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    Under 20s meet the Soccer Campers

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    Erwin set for Serbia trip

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    St Mirren Magazine Preview

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    Colvin in charge against Saints

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    Voting open for monthly awards

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: Johansson bemoans poor decisions

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    Motherwell U20s 0 – 4 Aberdeen U20s

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    St Mirren hospitality available now

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    U20s take on Aberdeen at Fir Park

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    Under 20s meet the Soccer Campers

    The Community Trust’s Easter Soccer Camp has kicked off and this afternoon those attending had a surprise visit from Jonatan Johansson’s Under 20s.

    The youngsters have been enjoying a wide range of football activities from dribbling, passing and shooting through to penalty competitions, and small-sided games.

    The kids got to rub shoulders with the young professionals and Angolan winger Jose Quitongo,w ho coaches with the Community Trust

    The Under 20s, who have been undergoing their coaching qualifications, delivered sessions and got involved in the games and as you can see from the photo above a great time was had by all.

    Week 2 of the Easter Soccer Camp takes place next week; Monday 8th April – Friday 12th April and limited spaces are still available. 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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    Erwin set for Serbia trip

    Young ‘Well striker Lee Erwin will form part of Ricky Sbragia’s Scotland Under 19s squad to face Serbia next week.

    The match, which will take place this Tuesday, 9th April in Stara Pazova, will be used as another preparation match for the UEFA European Under 19 Championship elite round, which takes place in May.

    The Scots will take on Belgium, group hosts, England and Georgia, with the group winner progressing to this summer’s finals in Lithuania in July.

    Scotland reached the elite round after taking maximum points from their qualifying group, defeating Armenia, Romania and Switzerland last year.

    The updated squad after withdrawals:

    Goalkeepers

    Philip Anderson (Dundee United)
    Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)

    Defenders

    Liam Dick (Falkirk)
    Mark O’Hara (Kilmarnock)
    Matthew Targett (Southampton)
    Stuart Urquhart (Rangers)

    Midfielders

    Josh Carmichael (Bournemouth)
    Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)
    Adam King (Heart of Midlothian)
    John McGinn (St Mirren)
    Andrew Murdoch (Rangers)
    Craig Slater (Kilmarnock)
    Charles Telfer (Rangers)

    Forwards

    Mark Beck (Carlisle United)
    Lee Erwin (Motherwell)
    Christopher Johnston (Kilmarnock)
    Billy King (Heart of Midlothian)
    Declan McManus (Aberdeen)

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    St Mirren Magazine Preview

    Another feature-packed edition of the 68-page Steelmen Matchday Magazine returns against St Mirren on Saturday.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall and Captain Keith Lasley both return with the regular columns. The manager takes time out to praise St Mirren’s recent exploits and talks about finishing the season on a high note. The skipper gives the throughts from the dressing room, particularly around the manager’s new contract.

    The feature interview is with back-up goalkeeper Lee Hollis. The former Airdrie Utd man talks about biding his time and hopes his patience will prove to be a virtue in the coming seasons.

    But that’s not where the features stop!

    There is a 13-page section dedicated to our visitors, St Mirren.

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

    Saints’ talismanic frontman Steven Thompson is the man in the spotlight in our opposition Q&A and Div MacDonald, owner of blackandwhitearmy.com, gives us a fans-eyed view of the Buddies season so far.

    We also have a scout report from the controversial 1-1 draw between Saints and Celtic in Paisley last weekend.

    St Mirren 'Steelmen Magazine' Front CoverThe features and big names keep coming…

    In our Interview Alumni section, we catch up Fraser Wishart. The head of PFA Scotland recalls fondly his time at both ‘Well and Saints and discusses some of the issues currently facing the game in Scotland.

    The Press Association’s Gavin McCafferty is back in his ‘Press Box’ feature and discusses the difficult situation at Dunfermline. Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows also returns in ‘The Last Word’ and Graham Barnstaple’s Cult Heroes this week focuses on one a painful name from the 1980s – Paul Kinnaird.

    But wait, there’s more! We look back at the fantastic wins against Hibs at Fir Park and Dundee at Dens as well as the U20s most recent match with Aberdeen. There are ten tough questions in our Quiz, the latest news section as well as an in-depth statistical look at referee Brian Colvin.

    We have the latest from The Ticket Office, the Commercial Department, and update from the Well Society board as well as the latest stats, facts and figures from the 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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    Colvin in charge against Saints

    Referee for Saturday’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with St Mirren here at Fir Park is Brian Colvin.

    Brian will be handling his second Motherwell match of the campaign. The other was his only ever ‘Well match – a 3-1 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park back in October.

    Jamie Murphy had put Motherwell in a commanding lead with two goals before the break. Nicky Law added a third with a deft dink over the goalkeeper before Saints pulled one back late on.

    Brian is no stranger to our opponents having handled Saints’ 0-0 draw at Pittodrie near the start of the season and, more recently, the home draw with Kilmarnock at St Mirren Park.

    It’s been season for the 34-year old. He has handled ten fixtures in the Scottish Premier League at the Caledonian Stadium, Pittodrie, McDiarmid Park, Dens Park and St Mirren Park.

    Other notable games include Dundee’s Scottish Communities League Club tie against Queen’s Park at Hampden and the SFL 3 match at Ibrox as Rangers saw off East Stirlingshire 3-1.

    In the 26 matches he has handled this term, he has booked 72 players (2.76 per match) and sent off seven.

    He will be assisted by Tom Murphy and David McGeachie with Paul Robertson on 4th Official duty. Bryan Robertson is the referee observer with Terry Christie as the SPL delegate.

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    Voting open for monthly awards

    It’s time to decide who you think deserves to win the Clydesdale Bank SPL Manager, Player & Young Player of the Month for March.

    With ten points from twelve available and some scintillating displays during the month, ‘Well boss STUART McCALL must be in with a shout of his first gong of the campaign?

    MICHAEL HIGDON and NICKY LAW have been both tremendous form and must be in contention for an award too. And what about SHAUN HUTCHINSON? The big centre back has once again excelled during the month and could be included for the Young Player of the Month?

    You can vote by visiting the Clydesdale Bank Premier League website www.cbfootball.co.uk and the top three fans nominations will be put forward to the shortlist for the panel of Scottish football experts to choose the winners.

    Voting is open now and closes at 5pm on Friday 5th April 2013.

    Log onto www.cbfootball.co.uk to cast your vote and play Score Selector. You can also win tickets for our upcoming fixtures, take part in the weekly quiz and keep up to date with all Clydesdale Bank’s football activities.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Aberdeen U20s put four past Motherwell without reply.

    -WATCH THE FULL HIGHLIGHTS ON MFC TV-

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    TV: Johansson bemoans poor decisions

    Jonatan Johansson was left to count the cost of poor decision making by his players & the referee as ‘Well lost 4-0 to Aberdeen.

    The Steelmen were outplayed in large spells by their talented opponents, but weren’t helped by what looked like a questionable penalty call early in the match which gave the visitors the lead.

    Motherwell never really recovered and three additional goals for the Dons and a red card for Adam Cummins made for a really poor afternoon for the Fir Parkers.

    [pullquote]There were a lot of incidents you rarely see on a football pitch, and by that I mean some decision made by both the referee and the players.[/pullquote]

    “It was a strange game,” a visibly frustrated Johansson told MFC TV after the match.

    “There were a lot of incidents you rarely see on a football pitch, and by that I mean some decision made by both the referee and the players; it’s hard to put the finger on why that happened.

    “We didn’t start well and were off the pace, then they got a penalty, which I think everyone agrees was not a penalty. They could then pick us off on the counter-attack and that’s what happened.

    “There was a spell where we came back into it and looked the better side and McHugh has hit the post but that’s it. From two nil down and then a man down, it was very hard to recover and the two second-half goals just added insult to injury.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

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    Motherwell U20s 0 – 4 Aberdeen U20s

    10-man Motherwell U20s crash to a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Aberdeen this afternoon.

    The Dons took the lead from the penalty spot through Nicky Low before Declan McManus headed home a second before the interval.

    Motherwell’s job was made even more difficult when ADAM CUMMINS was sent off for dissent towards the match official minutes after the break.

    The Dons took full advantage of the extra man to add a third through Low again and a fourth via Cammy Smith.

    Jonatan Johansson made a massive eight changes from the side that lost to St Mirren last Thursday. Only PAUL McCAFFERTY, LEE ERWIN and JACK LEITCH were involved from the team that faced the Saints. The eight drafted in all had first-team experience and included LEE HOLLIS, FRASER KERR, ZAINE FRANCIS-ANGOL, STEVEN SAUNDERS, Adam Cummins, STUART CARSWELL, KALLUM HIGGINBOTHAM and U20s top scorer BOB McHUGH.

    The Steelmen made a bright start and on-loan Huddersfield Town front man Higginbotham was the first to have an effort at goal, striking a shot from the edge of the area that forced one time Motherwell target Dan Twardzik into a good save low to his right hand side.

    The Dons would take the lead on the ninth minute though and it was in controversial circumstances. Peter Pawlett collected the ball on the edge of the area and, after flicking the ball over Cummins, bounced off the defender who was doing his best to turn.

    Inexplicably, referee Alan Frame pointed to the spot. Nicky Low was in no mood for mercy, slamming home in to the bottom corner despite Hollis going the right way.

    Motherwell missed several chances to get themselves level.

    Saunders headed wide from a free-kick and McCafferty fired straight at Twardzik after working good space for himself on the edge of the area.

    Bob McHugh then hit the post, the striker seeing his shot deflect off both Scott Rumsby and the face of Craig Duguid before striking the woodwork and landing fortuitously in the hands of Twardzik. It would be Duguid’s last involvement; Kieran Gibbons replaced him.

    Motherwell looked as if they were gaining the upper hand and Erwin almost grabbed the leveler, nipping between Dons defenders Stephen O’Neill and Craig Murray but his fizzing shot flashed a yard past Twardzik’s left hand post.

    With ‘Well looking the more likely, it was the Dons who would extended their lead against the run of play and in bizarre circumstances.

    McManus, who had made a good near post run, headed a Murray cross from the right flank high into the air. It looked comfortable for Hollis to claim but in doing so, was adjudged to have carried the ball over the line.

    Replays from behind the goal show the assistant referee got the decision correct.

    Motherwell’s chances of getting back into the match were dealt a huge blow when Adam Cummins was ordered off. The defender gave away a fairly routine free kick on the edge of the area. After what looked like some chat with the match official, he was dismissed for dissent, although it is unclear if any card was flashed.

    Aberdeen seized on the man advantage and dominated for most of the second-half. They should have made it three when McManus got on the end of a teasing Murray cross but he screwed his effort Fraser Kerr doing well to narrow the space.

    Low fired a shot from distance that was well held by Hollis but he wouldn’t be denied shortly after as he grabbed his second of the afternoon to kill to game.

    The left-sider made a great run between Saunders and Kerr to collect a pinpoint Jamie Masson pass over the top. Through one-on-one with Hollis, the midfielder’s first effort was well blocked by the ‘Well stopper, but he kept his composure to lift the rebound over the keeper and into the net, despite the best efforts of the recovering Kerr on the line.

    The Dons went in search of more and they got it when Cammy Smith added a fourth, and thankfully final, goal for his side. The busy forward robbed Saunders on the edge of his own box, held off the defender and coolly slotted it through Hollis and into the net.

    Motherwell did have one effort almost on full-time when Erwin capitalised on some slack Dons defending at a free-kick. Higginbotham’s ball found the Scotland youth International in bags of space but his volley was straight at Twardzik who cleared with his feet from point-blank range.

    It brought to an end what was a miserable Motherwell performance. The watching Stuart McCall will have plenty to ponder ahead of Saturday’s match with St Mirren.

    Motherwell: Hollis, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Cummins, Saunders, Carswell, McCafferty, Erwin, McHugh, Higginbotham, Leitch

    Subs Not Used: Stewart, Neill, Thomas, Shirkie, Higgins

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    St Mirren hospitality available now

    St Mirren visit Fir Park on Saturday 6th April and we are putting on a fantastic carvery in our hospitality suites.

    All hospitality packages include your match ticket, programme, team sheet and half time tea.

    Stevie Kirk will be the host for the afternoon with your chance to meet first team players and club staff throughout the day.

    You have a choice of three packages:

    • Centenary Claret – Arriving from 12.30pm onwards to enjoy our Carvery. Full service with access to a pay bar from 1pm till kick off and then again for an hour post match. All this in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge with ’91 Legend Stevie Kirk as host. Book now from only £60 for an adult and £45 for a child under 16.
    • Centenary Amber – Arriving from 12.30pm onwards to enjoy our Carvery. Full service with full complimentary bar from 1pm till kick off and then again for an hour post match, all this in the comfort of our Centenary Lounge with ’91 Legend Stevie Kirk as host. Book now from only £95 for an adult and £45 for a child under 16 (obviously there is no complimentary bar for the child!)
    • Millennium ticket – Enjoy a lighter bite with a complimentary bar for one-hour pre & post.  Soup pre-match and half time refreshments, team sheet, match day programme for only £65 for an adult and £30 for a child.

    Remember, Season Ticket holders can upgrade to hospitality for just £25.

    If you would like to book a place at our fantastic carvery, you can do so online by CLICKING HERE. Alternatively, please phone Jennifer Reston on 01698 338002 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    U20s take on Aberdeen at Fir Park

    Motherwell U20s return to action tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon when they take on Aberdeen at Fir Park.

    The young Steelmen side will be looking to bounce back following back-to-back defeats at the hands of Dundee Utd and St Mirren last week.

    They face a tough test against third-placed Aberdeen who will be keen to close the gap on Dundee Utd.

    Jonatan Johansson’s men only have three home matches remaining this season and will be hoping to finish off what has been a disappointing season on a high note.

    The match will take place at Fir Park with kick-off 2pm.

    PRICES:

    Adults and Concessions:

    Season book holders or Well Society membership: £2
    Standard: £3

    Under 16:

    Season book holders or Well Society membership: £1
    Standard: £2