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    Motorpoint announced as new principal sponsor

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    Rangers Ticket information

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    TV: Highlights from Easter Road

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    McGhee – We were off the pace

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    Hibernian 4-1 Motherwell

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    TV: Highlights from Dumbarton

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    McGhee – Better conditions, better result

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    Dumbarton 1-2 Motherwell

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    Josh Law departs the club

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    Robinson departs for Oldham

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    Motorpoint announced as new principal sponsor

    Today, Tuesday 12th July, Motherwell Football Club is delighted to announce that the Club’s new principal sponsor for Season 16/17 is Motorpoint, the UK’s largest independent car retailer.

    Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Motorpoint as our new principal sponsor. Over the last few years, we’ve grown our relationship with Motorpoint and delighted they’ve expanded their portfolio from the shorts to the shirt.

    Motorpoint will be using their sponsorship to engage with fans promoting money can’t buy experiences, aimed at bringing their customers and staff closer to the players and management of the Fir Park side.

    Adam Gilmore, General Manager of Motorpoint Glasgow, said: “Motorpoint is delighted to become the Official Club sponsor of Motherwell Football Club.

    “We have formed a great partnership with the Steelmen since 2010, both on and off the field, and the opportunity for the Motorpoint logo to appear on the first team shirt is a hugely exciting and high profile development for the company and one that we look forward to building upon over the coming 2016-17 season as we continue to establish Motorpoint as the car buyers champion in Scotland.”

    Last season’s top scorer, Louis Moult is pictured below with the new 16/17 Macron home kit, which is available to fans for pre-order.

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    Rangers Ticket information

    Tickets are still available for Saturday’s Betfred Cup game with Rangers at Fir Park.

    Tickets are priced as follows and are available from the Fir Park ticket office, which has extended opening hours on Thursday:

    ADULTS:   £15
    CONCESSIONS:                           £10
    JUVENILES:   £5

    Ticker office opening hours.

    Tuesday9.15am – 4.30pm
    Wednesday9.15am – 4.30pm
    Thursday9.15am – 7.00pm
    Friday9.15am – 3.30pm

    Fans should take note of the following information in relation to the tie, which will be an all-ticket match.

    1. 2016/17 Season Ticket holders will have the option to purchase tickets for the match by using Voucher A from their book (maximum of three tickets per voucher). Current Season Ticket holders who have renewed or bought, but haven’t as yet received their books, can collect at the same time as purchasing their League Cup ticket(s), if they so wish. Fans can also renew or buy their Season Tickets at the same time too.

    2. Fans who haven’t renewed or bought their season ticket for 2016/17 can still buy tickets, but must have been a season ticket holder in the previous three years, have bought home end tickets over the last three seasons or are a ‘Well Society member on or before 26th May 2016. Please note, this is not applicable in the Phil O’Donnell Stand where, due to space restrictions, only those who have bought (or will buy/renew prior to the match) their 2016/17 Season Ticket will have the option to buy three tickets (as per point 1).

    3. In both points 1 and 2, the club will endeavour to allocate tickets together, but in situations such as the Phil O’Donnell Centre Stand, it might not always be possible.

    4. Visiting fans will be housed in the South Stand behind the goal at Fir Park. There will be no additional provisions in the wings of the Phil O’Donnell Stand, both of which will be closed for this match. Visiting fans should purchase their tickets direct from Rangers FC – there will no sale of away tickets from Fir Park either before or on the day of the match.

    5. Any fan purchasing tickets on behalf of others should note they take full responsibility for that person(s).

    6. Concessions are considered to be over 60s, full time students with a valid matriculation card and young adults aged 16-18 (proof of age may be required). Juveniles are listed as Under 16s.

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    TV: Highlights from Easter Road

    Highlights from Motherwell’s final pre-season game at Easter Road.

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    McGhee – We were off the pace

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee admitted there weren’t many positives after losing 4-1 away to Hibs today.

    Despite a promising opening fifteen minutes, the Fir Parkers let their early lead slip in their final pre-season game before facing Rangers next weekend.

    The manager admitted his side were off the pace. He said: “We’ve been given a good workout that’s for sure; we’ve been made to chase and been made to work hard to contain Hibs.

    “I thought Hibs were excellent today and we were way off the pace that they were, so we can see that we’ve got quite a bit to go.”

    However, McGhee knows that the performance levels of his team will only increase with game-time.

    [pullquote]Other than it’s another game towards fitness, we can’t take many positives, but we know there’s obviously a lot for us to do and consider.”[/pullquote]

    He added: “Other than it’s another game towards fitness, we can’t take many positives, but we know there’s obviously a lot for us to do and consider.”

    Having come through pre-season with no major injuries, it looked worrying that there may have been a couple of knocks picked up, but the manager insisted there is nothing to worry about.

    He said: “Marvin hit a nerve and it was sore at the time but we’re fine and Jacob got hit in the face but it was nothing serious.”

    McGhee’s men host Rangers at Fir Park on Saturday, and the pre-season preparations go on for Motherwell this coming week.

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    Hibernian 4-1 Motherwell

    In the final pre-season fixture before the League Cup takes off at home to Rangers, Mark McGhee’s men lost 4-1 away to Hibs.

    Tait, Heneghan, McHugh and Blyth all featured in the starting eleven together for the first time since they penned deals with the Fir Parkers.

    Scott McDonald got involed early on, when he collected the ball outside of the area but was dragged to the deck.

    And what a start to the game it was. From the resulting free-kick Marvin Johnson curled his strike over the wall and it crashed off the crossbar leaving the Hibs trialist goalkeeper no chance.

    But the lead didn’t last long as Hibs struck back instantly, with Martin Boyle tapping in from close range.

    In an exciting opening 6 minutes, the Steelmen almost took the lead again, but Lasley’s cross was struck over the bar from a corner.

    The game settled down just before the tenth minute, with Hibs keeping the ball in their own half, unable to cross the half-way line with the intense pressing of Mark McGhee’s team.

    Some neat defending from the ‘Well kept Hibs from taking the lead, and on the break, McManus sprayed a lovely ball out wide which was collected expertly by Tait, but his dangerous, curling cross from deep was a few yards ahead of Blyth and it ran out for a goal-kick.

    In the 18th minute, Hibs took the lead after Jason Cummings evaded the off-side trap to square the ball into the path of Holt, who finished past Samson.

    Motherwell looked hungry to bounce back though and won a corner in the 20th minute – McManus’ flicked header resulted in a brilliant finger-tip save from Hibs trialist stopper.

    Four minutes later, Hibs double their advantage, after a whipped cross was headed into the top corner by John McGinn.

    A dangerous ball across goal from Boyle was picked up by Fyvie, whose effort never looked to trouble Samson and went wide of the mark.

    Some strong hold-up play from Blyth allowed the centre-forwar to work a yard of space and fire a low-strike at goal, but the trialist made a good save.

    Motherwell maintained the pressure by winning a couple of corners, but Hibs scrambled clear to keep the score at 3-1 going into the final ten minutes of the half.

    A brilliant challenge from Ben Heneghan denied Jason Cummings what could’ve been an easy tap in for the striker.

    Some clever footwork from Scott McDonald in the box looked certain to lead to a goal for the Steelmen, but a good block denied the Aussie from silencing the home support.

    But it remained 3-1 to the Scottish cup winners going in to the half-time break, a score that didn’t reflect the good play from the Fir Parkers.

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee didn’t make any changes at the break, but Hibs brought on Dylan McGeouch for Marvin Bartley.

    At the start of the second-half, a good save from Samson denied Hibs their fourth. In a blow, Jacob Blyth made way for Ainsworth after getting a bloodied nose from a corner in the 51st minute.

    Cummings the took the ball down six yards from goal, but his strike on goal flew over the bar and out for a goal-kick.

    Marvin Johnson looked to have injured himself after a mazy run led to a corner for the ‘Well, and McGhee took no chances, withdrawing the goal-scorer and replacing him with Allan Campbell after 60 minutes.

    Hibs made a change on the hour too; Cummings and Trialist goalkeeper made way for Keatings and Virtanen.

    Hibs did eventually make it four after a loose pass was picked up by Keatings, who curled a low shot in off the post in the 63rd minute.

    Dan Carmichael replaced John McGinn shortly after the 70th minute for the home side, and shortly after that Danny Handling came on for Grant Holt.

    Samson was called in to action again, but the stopper got a strong hand on Boyle’s effort, and Ben Heneghan cleared for the Fir Parkers.

    A trio of changes arrived in the shape of Thomas, Moore and Trialist, who came on to replace McDonald, Lasley and Cadden with ten minutes left

    There were few chances left in the match as Hibernian saw it out for the win.

    Motherwell: Samson; Tait, Hammell, Heneghan, McManus; McHugh, Lasley (Thomas ‘80); Johnson (Campbell ’60), McDonald (Moore ‘80), Cadden (Trialist ‘80); Blyth (Ainsworth ‘51)

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    TV: Highlights from Dumbarton

    Highlights from Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium as Motherwell come from behind to beat Dumbarton 1-2.

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    McGhee – Better conditions, better result

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee was happy with the attitude of his team as they won 2-1 away to Dumbarton.

    Goals from Moore and MacLean saw out the Steelmen’s second victory of pre-season.

    And the manager was very pleased with the playing conditions at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, describing the surface as a good testament to the ground staff.

    He said: “First thing I want to say is this is a tremendous pitch, and with good conditions here we didn’t have to deal with much wind and the rain made the pitch a little bit slicker, so I think we benefitted from that because I think so far in pre-season we’ve really been handicapped by the pitches we’ve been playing on.”

    New signing Carl McHugh made his first appearance for the Fir Parkers, and McGhee was very impressed.

    [pullquote]The general performance was good, in addition to winning the game, so yes we could’ve had more goals but lots of aspects with the performance were encouraging.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I was very pleased. I saw what I hoped he would bring to the squad and to the team; he breaks things down, he’s assured, he’s strong, he keeps the ball.

    “I made him captain in the first half because there was no one else to step up playing in the position that I could’ve done with – but that’s the quality of him and I think he’ll bring a lot to the squad.”

    On the score-line, the manager insisted it still isn’t the most important aspect of today.

    He said: “It’s not about the score it’s about the performance, for example we were playing well but they went ahead and on another day it could’ve ended 1-0.”

    He added: “The general performance was good, in addition to winning the game, so yes we could’ve had more goals but lots of aspects with the performance were encouraging.”

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    Dumbarton 1-2 Motherwell

    The Steelmen’s fourth pre-season fixture ended in a 2-1 win away to Championship side Dumbarton.

    A fairly young side took to the park at the Cheaper Insurance Direct stadium, with youngsters Allan Campbell, Jack McMillan and Ross MacLean among the starting eleven.

    Travelling fans got the opportunity to see new signing Carl McHugh make his first appearance in claret and amber – after making the switch from Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday.

    Dean Brill started in between the sticks and Ben Heneghan was among the substitutes for McGhee’s side.

    The opening goal of the day nearly came just a minute in, after some neat passing in the midfield led to Lionel Ainsworth making himself a yard of space and striking from outside the box – but his shot rose inches over the crossbar.

    And a few minutes later, the Fir Parkers fancied their chances from range again. This time, Ross MacLean’s shot on target deflected behind for a corner.

    Somehow Motherwell didn’t make the breakthrough after a neat flick and strike from Moult rebounded off the bar and into the path of Thomas, who lashed his strike off the post as well.

    McHugh, who had slotted in to the side and was comfortable in possession, had his first strike on goal, but it flew over the crossbar and it remained goalless after 12 minutes.

    Dean Brill’s first task was a fairly simple one, after a weak header made its way towards his far corner, but it was an easy one to collect for the keeper.

    McHugh did well to win the ball in the middle of the park, but Thomas was caught in possession by Smith, who had an ambitious strike from range that spun wide off target.

    A low strike from Grant Gallagher forced a good save from Brill who turned it round his post to keep it level after 20 minutes.

    Two minutes later, Andrew Sterling cut inside McMillan and curled his strike on goal, but Dean Brill pulled off a wonder save to tip the ball over the bar.

    But the new signings clean sheet didn’t last long after a Dumbarton corner was only cleared as far as the edge of the box. The ball was headed back in towards goal and some smart creativity from Robert Thomson to leap and connect with the overhead kick from close range arrowed it past Brill.

    The Steelmen were peppering the goal with strikes from outside the box, as Dom Thomas’ effort deflected behind for another corner.

    A great move around the edge of the Dumbarton box fell to Louis Moult, but his curling shot flew high over the bar.

    Play came to a halt on the 34th minute after what looked to be a clash of heads resulted in a Dumbarton player making way.

    Some great defending from Wright denied MacLean the opportunity of getting on the end of a great delivery from Joe Chalmers on the left.

    It remained 1-0 to Dumbarton going in to the break and McGhee made four changes at the break, with McHugh, Kennedy, Moult and Ainsworth making way for Moore, Trialist, Hastie and Heneghan.

    Heneghan missed a difficult chance at the back post from a corner, but immediately turned and curled a cross on to the head of Moore, who’s header was saved by Ewings, who replaced Brown at half-time for the home side.

    It was all Motherwell in the opening ten minutes of the second half, as a brilliant lofted ball over the defence found McMillan whose low cross was spilled by Ewings and Dumbarton somehow kept their lead.

    A few minutes later, Joe Chalmers put in another great cross, but Dumbarton knocked it behind for a corner.

    On the hour mark, Dom Thomas fired low on goal but it didn’t trouble Ewings – and at the other end Brill was forced to turn the ball behind after a tricky strike skipped off the surface.

    Three minutes later and Motherwell drew level.

    A pinpoint ball from the half-way line over the defence from Ben Heneghan was met by a strong header from Moore whose effort came crashing back off the woodwork into the path of MacLean who stabbed it home.

    On the 73rd minute, Luke Watt and a Trialist replaced Allan Campbell and Dom Thomas.

    And three minutes later, the Fir Parkers took the lead after a mix-up between Ewings and Pettigrew about 30 yards out left Craig Moore with an open goal and he dribbled casually to tap in.

    A good chance for Dumbarton went begging, as a great delivery from the left evaded everyone in the box and trickled out for a goal-kick.

    With ten minutes left, a fire alarm halted play and the fans had to evacuate the stand. Five minutes later play resumed and ‘Well boss Mark McGhee made another couple of changes, with Mackin and another Trialist replacing McMillan and MacLean.

    But with next to no time left on the clock, that was the last real action of the match as Motherwell grabbed their second victory of pre-season before facing Hibs tomorrow afternoon at Easter Road.

    Motherwell: Brill, McMillan (Trialist – 85mins), Chalmers, Ferguson, Kennedy (Heneghan – 46mins), Campbell (Trialist – 72mins), Ainsworth (Hastie – 46mins), McHugh (Trialist – 46mins), Moult (Moore – 46mins), Thomas (Watt – 72mins), MacLean (Mackin – 85mins)

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    Josh Law departs the club

    Motherwell FC can today confirm Josh Law has left the club to join English League One side Oldham Athletic.

    Law, who has been a regular in the Fir Park first team over the last two years, playing 73 matches, approached the management team at the tail end of the 2015/16 season and asked to leave due to personal / family circumstances.

    Motherwell FC agreed to this request and, after agreeing personal terms, the 26-year old has joined up with former ‘Well assistant Stephen Robinson, who was named manager at Boundary Park earlier today.

    Law said: “It was a hugely difficult decision I had to make, but my request to leave was purely a family issue as I’ve loved my time in Scotland, loved playing for the manager and with the group of lads at Fir Park.

    [pullquote]“I also want to thank everyone at the club for the way they’ve handled the situation and to the fans who have been so good to me during my two years.[/pullquote]

    “I wish the club nothing but the best and hope to be back soon visiting when the chance allows it.”

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee added: “We were obviously aware Josh was unlikely to be with us this season, which is why we recruited Richard Tait when we did.

    “The situation Josh faced personally was a difficult one, and we were sympathetic with his wish to be closer to home.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Josh for his two seasons in Claret and Amber and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Robinson departs for Oldham

    Motherwell FC can today confirm Assistant Stephen Robinson has left the club to take up the vacant managerial post at Oldham Athletic.

    Robinson, 41, initially joined the club in February of 2015, initially as Assistant to then boss Ian Baraclough.

    The former Bournemouth and Luton Town winger played a huge part in helping the club retain its SPFL Premiership status that season, then, working alongside Mark McGhee, contributed to the return to the top six in 2015/16.

    Robinson also worked with his native Northern Irish and was at the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship, assisting the side into the ‘Last 16’ of the tournament.

    The clubs was reluctant to lose Steve, but absolutely respect his wish and ambition to be a manager and therefore granted permission for the English League One club to start negotiations at the tail end of last weekend.

    [pullquote]it’s an important appointment and I’ll take my time to consider all the different aspects before offering the job[/pullquote]

    Those discussions concluded with Robinson being offered the job, which he subsequently accepted.

    ‘Well boss Mark McGhee said: “Whilst it is disappointing to lose Steve, we understand this was a great opportunity for him.

    “I said just last week that you can become a victim of your own success in a sense; that if and when you appoint talented, ambitious people, there’s a high probability that others who have deeper pockets come and take them away.

    “That means the challenge for us is to find someone else as talented and as ambitious and start the whole process again, and that’s exactly what we’ll do.

    “That all being said, it’s an important appointment and I’ll take my time to consider all the different aspects before offering the job.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to sincerely thank Steve for his tremendous contribution and wish him every success in his future career.