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    Well Shop selling Celtic tickets

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    Join the Fir Park Tartan Army

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    Tait: Giving my best for Motherwell

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    McFadden free kick up for award

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    Fan communication given boost

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    Future Steel: Ross MacLean

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

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    Craigan: Satisfied with a draw

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    St Johnstone U20s 1 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    A big thanks to our sponsors

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    Well Shop selling Celtic tickets

    DundeeTickets for the Ladbrokes Premiership match with Celtic on Saturday 15th October at Parkhead (3.00pm KO) are now on sale from the ticket office. 

    And the club can today confirm that the Well Shop will be selling tickets this Saturday (8th October), and next Saturday (15th October) between the hours of 10am and 1pm.

    Ticket prices are as follows:

    ADULTS:   £26 
    CONCESSIONS      £17
    UNDER 13   £10
      • Concessions are listed as 65 and over and 16 and under
      • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745 494631/ 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk
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    Join the Fir Park Tartan Army

    Fancy good value drinks and an atmosphere to take in the World Cup qualifiers this Saturday night? Why not come along to the Centenary Suite Bar here at Fir Park.

    The bar will open at 6pm before Scotland vs Lithuania kicks off at 7:45pm.

    And there are some great value drink offers, including £2.80 pints of Foster’s or Kronenberg, as well as bottles of Bulmer’s at the same cost.

    Situated in the Phil O’Donnell stand, the bar will again be open from 6pm for Scotland’s away clash with Slovakia on Tuesday night at the same kick off time of 7:45pm.

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    Tait: Giving my best for Motherwell

    Results may have been mixed so far this season for the Fir Parkers, but one thing has remained constant throughout.

    Richard Tait has quickly established himself as a trusty, consistent performer in Mark McGhee’s side – slotting in to the back four seamlessly alongside fellow new signing Ben Heneghan and veteran defenders Stephen McManus and Stevie Hammell.

    Joining Motherwell in the summer from Grimsby Town, the defender admits he is “loving” his new club.

    At 26 years of age, Tait boasts a mature attitude beyond his years and contributes going forward as well as protecting his own goal.

    His assists have been an example of this, with the full-back most recently turning provider for Scott McDonald’s equalising goal against Partick Thistle.

    [pullquote]I love being around the club, all the boys are great and I can’t complain at all – it’s the best move I could’ve made.[/pullquote]

    Tait admitted: “We worked on those crosses to the back post in training on the lead up to the game, cutting back on to my weaker foot and whipping it in and my cross came off and led to the goal so I was happy with that.”

    With his attitude and work-rate a hit among his teammates, Tait has been a great addition to Mark McGhee’s squad.

    The defender admitted he has learnt a great deal from his those around him ay Motherwell and admires the attitude of the team.

    “We’ve got so many lads in the team who are natural winners,” Tait said: “so when the weeks come that we don’t quite hit our heights there’s players in the team who can step up and we can still come away with a point or even three on tough match days.”

    Winning is something naturally engrained in Richard Tait’s game and approach, not solely down to his ability, but also because of his close bond with the club already.

    He said: “I’m absolutely loving it here at Motherwell. I love being around the club, all the boys are great and I can’t complain at all – it’s the best move I could’ve made and I’m really pleased with how it’s working out at the minute.

    “I want to go from strength to strength football wise and play my best for Motherwell, that’s my aim.”

    With four assists to his name in all competitions this season already, Tait wants to keep that side of his game developing.

    [pullquote]So far this season we’ve been trying to find our feet a little but one of the encouraging things is that we’re still getting results and we’re sitting in the top half despite not hitting our consistent best every week.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s an important part of my game and I have said it since I joined that I want to add more assists to my game and get forward a bit more, but first and foremost my job is to keep a clean sheet and if we can do that then happy days and if I can contribute in any way going forward then that’s even better.”

    With two wins, three draws and three losses so far this season, the Steelmen have had a mixed start in terms of results, but find themselves sitting sixth in the league table, something Tait finds reassuring.

    He said: “So far this season we’ve been trying to find our feet a little but one of the encouraging things is that we’re still getting results and we’re sitting in the top half despite not hitting our consistent best every week.

    “We know that the table is really tight at the moment so points are hugely important at this stage.”

    He added: “We’ve done well in some games then poorer in others and the important thing is how we bounce back from results like Friday night.”

    There’s a lot to play for as the Ladbrokes Premiership starts to take shape, and for ‘Well defender Richard Tait, he will be hoping to continue his consistent performances after the international break ahead of a big clash with Celtic.

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    McFadden free kick up for award

    James McFadden is no stranger to scoring wonder goals.

    His latest effort – a curling free kick from 30 yards against Hearts – can be added to a long list stretching back as far as his maiden season in Claret and Amber when he was just 17 years old.

    Despite the scoreline, McFadden’s consolation effort has been awarded the credit it deserves, making the shortlist for Ladbrokes Goal of the Week alongside Callum Patterson, Adam Rooney and Liam Polworth.

    In a career spanning 16 years, five clubs, international stardom and over 75 goals, James McFadden is, in every sense, a legend of the game in his home nation.

    [pullquote]He’s a fantastic footballer and for the Motherwell fans it gave them a highlight in terms of the outcome – it was a brilliant free-kick.[/pullquote]

    And while Friday night’s sumptuous free kick may not rank alongside his iconic goal for Scotland in Paris, it is certainly one to be admired.

    Mark McGhee agreed, despite the 3-1 loss at Fir Park. The manager said: “He’s just got that ability and when he went to take it I thought to myself ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if he put this in’.

    “Unfortunately because of the situation I certainly didn’t get excited about it but I certainly did enjoy it.

    “He’s a fantastic footballer and for the Motherwell fans it gave them a highlight in terms of the outcome – it was a brilliant free-kick.”

    You can vote for the ‘Well legend to win the award and, in turn, make the goal of the month shortlist too. To vote, click here.

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    Fan communication given boost

    Motherwell FC is keen to hear from the people that make our football club what it is today – the fans.

    And now there is a brand new way to get in touch with the club about all things away from the park to ensure any experience at Fir Park is exactly what the supporters want.

    Recently appointed Marketing & Fan Engagement Manager Ryan Murrant believes the launch of a direct email address can help to improve communications between the club and the fans as we continue implementing changes, both small and large in scale.

    He said: “We are passionate about making matchdays a better experience for all that come to Fir Park and this is part of that.

    “We need to listen to our supporters and work together to change and improve things where we can.”

    He added: “I have only been here for two weeks so tonight was my home debut so to speak, there’s lots to take in and it was great to meet some of the ‘Well faithful.

    “It will be good to hear from our supporters on how we can improve things over time for everyone. We ask the fans to be patient and to understand that this is a short, mid and long term project”.

    Ryan is a multi-award winning fan-engagement practitioner who has spent time at several clubs in England including Crawley Town, Southend Utd and, most recently, at Doncaster Rovers.

    In that time he has been instrumental in those clubs securing the Football League Family Excellence award at Southend, Crawley and Donny and in his final season at the Keepmoat Stadium, they won the Football League, League One Family Club of the Year.

    Upon his arrival at the club, Ryan admitted he is passionate about improving fans experiences as much as possible, and the new email is just one of the first steps in doing so.

    To get in touch, email the club at supporter.services@motherwellfc.co.uk you can also tweet Ryan @ryanmurrant

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    Future Steel: Ross MacLean

    19-year-old Ross MacLean has got off to a flying start this season at under-20s level, scoring and assisting on a regular basis for Stephen Craigan’s side.

    The midfielder has found himself on the bench for the first-team a couple of times this season and made a brief appearance in the Betfred League Cup back in July.

    But while he may not be a regular or well-known name around Fir Park, that could all change very soon.

    Struggling at points with injury last year, MacLean’s development as a player is firmly back on track and the youngster admits he is hitting the peak of his career under manager Stephen Craigan.

    “Playing under Craigan is great for a player at my stage,” Ross said; “he knows what he’s talking about, he knows exactly what he’s doing with the team and he does a lot to help us all out.”

    He added: “That was reflected in our Scottish FA Youth Cup Cup win last year – he got us playing really well and that has been carried on in to this season too and it’s clear to see because we’re top of the league now.”

    [pullquote]As a team we’re all doing really well this season – from winning the youth cup last season and now being top of the table – so our aim has to be to win the league this season.[/pullquote]

    A pacey, agile player boasting a natural touch and finesse on the ball, MacLean himself admits that a spot in the first team may be on the horizon if he keeps improving the way he is at the rate he is too.

    Watching the development of players like Chris Cadden is something that helps spur on and inspire Ross, with the first-team star sky-rocketing in the last nine months since stepping up to Mark McGhee’s side.

    “The young players are all the same, they all want to play first team football and my taste of getting in to the team for the League Cup and then again in the league makes me want to push on and follow in the footsteps of guys like Chris Cadden” said Ross, referred to commonly as Chuckie throughout the club.

    He added: “As a team we’re all doing really well this season – from winning the youth cup last season and now being top of the table – so our aim has to be to win the league this season and if we keep performing the way we are there’s no reason we can’t.”

    “I’m feeling good personally too, I feel fit and sharp. I just came back from my injury last year and I feel as if I’m just back to my peak fitness now and that’s been reflecting in my game.”

    [pullquote]He’s got all the attributes, and for him to take the next step he just has to be that little bit more careful with the ball. If you give away the ball three or four times in the first team it can impact the game more than it does at U20s level.[/pullquote]

    His manager agrees, with Stephen Craigan confident that Ross isn’t far away from making the step up that is required.

    He said: “Ross’ performance against Dundee United earlier this season is probably as good as it’s been for him and that’s including his performance against Hamilton when he scored both goals to win us the game.

    “I always tell Ross that it’s the final thing that you do with the ball that people remember and in that sense he needs to work on that still – but he takes up great positions both offensively and defensively, the distances he covers at times is incredible and we can look at that through the GPS system.”

    Craigan added: “He’s got all the attributes, and for him to take the next step he just has to be that little bit more careful with the ball. If you give away the ball three or four times in the first team it can impact the game more than it does at U20s level, but he’s made the bench at points for the first team, he was on the bench for the Lanarkshire Derby and I’m not sure how far away he was from getting a shot, but once he does there’s an opportunity there for him.”

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    TV: Highlights from McDiarmid Park

    Extended highlights from McDiarmid Park as the Under 20s draw 1-1 with St Johnstone in the development league.

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    Craigan: Satisfied with a draw

    U20s boss Stephen Craigan felt his side put in a “mixed” performance as they drew 1-1 away to St Johnstone tonight.

    A first half header from Jacob Blyth was cancelled out by an impressive Connor McLaren strike just after the hour mark.

    The draw marks the U20s fourth unbeaten match in a row and keeps them top of the Development League table.

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, the manager said: “I felt it was a mixed performance tonight and it seemed like it took us until about the 44th minute to string six or seven passes together.

    [pullquote]Every game you’re not going to dominate, be the best team or have the best players, but we have to find ways not to lose games first and foremost.[/pullquote]

    “I felt as though our two strikers couldn’t quite hold it up or were under pressure from the defenders, but they didn’t get enough flick-on’s or hold it up enough, but that happens sometimes.”

    He added: “Every game you’re not going to dominate, be the best team or have the best players, but we have to find ways not to lose games first and foremost.

    “It is a Development League and it is about developing and not to lose games is part of your development.”

    [pullquote]Defensively we stood up to it tonight, the pitch is quite big and it was quite slick, so I’m satisfied with the draw but I think we’re better than that.[/pullquote]

    The manager touched on St Johnstone’s ability to get crosses in to the box, which was both a fault and a sign of his sides defensive qualities.

    Craigan said: “They were a threat and I’m sure, if you include corners, that they must have put about 30-35 crosses in to our box tonight.

    “It’s not good from our point of view to not be stopping those crosses but we defended them well and we had to go and stop those crosses.”

    He added: “So from that point of view defensively we stood up to it tonight, the pitch is quite big and it was quite slick, so I’m satisfied with the draw but I think we’re better than that.”

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    St Johnstone U20s 1 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell U20s extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a 1-1 draw away to St Johnstone tonight.

    A first half header from Jacob Blyth was cancelled out by a second half strike from Connor McLaren on an evening where missed opportunities ruined both sides chances of taking all three points.

    Kieran Kennedy started alongside goal-scorer Blyth as they both returned to fitness after significant spells out of action.

    And it was a bright start for Blyth, who headed inches over the bar within the first two minutes.

    It only took the Englishman five minutes and two opportunities to grab a goal though; despite the fact his header didn’t actually hit the back of the net.

    The linesman was on hand to make the final call, deciding the summer signings header had indeed crossed the line despite St Johnstone stopper Ben McKenzie’s efforts to gather it.

    Jake Hastie and Ross MacLean looked lively early on, providing pace and directness to the Steelmen’s game and looking to utilise the two centre forwards in the starting eleven.

    And it was the former who went close and would have scored the second goal of the night had it not been for a great save by McKenzie.

    Afforded too much time on the edge of the box, the youngster composed himself and unleashed a rocket of a left-foot towards goal, but it was too central and McKenzie got a strong pair of hands to it to deny him.

    25 minutes in to the half and it should have been 2-0 to the Fir Parkers.

    Some excellent, hard work by Ross MacLean down the right robbed the hosts in their own penalty area. Instead of shooting from a tight angle the midfielder wisely laid it off to Dylan Mackin who was free in the box, but the striker dragged his shot wide of the post from ten yards out.

    The opening 45 quietened down as the game grew a bit scrappy at points, but Craigan’s side held on to their narrow lead going in to the break.

    And the hosts were by far the stronger side in the second period, with a number of glaring opportunities to win the game after they drew level in the 65th minute.

    And it was a neat finish from Connor McLaren.

    The midfielder raced in to the box with three ‘Well defenders in his way, but he did enough to create space on his right foot and lace a low, hard shot past Morrison.

    From then on chances were few and far between for Motherwell as St Johnstone seemed to edge towards a winner.

    Over age selection Graham Cummins went close with two efforts in two minutes for the hosts, heading once over the bar and once against the bar, but couldn’t hit the target.

    Centre-back Jason Kerr should have nicked the points for St Johnstone in the final seconds of the match, rising high to head at goal but missing the target.

    In the end, it was a hard-fought point for the youngsters who remained top of the Development League table and extended their great run of results.

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    A big thanks to our sponsors

    Motherwell football club would like to thank our partners for their support at the game on Friday evening.

    Blue Parrot sponsored the game and chose Ben Heneghan as their man of the match. Ben was presented his award by Greg Anderson from Blue Parrot.

    Match ball sponsors Rentokil chose Craig Clay as their man of the match and the award was presented to him by Iain Marks.

    Match Attax Young Man of the Match was awarded to Scott McDonald by Scott Maxwell. Unfortunately, Scott couldn’t accept the award and Stephen McManus stepped in.

    The Club would also like to thank Magnum Sounds for the provision of the PA system in the Centenary Suite.