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    TV: McCall has attacking intent

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    TV: Higdon expecting Highland test

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    ‘Well Society Members Meeting

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    Kevin Twaddle: Book Signing

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    Ross County Magazine Preview

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    Weatherseal SPL Charity Weekend

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    Defender joins the ‘Well Society

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    Murray in charge on Saturday

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    TV: Cummins pens contract extension

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    TV: JJ frustrated at postponement

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    TV: McCall has attacking intent

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall is aiming for three points against Ross County after drawing a blank against the Staggies last time out.

    The Steelmen were SPL first-footers in the Highlands back in August, sandwiched in between the Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round clash against Greek giants Panathinaikos.

    That match ended in a rather uneventful 0-0 draw and McCall is hoping his side can get amongst the goals at Fir Park tomorrow.

    [pullquote]We’ve got lads in confident mood, individually and collectively and we’re in a good run of form at the moment.[/pullquote]

    He told the press at the clubs’ weekly news conference: “I was disappointed in the way we played up there but you’ve got to remember that they had only just came up and then they had some good results since so, in hindsight, a 0-0 up there wasn’t that bad.

    “We defended quite well but I don’t think our attacking play was very good so we’re hoping to improve on that.

    “We’ve got lads in confident mood, individually and collectively and we’re in a good run of form at the moment.

    “Ross County have a good base, togetherness and experienced defenders but when we’re at home we’re confident we can go and create chances; there’s no guarantee we’ll take them but if we do go on and create chances and take a fair percentage of them and try to win the game.”


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    TV: Higdon expecting Highland test

    ‘Well top scorer Michael Higdon reckons the Steelmen will have to be at their best when they come up against a resilient Ross County side.

    The Staggies, led by former Motherwell midfielder Derek Adams, have won praise for all quarters for the way they have taken to life in the Scottish Premier League.

    And with ten goals already to his name this campaign, Higdon knows the Steelmen will have to be on top form to get their first win at Fir Park since County’s Highland neighbours Inverness were in town in early September.

    [pullquote]I’m sure they’ll be looking to come out of it as quick as possible and they’ll be setting their sights on doing that tomorrow.[/pullquote]

    “Everyone in the league has a little dip in form in this league,” he explained.

    “We experienced that earlier and they are going through that a little at the moment with lots of draws but they have a lot of big characters in the team and a lot of experience with Tokeley, Munro and guys like that.

    “I’m sure they’ll be looking to come out of it as quick as possible and they’ll be setting their sights on doing that tomorrow.

    “They showed in the first game of the season how resilient they are. They’re tough to break down and are quite a tall team as well so we’re under no illusions how difficult it will be but if we play the way we have been we’re confident we can get a good result.”


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    ‘Well Society Members Meeting

    The ‘Well Society board last night presented their vision statement to members at a meeting at Fir Park.

    The document, which lays out the strategy for securing a controlling stake in the club, was endorsed by the vast majority of members who attended the meeting in the Centenary Suite.

    The four-man board, who were elected on October 24, now aim to co-opt an additional three members in the coming weeks. Society members will then vote two representatives on to the club board.

    The society has raised almost £400,000 since January and have been handed a 15% shareholding in the club. The ‘Well Society board are developing plans to recruit more members as they aim to raise the £1.5million needed to secure a majority stake, which was donated by John Boyle.

    ‘Well Society chairman Graham Barnstaple said: “We have been working in close conjunction with the club since being elected six weeks ago and they are very keen for two members to join the board as soon as an election process is finalised.

    “We are also urging more fans to join the revolution and formulating a plan to encourage corporate membership of this pioneering community ownership scheme.

    “This is a unique opportunity to financially safeguard the club, to ensure it is run by those with its interests firmly at heart, and to allow Motherwell to continue to play at the highest level.

    “Recent events at Rangers and Hearts have highlighted the potential dangers of allowing one man to control a club’s destiny and we have the chance to make sure similar problems never occur at Fir Park.

    “Hearts fans rallied to fend off an imminent danger to their club’s existence but it is no less important that we raise the money needed to take over our club and secure its long-term future. We urge all Motherwell fans to rise to the challenge.”

    The document includes plans to encourage corporate membership; engage with community organisations; harness the skills and enthusiasm of the membership to raise funds; and to develop a communications strategy that allows fans’ opinions to help shape the future of the club.

    The four board members are chairman Graham Barnstaple, secretary Tom Feely, Sandy Kilpatrick and Brian McCafferty.

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    Kevin Twaddle: Book Signing

    Former ‘Well winger Kevin Twaddle will be in the ‘Well Shop this Saturday between 1pm and 2pm signing copies of his book ‘Life on the Line’.

    Twaddle was a footballer who was always prepared to take a risk on the park but it was off it where he really gambled.

    The former Hearts, Motherwell and St Johnstone winger speaks openly for the first time about his secret betting addiction that saw him blow more than £1 million and wrecked his football career.

    Kevin tells his harrowing story of what his punting did to his family, how it killed relationships, destroyed his bond with his daughter and almost caused his parents to split up.

    He talks about his addiction and how it led to him stealing, going to loan sharks, left him facing jail and considering the ultimate gamble – suicide – before he finally got his life back on the straight and narrow.

    Kevin, who has since gone on to play pool for Scotland, has not had a bet for more than six years, holds a prominent position in Gamblers Anonymous and now also uses his experiences to help the Professional Footballers Association (Scotland) to educate today’s footballers of the pitfalls of gambling.

    This is the harrowing and moving story of how one man’s life fell apart spectacularly because of his addiction to gambling and how he finally managed to conquer his demons.

    You can buy your copy of the book in the ‘Well Shop or online via MotherwellDirect.


    Last posting dates & Order cut off points

    Friday December 21st is the last day we can post orders.
    Cut off point for orders will be midnight (GMT) on Thursday December 20th.

    International (Eastern Europe, USA and Canada)
    Monday December 10th is the last day we can post orders.
    Cut off point for orders will be midnight (GMT) on Sunday December 9th.

    International (Western Europe)
    Wednesday December 12th is the last day we can post orders.
    Cut off point for orders will be midnight (GMT) on Tuesday December 11th.

    Pre-Christmas Hours
    Monday: 9.30am-5.00pm
    Tuesday: 9.30am-5.00pm
    Wednesday: 9.30am-5.00pm
    Thursday: 9.30am-6.30pm
    Friday: 9.30am-5.00pm
    Saturday (8th December, Home vs. Ross County): 9.30am-5.30pm
    Saturday (No match/Away match): 9.30am-3.00pm
    Sunday: 12.00am-4.00pm

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    Ross County Magazine Preview

    Another bumper edition of the 68-page Steelmen Matchday Magazine returns against Ross County this weekend.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall and Captain Keith Lasley both return with the regular columns. Both talk about the massive week coming up for the club with games against Ross County, Aberdeen and Hibs.

    The feature interview is with right-back Tom Hateley. The former Reading man chats about putting together a run over Christmas and New Year to set-up another exciting end to the 2012/13 campaign.

    But that’s not where the features stop!

    There is a 13-page section dedicated to our visitors, Ross County.

    Kris Jack goes through four players to watch from opponents, as we as a player-by-player breakdown of their squad, including three former Steelmen.

    Staggies full-back, and former ‘Well youngster Marc Fitzpatrick is the man in the spotlight in our opposition Q&A and Jamie More gives us a fans-eyed view of County’s season so far.

    We also have a scout report from the Dingwall clubs’ last match when they drew 3-3 with Inverness in a Scottish Cup thriller.

    Tom Hateley Proggy CoverThe features and big names keep coming…

    In our Interview Alumni section, we caught up with former Steelman and County forward Stevie McGarry. The Perth Glory midfielder recalls many highs and lows from his time at Fir Park and a certain derby wondergoal whilst a Staggie.

    Gavin McCafferty returns with his From the Press Box feature and talks about league reconstruction. Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows adds his thoughts in ‘The Last Word’ near the back of the publication and examines the disciplinary process in this country.

    Michael Higdon is the latest to give his top five’s in the iPlayer feature and Estonian Henrik Ojamaa tells us his ‘First and Last’.

    Graham Barnstaple’s Cult Heroes this week focuses on the late, great Jamie Dolan and perhaps his most famous moment, playing as goalkeeper in a legendary 2-1 win over Celtic at Fir Park.

    But wait, there’s more! We take a look back at last Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Dundee Utd and last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, 10 tough questions in our Quiz, the latest news section as well as an in-depth statistical look at referee Calum Murray.

    We have the latest from The Ticket Office, the Commercial Department, and update from the Weatherseal Charity Weekend and the latest stats, facts and figures for the already busy 2012/2013 campaign.

    The programme is available for £3 and is currently on sale from the Club Shop as well as the usual sellers located in and around the ground pre-match.

    You can also order back editions or take a season-long subscription to the magazine by visiting the website of our publishers – Curtis-Sports – http://www.curtis-sport.com/

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    Weatherseal SPL Charity Weekend

    Weatherseal and Football Memories, the Alzheimer Scotland project to benefit from the SPL’s first ever charity weekend today released a free-to-view film promoting the outstanding work of the charity.

    This weekend’s SPL fixture card marks a weekend of activity to support Football Memories with the league’s home improvement partner gifting its marketing rights to Football Memories, and staff collecting donations at all six games.

    Nearly 4,000 fans cast votes via www.weatherseal-charity.co.uk over a seven day period to 28th October 2012, with clubs the length and breadth of the country encouraging fans to have their say in a wide ranging debate. Football Memories secured over 36% of the vote.

    Football Memories is a partnership between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. There are over 84,000 people in Scotland with dementia, the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weekend.

    Groups are being established locally across Scotland, and football images and memorabilia are used as reminiscence therapy for people with dementia and other memory problems. The recall by many attending the groups is fascinating and several stories are being recorded for use with future generations of football supporters.

    Weatherseal SPL Charity Weekend Fixtures

    Saturday 8th December

    Hearts v Aberdeen   15.00  BBC Alba
    Inverness CT v Hibernian   15.00
    Kilmarnock v Celtic   12.30 ESPN
    Motherwell v Ross County   15.00
    St Mirren v St Johnstone   15.00

    Sunday 9th December

    Dundee v Dundee United  12.45  Sky Sports

    The originally nominated charities and final voting & were:

    Football Memories (Alzheimer Scotland)   36.1%
    Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)   35.5%
    Shelter Scotland       14.7%
    Scottish Women’s Aid      9.2%
    Samaritans       4.5%

    Football Memories

    For more information on the Football Memories project visit www.footballmemories.org.uk


    Weatherseal is a proud partner of Scotland’s premier league clubs as official home improvement partner of the SPL. For more information visit www.weatherseal.co.uk or www.facebook.com/weatherseal.

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    Defender joins the ‘Well Society

    19-year old defender Adam Cummins is the latest Motherwell player to join the ‘Well Society.

    The former Everton Academy product yesterday penned a new contract and, at the same time, signed up for the fans’ group.

    The Society Board will host a meeting with members on Thursday (6th December) and Graham, Tom, Brian and Sandy are looking for anyone who has the time and enthusiasm to help them make the Society vision a reality.

    If you think you can help:

    • Encourage & recruit additional members
    • Enhance community involvement
    • Develop participation amongst members
    • Promote partnerships

    then the Board would love to hear from you either on Thursday night, or, if you are unable to make it on the evening, please contact them by e-mailing wellsociety@motherwellfc.co.uk or phoning Alison on 01698 338006.

    ‘Well Society Meeting
    Thursday 6th December 2012 at 7pm
    Centenary Suite
    Phil O’Donnell Stand
    Fir Park Stadium

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    Murray in charge on Saturday

    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.

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    TV: Cummins pens contract extension

    Young defender Adam Cummins has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Fir Park until the summer of 2015.

    The former Evertonian has played a big part this season, starting sixteen games including the Champions League tie against Panathinaikos and the Europa League qualifier against Levante U.D.

    19-year old Cummins, who scored his first senior goal against Inverness three weeks ago, had a contract until the end of the current campaign but the club moved quickly to secure him to a longer deal after some standout performances.

    The youngster, who today also joined the ‘Well Society, told MFC TV of his delighted at having his immediate future sorted.

    [pullquote]I will keep playing and training as if I am batting for a new deal and hopefully keep my place in the starting eleven.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I am really happy to get things confirmed; I feel as if I’ve had a fairly good season so far but it’s only half done.

    “I’ve got to carry on the way I am, listening to everyone who is trying to help me and hopefully improve further.

    “I certainly didn’t want to be chasing my tail, worrying about my future but now that I have things sorted I can concentrate on developing.

    “That’s not to say it’s time to put the tools away, I will keep playing and training as if I am batting for a new deal and hopefully keep my place in the starting eleven.”


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    TV: JJ frustrated at postponement

    Under 20s boss Jonathan Johansson was left frustrated as yet another match in the fixture list has had to be cancelled.

    Tonight’s match with Kilmarnock has had to be postponed and will now go ahead in late February next year.

    The youths have played just once since the 23rd of October, a 4-2 defeat at Tynecastle last month, and will go a total of seven weeks with just one game as a backlog of fixtures begin to pile up.

    To compound matters, his side have found it difficult to train in the recent inclement weather and were forced to clear snow from the new FIFA2 Astro behind the East Stand yesterday.

    [pullquote]We will try and get a couple of bounce games arranged over the next few days and weeks to try and keep the lads as sharp as possible.[/pullquote]

    Former Finland striker Johansson is concerned about the lack of game time for his lads but insists he will keep the ticking over ahead of the next match.

    “It’s very frustrating because players at this age need as many games as possible; one game a week at the very least,” he told MFC TV.

    “Obviously we are all disappointed but it is something you have to expect at this time of year.

    “We will have a backlog at some stage of the season and rearranging fixtures for games to take place in the actual stadiums isn’t always straight forward but that’s something we will just need to deal with.

    “We will try and get a couple of bounce games arranged over the next few days and weeks to try and keep the lads as sharp as possible.”


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