space on the right flank. His weighted cross towards Higdon was volleyed goalwards by the big striker. With Howard at full stretch, his effort smacked the outside of the post and spun away. It would have been a goal of some quality as the Premiership stars looked rattled.

    But they quickly got themselves together and Hollis had to make another another great save at the feet of Rodwell, before Cummins was on hand to prevent a certain goal from the Everton youngster. Jelavic and Naismith had created space in the box, and when the ball fell to Rodwell he should have found the net, but the scouser threw himself at the shot and fired it off to keep the game level.

    It was Cummins’ last involvement as he was subbed along with Murphy and Higdon, for Fraser Kerr, Omar Daley and James McFadden. The former was greeted with thunderous applause and was only prevented from scoring on his return to Fir Park by a timely Distin block after Hammell’s fizzed ball in to the six yard box. He then played a neat ball in to Ojamaa who fed Law, but this time he couldn’t find the back of the net.

    Hammell then took the applause of the large crowd when he came off to be replaced by Francis-Angol.

    It had been a great game for his testimonial and he made his appreciation known as he came off the park to cheers all round.

    As the game neared its end, Hateley had a free kick well beaten out by Howard form 25 yards, before Ramsden headed just over as Motherwell sought a winner. Rodwell then shot just wide, before Ojamaa shot twice at Howard with McFadden lurking.

    It finished 1-1 and manager ‘McCall would have been delighted with the way his troops went about their task. Only Hamilton now wait before the Fir Parkers take their Champions League bow.

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    Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FULL TIME: Motherwell 1-1 Everton

    88mins: 4512 fans here. 1,049 of those are Everton fans. Thanks to all as always.

    85mins: Hateley has a chance from a 25 yard free kick. Howard does well to beat it away from goal.

    78mins: Motherwell subs: Francis-Angol and Hetherington on for Lasley and the man of the moment, Stevie hammell

    77mins: A hat-trick of reaction saves there from Hollis finally denying Naismith from close range.

    74mins: Wonderful stuff there! Faddy into Ojamaa who rolls it around the corner to Law who in turn drags his shot agonisingly wide.

    72mins: Bit of an uneventful second half so far. This strip looks brilliant though.

    69mins: Everton subs: Naismith and Heitinga on for Fellaini and Distin.

    62mins: McFadden, Kerr and Daley on for Cummins, Higdon, and Jamie Murphy.

    60mins: A let off there. Cummins clearing off the line from Rodwell who had all the goal to aim for.

    59mins: Faddy stripped and ready to come on….Fir Park prepares to erupt…

    56mins: Higdon almost makes it 2-1! Hateley squares it to him just inside the box and his controlled shot slams back off the post

    53mins: Oh my, what a strike that was from Law. Edge of the box, left footed half volley into the top corner. A stunner!

    53mins: GOAL! It”s 1-1

    49mins: Ojamaa turns in the box and gets a shot away. Not enough to really trouble Howard though.

    45mins: Fellaini and Jelavic kick us back off.

    HT: Steelmen are back out now. Hollis on for Randolph.

    HT: Everton are back out. Junior, Gibson and Jelavic all on.

    HT: An entertaining first half. We’ve had some good chances, just to find that killer touch. Certainly plenty to be encouraged by.

    HALF TIME: Motherwell 0 – 1 Everton

    36mins: Coleman jinks into the box and drills his shot just wide. Good chance there.

    33mins: GOAL; It’s 1-0 to Everton. Duffy rises highest to nod home Anichebe’s cross.

    31mins: Hands up who is just sitting watching Faddy warming up right now? I can see you, Cooper stand fans.

    29mins: Faddy out warming up to a rousing reception. Cahill produces a great save from Randolph. Great feet and hands from big Daz.

    25mins: Another chance there too. This time it’s Higgy with a looping header from a fantastic Hateley ball. just over.

    23mins: Half way through the first half and not to tempt fate but we’ve edged this so far. Or is that biased?

    22mins: Oh, well done Cummins! The scouser threw himself in front of Velios’ shot there which would have burst the net.

    19mins: Murphy either hit the post or Howards face there with a low cross. Looked like the big man was troubled by it either way.

    16mins: Indeed it was, but his free-kick is nodded over by the Everton wall.

    15mins: A free-kick 20 yards out. Hammells range?

    12mins: And seconds later Law finds himself 1-on-1 and opts to shoot from 20 yards. His shot stings Howards hands and the chance is gone.

    12mins: Great chance! Brilliant link-up play from Ojamaa and Humphrey. Humphrey squares it to Higdon but the big man fires well over.

    10mins: Everton almost opener the scoring. Osman comes from nowhere to bullet in a header. Well over, thankfully!

    9mins: Similar chance again. Humphrey looks good up against Hibbert and cuts inside but his left footed shot is too tame to trouble Howard.

    7mins: Bit of a half chance there for ‘Well. Humphrey with a cross the looks goal bound until Howard claws it out the air.  

    3mins: Early days but Everton are moving the ball wonderfully. ‘Well have hardly touched the ball.

    1min: Law and Ojamaa get us underway.


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    ‘Steelmen’ returns bigger than ever

    The Steelmen Magazine returns today bigger and brighter than ever and the first issue of the season is dedicated to the man of the moment, Stevie Hammell.

    The 68-page, glossy magazine is another production by Curtis Sport/Blue Chilli Design, in partnership with the club and it promises to be the best season yet.

    What’s special about today’s magazine is that every single penny of profit will go to Stevie’s Testimonial fund so make sure you pick up a copy.

    What’s inside? Enough reading to keep you interested for hours.

    Old classics return in the shape of the manager’s notes, “this week”, “FANatics”, referee’s review and the quiz! But that’s where the familiarity stops.

    New features include a new captain’s column with the one and only Keith Lasley. Another new one is iPLAYER – making its debut with Jamie Murphy taking the questions.

    [pullquote]What’s special about today’s magazine is that every single penny of profit will go to Stevie’s Testimonial fund so make sure you pick up a copy.[/pullquote]

    Each week will focus on a Motherwell ‘Cult Hero’ and although he might not quite fit the bill for a cult hero (he has played over 400 games after all), it would be remiss not to feature Stevie Hammell in this issue.

    Hammy also takes part in yet another new feature called ‘FIRST AND LAST’ – quick fire questions that are certain to amuse. Needless to say a few of the lads take a bit of a doing.

    It’s more Hammell than you can image as we look back at his Top Five moments of his Motherwell career.

    But wait, the best is yet to come. The feature interview is of course, you guessed it, Stevie Hammell but there are others. We have an exclusive interview with legend James McFadden, who is looking forward to teaming up with some old buddies against his former side.

    There are also ten pages about today’s opponents including another exclusive chat with another Scottish footballing legend, David Weir.

    All this and more for just £3. Magazines will be available from sellers in and around the ground from about noon today as well as in the club shop.

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    Randolph gets Ireland call-up

    Goalkeeper Darren Randolph has been included in Republic of Ireland squad for the forthcoming friendly against Serbia at Crvena Zvezda Stadium.

    Randolph, 25, has been named in Giovanni Trapattoni’s 23-man squad for the game on August 15th.

    Making the announcement, the Republic of Ireland manager said, “This friendly offers us a great opportunity to try out younger players ahead of our World Cup qualifying campaign.

    “As a result, I have decided to leave some of our senior players out of the squad for this fixture. Serbia are a very good team with a great football heritage, and will provide us with a great test before our game against Kazakhstan in September.

    “I am looking forward to working with each of these players next month. As we prepare for a new journey for this team, it is important that we remember our last campaign as we build for a brighter future.”

    Full Republic of Ireland squad:

    Keiren Westwood (Sunderland AFC)
    David Forde (Millwall FC)
    Darren Randolph (Motherwell FC)
    Marc Wilson (Stoke FC)
    John O’Shea (Sunderland AFC)
    Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City FC)
    Darren O’Dea (Unattached)
    Stephen Ward (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
    Stephen Kelly (Fulham FC)
    Paul McShane (Hull City FC)
    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City FC)
    Darron Gibson (Everton FC)
    James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic FC)
    Paul Green (Leeds Utd FC)
    Seamus Coleman (Everton FC)
    Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow FC)
    Andy Keogh (Millwall FC)
    James McClean (Sunderland FC)
    Keith Treacy (Burnley FC)
    Kevin Doyle (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
    Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion)
    Simon Cox (West Bromwich Albion)
    Jon Walters (Stoke City)

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    Charter planned for Greece

    Following this morning’s draw which pitted the Steelmen against Greek giants Panathinaikos – the club are completing a feasibility review in to running a charter plane.

    There has been a great deal of interest already in the game which will take place in Athens on Wednesday 8th August.

    The price for the trip, if it goes ahead, which will include flights, transfers and accommodation, will be approximately £650.


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    TV: McCall pleased with home draw

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall has told MFC TV he is glad the Steelmen have been handed a home match first in their Champions League clash with Panathinaikos.

    Fir Park will be the venue for the first ever Champions League match in Lanarkshire with the Greek giants the opponents.

    McCall was pleased with how things have worked out although he expects a very difficult evening against the 20-times Superleague winners.

    “I’m delighted to be at home first,” he admitted.

    [pullquote]I wasn’t too bothered which side it was because we are going to be underdogs anyway but the first question was is it home first and it was so I’m delighted.[/pullquote]

    “We were training at Dalziel when Bobby Jenks came and told us the news. I wasn’t too bothered which side it was because we are going to be underdogs anyway but the first question was is it home first and it was so I’m delighted.

    “It would be fantastic if we could sell Fir Park out and there is an opportunity to do that.

    “Travel wise Copenhagen would be good but Greece is decent although it will still be very hot. It would be nice to go over there with us still in the tie and it gives us a slight opportunity with us being at home first.

    “My big fear, without being negative would be going away first and getting beat three or four nil and the anticipation for the home game dies, but for it to be our first competitive home game of the new season is perfect and I’m really looking forward to it.”


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    ‘Well draw Panathinaikos

    Motherwell have been drawn to face Panathinaikos in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League.

    It’s the first time the club have ever faced Greek opposition in European competition.

    The ties are due to be played on 31st July / 1st August with the return on 7th/8th August.

    Further details, initial charter information and reaction will follow shortly…

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    Cash Converters extend sponsorship

    Motherwell FC are today delighted to confirm that current shirt sponsors Cash Converters have underlined their commitment to the club and extended the deal until the end of 2013/14 season.
    Motherwell Chief Executive Leeann Dempster said, “We are absolutely delighted that Cash Converters is giving such strong support to Motherwell Football Club, and Scottish Football in these turbulent times.
    “The partnership has been a great success. Cash Converters have easily been the most engaging and involved of any sponsor the club has ever had and I am sure supporters have seen that with the amount of initiatives and communications that have taken place during our first season.
    “We look forward to working with them on both domestic and European fronts this season and again in 2013/14.”
    Cash Converters Chief Executive, David Patrick, said: “It has been a tremendous honour to work with the Club and the fans this past year and we are thoroughly looking forward to supporting the Club this season as they embark on new adventures in both the Champions League and the new look SPL.

    [pullquote]We are absolutely delighted that Cash Converters is giving such strong support to Motherwell Football Club, and Scottish Football in these turbulent times.[/pullquote]

    Cash Converters will continue to work closely with the Club and its supporters to continually enhance the matchday experience and offer money can’t-buy competitions including a new initiative this season where we are giving fans the chance to convert their seat and sit with the Stuart McCall and the boys in the ‘Well dug out during the game. We hope the extra support helps the Club and its excellent supporters.”

    Cash Converters provides consumers with a modern and convenient environment in which to sell used or unwanted goods for instant cash. Stores also offer a place to shop for pre-owned bargains and a range of financial services including pawn-broking, cash advance and personal loans.

    The deal was sourced and negotiated by sports marketing agency, SportQuake, who will also manage the sponsorship.

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    Arbroath match off

    Tonight’s friendly match with Arbroath has postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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    ‘Well & Breathing Space renew partnership

    Motherwell FC and Breathing Space are proud to announce the renewal of their partnership for the 2012-2013 season.

    Motherwell Manager Stuart McCall said: “We are delighted to have Breathing Space on board with us again this season. As a Community Club we want our fans and those living in Lanarkshire to look after their mental wellbeing – to be able to raise awareness of a free and confidential service like Breathing Space is very important to both the staff and the players.”

    Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator commented: “We are looking forward to working with Motherwell FC again; it’s great to see the Breathing Space logo displayed on first team jerseys. We see this as an excellent opportunity to help football fans and players across Scotland improve their mental wellbeing.”

    “We have over 40 fully trained staff taking calls relating to a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, loneliness and isolation, stress and bereavement. It’s important for people to open up when they are feeling down. People can be reluctant to say that they are depressed but calling us is an important first step.” said Tony.

    Breathing Space handles more than 6000 calls each month. Because many people suffering from low mood and depression feel particularly bad in the evenings, the lines are open from 6pm to 2am Monday to Thursday and 24 hours at the weekend (6pm on Friday to Monday 6am).

    The service also provides a British Sign Language (BSL) option for individuals who are Deaf and wish to communicate via webcam with a trained BSL advisor. For access to the BSL webcam service and for more information about Breathing Space visit

    For emotional support, talk in confidence with trained advisors by calling 0800 83 85 87.

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    TV: Highlights from Starks Park

    Match highlights from Starks Park as Raith Rovers and Motherwell battle out a keenly-contested 1-1 draw.