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    Play-off Final Ticket Information

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    Scott McDonald ban overturned

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    Season Tickets: A message from Les

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    TV: Highlights from Cliftonhill

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    TV: Johansson happy with attitude

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 0 Hamilton Accies

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    Club Statement: Scott McDonald

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    Well Society: Les Hutchison Q&A

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    Under 20s in action this Tuesday

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    TV: Baraclough anger at poor finish

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    Play-off Final Ticket Information

    Motherwell Football Club can today confirm ticket details for the Play-off Final second leg at Fir Park on Sunday week (31st May).

    The club’s view remains that the match should have formed part of current 2014/15 Season Ticket holders entitlements and made representation to that effect.

    However, following communication made from the SPFL and their legal representatives, the Board considered their position carefully, examining what our fellow clubs in a similar position have taken forward.

    Given the 50% levy imposed by the league, which doesn’t include an allowance for the cost of running the match, the Board agreed that charging £10 for adults and £5 for concessions for everyone in all four stands, would assist the club to it’s target of a break even for the game.

    Tickets go on full general sale from 2pm today (Thursday, May 21). Current 2014/15 season ticket holders will have their seats reserved until Friday 29th May.

    Ticket information for the first leg at either Ibrox or Easter Road (on Thursday 28th May) will be confirmed at the conclusion of the Semi Final second leg tie this weekend.

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    Scott McDonald ban overturned

    Motherwell FC is pleased to confirm the appeal to overturn Scott McDonald’s red card has been successful.

    The former Aussie International was ordered off against St Mirren last weekend after match referee Brian Colvin, taking advice from his colleagues, adjudged him to have clashed with Saints’ Thomas Reilly.

    Television replays appeared to indicate the match officials had made an error and after a hearing of the Judicial Panel at a Fast Track Tribunal hearing at Hampden Park this morning, the card was reduced to a yellow.

    McDonald said: “I’ll be honest, I’ve been devastated since it happened. I couldn’t believe the ref brandished the red card, as I genuinely didn’t think I had made any contact.

    “The officials made a decision and I was angry with them at the time. I know they’ve only got a split second to make the call but I’m glad they’ve seen it for what it really was.

    “All my focus is now on trying everything I can to keep Motherwell in the SPFL Premiership.”

    General Manager Alan Burrows added: “I would like to once again thank the Compliance Officer Tony McGlennan and his staff for arranging the hearing so swiftly along with the members of the panel who sat and considered our case.

    “It’s another satisfying conclusion, similar to our McManus appeal last January and Scott can now fully focus on some big games for the club over the next ten days.”

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    Season Tickets: A message from Les

    Dear ‘Well fans,

    We are launching our Season Tickets in the same week as two significant anniversaries for Motherwell Football Club.

    On May 17th 1886, this football club was formed and as we enter our 130th year, we reflect on some of the fantastic highs and the achievements of our Club over the years. One of those highs is another significant anniversary – the 18th May 1991 – the club’s greatest moment in the modern era.

    I reflect on those because they are significant to what it means not only to be a Motherwell fan, but a Season Ticket holder. You will see throughout our Season Ticket campaign the tag line ‘through thick and thin’. That isn’t some fancy marketing gimmick – it’s actually the epitome of what it means to be a Motherwell fan and what a Season Ticket holder is all about.

    Yes, we’re launching on the back of what has been a disappointing season despite some recent success. We also have some uncertainty about what league we might compete in for 2015/16. But it is my view, being a Season Ticket holder is more than just winning or losing, more than Premiership or Championship; it represents a bond between you as an individual or family, and this institution that was formed long before any of us were born, and will be here long after all of us are gone.

    Being a season ticket isn’t just about getting additional value, although that is important, it’s about your friends, your family and those memories that will last forever. Those moments in time, shared in joy, jubilation, triumph or disaster. It might be the link to your parents or your children, your friends or colleagues. It’s in your DNA and right now, more than ever, your club needs you to stand with us as we soldier through this tough time.

    We have been here before, this football club has faced immense challenges but all through it, the resilience of the supporters and the people of this area has been there for all to see. We need that same spirit again if we’re to rebuild ourselves.

    Although things haven’t gone the way any of us would have liked on the park, there are huge amounts to be proud and positive of off it. We have a new scouting system, one of the most robust in Scotland, a new sports science and conditioning programme, a pipeline of young talent has been created and we have one of the most successful Community Trusts in Scotland.

    [pullquote]Being a Season Ticket holder is more than just winning or losing, more than Premiership or Championship; it represents a bond between you as an individual or family, and this institution that was formed long before any of us were born, and will be here long after all of us are gone.[/pullquote]

    We are hiring more staff in the areas of Sales and Marketing as we look to remind everyone what Motherwell Football Club is all about, and that is we’re much more than what happens between 3pm and 4.45pm on a Saturday – this club is a 24/7 operation that touches the lives of so many people, I am sure you are immensely proud to be associated with this famous Club.

    Our Community Trust touches the lives of more than 37,000 different individuals, many of whom have fell on very hard times and THAT is what Motherwell Football Club is about. A pillar of this local community, a source of strength in darkness and that’s what you, as a Season Ticket holder, will represent.

    The Board has decided that this year, it will completely freeze Season Ticket prices. There will be no rise either in the Early Bird or the Regular Price.

    To continue our policy of trying to attract the Motherwell fans of tomorrow, we are also pleased to confirm that we have kept the prices for youngsters the same.

    The ‘WELLevate’ initiative, which has ran at the club for more than five years and indeed, in the last year, had over 1,000 participants, has massively impressed me. Forthose that don’t know, that’s when a parent or grandparent can take two kids to every match in the Cooper for the equivalent of just over £5 each per game.

    The fantastic Season Ticket offers which can be used to earn a host of discounts in a number of well-known businesses also returns.

    The likes of Barrett and David Wilson Homes, First Bus, Subway and Peter Vardy all return on a strong list which also contains the likes of McDonalds, KFC, LivingWell Health Club, Evans Halshaw, M&D’s and many, many more.

    As a Season Ticket holder, this last season has been immensely difficult, particularly coming on the back of what had been a tremendous period of success. However, together we can rebuild, make this club sustainable and I am personally asking you to place your faith in the Board and I as we look to do that over the coming year.

    Yours,

    Les Hutchison
    Majority Shareholder
    Motherwell Football Club

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    TV: Highlights from Cliftonhill

    Extended highlights from Cliftonhill as Motherwell U20s end their season with a 4-0 win against Hamilton Accies.

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    TV: Johansson happy with attitude

    Under 20s boss Jonatan Johansson has praised his side’s attitude following their big win over Hamilton Accies.

    A Craig Moore hat-trick and a Dom Thomas goal meant the young Steelmen concluded their season with a storming win against a team who Motherwell have typically hard to beat.

    With little to play for in the way of league position, the Finn was delighted with the way his side applied themselves as the season drew to a close.

    “I’m really pleased with the win and right from the start the hunger was there.

    [pullquote]”We had a few first team players playing so I asked them to show the hunger for the manager and that you want to be involved in the upcoming games and for the young ones to just go out and enjoy the end of the season, staking a claim for next year.[/pullquote]

    “Everything I asked them to do in terms of attitude was really good, especially considering the circumstances of the match. It’s easy to switch off at the end of the season but credit to the boys who went about their business as professionally as I could hope.

    “We have a good attacking side and all throughout the season, although we’ve not always played well, we create chances and today that was evident.

    “It’s a result that leaves me positive about next season and I can’t wait to get started again.”

     

     

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 0 Hamilton Accies

    Motherwell’s Under 20s finished their season in style with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lanarkshire neighbours Hamilton Accies.

    A Craig Moore hat-trick and a Dom Thomas strike were enough to give ‘Well three points  at the unfamiliar location of Cliftonhill, home of fellow Lanarkshire side Albion Rovers after the postponement a week ago.

    Johansson made five changes to the side that beat Falkirk a fortnight ago; Danny McNulty, Craig McCall, Liam Anderson, Steven Higgins and Paul Lawson all making way for Luke Watt, Stuart Carswell, Dom Thomas Craig Moore and Jack Leitch as the Steelmen looked to end the season on a high.

    Within forty seconds they had stated their intentions.

    Good pressing by Jack Leitch set Luke Watt free down the right wing who then slid in a fine low ball to Moore who saw his shot blocked by Hill.

    However, Moore didn’t have  long to wait until he broke the deadlock.

    Thomas did well to win a free-kick 25 yards out. Leitch laid it off to Moore whose shot probably should have been dealt with by Hill but seemed to bounce over his despairing dive as ‘Well went one-up.

    Both side huffed and puffed but there was little in the way of goal-mouth action and Motherwell went into the break with the advantage.

    Again, Motherwell were quick out the traps. Substitute Adam Livingston, who was making his 20s debut, picked up a loose ball, jinked past Armstrong and played a lovely through ball to Moore with the outside of his boot. This time, though, Hill spread himself well and made the stop.

    ‘Well had a spring in their step and very nearly doubled their lead three minutes later.

    From an Accies corner, Craig Moore burst clear and slid in Dom Thomas. You’d have fancied him to find the net but he seemed to snatch at it, eventually prodding well wide of the post.

    Moments later Motherwell got the second goal their dominance had deserved.

    An innocious looking throw-in left Hill in seemingly two minds and he left his pass woefully short allowing Moore to nip in and make no mistake with the finish.

    In truth Ross Stewart in the Motherwell goal had a quiet aftenoon and the small band of gathered spectators only had to wait eight minutes for goal number three.

    Dylan Mackin picked it up just inside the Accies half and clipped a great ball over the head to the full back to Dom Thomas. He took a touch and fired past Hill to give ‘Well a commanding lead.

    The rout was completed four minutes later when Canning lost the ball cheaply to Moore just inside his half and Hill yet again found himself in a 1v1 situation. The outcome never looked in doubt, with Moore firing low past Hill and securing his hat-trick.

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    Club Statement: Scott McDonald

    Motherwell Football Club can confirm that it has today (Monday) formally submitted an appeal to the Scottish FA in relation to Scott McDonald’s red card in Saturday’s SPFL Premiership match against St Mirren.

    The former Australian International striker was shown a straight red card by the match official, Brian Colvin, in the closing stages after being accused of violent conduct in a clash with Saints player Thomas Reilly.

    The club strongly believes this to be a case of wrongful dismissal and has therefore submitted an appeal this afternoon.

    Manager Ian Baraclough said: “I am massively disappointed as it was a poor decision in my eyes.

    “Scott’s absolutely not that type of player. I saw it with my own eyes at the time and I never had any thoughts whatsoever that it would even be a foul, let alone a red card.

    “Having watched it back again several times, I think it’s fairly clear for everyone to see that he hasn’t gone with any aggression or attempted to hurt the player and that’s the view of the lad Reilly himself, who I was pleased to read today thinks it was an incorrect decision.

    “For me, it’s a case of a striker doing what he should do, making his body as big as it can be to try and shield the ball. There was no excessive force used, no violence in my eyes and that is the foundation for our appeal.

    General Manager Alan Burrows added: “Our Football Administrator Karen Paterson has already submitted a Player Reference for Fast Tracking proceeding to the Compliance Officer, and will follow that with the relevant evidence tomorrow.

    “We had what I felt was a very fair and thorough experience when we appealed Stephen McManus’ red card in January and I expect the same again this week.”

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    Well Society: Les Hutchison Q&A

    Motherwell FC owner Les Hutchison will host a question and answer session with supporters tomorrow.

    All ‘Well Society members and Motherwell fans are welcome to attend the event, which will be hosted by Tam Cowan in the Centenary Suite on Tuesday, May 19th at Fir Park (7.30pm start).

    The aim is to give society members the chance to chat and discuss future plans for both the club and Well Society.

    The bar will be open and hot food will be available from 6.30pm.

    Entry is free of charge, no tickets required.

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    Under 20s in action this Tuesday

    Motherwell’s Under 20s take on local rivals Hamilton Accies at Cliftonhill tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.

    It’s the last fixture of the season for Jonatan Johansson’s young side in what has been a season of mixed fortunes as the Steelmen sit mid-table.

    In contrast, Accies have already cemented third place and ‘Well have typically found them a tough side to beat, losing the previous encounter 1-0 back in August.

    Kick-off is 2pm. Entry is free.

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    TV: Baraclough anger at poor finish

    Ian Baraclough felt his side should’ve had enough in the tank to see out today’s game at St Mirren.

    Despite not being near their best, the Fir Parkers took the lead on the 75th minute, Josh Sutton slamming home a penalty kick.

    However, ‘Well were unable to hold on and lost two goals in the closing stages to lose the match, a defeat that consigns the team to 11th spot an a Play-off match against either Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South at the end of the month.

    “My mood is one of frustration and disappointment,” Baraclough said after the match.

    “We weren’t at our best but got ourselves in front yet haven’t been able to manage the game and see it out.

    “There is enough games and experience in the dressing room to make sure we win in those situations, but we’ve switched off from a set play and lost a cheap goal.

    [pullquote]here is enough games and experience in the dressing room to make sure we win in those situations, but we’ve switched off from a set play and lost a cheap goal.[/pullquote]

    “We’ve had chances we’ve not taken and when we’ve taken the lead there was a sense of panic, not moving the ball well or working our opponents.

    Baraclough must now prepare his side for the play-offs, with a game to come against Partick Thistle first.

    He said: “Everybody’s got to be ready. Up for the battle, up for the task of now making sure we come through them play-offs.

    “I’ve gone round individuals, what their qualities are. They can go and win games of football with their quality and we’ve got to show that as a group, as a collective, each bringing out their own individual quality to go and make sure the team performs and wins games of football.”

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