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    TV: Baraclough to mix it up

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #14

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    McLean to officiate Thistle clash

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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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    TV: Baraclough to mix it up

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough says he is likely to make changes ahead of tomorrow’s match with Partick Thistle.

    The Steelmen take on the Jags in what is the last regular game of the SPFL Premiership season, before a Play-off Final double-header against either Rangers or Hibernian.

    And with that in mind, the Fir Park boss will provide an opportunity for those who perhaps haven’t played much in recent times to stake a claim for those games late next week.

    Speaking to MFC TV ahead of the Jags match, he said: “The match will give one or two the real chance of staking their claim for a starting berth in the Play-off.

    “Some of these lads will have felt they should’ve been in the starting team for some time. They may have knocked on my door and asked for a chance so this is their opportunity.

    “I’m looking for a good performance, one full of energy; that we take the game to our opponents and ensuring I have one or two headaches going into the match against either Hibs or Rangers.”

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #14

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    This week’s blog features experienced midfielder Kirsty McBride the proud holder of 50 Scottish International caps and a host of honours during her time with Hibernian and Arsenal.

    It’s fair to say that Kirsty was one of Manager Graeme McArthur’s biggest signing targets for the 2015 season.

    Having watched her throughout the 2014 season, the decision to try and sign the left winger was cemented when the Fir Park side played Renfrew in the last game of the season and Kirsty won a penalty and scored with a peach of a volley to earn her former team a draw.

    Thankfully the former Scotland star signed on the dotted line for the Fir Park team.

    Name: Kirsty McBride

    Nickname: Bridie

    D.O.B: 09/09/85

    Preferred position: Left midfield

    How many years have you been playing: 21

    All previous clubs (and dates):

    Hawthorn 1993-1997

    Leith Athletic 1998-1999

    Hibs u17 2000

    Hibernian 2001 – 2005

    Arsenal 2005-2006

    Hibernian 2006-2009

    Celtic 2010

    Renfrew – 2014

    Motherwell – current

    International duty (from/to): A squad 1997 – 2010

    What team do you support: Hibs

    Trademark phrase: Being from Edinburgh, it would have to, “aye ah Ken”

    Best sporting memory: All my years and success at Hibs Ladies; the best years of my life

    Favourite male player: Ryan Giggs

    Favourite female player: Stacey Cook

    Q: What made you make the move from Renfrew Stallions to the mighty ‘Well?

    A: The foundations, structure and vision for the future at Motherwell is fantastic and something I wanted to be part of.

    Q: You have played top-level football in Scotland for a while now Kirsty. I know I am just a smidge off your age, but I do remember playing against you when I was at Raith Rovers and I was most certainly done down their left wing a fair few times! It was Hibs you played for in those days, but 9 years on and it’s apparent at training you have still managed to hold onto your pace and tricky feet! What is it that motivates you to train and play?

    A: I absolutely love playing football and I think enjoying it is the key. Once you stop enjoying it, you lose the motivation to train hard and keep fit. My advice to the youngsters that are the future of the club and the future of the women’s game is to always want to be the best, don’t settle for anything less. Train hard, eat well and ENJOY IT!

    Q: You have experience playing for Scotland too, what’s it like to represent your country?

    A: It’s the best feeling in the world, pulling on the strip and singing the national anthem gives you goosebumps. There’s no feeling like it.

    Q: It was a tough preseason for you as you suffered an injury early on that has kept you out until very recently. How has it been not being able to play and watching the girls take to the pitch every Sunday?

    A: I’ll be honest, I HATE watching. Every bit of me wants to run on the pitch and join in. Being injured is the most frustrating thing in the world. The team has been playing fantastic though which is great to see. I’m definitely happy to be back though to fight for my place again 🙂

    Q: Are you fully fit now and ready to tackle the rest of the season?

    A: Yes, I am fully fit and feeling great. I’m looking forward to the season ahead with a fantastic bunch of girls and fantastic management and coaching staff.

    Q: What is the worst injury you have suffered in your long career?

    A: I tore my ACL; tore my Cartlidge so bad it couldn’t be repaired (so I don’t have any) and put a hole in my bone just below the knee. I know the exact date because it was the worst day of my life. It was such a horrific injury, which put me out for 4 years. I was actually told I wouldn’t play again however me being me, I wouldn’t accept that and here I am back playing at Motherwell, feeling great and loving it again! On that note I’d like to pass on a bit of advice: Do NOT wear blades! If I was wearing round studs that day my injury wouldn’t have happened!

    Q: After injury, do you find it can be difficult committing to big challenges or are you able to block out the ‘what if’s’?

    A: Honestly, yes I was afraid at the start but as soon as the first challenge was out the way it was all gone. I knew it was all in my head.

    Q: You played with Renfrew Stallions last season. This season it’s the same division, but a completely new league. Which opponent do you look forward to playing the most and why? …or is there no-one you fear?

    A: I don’t fear anyone… If you fear someone or something you are already beaten!

    Q: Now we’ve all had our moments, but can you let us into a little secret? What’s been your most embarrassing football moment in your long successful career?

    A: The first time I experienced a “FACEBALL” I completely misjudged the flight of the ball when I was playing for Scotland against Finland. It caught me square in the face at full pelt and knocked me for six! A bust nose the lot!! Much to miss Stacey Cook’s amusement!!

    Q: All the Well fans have been asking me to tell them some team secrets…can you let me into a wee secret no one knows about one of your team mates?

    A: Stacey Cook used to play football true Scotswoman style…if you know what I mean 😉

    Q: Describe your hopes for the season and cup campaigns ahead…

    A: It’s simple, to win them both!

    Thanks so much Kirsty for taking the time to answer a few questions for the fans, welcome to the ‘Well family! We are really pleased to hear your season starts here! Stay fit and keep the goals coming!

    This week I thought I’d give you, the readers a chance to pose any questions you may have to the squad? Let me know and these and the responses from the squad will feature in a future Bio.

    Follow me on and feel free to pose any questions to: @dibsy_

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    McLean to officiate Thistle clash

    The Referee for Saturday’s SPFL Premiership game with Partick Thistle at Fir Park will be Steven McLean.

    It will be McLean’s fourth ‘Well appointment of the season have previously handled the 0-2 home defeat to Inverness in mid August and the win at Ross County in early September, John Sutton and Iain Vigurs getting the goals that day. He also officiated ‘Well’s 1-0 win over Dundee Utd back in November, where Iain Vigurs’ second half strike gave Motherwell all three points.

    Incredibly, he was in charge of seven Motherwell matches in the SPFL Premiership last year – three of the seven won’t live long in the memory; one will be cherished forever.

    The first of those to forget was back in November, when a depleted Steelmen crashed 4-0 at home to Dundee United. One month later, as ‘Well were already hurting from a Scottish Cup exit, he was the man in the middle for Celtic’s 5-0 win at Fir Park.

    Thankfully, he handled our 5-1 win at Firhill in late December but also the controversial 2-2 draw with Aberdeen at Fir Park.

    ‘Well were holding out in the face of intense Aberdeen pressure and looked to have saw the match out, but a late Russell Anderson equaliser levelled things up.

    He also handled the 3-3 draw at Easter Road when ‘Well threw away a two-goal lead but still showed tremendous character to net late on to save a draw.

    He also officiated the 5-1 demolition at Tannadice when Lionel Ainsworth’s late conciliation goal was the only ray of light in an otherwise horrible afternoon in Tayside.

    The last was the final game of last season at Pittodrie when Craig Reid’s 91st minute winner game Motherwell the win they needed to seal second and spark incredible celebrations that will rival any moment in Motherwell’s recent history. Maybe decisions do even themselves out over a season after all?

    His overall record in charge of Motherwell reads thirteen wins, six defeats and two draws from twenty-one matches. In those games, ‘Well have scored 44 and conceded 36. 55 cautions have been dished out, 34 flashed at those wearing Claret and Amber.

    Four players have been sent off, two for ‘Well (Fraser Kerr and Keith Lasley in the same match against Killie last year).

    McLean will be ably assisted by Brian Templeton and Joseph Lawson with Alan Newland on fourth official duties.

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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.”