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    Celtic Magazine Preview

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    TV: McCall wants positive approach

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    Cash Converters’ March POTM

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    Thomson takes charge against Celtic

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    Easter Fun Day this Friday

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: Johansson praises steely character

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    Motherwell U20s 3 – 2 St Johnstone U20s

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    Under 20s face Saints at Fir Park

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    Top Six Hospitality: 3 for 2 offer

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    Celtic Magazine Preview

    The seventeenth domestic Steelmen Matchday Magazine of 2013/14 is on sale when Celtic visit this Saturday.

    But what is inside the 68-page issue?

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall and skipper Keith Lasley both return with their regular columns.

    The Fir Park gaffer reflects on the frustrating defeat at St Mirren Park and what is required to get the better of Celtic.

    The captain, who is suspended for the match, talks about the SPFL Premiership run-in as ‘Well battle it out with as many as five clubs for a sport in next season’s Europa League.

    The feature interview is with young striker Craig Moore. The 19-year old chats about overcoming some early setbacks in his fledgling career to play

    in the top flight of Scottish football.

    ‘Moorey’ also features as the next in the centre-page souvenir poster collection.

    There is the usual extensive section dedicated to our visitors, Kilmarnock Football Club.

    As ever, Ray Morrison introduces Celtic and there’s a player-by-player breakdown of who is likely to line up for the Parkhead side.

    Graeme McGarry’s ‘Us and Them’ feature also returns, speaking to Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien

    The Irishman talks about his time at both clubs, recalling some sound advice from a Celtic legend, his up and down relationship with the Steelmen and his hopes for the Tykes.

    ‘From the Press Box’ is back with regular host, the Herald’s Scott Mullen and Graham Barnstaple’s two new columns make it in again…. They Wear Claret and Amber focuses on Turkish heavyweights Galatasaray and his ‘Programmes through the Years’ looks back at some of the editions from the 1960s.

    ‘This Week in Motherwell History’ focuses on 16th March to 23rd April with a reminder of one of the blackest days in the clubs’ history.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Our match reports section takes a look back at the controversial 3-2 defeat by St Mirren as well as the Under 20s 3-0 defeat at Lennoxtown.

    We have the latest from The Ticket Office, Commercial and Community Departments as well as the latest stats, facts and figures from the 2013/2014 campaign.

    We also take a statistical look at the match official and the ‘Junior Steel’ kids page that will test the youngster’s quiz minds with puzzles and ‘Did you know’ facts.

    The programme is available for £3 and is will be 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-Sport – CLICK HERE.

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    TV: McCall wants positive approach

    Stuart McCall wants his side to carry an attacking threat as ‘Well looked to best Celtic for the first time this season.

    Neil Lennon’s men have won three from three against the Steelmen this campaign, including a convincing 5-0 success at Fir Park back in early December.

    However, with the SPFL Premiership splitting, the race is now on for European spots with as many as five clubs still in contention.

    McCall has encouraged a upbeat approach amongst his players and hopes that plays a part tomorrow.

    “We’re going into tomorrow’s match with a positive mindset as we’ve managed to beat them here three times in the last few years,” he told the gathered press at Motherwell’s pre-match news conference.

    [pullquote]We’ve got to carry an attacking threat. We want to cause Celtic problems and that will be our aim, to go and have a go[/pullquote]

    “Most people will expect Celtic to win, but if we can take three points then obviously it would be a massive boost.

    “We’ve tried various different things to beat them over the years. Some have worked well, some have done okay and others have not worked at all.

    “A lot of it is down to how Celtic play too. I knew within ten minutes of their last visit to Fir Park that it was going to be tough. Everything stuck at Stokes. Brown, Commons and others all looked up for it.

    “The magic formula, if you want to call it that, is to play at your very, very best, work hard, take chances when they come along, defend well, carry a bit of luck and believe.

    “We’ve got to carry an attacking threat. We want to cause Celtic problems and that will be our aim, to go and have a go.”


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    Cash Converters’ March POTM

    Every month this season, Cash Converters will be giving you the opportunity to present your Motherwell Player of the Month with his trophy.

    All you need to do is vote for the ‘Well player you think has been the stand-out performer for March and you could be chosen at random to congratulate our star man in person.

    To cast your vote, simply visit our Cash Converters SPL Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

    The Cash Converters SPL Facebook page will also give you the opportunity to enter the draw for our Convert Your Seat competition and Convert for Cash race.

    Competition closes at midday on Friday 18th April 2014.

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    Thomson takes charge against Celtic

    Referee for Saturday’s SPFL Premiership clash with Celtic at Fir Park will be Craig Thomson.

    The 41-year old will be handling his third Motherwell game of the current season after being the man in the middle for the 1-0 at St Mirren Park back in September and the recent 2-1 win at the Caledonian Stadium, Henri Anier and Iain Vigurs doing the damage.

    It would have been his fourth but a New Year appointment between ‘Well and Caley was the postponed due to heavy rain.

    Thomson, arguably the highest rated amongst the Scottish officials, regularly hosting Champions League, Europa League and International matches, will be a more than familiar face to ‘Well fans, having being a top-flight whistler for over 12 years.

    He took charge three ‘Well matches last term.

    His first was the 4-1 demolition of Aberdeen back in December when goals from Tom Hateley, Michael Higdon and a Jamie Murphy swept Craig Brown’s side away.

    The second was the 2-1 win at Tynecastle, when two early goals from Michael Higdon and a Dylan McGowan own-goal was enough to see off the Jambos.

    The third was the 2-0 home victory over Ross County in the last home game of the campaign – James McFadden and Chris Humphrey amongst the scorers.

    His record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mix bag with fourteen wins from 38 matches. There have been sixteen defeats and eight draws too.

    Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 52 and conceded 50.

    132 players have gone into the book, 65 were wearing claret and amber, while five players, including former and current captains Stephen Craigan and Keith Lasley, have been dismissed.

    Craig will be ably assisted by Alastair Mather, Douglas Ross with Craig Charleston on fourth official duties. Referee Observer is Bryan Robertson and SPFL Delegate is Alan Dick.

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    Easter Fun Day this Friday

    Mascots Claret and Amber will be in the town centre this Friday at the launch of our third community newspaper, Fir Park News.

    There will be lots of FREE giveaways and fun things to see and do, including music by Motherwell FC’s own announcer Philip Speedie, ‘keepy-uppy’ competitions and Giant Football!

    There’s also a chance for youngsters to try out Motherwell FC’s Fans’ Drum and a visit to the main stage by Motherwell FC players.

    Come along this Friday between 12-3pm and get involved.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights as Motherwell Under 20s edge out St Johnstone in a thrilling match at Fir Park.


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    TV: Johansson praises steely character

    Jonatan Johansson praised the character of his side as they twice came from behind to beat St Johnstone.

    The Steelmen had to survive a first-half onslaught as Saints spurned numerous chances to race into an insurmountable lead.

    They did score twice, but Steven Higgins netted for ‘Well to keep it close at the break.

    ‘Well were much better after the interval and Dale Shirkie and Lee Erwin both scored to eventually secure all three points and Johansson was quick to hail his side’s resistance in what an incredible evening at Fir Park.

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, he said: “It was a game of one hundred chances.

    [pullquote]Aggression is not about screaming at refs or giving away stupid tackles, it’s about putting your body on the line and winning all your battles and we did that the second half. The lads deserve credit.[/pullquote]

    “We were lucky to be only one goal down at the break. It was such a disappointing start to the game. We lacked aggression and lost a goal at a set-piece, which we’ve talked about and worked on all week.

    “However, in the second half we’ve shown great character and put in some great individual performances.

    “We got a bit of luck but that came from us being aggressive and we all worked for each other. I think, as a young player, you forget that aggression is really, really important as we all talk about skill, passing and moving.

    “Aggression is not about screaming at refs or giving away stupid tackles, it’s about putting your body on the line and winning all your battles and we did that the second half. The lads deserve credit.”


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    Motherwell U20s 3 – 2 St Johnstone U20s

    Motherwell edged out St Johnstone by the odd goal in five in a topsy-turvy evening at Fir Park.

    Saints completely dominated the first half and could have scored six or seven goals, but only had two courtesy of Alex Kitchen and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, who himself could and perhaps should have had at least a hat trick.

    In between those two goals, Steven Higgins capitalised on a defensive slip to reduce the arrears and ‘Well would have been thankful for trailing by just one at the break.

    Dale Shirkie got his side level minutes after the interval before Lee Erwin eventually put the Steelmen in front on the hour and that’s how it finished, as ‘Well aim to end the season on a high.

    Jonatan Johansson made three changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Lennoxtown eight days ago. Zaine Francis-Angol, Euan Murray and Craig Moore dropped out, replaced by Jack McMillan, Ben Hall and Steven Higgins.

    But it was the Perth side who came out the traps flying and Fortnam-Tomlinson had one of an almost countless amount of first-half chances inside thirty seconds, but flashed his shot wide. Two minutes later he was at it again, but this time Stewart saved.

    The Steelmen stopper also saved really well from Craig Thomson but was helpless to stop Saints’ opener when defender Kitchen rose well at the back post to head home a Scott Brown corner.

    Motherwell were rarely out their own half but Dom Thomas at least registered a chance for the hosts with a shot straight at keeper Mark Hurst.

    Erwin had a couple of chances at the midway point of the half but the away keeper comfortably saved both shots.

    But it was Saints who continued to threaten and create opportunities. Fortnam-Tomlinson was causing problems, but his finishing was letting him down. He had another three attempts before the half hour, one wide of the post, one high over the bar and one sliced into the Cooper Stand.

    He wasn’t the only one though; Thomson also passed up a good chance after cutting in from the right only to blaze high and wide.

    Amazingly, after being under the cosh for much of the half, ‘Well leveled eight minutes from half time. Steven Higgins was alert to a short pass back by Stewart and he raced in to coolly slot under Hurst for his seventh of the campaign.

    It didn’t stay level for long though as Saints were back ahead within two minutes and it was Fortnam-Tomlinson who finally scored at the sixth time of asking. Fullback Scott Gray sent in a good ball towards the near post for the striker who nipped in ahead of Morgyn Neill to net from a few yards out.

    Amazingly, ‘Well should have equalised before the break but Dale Shirkie didn’t get enough on David Ferguson’s cross and headed wide.

    ‘Well came out for the second half with fire in their belly and equalised inside two minutes. Dom Thomas skinned Scott Gray on the flank and his cross eventually found Shirkie at the back post, who smashed home a half-volley with the aid of a slight deflection off Stewart.

    Both sides made changes but it was Saints who should have got themselves back in front.

    Fortnam-Tomlinson was again involved as he raced clear of the defence. He was blocked once again by Stewart but picked up the rebound. He squared it for Scott Wilson who was only denied by an excellent goal line clearance by McMillan.

    ‘Well went immediately on the attack and Erwin almost got amongst the goals.

    He collected after good hassling by Cadden on the halfway line. After striding into the box, he danced around two challenges but could only scoop his left-footed effort high and wide.

    However, the big striker wouldn’t be denied shortly after. Ferguson’s brave header landed at the 19-year old at the edge of the box. He turned his marker Stewart once and then again, leaving him on his backside, before smashing high into the net from an acute angle.

    Saints, clearly shell-shocked, went in search of an equaliser themselves. Fortnam-Tomlinson had another effort straight at Stewart before the ‘Well stopper made another great block to deny Wilson.

    Lee Erwin could have wrapped up the win after racing clear on the left flank, but his neat chipped finish came back off the post and dropped wide. Minutes later, Saints sub Fisayo Adarabioyo raced clear too but Stewart was again quick off his line to make the save.

    ‘Well managed to hang on to the end, but there was still time for one more scare late in the game when Adarabioyo got on the end of a fired Dylan Easton cross but it squirmed inches wide.

    It was an amazing win for Johansson’s men. Saints will have travelled back to Perth thinking what might have been given the chances they created in the game.

    Motherwell: Stewart, Ferguson, McMillan (McCall – 75mins), Hall, Neill, Cadden, McCafferty, Erwin, Shirkie, Thomas, Higgins (MacLean – 55mins)

    Subs: Currie, R.Leitch, Clarke, Mackin

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    Under 20s face Saints at Fir Park

    The Under 20s are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they face St Johnstone at Fir Park.

    Jonatan Johansson’s men are coming to the end of their campaign but face the Saints for the first time.

    ‘Well sit fifth in the table, three points behind neighbours Hamilton Accies having played a game less.

    With just four games remaining, the Finn will be looking to finish the season on a high.

    The match will take place at Fir Park Stadium, kick-off is at 6pm.

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    Top Six Hospitality: 3 for 2 offer

    The Commercial Department has put together a fantastic three-for-two Hospitality offer for our post-split matches.

    If you attend the Celtic and St Johnstone matches in one of our Hospitality Suites, you will be invited to the Inverness Caley match completely free of charge.

    The headline prices for the ‘three for two’ game package is as follows:

    Maxim Office Park – £310pp
    Centenary Amber – £269pp
    Centenary Claret – £159pp


    Individual prices and information for the three matches:

    Maxim Office Park – £180pp
    Centenary Amber – £170pp
    Centenary Claret – £99pp

    Arrival for 11.45am – Hot Filled Rolls served before kickoff, Half Time tea, Meal served after the Game – Roast Sirloin of Beef in a Claret Juice served with Chiefs selection of Vegetables and Black Forrest Gateaux with Tea, Coffee and Mints.


    Maxim Office Park – £130pp
    Centenary Amber – £99pp
    Centenary Claret – £60pp

    Arrival for 1pm – Home Made Lentil Soup, Traditional Steak Pie and Chocolate profiteroles served with Chocolate cream Sauce with Tea, Coffee and Mints.


    Maxim Office Park – £130pp
    Centenary Amber – £99pp
    Centenary Claret – £60pp

    Arrival for 5.45pm – Creamy Potato & Leek Soup, Roast Pepper Chicken Breast in a Pink Peppercorn Sauce and Chocolate Fudge Cake with Tea, Coffee and Mints.


    *pp = per person.