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    2015/16 Season Tickets still on sale

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    TV: Chalmers keen to prove a point

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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #7

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    Joe Chalmers signs on at ‘Well

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    Notice of Complaint: Ainsworth & Moore

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    Squad Update: June 2015

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: Baraclough dedicates win to fans

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    Rangers win in pictures

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    Motherwell 3 – 0 Rangers

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    2015/16 Season Tickets still on sale

    Being a Season Ticket holder at Fir Park is more than just a right to view games. It is a true and genuine commitment to the Motherwell Football Club family.

    Whilst there can be no doubt the club launched Season Tickets against the backdrop of a difficult season overall and the uncertainty around the Play-offs, there is a firm belief that being a Season Ticket holder represents your bond to the institution that is Motherwell Football Club.

    And now the Play-off Final ended in a superb 6-1 win over Rangers, all thoughts are now focused on the upcoming campaign and a summer rebuild.

    Our majority shareholder, Mr Les Hutchison, has spoken in detail about that link in his address to Season Ticket holders – click here A message from Les.

    And although this season has been tough, the club is asking you to stick by us, through thick and thin, whilst we rebuild. We still believe whether bought individually or as part of a family package, the season ticket represents tremendous value.

    We have also continued our ‘WELLevate’ scheme which allows any adult or senior citizen buying a season ticket at Fir Park to claim a juvenile ticket absolutely free of charge or TWO Under 16s tickets if you sit in the Cooper Stand…

    [pullquote]That’s just over a £5 each per league game for an ‘Adult’ WELLevate ticket or, incredibly, just £3.25 each per match for a ‘Senior Citizen’ WELLevate ticket.[/pullquote]

    Season Ticket uptake has grow over 34% over the last five years because of this brilliant initiative – perhaps the single most effective way of recruiting new, younger fans over the last 100 years

    The excellent Season Ticket offers which can be used to earn a host of discounts in a number of well-known businesses is back and bigger than ever.

    The likes of Barrett and David Wilson Homes, Motorpoint, First Bus, Subway and Peter Vardy have been added to a 37 strong list which already contained the likes of McDonalds, KFC, Pizzahut, LivingWell Health Club, Evans Halshaw, M&D’s and many, many more.

    We’ve enjoyed a fantastic run in the last six or seven years. Together, the club and our loyal fans can continue to grow Scotland’s best community and family club.

    From more information and prices, click below:

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    TV: Chalmers keen to prove a point

    New recruit Joe Chalmers says he’s motivated to prove he’s good enough to play at SPFL Premiership level.

    The Under 21 International watched on as the Steelmen secured their spot in the Scottish top flight last weekend, knowing a deal was likely the following week.

    Now the former Celtic player, who played three games for the Hoops and eleven whilst on loan at Falkirk during the 2013/14 campaign, wants to show the qualities that allowed him to progress through the Academy at Lennoxtown.

    Chalmers said: “I knew Celtic were going to release me and I spoke to a few clubs.

    “Motherwell showed interest and with them being in the play-off, I got the chance to come in to train for a couple of days and the manager was happy with what I did.

    [pullquote]But I am 21 now and I just felt it was the right time for me to move on. I just want to play first-team football so I can’t wait to get started.[/pullquote]

    “They were waiting to see where they were going to be and luckily they came through the play-off and everything worked out so I was delighted.

    “It wasn’t a big issue (Premiership status). I just want to play games.”

    Chalmers “loved every minute” of his time at Celtic where he came through the youth academy but knew that for the sake of his career it was time to move on.

    “I wouldn’t change my time at Celtic for anything,” said the defender, who had a loan spell at Falkirk in 2014.

    “It was tough to leave Celtic. From the football side it wasn’t as hard as I felt it was the right time to move on.

    “But with the amount of good people and the amount of friends I made it was hard.

    “But I am 21 now and I just felt it was the right time for me to move on. I just want to play first-team football so I can’t wait to get started.

    “In the last two seasons I have only played a couple of months’ football.”

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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #7


    No doubt like most of you, I felt the last few months have been a bit tense waiting to find out our final fate – will we stay up, or will we go down?

    Thankfully, the players pulled off a stunning display in the two final play-off games to keep us in the Premiership. Phew ……..!!!

    As well as all the players in our squad, I would like to thank the manager and his team, and all the staff at the club who have worked so hard and professionally not only towards the business end of the season but throughout.

    I would like, in particular, to thank you, the fans, for sticking by the club through thick and thin, providing much appreciated vocal and sundry support – I still can’t get Twist and Shout out of my brain!

    You have been fantastic all season and especially towards the end shown commendable loyalty and support for the team when the players were going through a wee sticky patch.

    You have inspired them to provide an even better climax to the season than last season, which was a very hard one to trump.

    I look forward to next season with renewed optimism. The players who have been retained will hopefully continue to provide sterling service.

    To those players who are moving on I wish them every good luck with their next club or, if returning from loan, to their home teams. Thank you all for making this season one that no Motherwell fan will ever forget.

    Brian McCafferty

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    Joe Chalmers signs on at ‘Well

    Motherwell FC today completed the signing of Scotland U21 International Joe Chalmers on a two-year contract.

    Left back Chalmers, 21, is a product of the Celtic youth academy having come through the ranks under the tutorship of former ‘Well supremo Chris McCart.

    He made his first-team debut for the Hoops against Inverness back in August 2012 aged just eighteen, as his side overcame Inverness in the Highlands.

    He started for Celtic in the Scottish Cup tie against Arbroath at Celtic Park before turning out again for Neil Lennon’s men when they again won comfortably at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in February 2013.

    The following season, Joe spent time on loan at Falkirk, playing a part in the Bairns reaching the Play-offs, although he was injured for the double-headers against both Queen of the South and Hamilton.

    During his development, Joe represented Scotland at every age group from Under 16s to Under 21s either at left full back or left-sided centre back.

    [pullquote]I’m delighted to sign for Motherwell and cannot wait to get started.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to motherwellfc.co.uk, Joe said: “I’m delighted to sign for Motherwell and cannot wait to get started.

    “I’ve been in a few times and trained with the lads and it’s a really good group.

    “The manager has also been excellent with me and was a huge reason why I wanted to come and play here.”

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough added: “He’s a young player with fantastic potential who we’ve tracked for some time.

    “He’s versatile, mobile with a good range of passing and will add competition in numerous positions in defence.

    “He’s got a good pedigree having came through the Academy and played for Celtic’s first team and had significant youth International experience.

    “I am really looking forward to working with him over the next few years.”

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    Notice of Complaint: Ainsworth & Moore

    Motherwell FC can today confirm it has received a notice of complaint from the Scottish FA in relation to Sunday’s Play-off Final against Rangers.

    The complaints centre around two players, Lionel Ainsworth and Craig Moore, who have been cited for violent conduct for their part in the confrontation after the full-time whistle.

    Both players have been offered, and accepted, a two game ban from the Compliance Officer that will kick in immediately.

    Fraser Kerr was sent off for violent conduct by referee after the match and will also serve an immediate two-match suspension.

    There has been confusion after the final whistle around the status of Lee Erwin.

    Despite reports to the contrary, Lee was not sent off by match official Craig Thomson. In fact, he was given a retrospective caution for adopting an aggressive attitude and will not suffer any suspension.

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough said: “Whilst it is a totally normal reaction to defend a teammate who is the victim of what we all agree was a serious incident, we all recognise that striking out has no place on a football field.

    “Both players were keen to protect their teammate, but accept the punishment from the Compliance Officer and are keen to draw a line under the whole affair.”

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    Squad Update: June 2015

    Following the conclusion to the SPFL season, the club can announce the following squad updates for summer 2015.

    The following players have, or will be, offered extended contracts at the club:

    • Lionel Ainsworth
    • John Sutton
    • Lee Erwin

    The following players have been allowed to leave the club following the expiry of their contracts:

    • Stuart Carswell
    • Simon Ramsden
    • Paul Lawson
    • Iain Vigurs
    • Adam Cummins
    • Bob McHugh
    • Zaine Francis-Angol
    • Fraser Kerr
    • Ross Stewart

    The following short-term arrivals / loans have also left the club:

    • George Long
    • Mark O’Brien
    • Anthony Straker
    • Louis Laing
    • Nathan Thomas
    • Conor Grant
    • Scott McDonald

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough said: “I would first and foremost like to take the time to sincerely thank each and every player who is leaving the club for all their hard work and endeavor.

    “Guys such as Bob McHugh, Stuart Carswell and Ross Stewart have been Motherwell players for a significant amount of time and deserve particular recognition for their length of service. Simon Ramsden, Fraser Kerr and Zaine Francis-Angol have been at the football club during an almost unprecedented period of success and played their parts, as did Paul Lawson and Iain Vigurs.

    “We wish each and every single player leaving the club all the very best with their future careers. However, I feel we need a freshness in the squad and that’s my role over the summer.

    “Some of the lads who arrived during January / February certainly impressed and aided in our league survival, and we would be keen to keep them on. However, we still need to have a conversation with either the individuals or their parent clubs to see what is possible.

    “We have or will also offer extensions to Lionel Ainsworth, John Sutton and Lee Erwin for next season. That process has begun and we hope they will stay, but face completion for all three. We will offer them the very best we can though and hope they see themselves fitting into the way we want to play in 2015/16 and beyond.”

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as Motherwell beat Rangers 3-0 to seal a 6-1 aggregate win in the Premiership play-off.

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    TV: Baraclough dedicates win to fans

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough dedicated the clubs’ 6-1 aggregate win in the SPFL Premiership Play-offs to the supporters.

    The Steelmen were sensational over both legs, with goals this afternoon coming from Marvin Johnson, Lionel Ainsworth and John Sutton.

    It capped a super end to what has been a disappointing season for the Fir Parkers and the sense around Fir Park at the end was one of relief.

    ‘Well boss Baraclough: “When you get a result like that you have to enjoy it with the fans because we’re all in it together.

    [pullquote]They’ve got us over the line as well, it’s been a real team effort, and hopefully now we can strengthen in the summer and get ourselves back to some sort of normality when it comes around, but we’ll be ready.[/pullquote]

    “There’s a lot of emotions gone through in the last few weeks and you have to celebrate in some sort of fashion, because it could have been catastrophic for the club to have gone down and had to build ourselves back up from the Championship.

    “The boys were absolutely magnificent again, we dealt with an onslaught initially, and then settled into the game and put the chances away when they came.

    “You give Rangers credit because Stuart (McCall) and Kenny (Black) have shown so much dignity after both games.”

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    Rangers win in pictures

    Action pictures from this afternoon’s 3-0 victory over Rangers at Fir Park.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 3 – 0 Rangers

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    Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Motherwell rounded off an indifferent season with a stunning double win over Rangers for a sensational 6-1 play-off aggregate and ensure their Premiership safety.

    Similar to the performance at Ibrox in the first leg, ‘Well contained Rangers for the first half hour before controlling the game and the three second half goals from Marvin Johnson, Lionel Ainsworth and substitute John Sutton erased any faint thoughts of a remarkable Rangers’ recovery.

    And while previous end of season celebrations have coincided with European qualification, the Fir Park players and fans thoroughly enjoyed the relief of a fairy tale finale after the final whistle.

    Stevie Hammell and Stephen Pearson were both declared fit allowing Baraclough to start with the same eleven and tactical line-up which served ‘Well so superbly at Ibrox.

    Before this second leg tie the pre-match debate was on the importance of the first goal and whether Motherwell’s intentions would be to defend their two goal advantage.

    With Keith Lasley sitting between two banks of four across the ‘Well half of the pitch, Rangers were given plenty of outfield possession. Apart from a Kris Boyd header which was comfortably held by George Long and volley wide from the recalled ‘Gers striker there were few goal threats.

    Having weathered the early pressure from the visitors for the first 30 minutes and amidst a storm of summer hailstones, ‘Well then applied some sustained pressure on Cammy Bell’s goal.

    The first threat came when Lionel Ainsworth raced down the right but his low cross along the six yard area was just beyond the inrushing Scott McDonald.

    Three minutes later Louis Long, in the opposing box for a corner, played in Lee Erwin who turned and slashed his shot narrowly across thee face of goal.

    Motherwell sensed a crucial goal was on the cards and Johnson’s cross found McManus unmarked but his low header was off target.

    The first half ended with ‘Well threatening and Johnson came with inches when he accepted a pass from McDonald at the edge of the box before curling a left foot effort wide of the diving ‘keeper and his left hand post.

    The all important first goal duly arrived seven minutes after the restart and it was a disaster for the Rangers’ ‘keeper and his side’s slim chances of promotion.

    Johnson, whose pace caused problems all afternoon, evaded a couple of tackles as he headed towards the visitor’s box. Although his powerful shot took a wicked deflection off Maruis Zaliukas to spin high in the air, Bell should have dealt with it under his cross bar but the’keeper’s punch sent the ball over his shoulder and into the net.

    That effectively killed the tie but it also knocked the stuffing out of the Ibrox side who threw former ‘Well man Lee McCulloch forward to try and rescue something from the game.

    While it made little impression on the home goal with Long without a single second half save, the visitor’s rearguard looked exposed and it was no surprise when the Fir Parker’s added a second goal to make sure of a memorable second win over Rangers.

    This time Johnson was the architect with a storming 60 yard run from his own half before rolling the ball across the box for Ainsworth to once again drill the ball past Bell to make it 2-0.

    ‘Well had chances to add a third as ‘Gers committed six players to attack but had to wait until injury time to round off the scoring. Erwin was clipped in the box by Lee Wallace and John Sutton calmly stroked home the resultant penalty for his 13th goal of the season and emphatically secure Motherwell’s win and leave ‘Well fans looking forward to next season in Ladbrokes Premiership.

    [tab:As it happened]

     Ally Reilly at Fir Park


    IT’S ALL OVER!!!!!



    2 minutes added on

    88′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Corner for Rangers, taken early and headed clear by Lasley.

    83′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Motherwell sub, Ramsden on for Johnson

    80′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Foster with a late challenge on Johnson. High and reckless and its a yellow.

    79′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Great chance for Sutton as the ball falls to him 10 yards out but Bell gets down to make the save and keep it at 2-0.

    76′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Motherwell sub, Sutton on for Ainsworth.

    73′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Motherwell sub, Grant on for Pearson.

    71′ | 2-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Johnson broke with speed, squared it to Ainsworth whose shot was deflected by Bell. 2-0 to ‘Well!!



    66′ | 1-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Vuckic has a shot from 25 yards but it is comfortable for Long, who catches with ease.

    62′ | 1-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Rangers win a corner, volleyed over acrobatically by McCulloch.

    58′ | 1-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Rangers sub, Boyd off for Clark

    55′ | 1-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Rangers sub, Walsh on for Ferguson

    52′ | 1-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Johnson’s speculative strike from range takes a deflection and loops over the head of Bell. 1-0 to ‘Well!



    51′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    McDonald enters the ref’s book for a tackle on Vuckic.

    49′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Foster fails to clear his lines and is dispossessed by Johnson, who wins a corner. Headed clear by Rangers though.

    45′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Pearson and McDonald get the second 45 underway.

    HT | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Both sides now back out for the next 45 minutes. COYW!

    HT | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Motherwell 0 – 0 Rangers

    45′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    2 minutes added on.

    42′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Great chance for Zaliukas, with the goal gaping, he blazes it well over the bar from 8 yards!

    42′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    McDonald sets up Johnson who is so unlucky to see his shot from the edge of the box fly inches wide!!

    bMcCulloch booked for a tackle on McDonald

    38′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Vuckic booked what the ref says was simulation. Replays show there was a little contact.

    36′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    McManus with a free-header from Johnson’s free-kick delivery but he nods it wide of the post!

    34′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Inches away by Erwin, who got a left-footed shot away from just inside the box!

    32′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Ainsworth crosses to McDonald bu the Aussie is just inches away from connecting!

    29′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Lasley nods Law’s ball in wide for a corner to Rangers….Pearson does well to head clear under pressure.

    25′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Rangers clear then there is a late challenge by Murdoch on Hammell. Booking for the Rangers man.

    25′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Erwin does well to force a corner…

    20′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Laing does enough to put off Boyd who was lurking at the back post, looking to get on the end of Foster’s cross.

    13′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Corner to Rangers, Laing heads it wide. Another Rangers corner, which Boyd heads wide.

    10′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Corner to Motherwell….Johnson’s delivery is far too deep and it goes out for a throw in.

    9′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Very late challenge by Wallace on Ainsworth. Just a talking to, though.

    6′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Boyd volleys a shot from inside the box on his left foot. Wide of the post, maybe had more time than he thought.

    3′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Ferguson whips in a deep ball which Boyd gets his head to. Comfortable stop for Long, in the end.

    1′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Lasley gets out quick and blocks Boyd’s free-kick!

    1′ | 0-0 | #MFCvRFC
    Early chance for Rangers as they are awarded a soft free-kick some 35 yards out….

    Kick-off | #MFCvRFC
    Boyd and Miller get the game underway. COYW!!!!!

    Pre-match | #MFCvRFC
    Out come the teams to a busy and sunny Fir Park. COYW!!


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