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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

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    Tynecastle ticket information

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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    TV: Baraclough frustrated at home loss

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    Dundee utd defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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    TV: Baraclough demands hard work

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    TV: McManus wants to build on first win

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #18

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    Midfielder Jake Taylor signs on loan

    Motherwell FC has today completed the loan signing of Reading’s Welsh International Jake Taylor.

    Taylor, a 23-year old midfielder, has been with the Royals for 16 years but from 2011 onwards, has enjoyed loan spells at Aldershot, Exeter, Cheltenham, Crawley and Leyton Orient.

    He has played a total of 23 times for Reading in the Championship, scoring three goals (the vast majority of those coming last season).

    As an aside from his club career, Jake has also played for the Welsh Under 17s, Under 19s, Under 21s before eventually making his senior debut, earning his first cap against Cyprus in October last year.

    Taylor has joined on loan until the end of the season, with a break option in January. He will wear squad number 25 and will go straight into the squad for Wednesday night’s game against Hearts, subject to clearance formalities.

    [pullquote]I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, Taylor said: “I am really pleased to be at the club and just can’t wait to get started now.

    “I’ve had a good pre-season down at Reading, played a few games and I feel fit and ready to go.

    “I am coming to Motherwell with the aim of getting as much game time as possible and to help the team. I’m 23 now and it’s important that I am getting as much first-team football as I can.

    “I’ve spoke to a couple of ex Motherwell players like Nick Blackman and Tom Hateley and both had nothing but good things to say about the Club and Scottish football and that certainly helped make my mind up about joining.”

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    Tynecastle ticket information

    A reminder for fans with regards to ticket information for Wednesday’s match against Heart of Midlothian.

    ‘Well fans will the housed in the Roseburn Stand, and have been allocated a lower and upper section, with varying prices.

    Tickets for the lower tier are now sold out.

    Ticket prices for the Roseburn Stand upper are:

    Adults:   £24 
    Over 65’s & student                    £18
    Under 18s                   £14
    Under 12s                   £5

    Tickets are on sale at the Fir Park ticket office up until 3pm on the day of the match. Any tickets remaining after that will be transferred to Tynecastle to be sold at the ground (although these are expected to be extremely limited). As of close of play Tuesday, only around 275 tickets remain.




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    Bolton visit for Lasley Testimonial Match

    English Championship side Bolton Wanderers will travel to Fir Park on Saturday 5th September as opponents for Keith Lasley’s Testimonial match.

    The game will top off the celebrations for the Club Captain who, given his 14 years of service and commitment, has became a real favourite with the Fir Park crowd.

    The Paisley born midfielder has played over 400 games in Claret and Amber, scoring twenty-two goals in the process, and is known and respected for his hard work and passion in the heart of the Motherwell team.

    Neil Lennon’s side will provide stiff opposition and have a raft of talent available, with a few familiar names. Recent addition Stephen Dobbie played for Hibernian, St Johnstone and Queen of the South and also in the ranks is Dan Twadzik’s brother, Filip.

    Other notable names include ex-Liverpool pair Jay Spearing and Emile Heskey.

    There will be activities for the kids pre-match in the Centenary Lounge from 1pm including meet the players.

    Tickets are priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for Juveniles/Concessions, and can be bought in advance from the Fir Park Ticket office or on the gate.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park where Motherwell concede two late goals and lose 2-0 to Dundee Utd in the first home game of the season.

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    TV: Baraclough frustrated at home loss

    Steelmen boss Ian Baraclough was left to rue missed opportunities as ‘Well went down 0-2 at home to Dundee United.

    The Steelmen played well again and created numerous opportunities throughout the ninety minutes, but couldn’t capitalize.

    And two goals in the last seven minutes handed the visitors all three points in a game with very little between the teams.

    It was a cruel blow, but the Fir Park boss was remaining philosophical and challenged his men to rebound against Hearts in midweek.

    [pullquote]That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, he said: “We were the ones creating chances and got stronger as things went on but we weren’t ruthless enough and when that’s the case, you leave yourselves open to getting suckered punched.

    “I actually thought we were better this week than last week at Inverness yet we’ve come away empty handed. It’s a tough one to take but listen, we’re on the right track.

    “That’s two games in a row we’ve done a lot of good things, but it shows you need to take advantage when you’re on top and the chances are presented. We’ll work on that and hope to bounce back against Hearts.”

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    Dundee utd defeat in pictures

    Action pictures from this afternoon’s 0-2 defeat at home to Dundee Utd.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    Two goals in the final seven minutes consigned an unlucky Motherwell to their first home defeat since February.

    After a positive opening to the season at Inverness last week and the first 30 minutes of their first home fixture, it was a bitterly disappointing outcome for Baraclough’s men.

    However, despite dominating play for large periods of the game, ‘Well failed to capitalise in front of goal and ulitmately paid the penalty as United gradually came into the game, forcing some great saves from Connor Ripley on his home debut.

    Along with the ‘keeper, midfielder Joe Chalmers and striker Wes Fletcher made their home debut, with Louis Laing making his return after his loan period was made permanent.

    All four impressed on their first Fir Park appearance and with Stephen Pearson’s sidelined with a knee injury, Jack Leitch made his first league start in almost a year.

    United also boasted several changes since the sides last met when ‘Well won 1-0 at Fir Park last November.

    The home fans anticipation that Baraclough’s new line-up could build on last week’s win were matched by the home side’s complete domination for the first quarter of the game.

    With Chalmers and Marvin Johnson on the left and right flanks respectively, and Scott McDonald supporting Fletcher from the middle, United were pressed into their own third from the start.

    After only three minutes Johnson cut along the box, working a slick 1-2 with Chalmers before his left foot strike had the ball curling inside the post until Luis Zwick at full stretch palmed the ball wide.

    Chalmers in the centre of goal almost got on the end of Josh Law’s low cross and as the ball bounced in the six yard box Zwick nicked it off the alert looking Fletcher’s toes.

    In the 15th minute McDonald was next to test the United ‘keeper but his drive from 20 yards was straight at the waiting Zwick.

    At that stage Motherwell’s slick passing and possession should have been rewarded but gradually the fizz went out of their play. Ripley, who was a virtual spectator for the first 25 minutes, was then called upon to hold John Soutar’s through ball.

    The ‘keeper’s next involvement after 32 minutes, though, brought acclaim from the fans behind him in the Cooper stand. The ‘Well defence failed to clear its lines and as the ball rolled out to the edge of the box Scott Fraser’s rising strike looked destined for the opener until Ripley rose high to his left to tip the ball over.

    United finished the half the stronger side and five minutes from the break Ripley had to throw himself to the right to beat away a bouncing grounder from Charlie Telfer.

    That feat was repeated shortly after the restart when the ‘Well ‘keeper got down smartly to smother Telfer’s low drive.

    Some surging runs from Johnson coupled with some neat exchanges and crosses from Chalmers and Stevie Hammell on the left, worked the visitor’s defence.

    But it was Ripley to the rescue after 56 minutes when he stood firm to again deny Telfer, his close range shot rebounding off the ‘keeper’s face.

    From the resultant corner the home side broke upfield but after outpacing Coll Donaldson, Johnson could only slam his finish against the exposed ‘keeper.

    A minute later a wonderful ball from Josh Law in behind the Tannadice defenders found Chalmers racing in at the back post but with Zwick again exposed he scooped the ball over the bar.

    Eager to keep the pressure on the visitor’s goal Baraclough made a couple of changes with Louis Moult making his first Fir Park appearance, replacing Fletcher, before Dom Thomas came on for Chalmers.

    The substitutes soon made their presence felt and after a couple of shots from Thomas were blocked, Moult’s looping header beyond the back post forced Zwick to palm the ball over his bar.

    Despite the probing runs from the wings via Thomas and Johnson, ‘Well couldn’t unlock the United defence and it looked like stalemate.

    With 11 minutes remaining David Clarkson came off the bench as the fans acknowledged the striker’s second spell at Fir Park.

    However, any thoughts of a hero’s return were erased as United stole the points with two late strikes.

    And after Ripley reacted quickly to block Aidan Connolly’s thumping angled drive the ‘Well ‘keeper conceded his first goal of the season in the cruelest manner. Paul Dixon swept the ball across the face of the home goal where Laing’s swipe sent the ball racing past the helpless Ripley.

    If ‘Well’s on loan ‘keeper was blameless at the first goal, he blotted his fine home debut with a yellow card after racing out of his box to obstruct Connolly.

    Worse was to follow for Ripley and the ‘Well defence in injury time when the ‘keeper raced upfield for a Johnson corner and was then left stranded as United stormed to the other end allowing Murray to slam home a second goal, and scoreline which flattered United and was a bitter reflection on Motherwell’s contribution.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    FT’ | 0-2 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell 0 – 2 Dundee Utd

    94′ | 0-2 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal, Utd counter with Ripley out his goals and Murray makes it 2-0.

    93′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell corner…

    91′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ripley booked as he raced off his line and nudged Connolly off the ball.

    88′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Hammell takes a booking, tugging Muirhead’s shirt as he broke away.

    A real sore one as Motherwell have been well on top.

    83′ | 0-1 | #MFCvDUFC
    Goal – Laing slices a powerful low cross into his own net. 1-0 Utd.

    81′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Connolly battles hard, wins the ball back in the “Well box and fires a shot at Ripley, who beats it away,

    79′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Leitch makes way for Clarkson

    78′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd sub, Erskine off for Murray.

    73′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Bodul off for Connolly.

    71′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Dundee Utd sub, Muirhead on for Telfer.

    70′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson delivers a deep corner which, from a narrow angle, Moult almost heads in! Good save by Zwick.

    65′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    A second Motherwell sub, Dom Thomas on for Chalmers

    64′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Leitch booked for a foul on Souttar.

    61′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell sub, Fletcher hobbles off and is replaced by Moult.

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Another great chance! Law plays it into Chalmers 12 yards out but somehow Zwick does enough to force him to fire over!

    58′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson breaks away from his own half and finds himself 1v1 but Zwick denies him with his foot!

    57′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Telfer goes through 1 on 1 but Ripley stands big and tall and makes the save with his face.

    54′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball over the top from Hammell but Zwick gets off this line quick and gets there ahead of Fletcher.

    …but McDonald’s free-kick is straight into the wall.

    52′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson hacked down by Souttar in a great area…..

    51′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Great ball in from Law to the head of Fletcher but he can’t quite get it right and the chance fades away.

    49′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    ‘Well counter-attack though Johnson but with better options, the goes for the long-range shot but it’s a routine save.

    46′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd out the traps quickly as Telfer charges forward, but his shot from 20 yards is well over the bar.

    45′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Utd get the second 45 underway.

    HT | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Motherwell 0 – 0 Dundee Utd

    41′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Again Ripley is called into action and again he is equal to it as Telfer gets a powerful shot away from long range.

    38′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Ball appeared to strike Chalmers on the hand inside the box but thankfully Bobby Madden ruled it ball to hand…

    35′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Free header there for Erskine but he couldn’t quite rise high enough to make contact. A let off.

    33′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    What a save by Ripley! Dived high to his left to turn away Fraser’s (I think) shot form 20 yards. Brilliant!

    27′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Game has became a bit of a midfield battle now, not a lot in the way of chances.

    16′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Good effort from McDonald who turned 25 yards out and got a low shot away. Unlucky.

    7′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Been a good start to the game from a Motherwell point of view. Plenty of balls in and around the box and positive play

    3′ | 0-0 | #MFCvDUFC
    Johnson drifts in-field, gets a bit of time on the ball and from 20 yards, forces Zwick into a good save.

    Kick-off | #MFCvDUFC
    Lasley and McDonald get the game underway. #COYW

    Pre-match | #MFCvDUFC
    Here we go, both sides out the tunnel to rapturous applause


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    TV: Baraclough demands hard work

    Ian Baraclough says only hard work will help his side maintain the home form they showed at the back end of last season.

    The Steelmen haven’t lost in eight games at Fir Park, stretching back to February, with wins over the likes of Inverness CT, Hamilton, St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Rangers.

    However, the Fir Park boss was quick to point out that maintaining runs don’t just happen and that his side will have to be at their very best if they are to overcome a talented Dundee United side.

    [pullquote]We have got to work extremely hard to go and earn the right to get a victory and we know Dundee United will want to get off the mark as well after their defeat last week.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the broadcast media ahead of Saturday’s SPFL Premiership fixture, the former Scunthorpe and Sligo boss said: “No one at Motherwell is or will get carried away after winning last week.

    “We were very strong at home at the back end of last season, but no one is presuming we can just carry on where we left off in that regard.

    “We have got to work extremely hard to go and earn the right to get a victory and we know Dundee United will want to get off the mark as well after their defeat last week.

    “They will post threats and we have got to be aware of them, but we’ve also got to make sure we play our own game too, particularly in front of our own fans as it’s up to us to get them fully behind us.”

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    TV: McManus wants to build on first win

    Stephen McManus hopes ‘Well can build on their opening day win when Dundee Utd visit Fir Park this weekend.

    The Fir Parkers came back from Inverness with all three points courtesy of Wes Fletcher’s debut strike.

    It was a victory that perhaps raised some eyebrows around the game given ‘Well’s struggles last term and Inverness’ successes.

    And McManus has cautioned against anyone getting carrying away and cited last season when an opening day victory over St Mirren was followed by a difficult run of results.

    [pullquote]We’ve got a tough start with Dundee Utd, then Hearts and Aberdeen after that, but then again they all are. Games come thick and fast but we certainly want to try and build on last weekend’s win.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the gathered press at the pre-match news conference, McManus said: “It was great to get an opening day win last weekend but we did the same against St Mirren last year so no one is taking anything for granted.

    “It’s a long season but we definitely feel as if we’re in a better shape now than we were a year ago.

    “We’ve got a tough start with Dundee Utd, then Hearts and Aberdeen after that, but then again they all are. Games come thick and fast but we certainly want to try and build on last weekend’s win.

    “We’ve been lucky enough to avoid injuries so far, with the exception of what happened to Stephen Pearson last weekend, and with any luck, that’ll continue.“

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #18

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    It was a dream start for new Well striker Suzanne Grant on Sunday as she netted 11 goals in her first appearance in Claret and Amber. It didn’t take Grant long to get off the mark either, just 3 minutes in and the strikers tally at Motherwell had begun! A barrage of attacks on goal then followed, proving too difficult for Edinburgh South keeper to stop. After scoring nearly four triple hatricks over the 90 minutes Grant bashfully stated after the match, “I would have been happy with a single goal.”

    Edinburgh South 0 Motherwell Ladies 21

    I spoke with Grant after the game:

     11 goals in your debut, you’ve set the bar high! What did you think of the game today?

    Yeah, I still can’t believe I scored that many, I was really nervous before the game and I would have just been happy getting 3 points and 90 minutes under my belt, so scoring was a bonus. There were a lot of first team players missing but as a team, scoring 2 more goals in total than in the previous meeting I believe,  shows just how much quality and strength there is throughout this squad.

    You clearly settled in well, what do you think worked well as a team on Sunday?

    The team made me feel so welcome and I think the formation was great on Sunday, it really suited how Motherwell play. The squad played really well, experienced players and the young players who stepped up combined, created an excellent team performance.

    The team goes forward into Sunday’s Scottish cup game with great confidence, but against a tough team, Glasgow Girls. What do Motherwell need to do to progress into the next round?

    Yeah the team is full of confidence from Sundays game and getting so many goals I just think we need to play how we played Sunday and the rest will speak for itself. We just need to work hard on and off the ball and get into the next round. I’m really looking forward to it.

    I had the opportunity to speak further with Suzanne and delve a little deeper to find out more about the girl behind all those goals.


    Full name;       Suzanne Louise Grant
    Nickname(s);   Granti
    D.O.B;             17.04.84
    Preferred position; Striker
    What age did you start playing football? 15
    All previous clubs (and dates if poss); Ross county from 1999-2004
    Glasgow city 2004-2006
    Hibernian 2006-2009
    Arsenal ladies 2009
    Celtic ladies 2009-2015

    International duty:     2000-2015 representing at all age groups
    What team do you support; My local team back home, Grantown United
    Best personal sporting memory; Reaching 100 international caps

    We are all very excited to have you at the club Suzanne, what made you make the move to Motherwell Ladies?

    I spoke to the club a few times and I think Motherwell are an ambitious club and the set up is exceptional. I missed playing football when I decided to retire and Motherwell seemed the right club to support me coming back and are a key club who want to progress in women’s football.

    You have played many years of top level football in both Scotland and England Suzanne, including a highly contested Scottish Schools cup final back in 2000 when our 2 schools met! Penalties decided the game and unfortunately for me, broke a few hearts! 😉 In the last 15 years since then, your footballing career has seen you play for club and country all over the world, what is it that continues to motivate you to train and play?

    The love of the game continues to motivate me to train and play, I love the sport and travelling the world and playing at the level I did was a bonus.

    You have vast experience playing for Scotland, how many Caps do you have?

    I have 105 caps for Scotland and when I first started playing I could never have imagined getting 1 so having 105 is surreal so I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for my country that many times.

    What is it like to represent your country?

    There is no better feeling than pulling on the Scottish jersey! It makes all the hard work and sacrifices worth while.

    What’s your best international memory?

    I scored on my 100th cap against the world champions USA, it was a great memory that will stay with me forever.

    You took a wee break recently and have become a Mum! Congratulations! How have you found it getting back to full fitness?

    Thanks I played full contact for 3 months, trained for 7 months pregnant and came back 5 weeks after having my son.  It was harder than I first thought but it was worth it and I’m still getting my fitness back, I am getting old now too so my body doesn’t recover the same. I wanted my son to be proud of me and wanted to continue to play. I decided to retire as I couldn’t commit as much as I would’ve liked and wanted to spend time with my fiancé and my son as a family and embracing being a mother. But now I have done that and now I have a good balance of football and family time and Motherwell are so understanding of this which makes it easier for me and my family.

    Well fans are certainly glad you didn’t retire! Particularly after Sunday’s performance!

    I didn’t play for 8 months and I didn’t kick a ball at all. I did enjoy the break and just spending all my spare time with my family but Aberdeen Ladies FC asked me to play 3 games and tried to talk me out of retirement and it gave me the buzz back! I have totally missed kicking the ball and so am very grateful to Motherwell for giving me this opportunity to get back playing the game I love.

    It must be difficult to juggle being a Mum and commit to training and games?

    Yeah, it is hard especially at the Start as I was learning to be a mother for the first time,  studying full time and training all the time. It did get a bit much and I think I was doing too much then that’s when I decided to take time out. I know I have the right balance and support from Motherwell to train and have time for my family. Oscar will be there on game days to cheer me on, that’s important to me and hopefully I make him proud.

    As a striker, a lot of responsibility to win games falls on your shoulders. Now you have scored many goals for club and country over the years. For all the aspiring young strikers out there, what is your philosophy in front of goal?

    I just think as a striker if you miss, which I do a lot, you have to put it to bed and believe the next one will go in. A lot of players concentrate on the chance they had or should’ve scored, I believe in wanting the ball and making another chance and I think that’s why I’ve scored as I don’t let the chances I miss affect me. If I did I would’ve retired years ago hahaha!

    Scoring goals is most young footballers dream! Can you describe the most memorable goal you have ever scored?

    As I mentioned earlier it has to be my goal against USA. It was my 100th cap and was not a bad finish, that was definitely the most memorable goal for me.

    You have recently played at Celtic in the premier league, a quality side who consistently finished in Scotland’s top 4 best teams. This is a completely new league for you, which  opponent do you look forward to playing the most and why? …or is there no-one you fear?

    I don’t really concentrate on opponents as lot of teams/players do. I believe in concentrating on yourself as an individual and as a team you go out on the day, play your best and the rest should speak for itself. I fear no team as I just concentrate on what I have to do as a player and for the team.

    So normally I wouldn’t expect a new signing to know too much goss on their team mates, but I believe you have played alongside and against a lot of our current squad in previous years! A lot of the Well fans out there have been asking me to tell them some team secrets…can you let me into a wee secret no one knows about one (or a few!) of your new team mates?

    Yeah I played with a lot of the girls when I was at Hibs Ladies and Scotland and there are loads of funny stories (trust me!) …but seeing as I’m the new girl I best keep them to myself…at least for the moment 😉 Maybe if I get another interview in a few months the secrets may be told lol (Stacey and Mandy beware hahaha)

    There seems to be a lot of folk who have stories to tell about our Staceo and Mandy! I will definitely be back to you in a few months so you can share all the chat with our fans! 😉

    Thanks for giving us an insight into your fantastic career to date, I’m sure you will make many more memories and hopefully add some more trophies to your cabinet during your time here at Motherwell! All the best for the second half of the season Granti!

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