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    Moore signs extended deal

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    The Easter Soccer Camp: Limited places

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    Law wins Cash Converters award

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    TV: Law clarifies newspaper headlines

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    TV: Carswell signs contract extension

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    TV: Johansson pleased with derby win

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    Hamilton U20s 2 – 3 Motherwell U20s

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    ‘Well Society Sign-up Night

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    Under 20s face Accies at Airdrie

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    Moore signs extended deal

    Motherwell Football Club are delighted to confirm young striker Craig Moore has signed a new two-year contract at the club.

    Although yet to make his full debut for the first-team, Moore has impressed both for the Under 20s this year and on-loan at Cowdenbeath, where has netted four in four starts.

    That figure would have been even more impressive but for fog, after the Blue Brazil’s match with Partick Thistle was abandoned twenty minutes from time with Moore already on a brace.

    Moore has appeared on the bench for Stuart McCall’s side back in November but was an unused sub in the 2-1 win at Tannadice.

    He did appear in the pre-season friendly against Raith Rovers at Starks Park and impressed despite such a short time on the pitch.

    The 18-year old will spent the rest of the season at Central Park and will return in the summer hoping to push for a spot in the first-team for 2013/14.

    His new contract ties him to Fir Park until the summer of 2015.

    [pullquote]With my future sorted, I am looking forward to the next few years. I will work as hard as I can to try and win a spot in the first-team squad then we’ll take it from there.[/pullquote]

    Speaking exclusively to motherwellfc.co.uk, Moore said: “I am pleased with how this this season has gone so far, and signing this contact is the icing on the cake.

    “I really enjoyed playing for Jonathan Johansson with the Under 20s and although the results weren’t going for us, I could feel the benefit of coming up against some experienced opponents.

    “Going on loan has also proved a great experience; I enjoy competitive football with Cowdenbeath every weekend.

    “With my future sorted, I am looking forward to the next few years. I will work as hard as I can to try and win a spot in the first-team squad then we’ll take it from there.”

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    The Easter Soccer Camp: Limited places

    Motherwell Football Club Community Trust’s Easter Soccer Camp for boys and girls aged between 5 and 14 starts on Monday 1st April.

    During the Easter break, the club will again be holding our own Football Camp aimed at young people at the Fir Park AstroTurf.

    There will be 2 weeklong courses, the first week starting on Monday 1st April – Friday 5th April and the second week running from Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April.

    The Easter camp will provide a fun programme with special appearances from some of Motherwell’s first team players.

    For our football enthusiasts, we will have a wide range of football activities from dribbling, passing and shooting through to penalty competitions, and small-sided games

    We are passionate about improving the skills of all our players and our experienced SFA Accredited coaches will help young players take themselves to the next level.

    Prices are £45 per week, £10 per day or £5 per half day.

    For further information on times, a detailed breakdown on what you need to bring with you as well as bookings phone the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust on 01698 239 926 or alternatively visit www.motherwellsoccerschools.com.

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    Law wins Cash Converters award

    Midfield maestro Nicky Law has won the Cash Converters Player of the Month for January and February.

    The former Sheffield Utd man played a pivotal role in driving the Steelmen up to second in the table and was presented with a magnum of champagne by lifelong ‘Well fan Susan Scanlan and family.

    Nicky told motherwellfc.co.uk, “It’s always nice to win these awards, particularly when it is the fans who vote for it.

    “I also want to thank our sponsors, Cash Converters, for running the competition and the Scanlan family for coming along to Fir Park to present.

    “I hope we can continue our recent run of good form into April and May and continue our push for a spot in Europe.”

    To win the chance to present the March Player of the Month trophy at Fir Park, enter at Cash Converters SPL Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CashConvertersSPL?fref=ts

    You can also enter for the chance to take part in the Convert for Cash challenge and also the chance to Convert your Seat and sit next to the lads in the dugout.

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    TV: Law clarifies newspaper headlines

    Nicky Law has today sought to clarify newspaper headlines regarding his future beyond the summer.

    The former Sheffield United and Rotherham Utd midfield has been linked with a move away from Fir Park at the end of his current contract.

    That prompted several headlines last Monday that Law felt didn’t represent what he actually said to reporters in the Press Room at Pittodrie.

    Speaking exclusively to MFC TV, the 24-year old made it clear that no decision has been made on his immediate future, nor has any other club approached him.

    [pullquote]The last thing I want is for the fans, who have been so good to me, to think I am not committed because that’s certainly not the case.[/pullquote]

    “If you are like me, you sometimes only read the newspaper headlines and not the story itself,” he said.

    “If you did, then you would understand the headlines didn’t match what I actually said. I didn’t issue a ‘come and get me plea’ to anyone, and I felt it was important to let the ‘Well fans know that.

    “I was asked at the time if it was flattering to be linked with other clubs, and I was honest enough to say it was. That is different to what the headlines made it out to be.

    “I said that I’ve had no contact from anyone and that is still the case now.

    “I also told the reporter that I will be speaking to Motherwell and will probably take their offer more serious than anyone. I’ve had two great years here, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had some great success.

    “The last thing I want is for the fans, who have been so good to me, to think I am not committed.

    “We have got seven huge games left and that’s my only focus at the moment, giving 110% and hope the supporters see that.”


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    TV: Carswell signs contract extension

    Motherwell FC are today pleased to confirm young midfielder Stuart Carswell has signed a year extension to his contract.

    The 19-year old, a product of the Motherwell Academy, is now tied to the club until the summer of 2015.

    Bellshill-born, Carswell has played 41 times for the first-team since making his debut against Hearts at Tynecastle almost two years ago.

    He follows in the footsteps of Zaine Francis-Angol and Adam Cummins, both of whom have already committed their long-term future to the club.

    [pullquote]I’ve played quite a fair bit this season, it’s something like seven starts and fourteen from the bench. My aim is to keep working hard and hopefully become a regular for the first-team.[/pullquote]

    Speaking exclusively to MFC TV, Carswell said: “It’s a good achievement for any player to sign a contract at any club, particularly at Motherwell where young players are encouraged and promoted.

    “I am very happy to sign and I hope some of my teammates do so too.

    “I have managed to come through the Academy system at the club, and have been lucky to be given a chance and I want to repay people for that.

    “I’ve played quite a fair bit this season, it’s something like seven starts and fourteen from the bench. My aim is to keep working hard and hopefully become a regular for the first-team.”


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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

    Extended highlights from the Excelsior Stadium as Motherwell U20s come from behind to win 3-2 in a match with an incredible four penalties.


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    TV: Johansson pleased with derby win

    Jonatan Johansson was pleased as his side picked up all three points against neighbours Hamilton Accies this afternoon.

    Motherwell were poor in the first-half and went a goal down when Craig Watson tucked home from close range.

    Accies should have extended their lead further but were pegged back when Bob McHugh levelled from the penalty spot just before the interval – the first of four awards during the match.

    Lee Erwin and Stuart Carswell both netted penalties of their own as the Fir Parkers made a much better fist of the second period.

    A late spot kick for Accies was won and scored by Andy Ryan but the Steelmen saw out the last ten minutes for the victory.

    Whilst pleased his side have taken four points from the last two matches, former Finland International Johansson wants more from his players in up-coming matches.

    [pullquote]We’ve played better in previous games, although I can’t have it both ways as there have been times I’ve complained we’ve played well and lost, so maybe we’re getting a little bit of luck now.[/pullquote]

    “I’m pleased with the three points,” he told MFC TV after the match.

    “We’ve played better in previous games, although I can’t have it both ways as there have been times I’ve complained we’ve played well and lost, so maybe we’re getting a little bit of luck now.

    “Kenny (Black) and I were very disappointed with the first-half as they weren’t concentrating or trying to pressure Hamilton, and we were playing too much in our own half.

    “We had a talk at half-time and the boys responded with a much better showing in the second half.

    “I think the three penalties we won were all correct and the third one was great play from Leitch.

    “The more points you get, the more confidence you build so although we’ve got a very difficult game on Monday (against Dundee Utd), the boys will be up for it and we’ll try to be as solid as we were today in the second half.”


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    Hamilton U20s 2 – 3 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell were spot on against local rivals Hamilton Accies as three converted penalties helped the Steelmen to a 3-2 win.

    The home side went ahead after twelve minutes but spot kicks from McHugh, Erwin and Carswell put the Fir Parkers in a commanding position.

    Accies had a penalty of their own in the closing stages but it wasn’t enough as Motherwell held out for the victory.

    Under 20s boss Jonatan Johansson was forced into five changes from Monday’s draw with Dunfermline. Steven Saunders, Ross Kellock, Frazer Johnstone, Adam Asghar and Dom Thomas all dropped out. They were replaced by Adam Cummins, Zaine-Francis-Angol, Jack Leitch, Stuart Carswell and Chris Humphrey.

    Accies midfielder Craig Watson had the game’s first shot after nine minutes, but he dragged his effort well wide of the post. It was a warning the young Steelmen side failed to heed though as the same player opened the scoring just two minutes later.

    A flowing move eventually led to Gary Fraser collecting the ball deep inside the ‘Well box. He worked a yard of space for himself before firing a low effort that cannoned off Euan Murray and fell fortuitously at the feet of the midfielder who stroked it home from five yards out.

    The ‘home’ side took control and enjoyed long spells of possession. Murray had to look smart to block McShane, who had made a near post run, before Andy Ryan missed a glorious chance at the back post after an excellent cross from the right.

    Ryan and Gary Fraser both had a couple of long-range efforts as Alex Neil’s men looked to exert their authority and put the game to bed.

    Very much against the run of play, Motherwell got themselves level five minutes before the break.

    Accies defender Ryan Finnie left a pass-back shot, allowing Lee Erwin to nip in ahead of Chris Truesdale who tripped him. Referee Craig Napier pointed to the spot but. The ball was going far enough away from goal to not warrant a red card, but the youngster was cautioned instead.

    Bob McHugh stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the net, sending the despairing keeper the wrong way.

    Astonishingly, Motherwell should have had another spot kick just minutes later. An awkward bouncing ball had Ali El Zubadi and Truesdale on a collision course, with McHugh close behind.

    The defender eventually hooked it clear, but not before Truesdale wiped out McHugh a yard inside the area. Neither the referee, nor his assistant Steven Strang, spotted it and the half ended all square.

    Jonatan Johansson’s words of wisdom at the break must have hit a nerve as the Claret and Amber men came out fired up in the second.

    Erwin almost put his side ahead inside the opening 90 seconds, but his low shot was well blocked by the feet of the well-placed Truesdale.

    But within two minutes, the visitors were ahead.

    Bob McHugh’s hooked cross was well controlled by McCafferty but as he turned, Finnie tugged his shirt in full view of the official. It was penalty number two, and Lee Erwin was the man to hit it, slamming it hard into the bottom left corner.

    The tails were up and McHugh was denied a brace when his lot shot was tipped wide by Truesdale and the keeper again looked smart to block from McCafferty, after a neat passing move between Leitch, Francis-Angol and the pint-sized winger.

    Just after the hour, the referee awarded Motherwell their third penalty of the afternoon. A fantastic fifty-yard pass by Leitch, and an equally impressive first-touch by Erwin, had the big striker in on goal. As he was about to pull the trigger, the backtracking Lee Kilday clipped his ankles.

    Stuart Carswell volunteered to take the kick and he calmly tucked it home, just right of centre, with Truesdale again going the wrong way.

    The returning Chris Humphrey put in an excellent shift all afternoon and he fancied a goal himself.

    Unusually, the Jamaican winger was deployed down the left flank for much of the half and, after collecting from a ‘Well counter-attack, his cut in and shot was again stopped by Truesdale.

    McHugh fired a curling effort straight at the keeper and went so close to connecting to a Francis-Angol cutback as the Steelmen looked to kill the match.

    However, it was Accies who would haul themselves back into things with a penalty of their own. A pass from the right flank found Fraser but the sliding Murray, who was trying to make the block, interrupted his attempted shot at the expense of a spot kick.

    Fraser dusted himself down and fired it down the middle, to make the last ten minutes more intense than it perhaps needed to be.

    Accies came so close to leveling but found Ross Stewart in inspired form. He tipped a dipping Darren Lyon effort onto the bar and out for a corner before turning round a goal-bound Ali Crawford free-kick.

    Johansson’s men played out the last few minutes into the corner and held out for just their fifth win in eighteen matches, lifting them above Ross County into thirteenth.

    The youths have two upcoming matches this week – Dundee United away on Monday night then St Mirren at Fir Park on Thursday night.

    Motherwell: Stewart, Neill, Francis-Angol, Cummins, Murray, Carswell, Humphrey, Erwin, McHugh, Leitch, McCafferty

    Subs Not Used: Kellock, Thomas, Shirkie, Higgins

    Goals: McHugh (pen 40), Erwin (pen 47), Carswell (pen 62)

    Booked: Carswell, Murray, Stewart, Leitch

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    ‘Well Society Sign-up Night

    The ‘Well Society is having another sign-up / renewal night this Thursday in the Centenary Suite.

    The Society was handed over to the fans last October with the purpose of growing the membership to a point where the fans could take over the ownership of the club.

    With the recent financial news impacting other clubs, the Society need as many people as possible to sign up and help achieve that goal. The short term aim is to get to £500,000, which is a third of the overall target.

    Hearts fans recently raised about £1.1million in a few weeks by buying shares and if the Society could add the same total to the figure already raised, they would gain majority control of Motherwell FC for the fans and provide stability to the club for years to come.

    The money raised will provide a fund to help Motherwell FC through potential hard times in the future. Complacency is understandable when the team are pushing for Europe again – but now is exactly the time to act to help the club maintain the recent success.

    The Society already has two members appointed to the Board of Directors of Motherwell FC, and as the stake in the club grows, so will the number of Director places available to the Society. This will grow until they take majority control of the club.

    The Society will host an open night, on Thursday 21st March in the Centenary Suite (starting at 6.30pm), allowing anyone interested to sign up. Those members who joined a year ago will also be able to renew their membership for the next year.

    A number of the First Team squad will be on hand to sign autographs and have their photos taken. There will also be the opportunity to have a mini tour of the stadium.

    Membership levels are available as follows;

    • Junior Steel Membership – £25 (for juveniles under 15)
    • Steel Membership – £300
    • Claret Membership – £1000
    • Amber Membership – £5000
    • 1886 Membership – £25000

    There are a number of benefits which are accrued by each membership level.

    We can also offer easy payment terms to help spread the load, please ask a member of the Society Board on the night.

    For more information on the ‘Well Society – CLICK HERE

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    Under 20s face Accies at Airdrie

    The Under 20s return to action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Hamilton Accies at the Excelsior Stadium.

    The match was originally scheduled for New Douglas Park, but to protect the Hamilton pitch in the wake of recent inclement weather, it has been moved to the astro at Airdrie.

    Although the young Steelmen go into the match after their first clean sheet of the campaign against Dunfermline on Monday, Jonatan Johnasson will be looking for a much better performance from his side.

    The last time the teams met was back in early October when Omar Daley, Bob McHugh and Euan Murray all scored in a 3-1 win for the Fir Parkers.

    Entry to the match is free of charge – the kick-off is 2pm.

    Note: There is likely to be a pitch inspection early in the morning. Please keep an eye on the MFC Twitter feed for all the breaking news.