News

Latest News

  • Archive

    Motherwell 2 – 2 St Mirren

  • Archive

    Come dine with us!

  • Archive

    TV: Skipper expects Buddie battle

  • Archive

    TV: McCall hopes to sink Saints

  • Archive

    Under 20s meet the Soccer Campers

  • Archive

    Erwin set for Serbia trip

  • Archive

    St Mirren Magazine Preview

  • Archive

    Colvin in charge against Saints

  • Archive

    Voting open for monthly awards

  • Archive

    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

  • Archive

    Motherwell 2 – 2 St Mirren

    [tab:Match report]

    Alan Burrows at Fir Park

    A sublime James McFadden free-kick rescued a deserved point for Motherwell against St Mirren this afternoon.

    The Steelmen played well all afternoon but somehow found themselves behind, Conor Newton cancelling out Michael Higdon’s opener before substitute Lew Guy fired Saints ahead with fifteen minutes left on the clock.

    It looked like the curse of St Mirren all over again but step forward McFadden with a pearler of a free-kick into the postage stamp top-right hand corner to send Fir Park delirious.

    It was the least the Fir Parkers deserved from the match with Craig Samson again in inspired form for the Buddies.

    Only time will tell if it’s a point gained or two dropped as the race for European places is nearing its conclusion.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall had hoped to go with the same eighteen as last weekend at Dens Park, but after Stevie Hammell tweaked his hamstring in the warm-up, he was replaced by Antiguan International Zaine Francis-Angol. Steven Saunders was promoted to the substitutes bench.

    Danny Lennon made three changes to the Saints side that drew at Rugby Park during the weak. Isma Conçalves missed out through suspension, Gary Teale was injured and John McGinn had to be content with a place amongst the subs. Dougie Imrie, Kenny McLean Sander Puri all came into the starting eleven.

    Scottish Communities League Cup winners Saints started well and Darren Randolph had to look smart in the early moments to deny at the feet of McLean, the midfielder having made a good run into the area.

    Motherwell’s reply was almost immediate. Chris Humphrey got the better of Paul Dummett and his delivery almost found McFadden in the middle. Saints somehow managed to defend it, but it squirmed out to Higdon who could only screw the rebound high and wide of target.

    The hosts were having more of the ball and Higdon almost finished a lovely McFadden ball towards the back post but he crashed the volley high into the Maxim Office Park Stand from about twelve yards out.

    Samson got a great hand to a cross to once again deny Higdon and Tom Hateley fired a shot from distance well wide of the post as the Steelmen looked to go in front.

    Those chances were sandwiched between a decent chance for Marc McAusland who found himself in space at a corner but his shot lacked power and was straight at Randolph.

    Stuart McCall’s side did eventually find the breakthrough their pressure deserved when Higdon returned to haunt his former club. Keith Lasley’s delivery to the back post found the big striker in space and he bulleted a header past Samson for his 23rd goal of the campaign.

    The former Crewe hitman now needs just one goal to level Willie Pettigrew’s post war record for top league goals set back in 1975/76.

    To their credit, St Mirren’s reacted quickly to going a goal down and they almost drew level right away, but Randolph was again in the right place to smother at the feet of McLean for the second time in the match.

    It was a warning the Fir Parkers would fail to heed though as, with just four minutes remaining until the interval, Conor Newton thundered his side level. It was a patient build-up, Imrie feeding Puri on the right. The Estonian teed up the on-loan Newcastle midfielder who took a touch before rocketing a shot high past Randolph.

    It was a fine strike although the Republic of Ireland international stopper was right to question the lack of pressure on the ball.

    Just before Brian Colvin brought the first forty-five to a close, Nicky Law came within a yard of putting ‘Well back in front but his shot from the edge of the ball flew over the bar.

    The Steelmen made a positive start to the second half and Samson had to make another good save to deny Henrik Ojamaa whose stinging effort was turned over for a corner.

    Stuart McCall has encouraged his side to play good football on the deck and one example almost brought about what would have been a goal-of-the-season contender.

    A free-flowing move involving McFadden, Ojamaa, Higdon, Humphrey and eventually, a shot from Keith Lasley was deflected around for another corner.

    The Claret and Amber men were well on top and Samson was again proving the thorn in the Motherwell side. The Scotland International was on great form to turn Chris Humphrey’s shot up and over the bar.

    McFadden’s mazy run and shot went a yard or so wide, another deflected Lasley shot spun just over with Samson rooted and Law flicked a Hateley effort just wide as Motherwell continued to dominate.

    You got the sense that ‘Well were going regret the missed opportunities and, completely against the run of play, St Mirren got themselves in front. Substitute Lewis Guy, who had been introduced at the interval in place of the otherwise quiet Puri, played a neat one-two with McLean on the edge of the area before coolly slipping it under Randolph for 2-1.

    The way results have gone between the two sides in recent years; there was an air of almost resigned inevitability about it all for the Fir Park faithful. But their frustration would soon turn to jubilation as the talismanic McFadden dragged his side level in sensational style.

    A long, almost hopeful, ball towards Higdon caused McAusland to give away what looked like a pretty needless foul on the edge of the area. The former Birmingham City and Everton man grabbed it straight away. What happened next was a moment of genius, the 29-year old curling it beautifully into the top-right hand corner despite the best efforts of the otherwise excellent Samson.

    The roof came off the old ground and Faddy looked as if he loved it – celebrating with his young children who were pearched at the rear of the Cooper Stand.

    Incredibly, Motherwell could and probably should have won it. Higdon had a great chance in the dying seconds when an Ojamaa ball flashed across the face. To be fair to the big striker, the cross was fizzed at him and was probably more difficult that it first looked. His touch allowed Saints to eventually hook it clear.

    With virtually the last kick, Humphrey had another effort deflected just wide for a corner.

    McCall will be delighted to grab a point from a losing situation but will be scratching his head at how his side never won after creating so many opportunities.

    [tab:As it happened]

    Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    Coming Soon…

    [tab:Reaction]

    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “I would say the same even if we lost – I was really proud of the players. I thought it was a terrific game of football on a really lively pitch, which was a bit dry and bumpy.

    “I thought second half we were terrific. I thought first half we were dangerous and had opportunities. It was a cracking goal by them, having said that all four goals were well executed.

    “But some of the stuff we played second half was terrific and I was really pleased with the performance against a good, good St Mirren side. As good a team as St Mirren are, I think it would have been a travesty if we didn’t at least get something out of the game.

    “Everyone gave their all. Managers aren’t supposed to enjoy games but I really enjoyed it, I thought it was a terrific game of football. If we can take that form into the last five games I’ll be more than happy.”

    St Mirren manager Danny Lennon:

    “You could probably dig out the same reports you have done from the last couple of years,

    “They are always fixtures I look forward to and once again both sets of players and supporters brought a great deal to the game.

    “It was thoroughly entertaining – goalmouth action, quality goals – and football certainly won today again.”

    [tab:Man-of-the-match]

    [poll id=”144″]

  • Archive

    Come dine with us!

    Motherwell FC are offering you the unique opportunity to have lunch with the first-team squad.

    It’s an ultimate fan experience perfect for any ‘Well supporter.

    You will enjoy a buffet lunch including soup, salad bar, cold meats and hot dishes including pasta, rice, fish and meat.

    You’ll have an opportunity to meet and chat with the first-team squad and management team as well as collecting signatures and photographs.

    After lunch with the lads, you will be treated to a mini-stadium tour where you will be shown around the areas of the O’Donnell Stand the club use on a day-to-day basis.*

    One recent attender Linsey Paton told us: “”I would definitely recommend the Players Lunch to all ‘Well Fans. A great chance to meet and chat with your favourite players as well as the great team of people working behind the scenes. The tour is very interesting and offers a great insight into the workings of the club and it’s history. Good food, great hospitality and brilliant value for money – do it!”

    Lunches will take place on selected Friday’s. The next available Friday’s is this week – 5th April.

    Bookings are available via www.motherwellbuyonline.co.uk.

    *No access to dressing rooms which are in use.

  • Archive

    TV: Skipper expects Buddie battle

    Motherwell captain Keith Lasley expects a real test when League Cup winners visit Fir Park tomorrow.

    The Fir Parkers have struggled against the Paisley side in recent years but go into the match high in confidence.

    Likewise, Saints boss Danny Lennon will be delighted with how his side have fared in recent weeks and it’s all set to be another tight encounter between two evenly matched sides.

    [pullquote]They beat us at St Mirren Park and we’ll be looking to bounce back from that. We’re on a good run and will be looking to take that confidence into the game[/pullquote]

    “It’s going to be a big test,” the 33-year told MFC TV.

    “After they won the Cup, people maybe thought they’d come off the gas a little after such a high but since then they’ve had a good home draw against St Mirren and a good draw against Kilmarnock.

    “It’s a difficult match and this season we’ve not managed to get the better of them.

    “They beat us at St Mirren Park and we’ll be looking to bounce back from that. We’re on a good run and will be looking to take that confidence into the game.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

    MFC TV

  • Archive

    TV: McCall hopes to sink Saints

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall admits he has a little bit of revenge in his mind ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with St Mirren.

    Danny Lennon’s men will go into the match high in confidence after their Scottish Communities League Cup success and subsequent draws with Celtic and Killie in the last week.

    Their last visit to Fir Park ended in a 1-1 draw when young Thomas Reilly netted with virtually the last kick of the ball to earn his side what was a deserved draw.

    The corresponding fixture at St Mirren Park days before Christmas went in favour of the home side despite the Steelmen dominating for large spells.

    The Buddies are the only side ‘Well haven’t got the better of this campaign so there’s everything to play for ahead of Saturday’s match, no less the fight for a European spot.

    [pullquote]There is a little bit of revenge in the air and I just want us to keep playing as well as we have been recently.[/pullquote]

    “It’s another tough game as St Mirren are a good side and have good players,” McCall said.

    “They’ve won the League Cup and if you look through their side on paper, they are strong. You only have to look at the lads who are not in the side;  Imrie, Parkin, McLean and Guy for example.

    “We’ve not beaten St Mirren at home since I’ve been here but have had two good games against them this season and it was only a late goal that stopped us winning last time at Fir Park. At St Mirren park they were excellent in the first half but we were excellent in the second and deserved something from the game.

    “There is a little bit of revenge in the air and I just want us to keep playing as well as we have been recently.”

    -WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV-

    MFC TV

  • Archive

    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

  • Archive

    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)

  • Archive

    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/

  • Archive

    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.

  • Archive

    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.

  • Archive

    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-

    MFC TV