Referee for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Ross County at Fir Park is Calum Murray.
The experienced Murray has already taken charge of one Motherwell match this campaign, the instantly forgettable 2-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Motherwell fans will also be familiar with the 41-year old; he handled three ‘Well game last season.
The first was a 2-1 win at Pittodrie with goals from Michael Higdon and Omar Daley. The second was a 1-1 draw with St Mirren last December, Michael Higdon grabbing Motherwell’s goal and the last was the 3-2 win over St Johnstone, Keith Lasley and a Henrik Ojamaa double separating the sides.
He was the man in the middle four times the previous season, including the Scottish Cup Final last May.
Prior to the Cup Final, he handled the 1-0 defeat at McDiarmid Park in January. Saints won courtesy of a controversial penalty award when Stephen Craigan was adjudged to have clashed with Michael Duberry inside the area; Liam Craig dispatched the resulting kick from the spot.
He also officiated the 2-2 Scottish Cup Quarter Final draw at Tannadice which won wide applause for being end-to-end and exciting and Murray played his part with an excellent display, including getting a number of penalty calls spot on.
The replay was one of the best Motherwell displays of the campaign, Murphy, Humphrey and Jeffers scoring in an excellent all-round team display.
His overall record in charge of the Steelmen is fairly decent. Of the 19 games he has taken charge of, Motherwell have won eight, drawn four and lost seven. The Fir Parkers have scored 25 whilst 25 have hit the back of the ‘Well net.
57 players have seen yellow on those fourteen matches, 31 of which were shown to a player wearing Claret and Amber. Only one player has been sent for an early bath, Bob Malcolm in the famous 1-0 win over Celtic back in early 2008.
Calum will be ably assisted on the day by Graham McNeillie and Joseph Lawson with Greig Aitken on fourth official duties.