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    You Tube: McCall focused on fitness

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    2014/15 Squad Numbers confirmed

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    Players return for pre-season training

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    Europa League: 2nd Round Draw

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    Season Review DVD goes on sale

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    TV: ‘Well sell Anier to Aue

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    Get involved: Summer Soccer Camp

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    SPFL Premiership Fixtures 2014/15

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    TV: Ainsworth pens extended deal

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    Hutchinson departs for Fulham

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    You Tube: McCall focused on fitness

    Stuart McCall hopes ‘Well’s Portuguese training camp will be as successful as previous years at giving his side a springboard for the new campaign.

    The Steelmen were in Moncarapacho two summers ago and the Costa Brava last July, but have returned again to Colina Verde as they prepare for a busy European and domestic campaign.

    McCall and his assistant Kenny Black are putting the squad through a grueling programme, which includes treble sessions each day in the baking Algarve heat, with temperatures on the first day reaching nearly ninety degrees Fahrenheit.

    And that, coupled with team bonding, is what the Fir Park boss hopes to take from the camp.

    [pullquote]Back home, the weather is never a definite and with grass surfaces in their infancy, things are not always guaranteed, so this gives us the ideal platform to work the boys hard.[/pullquote]

    Speaking exclusively to Motherwell’s Official You Tube Channel, the 40-times capped former Scotland midfielder said: “Although this year we’ve only got a few new lads, in previous seasons it (pre-season trip) has really helped in terms of the lads getting to know each other.

    “More importantly though, it ensures we get plenty of sessions in.

    “Back home, the weather is never a definite and with grass surfaces in their infancy, things are not always guaranteed, so this gives us the ideal platform to work the boys hard.

    “It’s a quiet place which allows the lads to focus solely on the training, working hard and enjoying each other’s company. We’ll do that this week before starting bounce games and friendlies when we get back to Scotland.”

    Keep up to date with additional information via Twitter and some behind-the-scenes pictures on Instagram. Action shots from training can also be found on our official Facebook page.

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    2014/15 Squad Numbers confirmed

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall has confirmed squad numbers for current contracted players ahead of the forthcoming 2014/15 season.

    The numbers, subject to change for new and departing players, are:

    1.
    2. Craig Reid
    3. Stevie Hammell
    4. Stuart Carswell
    5. Simon Ramsden
    6. Stephen McManus
    7. Lionel Ainsworth
    8. Paul Lawson
    9. John Sutton
    11. Iain Vigurs
    12. Dan Twardzik
    13. Gunnar Nielsen
    14. Keith Lasley
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    16. Bob McHugh
    17. Zaine Francis-Angol
    18. Josh Law
    19. Lee Erwin
    20. Fraser Kerr
    21. Jack Leitch
    22. Craig Moore
    23. Adam Cummins

    26. Dom Thomas
    27. Steven Higgins
    28. Morgyn Neill
    29. Chris Cadden
    30. David Ferguson
    31. Max Currie
    32. Craig McCall
    33. Liam Anderson
    34. Dylan Mackin
    35. Danny McNulty
    36. Robbie Leitch
    37. Ben Hall
    38. Luke Watt
    39. Ross McLean
    40. Alan Campbell
    41. Brett Long
    42. Ryan Watters
    43. Jack McMillan

    51. Allan Todd
    52. David Lindsay
    69. Graeme Balmer
    80. Stephen Grieve
    91. Joe Smith

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    Players return for pre-season training

    Action pictures from Dalziel Park as the Motherwell squad return for pre-season training.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Europa League: 2nd Round Draw

    Motherwell have been drawn to face Stjarnan F.C or Bangor City FC in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League.

    The Steelmen are in the competition for the fifth time in the tournament’s six-year existence, but have as yet to progress past the ‘Play Off’ stage.

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall will bring his side back in for pre-season training this Wednesday before pitting his wits against either Rúnar Páll Sigmundsson or Neville Powell next month.

    In recent years, the Fir Parkers have faced stern opposition in the way of Steaua Bucharest, Aalesunds FK, Odense BK, Levante U.D. and FC Kuban Krasnodar.

    The match dates are Thursday 17th and 24th July. Full details of home/away as well as ticket and travel information will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

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    Season Review DVD goes on sale

    Motherwell FC is pleased to announce the Season Review 13/14 DVD is now on sale at the ‘Well Shop.

    Season 2013/14 had it all: drama, tension, excitement and a sensational finale.

    Motherwell fans witnessed yet another record breaking season for The Steelmen, one that looked against the odds as injuries began to take their toll and Stuart McCall’s squad was stretched to its limits.

    However, Motherwell battled on and smashed their post war points record, racking up an astonishing seventy points, winning twenty-two games and scoring sixty-six goals along the way.

    Now you can relive the thrills and spills of this epic season on this exclusive DVD.

    Every goal is here, from Henri Anier’s late winner against Hibs at Easter Road last August, all the way through the twists and turns leading up to the dramatic final game of the season; a shootout against Aberdeen where Craig Reid’s injury time strike propelled The Steelmen into second place and sent the away fans into raptures!

    ‘Well Society members who have renewed their benefits can pick up their complimentary copy from The Chapman Building at Fir Park.

    Non-members can purchase a Season Review DVD for just £10 from The ‘Well Shop either in person or online at www.motherwelldirect.co.uk.

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    TV: ‘Well sell Anier to Aue

    Motherwell FC can today confirm Henri Anier has been sold to 2. Bundesliga side FC Erzgebirge Aue for an undisclosed fee.

    Discussions between the clubs have been ongoing for a period of time before an agreement was eventually reached.

    Anier joined the club last season on loan from Viking FK, scoring seven goals before signing for the club on a full-time basis last January.

    He went on to score a subsequent two goals in the second half of the season, eventually taking his tally to nine goals in 40 appearances during 2013/14.

    Speaking to motherwellfc.co.uk, the Estonian said: “I had a big decision to make leaving Motherwell as it has been a brilliant place for me to play football.

    [pullquote]I really enjoyed things on and off the park. However, this was a good option for me and for the club, so it is one I had to take.[/pullquote]

    “I want to wish everyone at Motherwell the very best of luck for the future and thank everyone for all their support in the last year.”

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall added: “We have managed to keep the majority of our squad together this summer but when an offer comes along for a player, the club has to consider it.

    “I’ve already been working on several options to replace Henri and now that his move is official, we will now look to pursue them.”

    Everyone at Motherwell Football Club would like to thank Henri for his contribution during his spell at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Get involved: Summer Soccer Camp

    Motherwell FC Community Trust is once again running their ever popular Summer Soccer Camps during the school holidays for boys & girls aged 5-15 years.

    The camp will be held at Fir Park with coaching sessions taking place on the Fir Park AstroTurf & in the Maxim Office Park South Stand Gymnasium.

    The coaching sessions will be delivered by SFA accredited coaches & will focus on passing, shooting, tackling as well as fun competitions and small sided games.

    The participants may also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the Motherwell FC first team players as they prepare for the Europa League Qualifiers & the start of the Scottish Premiership 2014/2015 season.

    Prices for the Soccer Camp are £11 per day & £50 for the week.

    The dates for the courses are as followed:

    • Week 1 – 30th June – 4th July
    • Week 2 – 14th July – 18th July
    • Week 3 – 28th July – 1st August
    • Week 4 – 4th August – 8th August

    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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    SPFL Premiership Fixtures 2014/15

    Motherwell will kick off their SPFL Premiership campaign with a home match against St Mirren.

    ‘Well will then face Dundee United (a), Inverness CT (h), Kilmarnock (a) and St Johnstone (h) to complete the first month of the new campaign.

    Other notable dates are the first Lanarkshire derby of the season against Hamilton Accies, which is on Saturday 27th September at Fir Park. The first at New Douglas Park is on New Years Day – Thursday 1st January.

    The first Celtic match is in Glasgow on Saturday 20th September with the first home match against the title-holders not until 6th December.

    The festive period has been kind with away trips to Paisley and the aforementioned trip across Lanarkshire the only travelling to contend with.

    >> FULL FIXTURE LIST FOR 2014/15

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    TV: Ainsworth pens extended deal

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to confirm Lionel Ainsworth has signed a new one-year contract at the club.

    The winger enjoyed a fantastic debut season whilst on loan from Rotherham United last term.

    In just 23 starts, the 26-year old scored eleven goals and assisted in twelve, helping the Steelmen finish runners-up to Celtic for the second consecutive season.

    With his contract at the Millers due to expire this summer, Motherwell have managed to beat off competition from north and south of the border, and overseas, to secure his signature for at least one more year.

    Speaking exclusively to MFC TV, Ainsworth said: “I’m very happy. I’ve had a summer thinking about what’s going to happen and to be honest I never wanted to leave.

    [pullquote]I’m happy to have it sorted and I love the club. In the short space of time I’ve been here everyone in and around the club have been brilliant  and I feel at home here.[/pullquote]

    “I managed to hit the ground running last year and hopefully I can carry that on to next season.

    “It would be amazing if I could score more goals next season and get more assists but I know I have to go out there and give my all to keep my spot in the team. We achieved great things last year and I’m sure we can go out and do it again.”

    ‘Well boss Stuart McCall added: “We are delighted to have Lionel on-board again and it’s another piece of our summer transfer work taken care of early.

    “He made such a massive contribution last season, particularly around the Christmas and New Year period when he was flying high and practically unplayable in certain games.

    “To have such a scoring threat from midfield is vital for any side, but he also contributes by creating goals for our strikers.

    “With a strong pre-season behind him and the platform of playing in the Europa League to look forward to, it should be a big season for him.”

    -WATCH LIONEL’S INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVELY ON MFC TV

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    Hutchinson departs for Fulham

    Motherwell FC can today confirm Shaun Hutchinson has left the club to sign for Championship side Fulham.

    The 6ft 2-inch powerhouse arrived at Fir Park from Wallsend Boys Club back in 2007 after catching the eye during the annual exit trials staged by the English FA at Lillieshall.

    He enjoyed seven excellent years in North Lanarkshire, making his debut against Hamilton Accies in May 2008 aged just 17.

    He went on to play a further 142 times in Claret and Amber, including numerous Champions League and Europa League games, netting nine times in total. He was also named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in 2012/13 as ‘Well cruised to their first of two consecutive runners-up spots.

    Although the club offered Shaun an extended deal, ‘Well boss Stuart McCall was resigned to losing him with significant interest from elsewhere.

    “I had mentioned to his agent that we would offer him slightly improved terms from last season, but it was fairly clear that there was some big hitters looking at him,” McCall told motherwellfc.co.uk.

    “Shaun has been excellent for Motherwell and this move is a reward for all his hard work and dedication.

    “We will obviously miss him, but at the same time, we wish him well in what is a superb move.”

    Hutchinson was understandably sad to be leaving what has become home for him, but was excited at the prospect of joining a club like Fulham.

    He said: “I was a difficult decision to leave Motherwell and I had to really think hard about it.

    “It has been a fantastic apprenticeship for me and I am very appreciative of what everyone at the club has done. The fans have also been brilliant and I want to personally thank them for their support.

    “However, this is a great opportunity at Fulham and I can’t wait to get started. “

    Hutchinson may make a speedy return to Fir Park with the Cottagers due to play a pre-season friendly in North Lanarkshire on July 12th. Tickets for that match are available on the gate priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.