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    Bob McHugh joins Airdrie on loan

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    Kilmarnock Ticket Offer

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    Vacancy: Head of Marketing & Commercial

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    TV: Highlights from Cappielow

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    TV: Johansson calls for clinical ‘Well

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    Celtic U20s 2 – 0 Motherwell U20s

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    Easter Soccer Camp returns

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #12

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    David Ferguson joins Alloa on loan

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    Bob McHugh joins Airdrie on loan

    Striker Bob McHugh has joined League One side Airdrieonians on loan until the end of the current season.

    McHugh, 23, made his debut for the Steelmen back in Mark McGhee’s first year (2007/08), aged just sixteen. He has gone on to play for seven subsequent seasons, taking part in ninety games (fourteen starts), scoring eight goals.

    He has also spent time out on loan at Queen of the South towards the tail end of last season but, frustratingly, injury has once again curtailed his involvement during the current term.

    With Scott McDonald, Lee Erwin, John Sutton and Craig Moore all battling it out for a place amongst the starters, the Glasgow-born striker will now play out the rest of the season at the Excelsior Stadium.

    [pullquote]He has found breaking into the team difficult, so this loan move will allow him to get out there and play regular first-team football in a team batting to get into that play-off zone.[/pullquote]

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough said: “Bob’s attitude since returning from injury has been first class.

    “He has played, and worked hard, in numerous Development League matches. Unfortunately for him, whilst he was out, Scott McDonald has joined the club, John Sutton has continued to score, Lee Erwin has really kicked on and Craig Moore returned from injury much quicker than first anticipated.

    “He has found breaking into the team difficult, so this loan move will allow him to get out there and play regular first-team football in a team batting to get into that play-off zone.”

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    Kilmarnock Ticket Offer

    Motherwell fans travelling to Rugby Park on Saturday should note the following offer is available.

    Due to new turnstile system fans require a barcoded ticket to gain entry into the stadium and to try to encourage fans to purchase before travelling, Kilmarnock are offering discounted tickets as follows:

    Adult: £20 (£22 on the day)
    Concession: £13 (£15 on the day)
    U12: £5

    In addition, they are offering up to three free U12 tickets with every adult ticket purchased – this does not apply to concessions.

    These discounts will be available until 5pm on Friday 3rd April 2015. To help fans, the club will open late night (7pm) on Thursday, 2nd April to allow fans who wish to pre-purchase tickets the chance to do so.

    Full ticket prices on the cash turnstiles will apply on the day at the stadium.

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    Vacancy: Head of Marketing & Commercial

    As a part of the approved business plan for Motherwell FC, it was quickly identified the Club has a real need for input when it comes to how it markets itself.

    Most, if not all, of the focus has been purely sales driven, giving a lop-sided approach to how the Club is perceived and our ability to maximise revenues.

    The refocused objective is to develop a revised brand for Motherwell Football Club based on its history and successes on the field and endurance of the local people through recent economic decline.

    The key aspect of the new brand will be to change perception of the Club, which is now more philanthropic, engaging and community based.

    With this in mind, both the ‘Well Society and the Motherwell Football Club Community Trust will be fully engaged in helping support the new brand of the Club.

    This new brand will be used on all marketing to the local, national and international potential fans, clients and customers of the Club.

    That will involve four key stands:

    a) Local Marketing
    b) National Marketing
    c) International Marketing
    d) Internet & Social Media Marketing

    The ideal candidate would be skilled in sales and marketing of a community activity, excellent skills in the effective use of social media to achieve sales targets, developing new revenue streams, media information preparation and distribution, marketing concepts and positioning, people management, sales planning, competitive analysis, understanding the customer, product development, client relationships, sales target oriented.

    He or she would also demonstrate a willingness to really buy into the Motherwell vision of putting the football club at the front and centre of everything the local community aspires to be. That can be achieved by significant focus on some of the great, untold, stories of not only the football club, but the MFC Community Trust.

    Main Duties:

    • Achieve an effective sales and marketing operation, develop new and grow existing revenue streams, preparing and completing action plans; implementing change.
    • Meet and exceed marketing and sales financial objectives, preparing an annual budget; scheduling expenditures; analysing variances; initiating corrective actions.
    • Determine annual and gross-profit plans by forecasting and developing annual sales quotas for function rooms; sponsorship; advertising; south stand; establishing effective metrics to measure performance
    • Accomplishes marketing and sales objectives by planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating advertising, merchandising, and trade promotion programs; developing field sales action plans.
    • Build an effective sales and marketing programme using social media and improving current web sites.
    • Improves product marketability and profitability by researching, identifying, and capitalising on market opportunities; improving product packaging.
    • Take the lead on sales to local, national and international companies. Sustain rapport with key accounts, fans and corporate guests by making periodic visits; exploring specific needs; anticipating new opportunities.
    • Accomplishes marketing and sales human resource objectives by recruiting (if necessary), selecting, orienting, training, assigning, scheduling, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing job contributions; planning and reviewing compensation actions; enforcing policies and procedures.
    • Provides information by collecting, analysing, and summarising data and trends.
    • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organisations.
    • Coordinate sales and marketing activity with both the ‘Well Society and Community Trust.
    • Manage a team of sales and marketing personnel.

    If you are interested in applying please email your CV and covering letter to alan.burrows@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Salary: Negotiable, depending on experience
    Closing Date for applications: 10th April 2015

    Motherwell Football Club is an equal opportunities employer.

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    TV: Highlights from Cappielow

     Extended highlights from Cappielow Park as the Under 20s crashed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Celtic.

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    TV: Johansson calls for clinical ‘Well

    Under 20s boss Jonatan Johansson felt the clinical nature of tonight’s opponents was the main difference between the two teams.

    Both teams traded chances during an entertaining ninety minutes, played on a heavy pitch at a rain-soaked Cappielow.

    Despite the scores being level after an hour, Celtic scored twice in twenty minutes to secure the win, their second over the Steelmen this campaign after Youth Cup success on the same ground last November.

    There was plenty of hard work and no shortage of chances for the Fir Parkers, but it wasn’t to be their night.

    [pullquote]It might sound like a stupid thing to say, but the only real difference for me was the goals scored. They were more clinical when they needed to be and we can perhaps defend a little better on both goals.[/pullquote]

    Johansson told MFC TV after the match: “It was a good game, both teams played well on a difficult pitch; I really enjoyed the game.

    “It might sound like a stupid thing to say, but the only real difference for me was the goals scored. They were more clinical when they needed to be and we can perhaps defend a little better on both goals.

    “We created enough chances ourselves to score at least one. Our attitude was good, some of our movement was excellent so despite the defeat, there are plenty of positives we can take from tonight’s game.”

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    Celtic U20s 2 – 0 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell Under 20s crashed 2-0 to Celtic at a sodden, rain-battered Cappielow this evening.

    On a very heavy pitch, both teams deserve credit for what turned out to be an entertaining evening’s football.

    The score was level at the break, with both teams passing up chances. However, Jamie Lindsay and Jaison McGrath got on the score sheet during the second forty-five to ensure all three points went to Stephen Frail’s side.

    For the second match in succession, Jonatan Johansson made eight changes to the starting eleven. McNulty, McCall, Maguire, Anderson, R.Leitch, Mackin, Higgins and Campbell all dropped out, replaced by J.Leitch, O’Brien, Kerr, Carswell, O’Brien, Moore, D.Thomas and MacLean.

    The rain hammered down on Cappielow and the pitch twice passed an inspection before finally been given the go ahead, despite water pooling on the stand side touchline.

    Celtic were the first to threaten when Joe Thomson had two shots within quick succession. His first sailed over the bar whilst his second, a curler from the edge of the D, went inches wide. Teammate Lindsay also had a shot from distance that was only a yard or so over Stewart’s bar.

    In reply, Dom Thomas had two efforts and on goal, both of them dragged narrowly wide of Leo Fasan’s left hand post.

    Both teams were playing good football, in spite of the terrible conditions, but it was the home side that created more of the chances.

    Thomson had another low shot well held by Stewart before the ‘Well stopper made an excellent save to deny Callum McGregor, who had raced clear one-on-one, only for his shot to be blocked.

    Tom Rogic had a shot deflected into the side netting, McGrath dragged an effort wide and defender Breslin hooked a long-range effort high and wide as the half drew to a close, with neither team able to get their noses in front.

    The Steelmen made much the better start to the second half and Thomas posted early intentions with a curling shot that Fasan was comfortable enough to pluck out the air.

    The Italian stopper had to look smart to save a dipping shot from Moore and a long-range Lawson strike along the rain-soaked grass.

    It took the hosts about ten minutes to find their feet again, McGregor getting their first shot away in anger, although Stewart was content to watch it rise over the bar.

    A similar fate befell a Lawson shot on the hour when, after collecting a sharply taken free kick on the edge of the box, he ballooned an effort high and into the terracing behind the goal.

    The deadlock was finally broke shortly after and it was a strike of some quality from Jamie Lindsay. He picked up on a headed clearance after McGregor’s whipped corner and, on the volley, smashed home from twenty yards out.

    Motherwell immediately looked to get back into it and on-loan Derby defender Mark O’Brien came close with a header from a corner, but it was straight at Fasan who held on.

    Celtic looked dangerous on the counter though, McGregor forcing another decent save from Stewart and sub Nesbitt firing a shot wide of target.

    Then, with their next attack, Celtic doubled their lead and secured the points when McGrath got on the end of a Darnell Fisher cutback to poke home at the near post.

    There was still time for Fasan to deny Craig Moore with a wonder save, at full stretch turning his rasping drive onto the post before the Hoops defence hoofed it cleared.

    Motherwell: Stewart, Watt, McMillan (Mackin – 82mins), Leitch, O’Brien, Kerr, Carswell, Lawson, Moore, Thomas, MacLean

    Subs: Currie, McNulty, McCall, Hall, Anderson, Higgins

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    Easter Soccer Camp returns

    Youngsters aged 5-14 are bring urged to get fit and healthy, improve their football skills and have fun by taking part in the 2015 MFC Community Trust Easter Holiday Camp.

    The Camp will be held on the Fir Park Astroturf from 6th-10th April and 13th-17th April. Running from 8:30- 3:30 each day and delivered by SFA accredited coaches, sessions will focus on a range of skills such as shooting, passing and dribbling.

    Kids will then have the chance to put their new skills into practice through penalty competitions and small-sided games.

    As part of our expanding and extremely popular Girls performance Centre, we will also be introducing a Girls Only Easter Camp.

    MFC First team players, Under 20’s players, and MFC Ladies players will also be popping in to offer pointers and advice to the McDonald, Lasley and Pearson’s of the future.

    Motherwell FC manager Ian Baraclough said: “Our Community Trust are doing a fantastic job.

    “There are now over 350 players registered with our Community Teams and playing in Claret and Amber every week, as well as 200 children playing in our Soccer Centres.

    “The Easter Holiday programme is a fantastic opportunity for the boys and girls to come along and have fun, and remember, we’ve always got our eye open for talented youngsters too so there are plenty of reasons to get involved.”

    Places are available at only £11 per day and £50 per week. Group bookings are also being taken. Drop off will be from 8.30am to help those busy working mum’s and dad’s, however, call the office to arrange a later drop off time if more convenient.

    For further information on times as well as bookings phone Motherwell Football Club Community Trust on 01698 239 926 or alternatively visit www.motherwellsoccerschools.com.

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #12

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    Success in the City of Discovery

    It was a very convincing win for our ladies squad as they swept Dundee City aside in the second round of the League Cup last weekend.

    Another difficult pitch didn’t make conditions easy for either side, but Motherwell were quick to dominate play and test the young City keeper.

    City did threaten the ‘Well goal however but Linda Gibson was quick to shut the door.

    ‘Well ladies netted the first goal and continued in fine form to see the first half out 6-0. The second half begun much like the first. Dundee showed a lot of resilience to beat off an onslaught of ‘Well attacks, however they weren’t able to hold off the ‘Tiki taka’ style of ‘Well play that saw several quick breaches of their defensive line.

    Gaffer McArthur, spoilt for choice, then looked to the bench to utilise some of the excellent young talent he has in the squad… that proved highly successful. Fresh legs and fresh faces brought a change the City players weren’t able to counteract, with goals 7, 8 and 9 coming in quick succession.

    A late penalty shout saw City with a chance to claw one back for the home side, which they did successfully with a coolly converted kick from the spot.

    Final score: Dundee City 1, Motherwell Ladies 9.
    Goals: Liddell (3), M.Burns (2) Mason (1), McInally (1) T.Burns (1) Gallagher (1)

    This week’s Player Focus sees us get all the low down on former Scotland Internationalist, Stacey Cook, pictured below celebrating her 50th International cap several years ago.

    Full name: Stacey Cook

    Nickname: Staceo or Cookie

    D.O.B: 09/11/1980

    Preferred position: Centre Midfield

    Years in the game: 24

    Previous clubs:
    Motherwell Rovers 1994
    Ayr Utd 1996
    Killie 1999
    Hibs 2000
    Celtic 2009
    Renfrew 2013
    Motherwell FC – Present

    International duty:
    U16 1994-1996
    Women’s A squad 1997-2007

    Q) What team do you support?

    I grew up a Rangers fan, I am now a Motherwell Ladies fan of course!

    Q) What is your trademark phrase?

    “There’s yer dinner!”

    Q) What is your best sporting memory?

    Achieving A-category with the National team, meaning we would take part in the World Cup and European qualification matches.

    Q) Who are your favourite players?

    Kim Little and Steven Gerrard

    Q) It’s great to have you as part of the squad Stacey, what brought about your move to Motherwell Ladies FC?

    Well to be honest, Linda Gibson (Gibby) had been texting me back and forth, I then arranged to meet Charlie and to be honest, after five minutes in the room I knew this was the team I wanted to play for. The vision and ambition of Motherwell ladies is quite incredible for a team that is only in its second season, from grass roots right through to the ladies. I also started my career back in 1994 at Motherwell Rovers so thought it quite fitting to finish my career at the mighty ‘Well.

    Q) You’re obviously a very experienced player. I remember when I first started playing for Guiliano’s in the premier league (when I was young and fresh faced!) maybe 11 years ago now, you were the one to watch when it was a Hibs fixture. Who inspired you when you first came into the game?

    When I first started playing I remember getting to a final with Ayr Utd, we were playing against Cumbernauld Cosmos who were made up mainly of Internationalists; I watched one player during our warm-up keep the ball up from the half way line right up to their goalkeeper, Pauline Hamill. I was later lucky enough to play alongside her at Hibs and Scotland, who to this day remains a very good friend of mine.

    Q) You have achieved the highest accolade in Scottish Women’s football and one the majority of players can only dream of achieving and that is to represent your country! Tell us more…

    Pulling on a Scotland jersey, walking onto the park and singing my national anthem for the very first time is something I will never forget. I have 72 caps for my country and each and every one of them will always remain one of my proudest achievements in football. Being part of the National squad took me all over the world and for a young girl from Coalburn, this allowed me to fulfil most of my ambitions in football.

    Q) Its very clear to see you still have a real passion for football. What is it that still draws you to playing the beautiful game after all these years?

    Still to this day, every Sunday, I wake with butterflies in my tummy, knowing that I’m playing football that day and to be honest the minute that changes I’ll know the boots are ready to be hung up. I also like a good carry-on at training when Graham and Malky are not looking!

    Q) All at MLFC is sorry to hear that you are out just now with an injury, is it difficult being stuck on the sidelines and not being able to play?

    I’m not a good fan to be honest as I always want to be on the park but having suffered a few injuries during my career, I know how important it is to show and give my teammates support. I only have this attitude through age, if you’d asked this in my 20s there would have been a few naughty words in this answer.

    Q) I would imagine the frustration it’s made even worse being right at the start of the season, I would imagine you are kicking and heading every ball from the stands! Have you been pleased with how your team mates have been performing so far?

    I’m so proud and pleased with the way the girls have performed in our first two games. 21 goals in two games is phenomenal. I’m going to have to work really hard once fit to get back into the team, which it something I am looking forward to.

    Q) What is the worst injury you have suffered in your long and successful career?

    I ruptured my ACL whilst playing with Hibs which put me out for 6 months. The surgeon had to take part of my hamstring out of my opposite leg to repair my cruciate. That was the toughest injury I had to overcome.

    Q) Do you think the mental struggle of recovery is harder to get your head around than the physical side?

    After my ACL repair I spoke to a friend who was a sports phycologist, she helped me understand that any injury is 90% mental and 10% physical. That one sentence helped me so much in my recovery process. I realised it’s not just about the wound healing, it’s everything you do right down to the food you eat, the way you think, accepting what happened and moving onto the healing process. This mind-set helped me recover quicker; I was back playing 6 month later when I was told it would be a minimum 9months.

    Q) When do you hope to be back training?

    I enjoyed my first road run this week and look forward to getting run number two under my belt this week also! Really hoping I will get a run out at some point on Sunday as I was really gutted to miss the start of the season.

    Q) This season sees an entirely new league, playing a lot of different, but challenging opponents…which opponent do you look forward to playing the most and why? …or is there no-one you fear?

    To be honest many of the teams in our league are new to me, I know any challenging team we come up against this season we are fully equipped to deal with them…. Bring it on!

    Q) Okay, so your team mates past and present have let me in on a few of your secrets…in your opinion, what’s been your most embarrassing football moment?

    As most of the experienced (see older) players in my team know I do love to carry on and I am usually always the one being told off for acting the clown, so I have collected a few embarrassing moments during my playing career but I’m afraid they are much too naughty to put down on paper…. Sorry!! I will just say one thing… “Mash potatoes”

    Q) Tell me a secret no one knows about one of your team mates…

    Ahh, see! …I am more than happy to dish the dirt on other people though! One of the funniest moments for me and embarrassing moments for her was during a World Cup qualifier. We were at our last training session before the big game and you could tell the mood in the camp was one of extreme nerves. Vera Pauw shouted us all over for one of her inspiring team talks, so we all sprinted over apart from one girl who was kneeling down…we all thought she was praying or injured. Vera kept asking; “What is she doing?” …to our astonishment we found out she was ”peeing” in the centre of the park! Haahaa, she will kill me! This girl, well woman now has just given birth to twins, so shall remain nameless! ***cough Mhari Gilmour cough***

    Q) What are your hopes for the season and cup campaigns ahead?

    There is no doubt in my mind that we (MLFC) are one of the strongest team in the league, so my hopes along with the rest of the girls I’m sure is to win the league and League Cup….. Plain and simple! We have had great preparation during pre-season and have started out campaign off very strongly. It’s a privilege and honour to be playing for Motherwell Ladies, so I would love to repay the coaches and Charlie by helping my team achieve these goals… “Well, Well, Super Well”

    Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better Stacey! You have had an amazing career so far and we are very happy to have you here to continue it at our club! Welcome to the ‘Well Family. We wish you a lightning quick recovery and are very much looking forward to seeing you back on the pitch in the coming weeks!

    This week’s league fixture sees MLFC take on Blackburn Utd this Sunday, 2pm kick off. After a horrendous act of vandalism to the ‘Well ladies home pitch in Carluke, this game will now take place at Ravenscraig on the 3G outdoor pitch. We welcome you along to watch the ladies in action.

    For more info and up to date happenings at MLFC, follow me on twitter: @dibsy_

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    David Ferguson joins Alloa on loan

    Youngster David Ferguson has today joined Championship side Alloa Atheltic on loan until the end of the season.

    Ferguson, 19, has been a mainstay for Jonatan Johansson’s Under 20s side this campaign and made his first-team debut against Dundee Utd at Tannadice last August.

    He has subsequently gone on to play top team football on six separate occasions, including three starts against Inverness, Ross County and St Mirren.

    Comfortable across the back four and in midfield, he will look to help Paddy Connolly’s men as they battle with Cowdenbeath and Livingston at the foot of the Championship table.

    [pullquote]Playing in the Championship with Alloa will benefit him enormously, particularly being in a first-team when the pressure is on, as opposed to playing Development League football every Tuesday.[/pullquote]

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough said: “David has performed really well in recent matches for the Under 20s, but with Louis Laing, Stephen McManus, Simon Ramsden, Mark O’Brien, Fraser Kerr, Josh Law and Luke Watt all battling for a spot in a similar position, it’s been difficult for him to get in.

    “However, playing in the Championship with Alloa will benefit him enormously, particularly being in a first-team when the pressure is on, as opposed to playing Development League football every Tuesday.

    “Like the other three players out on loan (Morgyn Neill, Chris Cadden and Adam Cummins), we’ll monitor his progress from now until the end of May.”

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

     Extended highlights from Excelsior Stadium as a young Motherwell U20s lose 2-1 to Partick Thistle

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