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    TV: Ramsden extends ‘Well contract

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    Randolph agrees Birmingham deal

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    2012/13 Goal of the Season

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    McCall named ‘Manager of the Year’

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Ross County win in pictures

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    TV: McCall pleased with home win

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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

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    Ross County Magazine Preview

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    TV: McCall wants final-day success

    Stuart McCall insists his side have it all to play for when they finish the season at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.

    The Steelmen have already confirmed their runners-up spot in the Scottish Premier League and a return to Europa League action in 2012/13.

    Saints, on the other hand, will go right to the wire with Inverness in the battle for third with the Highlanders facing a tough away battle against fierce rivals Ross County at Victoria Park.

    And although the Fir Parkers have nothing to play for on paper, the 40-times capped McCall is adamant his squad will be doing everything they can to win.

    [pullquote]For a few of our boys, it will be their last time playing for Motherwell and there is likely to be a good travelling support going to Perth so we need to be at our best.[/pullquote]

    “I was at a dinner on Monday night and Stevie Lomas was telling me that, as a fellow ginger, I have to look after him and play a weakened side whilst at the same time, Terry Butcher’s staff are texting me every day to say I had better not or the big man will be coming to get me,” he joked.

    “But in all seriousness, we have our own targets. If we can win, it will mean we will have won 19 matches; 50% of our games and that would be incredible for Motherwell. A win would also take us into double figures in terms of away wins so we’ve got a lot to play for.

    “For a few of our boys, it will be their last time playing for Motherwell and there is likely to be a good travelling support going to Perth so we need to be at our best.”


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    TV: Ramsden extends ‘Well contract

    Motherwell Football Club are today (Friday) pleased to confirm Simon Ramsden has signed a new two-year contract at the club.

    RAMSDEN arrived last summer from Bradford City and has enjoyed an excellent debut season at Fir Park, forming a formidable partnership with Shaun Hutchinson at the heart of the Steelmen defence.

    That has been rewarded with a contract extension that will keep the former Sunderland stopper in Claret and Amber until June 2015.

    [pullquote]To make my debut in the Champions League, then play a part in this team finishing second in the table has been fantastic.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the gathered press at Motherwell’s weekly news conference, Ramsden, who has played thirty times this campaign, said: “I am really happy to be staying at the club and pleased that the contract has been sorted out.

    “My family and I are really settled in Scotland and I am pleased how things have gone on the field too.

    “To make my debut in the Champions League, then play a part in this team finishing second in the table has been fantastic.

    “We might be losing some players but I am sure the manager will already have replacements lined up and, hopefully, we can have another good season next year.”


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    Randolph agrees Birmingham deal

    Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph has today signed a two-year deal at English Championship side Birmingham City.

    Randolph arrived at Fir Park in the summer of 2010 and has made a huge impact in his three years at the club.

    He will leave and join up with his new teammates at St Andrews on 1st July having played 136 times in Claret and Amber, keeping 46 clean sheets including a club record 19 in one season back in 2010/11.

    During his time in North Lanarkshire, he broke into the Republic of Ireland squad under Giovanni Trapattoni and made his debut earlier this season as a second-half substitute against Oman in London.

    He has represented the Steelmen in both the Europa League and the UEFA Champions League and will be rightly considered amongst Motherwell’s best ever goalkeepers.

    The 26-year old wanted to thank the Fir Park faithful for their backing during his spell.

    [pullquote]I can’t thank the fans enough, they’ve been great to me from my first game to my last and that is something I won’t forget.[/pullquote]

    He said: “Following three fantastic years at Motherwell, I wanted to put on record my sincerest thanks to the staff and fans at Fir Park for their great support during my stay at the club.

    “With my contract due to expire at the end of the month, and after discussing my future with close friends and family, it now feels like the right time to seek a fresh challenge.

    “I will be taking some great memories with me and hope that I will still be welcomed back to the club in the future. I will certainly keep an eye out for Motherwell’s results next season and beyond.

    “When I joined the club in 2010 from Charlton Athletic, I was told on day one that I had big gloves to fill with the departure of John Ruddy, and looking back over the past three seasons, I hope the fans feel I achieved that.

    “As widely reported, I have decided to start a new chapter of my career down south with Birmingham City where I will be replacing another great goalkeeper in Jack Butland.

    “I’ll no doubt have a new set of fans to impress and that is a challenge I am very much looking forward to taking on.

    “Once again I can’t thank the fans enough, they’ve been great to me from my first game to my last and that is something I won’t forget. The club is in good hands moving forward and I would like to wish the board, staff and players the best of luck for next season and the years ahead.

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to thank Darren for his immense contribution during his three years at Fir Park and wish him every success at his new club next season.

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    2012/13 Goal of the Season

    For the first time ever, Motherwell fans have the chance to vote on our club Goal of the Season for 2012/13.

    The Steelmen have netted 69 times this campaign, 67 of them coming in the Scottish Premier League –  a record that stretches back to 1960.

    In amongst them have been some classics that will be remembered for a long time.

    We’ve narrowed it down to twelve goals and you can vote by watching the clip above then selecting your favourite goal.

    The winner will be selected when the poll closes on Sunday night at 10pm.

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    McCall named ‘Manager of the Year’

    Stuart McCall has been named the Clydesdale Bank Manager of the Year for season 2012/13.

    The Steelmen had enjoyed an astonishing season, achieving a points total that is unmatched for 81 years and a goals tally that rivals some of the legendary sides during the ‘Ancell Babes’ era of the 1950 and 60s.

    After taking Motherwell to ‘best of the rest’ and into the Champions League in 2011/12, McCall has gone one better with the Steelmen confirmed as league runners-up and with another shot at the UEFA Europa League to look forward to.

    And his achievements and contribution was recognised by the league sponsors at a dinner at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel last night.

    He said: “It was documented at the beginning of the season that we had lost three or four players and Aberdeen, Hearts and Dundee United and other sides were tipped for second spot.

    “We weren’t mentioned and rightly so. Top six was our aim and to finish second with a game to go and beating last season’s point’s tally, is a tribute to the players.

    “So the award is a great honour for the club.

    “It is down to the players and the staff. I have been very fortunate and they have made my life easier. But the players have been outstanding.”

    It was double award success for the club with the club securing the ‘Best Club Media Relations’ gong for the fifth successive season.

    Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows added: “It has been a tremendous season for the football club, one that I am sure will live long in the memory for everyone.

    “I am delighted to collect the award again, but I do so as a figurehead of a hardworking team at Motherwell who constantly strive to be better and improve.

    “I would like to dedicate the award to Bill Henry, who has worked with me on matchdays at Fir Park for the last five-and-a-half years and before.

    “He sadly and unexpectedly passed away last Saturday night and he will be very much missed. He was always asking about the awards and took great pride in being a part of the team – this one is for him.”

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell triumph 2-0 over Ross County in their last home game of the season.


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    Ross County win in pictures

    Pictures from the 2-0 win over Ross County in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Fir Park.

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    TV: McCall pleased with home win

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was delighted to take three points in the last home match of the campaign.

    First-half strikes from James McFadden and Chris Humphrey was enough to secure the Steelmen’s eighteenth win of the campaign.

    And although the Steelmen weren’t anything like their fluid best, McCall was pleased with yet another win.

    [pullquote]I’m delighted with the victory and pleased to have ended at home with a win although, it was our least effective game in a long time at home.[/pullquote]

    He told MFC TV: “I’m delighted with the victory and pleased to have ended at home with a win although, it was our least effective game in a long time at home against a team the needed to win the game.

    “They passed the ball well and we weren’t at our best in that department, but we got two cracking goals and I’m delighted with the clean sheet for big Darren.

    “We were a bit disappointed at half-time and we still were a little after the game as we’ve not played as well as we know we can but it’s not about today; it’s about the whole season and the group in there have been outstanding.”


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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

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    Graham Barnstaple at Fir Park

    Motherwell rounded off their home season with a comfortable win over Ross County thanks to first half goals from James McFadden and Chris Humphrey.

    It was an emotional day with at least two players making their last appearance at Fir Park before leaving in the summer and to mark the occasion, Darren Randolph was handed the captain’s armband.

    Ross County knew only a win would keep them in with a chance of Europa League qualification ahead of a final game encounter against their local rivals Inverness at Victoria Park.

    Motherwell knew they were assured of second place after Inverness’s loss to Dundee Unite on Saturday.

    This appeared to have a bearing on the early stages with County looking the more assured side. Despite their early dominance, they fell behind to a classic counter attack goal in the ninth minute. Jamaican International Humphrey intercepted a loose pass in midfield by Richard Brittain and skipped past Grant Munro before squaring across the six yard line for McFadden to side foot past ex-Motherwell keeper Michael Fraser.

    The visitors tried to bounce back immediately but all they could show for their possession was a twenty-yard shot from Brittain which fizzed just inches wide of Randolph’s right hand post with the Republic of Ireland stopper happy to watch it behind.

    The game then developed into a bit of a midfield scrap with neither side really looking like scoring. Symptomatic of County’s afternoon was a chance on the break for Ivan Sproule but his first touch was too heavy allowing Randolph to save easily.

    Just before the break, Motherwell struck on the counter attack once again. Humphrey picked up a clearance from a Ross County corner 70 yards from the visitor’s goal, got his head down and out paced Ian Vigurs. No other defender reacted and the winger was allowed a clear run on Fraser and he kept his composure to side foot under the keeper to double the lead with what turned out to be the last kick of the half.

    Not surprisingly County came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half, but their finishing really let them down. Martin Scott stabbed a shot over and then Greek full-back Evangelos Ikonomou shot straight at Randolph.

    At the other end McFadden spotted Fraser off his line and tried to chip him from about 30 yards out, but his effort was just a few feet off target with the keeper beaten.

    Motherwell could have made it three half way through the half, once again Humphrey was the provider and his cross to the far post was somehow headed over by McFadden from close range.

    The Scotland International appeared to be pushed by André Hainault just before connecting with the cross but referee Craig Thomson was having none of it, despite the former Everton man’s protestations. Television replays would show he had a fairly strong case.

    County threw everyone forward in a last ditch effort to get something from the game and keep their Europa League hopes alive. Their closest effort came when Sproule’s cross-cum-shot evaded Randolph but bounced clear off the cross bar.

    In the end Motherwell held on comfortably enough to seal a memorable season with a home win in the last game of the season at Fir Park, and sparked scenes of celebration in the Stands around the ground.

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    Alastair Reilly at Fir Park

    FT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

    92mins: Motherwell sub – Randolph off to a standing ovation, replaced by Ross Stewart.

    90mins: 5 minutes added on here.

    89mins: Sproule can’t quite get enough on Wolfarth’s shot to divert it into the back of the net.

    80mins: Motherwell subs – Law and Higdon off for Higginbotham and McHugh

    79mins: Sproule clips the top of the bar with a good effort on a tight angle 18 yards out.

    76mins: Great chance as McFadden heads Humphreys great cross over the bar from 3 yards out!. Hainault did enough to put him off.

    74mins: Ross County sub – Cooper on for Lawson

    68mins: Hammell heads clear and out for a Ross County corner. Munro heads the delivery well wide.

    66mins: Fortheringham tries his luck from 20 yards on his left foot. It’s just over the bar!

    65mins: Ross County sub -Scott off for Glen

    64mins: Lawson’s 20 yard strike looked goal-bound until it struck Scott and deflected away to safety.

    57mins: Cheeky chip from McFadden there after he spotted Fraser off his line. Drifts well past in the end.

    56mins: Ross County sub – Fotheringham on for Brittain.

    54mins: Looks like a sore one for Brittain. He slid in on Humphrey but caught his trailing leg on the turf and twisted his knee. Now being stretchered off. Looked a bad one.

    52mins: Corner to Motherwell….Oikonomou does enough to put off Carswell at the front post.

    48mins: County starting this half on top. Oikonomou stings the palms of Randolph with a left footed shot outside the box.

    46mins: Second half underway. Scott volleys Kovacevic’s cross just over the bar from 12 yards

    HT: Strange first half! Only two shots on goal and we find ourselves 2-0 up.

    HT: Motherwell 2 – 0 Ross County

    45mins: GOOOAALLL!! Humphrey makes it 2-0! Runs the entire half with the ball and cool as you like slots it past Fraser

    37mins: Captain for the day Randolph races off his line to collect at the feet of Sproule as he raced through on goal.

    35mins: Half-chance there for Sproule. Shot from just inside the box…never going to beat Randolph from that angle though.

    32mins: Corner to Motherwell now….County eventually clear from a Hateley/Law combo

    30mins: Corner to Ross County…..Law blocks twice to clear the danger.

    25mins: Free-kick in a dangerous position for Ross County….. Brittain blasts over.

    22mins: YELLOW CARD – Brittain booked for a tug on Carswell’s shirt.

    19mins: Oikonomou skins Hateley on the wing and delivers a good left footed cross which marginally evades the waiting Wolfarth.

    16mins: Brittain combines with Vigurs on the edge of the box but his left footed shot drifts just past Randolph’s post

    8mins: GOAAALLL!! McFadden and Humphrey make it look easy! Humphs rolls it across the face of goal and Faddy slots home! 1-0

    5mins: A quiet start. Just a few niggly midfield challenges to speak of.

    1min: Ross County get the game underway…..by promptly punting the ball out the park.

    Here come the teams! New kit looking lovely, too. Pity it’s not brilliant sunshine to add a little to the party atmosphere

    Kick-off just minutes away here at a rainy Fir Park.


    Motherwell manager Stuart McCall:

    “It’s nice to finish with a home win; although that’s probably the least impressive we’ve been at home since Christmas.

    “We’ve broken the points record from last year and the players deserve it for the whole season.

    “We’ve got pace on the break, although we missed Henrik [Ojamaa] a little bit – the front two – Faddy and Higgy [Michael Higdon] – I could probably give them both a race!

    “As with all wingers, Chris can be a bit hit and miss at times but he was the difference between the teams today.”

    Ross County manager Derek Adams:

    “We’ve had a fabulous season and now we want to try and finish in fourth position.

    “Today was about trying to finish in third and we haven’t been able to do that.

    “At the start of the season our main aim was to finish in 11th position and we’ve done a lot better than that.

    “Take nothing away from Motherwell. They’ve had a fantastic season and deserve to be second in the league.”


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    Ross County Magazine Preview

    The final Steelmen Matchday Magazine of 2012/13 is on sale today, and for the first time ever we have produced dual covers.

    Prodigal son James McFadden is on half of them and, as a tribute to PFA Scotland Player of the Year Michael Higdon, he is on the other.

    But what is inside the 68-page issue?

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall and Captain Keith Lasley both return with the regular columns. The manager reflects on the season gone and Keith Lasley pays tribute to the current squad.

    The feature interview is with legendary forward James McFadden who chats about his return to Fir Park, Motherwell’s fantastic season and his hopes for the future.

    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.

    Staggies ‘keeper, and former ‘Well stopper Mikey Fraser is the man in the spotlight in our opposition Q&A and Lynn Maclennan gives us a fans-eyed view of County’s season so far.

    We also have a scout report from the 1-1 draw with Celtic at Victoria Park last weekend.

    The features and big names keep coming…

    In our Interview Alumni section, we catch up with yet another legend, Willie Pettigrew. The striker talks about record-breaking, goalscoring and the current crop of Motherwell talent.

    Press & Media Manager Alan Burrows returns in ‘The Last Word’ and Graham Barnstaple’s Cult Heroes this week focuses on one former Dutch defender Mitchell van der Gaag – a hero of the last home game of the campaign.

    But wait, there’s more! We look back at the fantastic win against Celtic and the narrow defeat in Inverness. There are ten tough questions in our Quiz, the latest news section as well as an in-depth statistical look at referee Craig Thomson.

    Steelmen boss takes his through his ‘First and Last’ and there’s a preview of the new Motherwell away kit for 2013/14.

    We have the latest from The Ticket Office, the Commercial Department, and update from the Well Society as well as the latest stats, facts and figures from the 2012/2013 campaign.

    The programme is available for £3 (or £5 for both covers) 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/