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    Trust to consult on proposed new facility

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    TV: Carswell aims to keep playing

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    TV: McCall wants positive reaction

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    Clancy in charge at McDiarmid Park

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    ‘Well Society Sign Up Night: 3rd March

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    Under 20s to face the Dons

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    Easter Road clash switched

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    TV: Highlights from Tannadice

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    Dundee Utd defeat in pictures

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    TV: McCall rues poor defending

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    Trust to consult on proposed new facility

    Following discussions with North Lanarkshire Council, the MFC Community Trust has secured funding from the Big Lottery to carry out a community-wide consultation and transform the existing Muirhouse pitches into a vibrant new community facility to include a new 3G sports pitch, grass pitches, upgraded pavilion, and a new Learning Centre which will include multi purpose rooms, café, gym, and other community facilities.

    The new facility will create employment, training, and volunteering opportunities for local people and will also provide a focus for a wide range of activities delivered by existing organisations in the area.

    A new access road is also proposed through to the site.

    Commenting on the new proposals, General Manager of the Community Trust Charlie Bennett said: “We are really excited by these new proposals and would like to thank North Lanarkshire Council for the supportive stance they have taken towards the project and to the Big Lottery Fund for funding the community consultation and the creation of the business plan.

    “The new facility will provide a focus for community activity in the area and already we have identified a wide range of programmes that can be delivered from it covering health and wellbeing, lifelong learning, employability and inclusion.

    “However, the community consultation will allow local people their say on what they feel they facility should be doing, what activities should be taking place there, and how local people can get involved in its development.

    “This community consultation process will start in the next couple of weeks and we want everyone in Muirhouse to have the opportunity to have their say through the roadshows, meetings, and questionnaires that will be set up.”

    For further information on the proposals please contact the Community Trust at community@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    TV: Carswell aims to keep playing

    ‘Well youngster Stuart Carswell admits he has played through the pain barrier to assist the squad in recent weeks.

    The 20-year old midfielder, a virtual ever-present for Stuart McCall’s side this term, has toiled with a leg knock for a number of weeks, but has opted to continue playing.

    It’s been a big help to the Fir Park boss, who had as many as ten players unavailable for recent matches.

    [pullquote]The last thing you want is to have time out, particularly at the moment when we have so many boys are out injured.[/pullquote]

    “I worked so hard to get a regular spot and it’s always a bonus for a young player like me to play,” he told the broadcast press at ‘Well’s pre-match news conference.

    “So the last thing you want is to have time out, particularly at the moment when we have so many boys are out injured.

    “I got some treatment on Friday morning and the physiotherapist, John Porteous, warned me that although I might go through it okay, there may also be a chance it would have an adverse effect.

    “Thankfully, I got through it fine and now the focus is to St Johnstone tomorrow.”

    -WATCH STUART’S PRESS CONFERENCE IN FULL ON MFC TV

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    TV: McCall wants positive reaction

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall wants a positive reaction from his side following Friday’s defeat at Tannadice.

    The Steelmen slipped to just their second defeat in ten games at the hands of Jackie McNamara’s side.

    Now ‘Well face St Johnstone, a side who themselves will be looking to bounce back after losing to Inverness CT at the weekend.

    With the race for European places still very much up in the air, the former Scotland midfielder is well aware of just how important it is to get to winning ways.

    [pullquote]Not only are we looking to bounce back from our defeat at Tannadice, we put in a poor performance last time we were at McDiarmid Park so there’s plenty motivation there.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the gathered press at Motherwell’s pre-match news conference, the 49-year old said: “Not only are we looking to bounce back from our defeat at Tannadice, we put in a poor performance last time we were at McDiarmid Park so there’s plenty motivation there.

    “I watched them [Saints] on Saturday against Inverness and, certainly from their second half display, I felt they just about merited at least a point from the match.

    “They didn’t manage it, so I am sure they too will be looking to bounce back. We’ve got everyone available who played at Dundee United on Friday, but we’re in no doubt it’ll be a tough game, but one we are certainly aiming to win.”

    -WATCH STUART’S PRESS CONFERENCE IN FULL ON MFC TV

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    Clancy in charge at McDiarmid Park

    Referee for Tuesday’s clash against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park is Kevin Clancy.

    It will be Kevin’s third ‘Well appointment of the current campaign after previously taking charge of the swashbuckling 2-2 draw with Dundee United in September.

    Henri Anier had ‘Well ahead at the interval but two quick-fire goals from United had McNamara’s men ahead. Step forward substitute Lionel Ainsworth, who smashed home a brilliant leveller to give the Steelmen a deserved point.

    The other was the excellent 1-0 win at Pittodrie on Boxing Day when a resolute Steelmen came away with all three points thanks to Henri Anier’s winner.

    It would have been his fourth game, but John Beaton replaced him at the last minute ahead of the Aberdeen match back in August, after a hectic midweek European jaunt.

    Prior to this season, his last Motherwell match was against Aberdeen at Pittodrie (again), back in March, when the teams drew a blank in a 0-0 draw.

    It was one of two ‘Well fixtures the 30-year old took charge of last season, his other being the 2-1 away win at Dundee when Michael Higdon bagging a double as Stuart McCall’s men came back from a losing position to pick up all three points.

    His only other Motherwell match was in the 2011/12 Scottish Cup, where he was the man in the middle as the Fir Parkers demolished Queen’s Park 4-0, a certain Henrik Ojamaa smashing home a debut goal.

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads five matches in total, Motherwell winning three and drawing two. ‘Well have scored nine and conceded three.

    There have been sixteen cautions dished out in those five matches, eleven of them to a man wearing Claret and Amber and zero dismissals.

    He’s had a busy season in 2013/14, with some high profile matches including on Europa League duty when he handled Lokomotiva Zagreb’s match with Dinamo Minsk, managed by ex ‘Well defender Bob Maaskant. The Belarusian side ran out 3-2 winners.

    Coincidentally, Kevin was in Russia the same time ‘Well faced Kuban Krasnodar. He was appointed to take charge of FC Rubin Kazan vs Randers in the second leg tie of the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Europa League.

    He was also the man in the middle for the UEFA Under 21 Qualifier between Montenegro and Germany as well as the UEFA Youth Champions League matches Real Madrid vs FC Copenhagen and Man Utd vs Real Sociedad.

    Kevin will be ably assisted by John McCrossan and Stuart Hodge with Barry Cook on 4th Official duties.

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    ‘Well Society Sign Up Night: 3rd March

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

    The Society was handed over to the fans in October 2012 with the purpose of growing the membership to a point where the fans could take over the ownership of the club.

    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.

    Recently, Motherwell Chief Executive Leeann Dempster announced a change in the membership system, allowing for monthly subscriptions for a minimum of £10 per month.

    In light of that, the Society will host an open night, on Monday 3rd March in the Centenary Suite (starting at 6pm), 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.

    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. For more information on the ‘Well Society – CLICK HERE.

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    Under 20s to face the Dons

    Motherwell Under 20s return to action this Wednesday when they take on Aberdeen at Arbroath’s Gayfield Park.

    Jonatan Johansson’s men will have gone two weeks without a game after the midweek match with Rangers fell foul to the wet weather.

    Despite having no match, the young Steelmen remained in fourth spot in the table, six points behind leaders Celtic.

    The Dons did play, drawing 1-1 with Partick Thistle at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.

    The teams last met at Fir Park back in October with the Claret and Amber men running out 3-0 winners.

    The match will be played at Arbroath FC’s Gayfield Park, kick-off is 1pm.

    >> UNDER 20s FIXTURES & RESULTS

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    Easter Road clash switched

    Motherwell’s match with Hibs at Easter Road, scheduled for Wednesday 26th March, will now go ahead on Saturday 8th March.

    The game has been switched from midweek to a Saturday after both clubs were left with a free weekend on the 8th – kick-off is 3pm.

    That will be the only away match in March with Hearts (1st), Inverness CT (19th), Ross County (22nd) and Kilmarnock (29th) all taking place at Fir Park in what is a busy month leading up to the split.

    >> UPDATED FIXTURE LIST

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    TV: Highlights from Tannadice

    Extended highlights from Tannadice as a below-par ‘Well go down 3-1 to Dundee United.

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    Dundee Utd defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from the 3-1 defeat by Dundee Utd at Tannadice in the SPFL Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    TV: McCall rues poor defending

    Stuart McCall set aside complaints about the official and instead bemoaned his side’s defending after the 3-1 defeat at Tannadice.

    ‘Well fans will have left Tayside feeling a little hard done to about a number of decisions that didn’t go the visitors way, but that didn’t interest the Fir Park boss, who was much more agitated by his team’s showing.

    Dundee United merited their win in what was a below par performance from the Steelmen, particularly in the first-half.

    And McCall wasn’t in the mood to mince his words when he spoke to MFC TV after the match.

    “We absolutely cannot afford to give a side as good as Dundee United a two-goal start and that’s exactly what we did,” he said.

    [pullquote]We absolutely cannot afford to give a side as good as Dundee United a two-goal start and that’s exactly what we did.[/pullquote]

    “It was a basic error from Hutchy (Shaun Hutchinson), but he doesn’t need me or anyone else to tell him that, it can happen in football.

    “The second goal’s an even bigger disappointment, we work hard on set pieces and it was a really sloppy goal to lose.

    “There were a few harsh words said at half time and to be fair, the lads showed a bit of character in the second half, particularly after losing a goal to a big deflection.

    “We got a goal back and at that stage, if there were any more goals to be had, I thought it would be us.

    “It wasn’t to be though. We’ll quickly pick ourselves up and get ready for another hard match at St Johnstone this Tuesday.”

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