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    Motherwell 1 – 2 Bolton Wanderers

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    Watch the Scotland game at Fir Park

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    LTA visit Fir Park Stadium

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    Morton: Prices and Information

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    Motorpoint renew Steelmen partnership

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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #8

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    Man Utd’s Grimshaw joins on loan

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    Highlights from Dumbarton

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    Rangers U20s 2 – 2 Motherwell U20s

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    Motherwell 1 – 2 Bolton Wanderers

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     Phil McGhee Fir Park

    The late summer sun shone on one of Motherwell’s favourite son’s as Bolton provided the opposition for ‘Well captain Keith Lasley’s testimonial match.

    And although Lasley’s 403rd appearance in claret and amber ended in defeat, the richly deserved occasion for the Fir Park stalwart and his family was well celebrated by the fans of both teams.

    Fittingly, the last touch of the game belonged to Lasley’s three young son Alfie, who rolled the ball into the Bolton net. By that stage Neil Lennon’s men were two goals to the better of an entertaining ninety minutes.

    Although the match was for Lasley’s benefit it gave Ian Baraclough the opportunity to give a couple of his latest tranfer acquisitions, Theo Robinson and Man United loanee Liam Grimshaw, a starting place.

    It was almost the perfect start for Robinson and the home side when, after three minutes, Marvin Johnson’s floated cross picked out the former Doncaster striker but he guided his header over a begging goal.

    Bolton quickly signalled they hadn’t travelled from Lancashire just to make up the numbers and ex England striker Emile Heskey rose above Louis Laing to head the ball over the bar.

    Ten minutes later Wellington Silva worked his way in from the byeline before squeezing a shot through a ruck of legs forcing Dan Twardzik to save at the foot of his post.

    At the other end David Clarkson’s touch inside the six yard box directed the ball towards goal but Frances Pisano was on the line to clear.

    Clarkson’s deep cross found Robinson but his header was wide of target. Jack Taylor then broke from midfield before his shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and rippled the side netting.

    ‘Well made three changes at the interval with Scott McDonald teaming up with Clarkson in the home attack.

    However, it was Bolton’s veteran striker Heskey who opened the scoring, prodding Silva’s cross beyond Twardzik from a couple of yards.

    The game still had a competitive edge and after 58 minutes McDonald created anopening for himself but his lowshot shot from 18 yardswas easily gathered by Paul Rachubka.

    On the hour mark the ‘Well fans acknoeldged the introduction of James McFadden and Stevie Hammell.

    And within a few minutes McFadden had combined with Thomas to setup McDonald but from15 yards he curled his shot over the bar.

    With three minutes remaining ‘Well fans were on their feet to soundly welcome the introduction of legend Steven Kirk, appropriately sporting the number 91jersey, and former captain Stephen Craigan.

    However, it was Bolton who wrapped up the game when Stephen Dobbie capitalised on some confusion in the home defence to score.

    The last action of the game would come from Lasley, but not the veteran Motherwell skipper, but his three-year old son who dribbled (slightly aided) from the half way line to just about knock the ball into the empty net.

    That got the biggest roar of the day, as did the Motherwell skipper who thanked the crowd at the finish for marking what may turn out to be the last testimonial played at Fir Park given the nature of modern football.

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     Ally Reilly at Fir Park

    FT: Motherwell 1 – 2 Bolton Wanderers

    91′ | 1-2
    GOAL!!! Supersub Alfie Lasley scores! Dribbled all the way from the half-way line and fired it past the helpless goalie!!!

    91′ | 0-2
    Motherwell sub, Alfie Lasley comes on. Can he pull one back?

    89′ | 0-2
    Goal – Dobbie makes it 2-0, volleying home from just outside the box

    87′ | 0-1
    Motherwell double sub, it’s a standing ovation for Stevie Kirk and Stephen Craigan, who come on for McManus and Taylor

    79′ | 0-1
    Motherwell sub, young PJ Morrison comes on to replace Twardzik in goal.

    78′ | 0-1
    Nearly two for Bolton but the foot of Twardzik is enough to put it past for a corner.

    76′ | 0-1
    Another Bolton sub, Osede off for Taylor

    72′ | 0-1
    Another Bolton change, Silva makes way for Woolery

    69′ | 0-1
    Bolton sub, Casado for Twardzik, brother of Dan.

    64′ | 0-1
    McFadden shows some quick feet to get away from two and finds Thomas who squares it to McDonald. He goes for the curler: just past

    62′ | 0-1
    And a Bolton change, Trotter on for Walker.

    61′ | 0-1
    Motherwell triple sub, off are Chalmers, Grimshaw and Clarkson, replaced by Hammell, Leitch and McFadden

    58′ | 0-1
    Nice through ball by Grimshaw finds McDonald who checks inside on his right foot. Fires straight at Rachubka though

    51′ | 0-1
    Goal – Heskey opens the scoring, tapping home from 6 yards after an inviting low ball into the box.

    49′ | 0-0
    Great chance for Dobbie to open the scoring but he somehow fires wide form 8 yards out.

    Couple of Bolton subs to tell you about as well, Campbell and Pisano make way for Rachubka and Holding.
    Second half is underway.

    Three subs at half-time for ‘Well, McDonald, McMillan and Thomas are on for Robinson, Johnson and Reid

    HT: Motherwell 0 – 0 Bolton Wanderers

    32′ | 0-0
    Taylor’s curled effort from the left side of the box flashes just past the post. Unlucky!

    24′ | 0-0
    Some neat midfield play again sets up Clarkson about 30 yards out. It’s an ambitious effort which flies well over.

    17′ | 0-0
    Grimshaw advances forwards and on his left foot, his shot is deflected narrowly wide for a corner.

    15′ | 0-0
    Decent stop from Twardzik to deny Silva who had jinked his way into the box and got a low shot away from close range.

    10′ | 0-0
    Two corners in a row for Bolton and on the second attempt, Osede flicks it just past the post.

    3′ | 0-0
    Early chance for ‘Well. Johnson gets down the left wing and dinks in a cross to Robinson who sees his header loop just over the bar

    And we’re underway here a a sunny Fir Park.

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    Watch the Scotland game at Fir Park

    Scotland face two vital World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia on Friday Night  then Germany on Monday night and we want to invite you to Fir Park to watch the big game in the company of fellow ‘Well fans.

    The Centenary Suite will be opened from 4.30 pm, with a 5 o’clock kick-off. and for the Germany game on Monday, doors open at 6.30pm with kick-off at 7.45pm.

    There will be a special promotion on draught beers and it’s only £1.50 a pint.

    Anyone who has purchased tiles in the tunnel will be allowed access to the tunnel to view and take some pictures.

    Free pies will be distributed to those who stay for the match and a selection of free soft drinks will be available for kids as per the Cooper bar on match days.

    Entry on both nights is free of charge. Let’s roar Gordon Strachan’s boys on to what will hopefully be  vital wins in the battle to reach France 2016.

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    LTA visit Fir Park Stadium

    Motherwell FC hosted the Lanarkshire Tourism Association’s August meeting in the unique surroundings of Fir Park.

    The LTA meeting was attended by local businesses all keen to promote and raise awareness of their venues, amenities, activities and upcoming events.Businesses represented included New Lanark Mill Hotel, Holiday Inn Express Hamilton and VisitScotland.

    Each business within the Association shares common goals and objectives while also acknowledging the friendly rivalry amongst themselves.

    Motherwell Football Club’s Head of Marketing and Commercial, Keith Campbell gave the opening welcome explaining that he was very pleased to be able to showcase the Club to new audiences.

    Following the opening welcome presentations were given by Respitality a charity which works with the hospitality industry to give unpaid carers a much needed break, VisitScotland, PR agency the BIG Partnership as well as North & South Lanarkshire Council.

    Those attending the regular gathering were given a short tour of the stadium with many never having been to a football match let alone an historic stadium such as Fir Park.

    LTA Chair, and general manager of Hamilton’s Holiday Inn Express Mark Calpin thanked the Club for their hospitality and said; “For us to confidently promote what Lanarkshire has to offer, it’s vital we tour the venues and see first-hand what is available.

    ”This was our first visit to Fir Park and their excellent facilities are ideal for any business meeting or presentation, not forgetting to come and watch the team play every other Saturday!”

    The next LTA meeting is scheduled for late October where attention will turn to promoting food and drink initiatives in the region.

    For more information on events within Lanarkshire please go to www.visitlanarkshire.com or on Twitter @VsitLanarkshire

    For more information on booking your event at Fir Park please call 01698 333333 or visit www.motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Morton: Prices and Information

    Match and ticket information for the League Cup 3rd Round tie against Greenock Morton can now be confirmed.

    The fixture will go ahead on Tuesday 22nd September (kick-off 7.45pm) at Cappielow Park.

    Motherwell have been allocated the ‘Wee Dublin’ end terracing behind the goal, which can host up to 3,600 supporters.

    Tickets for the match will be available on the gate on the night priced at the following:

    ADULTS:   £15 
    CONCESSIONS:                           £10
    JUVENILES:    £3
      • Concessions are listed as 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
      • Juveniles are listed as 15 and under.
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    Motorpoint renew Steelmen partnership

    The UK’s leading car supermarket, which is based in Mount Vernon, has agreed to continue to support the Steelmen for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

    Motorpoint has provided the Steelmen with a number of branded vehicles including a Fiat Ducato 3.0 Maxi Minibus to transport the players between locations as well as Fiat Doblo and Renault Trafic vans. The company has also installed a new club crest on the front of the Davie Cooper stand.

    Under the terms of the partnership Motorpoint, a Sunday Times Top 100 Company to Work For, has installed its branding in the North and South stands of the stadium as well launched a co-branded email advertising campaign with the club’s fanbase. It will also be giving away tickets for all home games via its social media channels and hosting a Manager’s Press Conference with Ian Barraclough in the near future at Motorpoint Glasgow.

    Adam Gilmore, General Manager of Motorpoint Glasgow, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Motherwell Football Club for the next three seasons. The Steelmen are a fantastic community-based club and we hope that our on-going support will prove beneficial to the team both on and off the pitch.”

    Alan Burrows added: “We are absolutely thrilled that Motorpoint has agreed to continue its partnership and look forward to continuing our longstanding and fruitful relationship between the country’s leading car supermarket and Motherwell Football Club.”

    Motorpoint, which is based on Hamilton Road in Mount Vernon, has been an Official Partner of Motherwell Football Club since 2010.

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    BLOG: An update from the Chairman #8

    Along with Keith Campbell, Motherwell FC’s new head of marketing, Douglas Dickie, ‘Well Society board member and Craig Hughes, Society General Manager, I visited Hearts to find out a bit more about how they have improved over the last couple of years since administration.

    Clearly, Ann Budge is a fundamental factor in the club’s recent success. In their thousands, the fans have rallied round her board’s clear improvement plan, which involves fans pledging at least £10 per month to support the Foundation of Hearts.

    It also involves a team of, mostly business, people who have the necessary expertise and ability to implement the plan, with the approval and support of the fans. The chairman of the Foundation is also a non-executive member of the Hearts’ board.

    According to the Foundation, its aim is to ‘work in partnership with Ann Budge and her team to ensure that the rebuilding of the club can proceed effectively, supported by the vital financial contribution of Foundation members.

    Within the agreed (repayment) schedule, we aim to see the ownership of the club transferring from Ann Budge to the Foundation, thus delivering the central objective of fan ownership at Hearts.’

    We have a fairly similar situation here at Motherwell. Since Les Hutchison became effective owner, he has provided the club with substantial interest-free loans as a philanthropic helping hand towards improvements.

    He has provided considerable business acumen in helping the club develop a clear strategy and operational plan to take it forward in a financially sound, sustainable way. The club is also engaged in a rebuilding programme in partnership with the ‘Well Society.

    And when the club repays the loans, ownership will transfer from Les Hutchison to the society, thus delivering the objective of fan ownership at Motherwell.

    The progress we have made is often compared with the Foundation of Hearts. While there are clear similarities between us, there are significant differences, creating many challenges for both the club and society. For example,

    • the demographics of both fan-bases could not be more different – one from a small, economically-challenged post-industrial town, and the other from a wealthy, capital city
    • establishing the FoH was all about rescuing their club from administration. Despite the reality, there is no perception of jeopardy for the Motherwell fans currently
    • we have a relatively small, albeit vocal, support – attendance figures for last season show an average of 4,200 (one quarter of Hearts’ average attendance). Of that, our home support is between 3,000 and 4,000.

    In view of these numbers, it’s therefore been a huge achievement already to sign up nearly half of our average gate, ie 1,650 members to the Well Society, including juniors FoH has 8,000 members, which is also half their average home gate. So our sign-up rate as a proportion of our average gate is actually not too dissimilar to Hearts’.

    This gives us a lot of optimism that the society can achieve its initial target of recruiting 2000 adult members and support the club’s improvement strategy and plan!

    The joint club-society team learned a lot from our visit to Tynecastle. The model there is a very good example of how a close partnership between the football club and the fans’ representative organisation can work together to achieve success on and off the field.

    We are extremely grateful to Ann Budge, the directors of Hearts and the FoH for their extremely generous support. We would want to thank, in particular, Brian Cormack, chairman of FoH, for his most helpful advice.

    I am, as ever, extremely grateful to you, the Motherwell fans, for your continuing support.


    Brian McCafferty
    Chairman

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    Man Utd’s Grimshaw joins on loan

    Motherwell FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Manchester United midfielder Liam Grimshaw on loan until January.

    Liam, 20, is the current skipper of the United Under 21 team and is a versatile centre midfield player. He can also play at fullback and centre-back and made his MUFC Senior Academy debut against Manchester City in 2012.

    His subsequent form was so eye-catching that he received a first-ever England call-up, to the Under-18s for a match against Italy, and captained an Academy XI in a friendly at Loughborough University before taking on the armband regularly.

    Grimshaw was also named captain for United’s first foray into the UEFA Youth League and was, later that season, shortlisted for the Reserve Player of the Year award for his contribution as he made 20 appearances during their title-winning campaign.

    He has again kicked off this season as the Captain of the United U21s team in their 1-1 draw with Leicester.

    ‘Well had to fend off some late competition from the English Championship to sign the player, who will wear the number 4 shirt during his stay at Fir Park.

    [pullquote]First of all I’ll be looking to get into the side, then I’ll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, Grimshaw said: “I’m looking forward to it and it’s a new experience for me as I’ve only ever played at Manchester Utd my whole career.

    “First of all I’ll be looking to get into the side, then I’ll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.

    “I’ve played a few positions for Man Utd, starting at centre back then right back but I prefer midfield. I like to get my foot in and pass the ball simply.

    “I’ve watched a few games in Scotland and know it’s a good standard and can’t wait to get playing.”

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough added: “We are delighted to get Liam in and we hope he will add further strength to our midfield.

    “He is a player we have watched regularly and have been patient trying to get him confirmed. Although he is young, he has been schooled at an excellent club and he’ll add some steel in the middle of the park.

    “He’ll compete with the likes of Stephen Pearson, Keith Lasley, Jack Leitch, Jake Taylor and some of our young talent in the Under 20s for a starting spot, which gives us some decent competition.”

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    Highlights from Dumbarton

    Extended highlights from The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium where Rangers and Motherwell play out a 2-2 draw in the Development League.

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    TV: Craigan content with draw

    Stephen Craigan talks to MFC TV following this evening’s 2-2 draw with Rangers in the SPFL Development League.

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    Rangers U20s 2 – 2 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell and Rangers U20s shared the spoils tonight, with a 2-2 draw at Dumbarton.

    Stephen Craigan’s side had a youthful look to it, with six changes from their last outing, a 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen.

    In goal PJ Morrison made his 20s debut, replacing the injured Brett Long while the other notable inclusion was right back Craig Reid who made his comeback from injury after five months out.

    ‘Well started brightly and very nearly made the breakthrough just seconds in.

    Ryan Watters broke quickly from the centre and combined with Adam Livingstone who played in Jack McMillan. His cross was met by the head of Cadden but Kelly got down quickly to his right to make the save.

    That was a statement of intent from Cadden, though, as he got his name on the scoresheet in the 8th minute.

    He took a touch past the onrushing Halkett inside his own half and from there he seemed to have all the time in the world to drive into the box and put it past Kelly, who perhaps should have done better.

    However, that lead would prove to be short lived as in the 17th minute, Gers were level.

    Josh Jeffries received a clever short corner and skipped past Leitch. His low ball in found centre-back David Brownlie who duly dispatched it past Morrison.

    ‘Well had struggled to test Kelly in the Rangers goal and found themselves through Jordan Thompson who curled in a spectacutlar free-kick from 25 yards.

    This would prove to be the final bit of goalmouth action until into the second half.

    Jack McMillan and Adam Livingstone looked impressive going forward and combined well again down the left wing. The ball was crossed for Dylan Mackin but is was just an inch too far in front of him and as he stretched, could only scoop the ball over the bar from six yards.

    Motherwell seemed well in control of the second half without really testing Kelly but finally got their reward 18 minutes from the end.

    Substitute Jake Hastie was sent through on goal by Mackin and showed good pace and strength to see off two Rangers defenders. He got a bit of luck as the ball ricocheted  off his shin and fell into the path of Ryan Watters who cooly slotted into the net from 10 yards.

    As the full-time whistle blew, both sides would probably feel a draw was a fair result.

    Motherwell: Morrison,  Reid (Maguire 82), Hall, Ferguson, McMillan, Watters, Cadden, Campbell, R. Leitch, Livingstone (Hastie 71), Mackin

    Motherwell unused subs: Potts, Turnbull, Moore