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    Huge opportunity for The Well Society

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    New South Stand hospitality packages

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    Craigan: We’re well prepared

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    Motherwell Inside #4: Aileen Anderson

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    Statement: Carl McHugh’s red card

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    Supporter Survey: Changes in motion

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    True Steelman: Wille MacFadyen

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    TV: Highlights from Rugby Park

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    Craigan: We lacked a spark

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    Kilmarnock U20s 1 – 0 Motherwell U20s

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    Huge opportunity for The Well Society

    The Well Society is today pleased to announce it has received a particularly generous offer from former majority shareholder Mr Les Hutchison.

    Mr Hutchison has offered to match the total amount of funds raised by the Society in the calendar year 2017 by reducing the same amount from his loan to the Club – to a maximum amount of £500,000. In effect, this means that every £1 raised will count as £2.

    This is an outstanding chance to improve the financial position of both the Club and the Society.

    As owners of Motherwell FC, the Board and members of the Society must try and make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

    We know that there has been some reluctance from potential members and indeed from some existing members to either join and/or contribute more of their hard earned funds to the Society due to concerns that those funds would be used to repay the loans of previous owners.

    The opportunity which now exists is for that debt to be reduced by up to half a million pounds by contributions being made to and retained by the Society and the Club.

    We want to rally the troops and urge you to think how best you can support the Society in our aim to raise £500,000 in 2017.

    You may be an existing member who has ceased to contribute or can now afford to contribute more.

    You may now be persuaded to become a new member. You may now have the opportunity to persuade a friend or relative that now is the time to join the Well Society to become an owner of Motherwell FC and to contribute what they can.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to substantially improve the financial position of the Club as we continue down the road as new owners. Together we can make the most of it. It is up to us.

    To pledge, click here.

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    New South Stand hospitality packages

    Motherwell Football Club is delighted to offer supporters two all new, laid back hospitality options during match days at Fir Park.

    If you want to enjoy the hospitality experience but want smaller meals, casual attire and smaller prices, then the new ‘Bois Club’ and ‘Twist and Pout’ packages are ideal for you.

    Situated in the large South Stand boxes, holding up to parties of twenty, packages include:

    • Hot one-course buffet served with complimentary drinks
    • Padded seat within the box with excellent view
    • Matchday Programme and teamsheet
    • Half-time pies or sandwiches
    • Full-time: one hour complimentary drinks

    Cost: £70pp +VAT – complimentary drinks include beers, wines and soft drinks (no spirits or champagne)


    Cost: £90pp + VAT – full range of complimentary drinks available (no champagne)

    Dress code: Smart casual

    New Head of Commercial & Marketing Suzanne Reid said: “We are launching these new hospitality packages based on some really positive feedback from our supporters and guests. Even in my short time here we have been asked for something which is designed to appeal to the more casual diner.”

    “We have created the Bois Club and the Twist and Pout packages to cater for two very casual and fun markets. The packages are in short a party in a box, and they are the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, stag or hen events or a boys and girls day out whilst taking in the football and making Motherwell FC your starting place for a night out.”

    She added: “We have had a soft launch with some of our regulars who have already started booking the packages so we are very confident moving forward that they will be a real success with our current fan base and beyond.”

    Fan Engagement Manager Ryan Murrant added: “From the recent survey the club conducted it was clear that some of our supporters wanted something like this, so fair play to Suzanne and her team for instigating this change.

    “The packages offer something different and unique to our supporters which is what this club is about.”

    He added: “Listening to feedback and acting on it will only help this club grow and engage further with our supporters on every level, so again we thank those that take the time to feedback and embrace what we are trying to do here and now look forward to seeing a few Saturday nights start with a party in a box.”

    To book, phone 01698 33 33 33 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    Craigan: We’re well prepared

    U20s boss Stephen Craigan believes his side are ready to go ahead of tomorrow night’s Development League clash with Celtic.

    The young Steelmen travel to the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium in Dumbarton, and the Northern Irishman feels that his side are well prepared.

    Speaking to MFC TV, Craigan said: “The boys are fine, we haven’t trained an awful lot since the game the other night but I think it’s important to keep them as fresh as we can.

    “We’ve had a couple of meetings, looked at some tactical stuff – just to reaffirm the message that we’re always speaking about both in possession and out of possession.”

    He added: “The boys covered a lot of distance the other night, and with GPS you can kind of monitor it a bit better.”

    [pullquote]We’ve had a couple of meetings, looked at some tactical stuff – just to reaffirm the message that we’re always speaking about both in possession and out of possession.[/pullquote]

    As far as selection for tomorrow night, Craigan admitted he will have to make a few changes.

    He said: “There will be a few changes as normal with under 20s, you’re chopping and changing a lot, there’s lads coming in from the first team and lads out on loan.

    “Dylan and Tom won’t be involved because of that and factors like that mean you don’t always get the team you would ideally like.

    “But we’re ready for the game, we feel well prepared and we’re looking forward to it.”

    One of the main things Craigan tries to drill in to the youngsters is the knack of finding consistency in their game, and after the Kilmarnock match on Tuesday night, he admitted that he is still adapting as a coach.

    He said: “Having watched Tuesday night’s game back there wasn’t an awful lot wrong really.

    [pullquote]Perhaps I could have simplified it for them a bit and matched up with Kilmarnock but there’s things you learn as you go – it’s as much them being consistent as it is me.[/pullquote]

    “We changed our shape to play against them and I probably should have changed it again to allow us more width.”

    He added: “Because we were playing with a diamond, it meant we lacked that width and couldn’t get many crosses in to the box to cause that threat.

    “Perhaps I could have simplified it for them a bit and matched up with Kilmarnock but there’s things you learn as you go – it’s as much them being consistent as it is me.”

    With some senior players perhaps set to step in for game time, Craigan admitted they have played a big role in setting an example for the youngsters this season.

    He said: “We’ll be expecting some senior players to drop down but I’m not sure who yet.

    “It’s important that when the senior players do come in that they perform and set an example and more often than not this season they have done.”

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    Motherwell Inside #4: Aileen Anderson

    ‘Motherwell Inside’ returns and in it’s fourth instalment looks at the work of physiotherapist Aileen Anderson.

    Aileen talks about her duties on a match day, her work with injured players and how she prepares players ahead of matches to help avoid injury.

    For exclusive content, subscribe to MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Statement: Carl McHugh’s red card

    Motherwell Football Club today (Wednesday) released the following statement in relation to Carl McHugh’s red card during Saturday’s match with Heart of Midlothian.

    The club decided not to appeal the red card shown to Carl McHugh on the 53rd minute of last Saturday’s match at Fir Park.

    The recent experience with Scott McDonald’s appeal for a similar sort of offence, with the onus being on the club to prove an obvious refereeing error, convinced management that, although we greatly respect the process and the individuals involved, any further appeal would not only be futile, but also a waste of the club’s time and money.

    The club has subsequently written to the Scottish FA’s Head of Referee Operations to seek clarity on the guidelines surrounding serious foul play and in particular, “excessive force”.

    Given a fairly broad set of criteria has been issued by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) when judging a challenge during the intensity of a match, it’s now so open to individual interpretation by each match official it could and has lead to significant inconsistencies across games.

    A number of challenges in various SPFL Premiership matches (and high profile matches in other major leagues) over the last few weeks would more than meet the criteria both Scott McDonald and Carl McHugh were judged by, and subsequently ordered off for, but only cautions were issued.

    This causes a great deal of confusion and frustration for our playing staff, coaching staff and supporters, and it is making it increasingly difficult to say with any certainty what is and isn’t a red card offence when talking about ‘excessive force’.

    Everyone involved in football understands that, at times, clubs will be on the end of honest mistakes or incorrect calls, it is part and parcel of the game. In addition, it is also acknowledged and accepted that match officials do not set the laws of the game, only enforce them.

    However, that means they need to be applied consistently across the board and any law or criteria that allows for such a broad scope of individual interpretation is, in Motherwell FC’s view, a flawed one.

    In addition, the club has also asked for, and has been granted, time with the Scottish FA’s Head of Referee Operations to go through with the playing squads some of the recent examples which have merited a red card and those that, for what look like identical offences, have only been issued with a caution to explain what, if any, differences there are and detail fully what IFAB advise when considering excessive force.

    Motherwell FC very much appreciates this time and look forward to that meeting in the coming weeks.

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    Supporter Survey: Changes in motion

    Motherwell FC’s recent supporter survey came to a close last month and the key issues brought up by the fans have been identified by the club.

    From ticket prices to catering, the aims of the survey were to look at ways to improve the matchday experience at Fir Park. With the key areas highlighted by ‘Well fans, what is the next step?

    Marketing and Fan Engagement Ryan Murrant said: “The response was absolutely fantastic from all stands  – all groups of supporters have joined in.

    “We have sat down and looked at what fans want changing and the ball has starting rolling as we now look to identify ways of improving things. There is no quick solution and some of the changes such as the stewarding will take time, months possibly years to get right but change has started and will continue to do so.

    “We plan to communicate transparently over the next few weeks and months about changes that are achievable in the short, mid and long term and how we will go about them. Fans also need to know that this club already do some brilliant things especially in the community, we saw that on Saturday and these community initiatives will continue and go from strength to strength.”

    He added: “Something that we have learnt from this survey is that we need to shout about these successes more, so the feedback on every front has been so, so invaluable. It is an exciting time here now and important for the fans to know that Alan Burrows and the board are driving this forward to help us all make further positive change.”

    The priorities have been outlined and are as follows:

    • Ticket prices
    • Scoreboard and Tannoy system
    • Improving bars and events
    • Stewarding
    • Catering
    • Ticketing / Season ticket renewals
    • CRM & Marketing
    • Marketing and Tickets to kids
    • Family Stand and the Matchday experience
    • Website and communications

    Ryan added: “We also now have the opportunity to look at focus groups to help us continue to drive the club forward. What we mean by that is for each stand to have representatives and for them to sit down with the club to help really fine tune the continuous improvements that all parties desire.”

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    True Steelman: Wille MacFadyen

    Born in nearby Overtown, Willie MacFadyen was one of the finest pre-war strikers to have plied his trade in Scottish football.

    Having previously had spells with Bo’ness and Clyde Willie joined the Steelmen from Wishaw YMCA in 1921.

    MacFadyen’s time at Fir Park coincided with the club’s glory years of the 1920’s and 1930’s and as a Motherwell player he won a League Championship medal in 1931’32 and two Scottish Cup runners-up medals.

    MacFadyen retains the record for the most league goals scored in a season (fifty-two) during that title winning season and over the course of his Motherwell career Willie would net 251 league goals.

    Willie’s tally places him eighth in the list of highest Scottish League pre-war goalscorers and it says much about the prolific nature of the Motherwell teams of the era that Hugh Ferguson and Robert Ferrier, teammates across Willie’s time at Fir Park, are ranked third and sixth respectively in that list of renowned finishers.

    With such ability in front of goal it seems incredible to think that MacFadyen was deemed worthy of a mere two Scotland caps.  It was well over a year after Motherwell’s title win and Willie’s record breaking 52 goal haul before he earned his first Scotland cap in a 2-2 draw against Wales in the British Championship on 4th October 1933.

    A goalscoring debut was rewarded with another appearance, and goal, in a 3-2 defeat to Austria the following month but no further caps were forthcoming.

    In 1936 Willie’s Fir Park career came to a close when he joined Huddersfield Town for whom he helped to the 1938 English FA Cup Final.  He was with Clapton Orient when World War II broke out and whilst, as was common during the war, he played for several sides as a guest his senior career was over.

    As peace returned Willie took up the manager’s position with Dundee Utd in 1945 and ironically some years later he would play a part in another record breaking Motherwell event when the Dundee Utd side he managed lost 12-1 to Motherwell in 1954.

    Willie passed away in 1971 aged sixty-six.

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    TV: Highlights from Rugby Park

    Extended highlights from Rugby Park as the Under 20s concede a last minute penalty to lose 1-0 to Kilmarnock.

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    Craigan: We lacked a spark

    U20s boss Stephen Craigan felt his side were missing a spark as they lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock this evening.

    A late penalty secured a victory for the hosts on a night when the Steelmen didn’t manage to make much of a breakthrough.

    And after the match the manager admitted he was a bit disappointed with his sides performance.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the manager said: “It makes it worse that it’s so late in the game because there wasn’t a lot in it tonight.

    “They probably had more goalmouth action than we did and it was the kind of game when we really just lacked some kind of penetration, someone to go and be the spark for us.”

    He added: “We’ve had that in the last few weeks, we’ve had players who’ve stepped up and done it and tonight I just think we hit a brick wall.”

    [pullquote]They probably had more goalmouth action than we did and it was the kind of game when we really just lacked some kind of penetration, someone to go and be the spark for us.[/pullquote]

    Defender Barry Maguire put in a strong performance at Rugby Park, but was unlucky to see a back pass fall short for keeper Oliver Pain and Killie won a penalty.

    And his manager admitted that he just has to look at the positives from his game tonight and make sure to bounce back.

    He said: “You felt as the game went on that it was going to be 0-0 or there was going to be an error of judgement and unfortunately tonight Barry was the culprit tonight.

    “I said to him after the game though, ‘I’m not going to shout at you because that happens, I’ve done that before – but I will shout at you if you do it again because it means you haven’t learned’.

    “It’s over and done with now and we have to move on.”

    He added: “Over the piece I think we could’ve been better of course but in a game when it’s so tight we have to learn to see it out and get a 0-0 draw.”

    [pullquote]Overall I think defensively we were ok but going forward, considering we’ve scored 17 or 18 goals in our last four games, to not get any major efforts on goal is a disappointment.[/pullquote]

    In recent weeks the youngsters have got off to poor starts and battled back to win, and in the lead up to the match, Craigan called for a better start to the match, which he was ultimately rewarded with from his side.

    He said: “Defensively we were fine. We limited them to shots from distance and they had a number of corners which we dealt with well.

    “Going forward though we had to put more pressure on them. I think when you’re a centre forward and you’re not getting a lot of action, when you get around the 18-yard box all you can think about is shooting.

    “Maybe a more sensible and experienced player would play an extra pass and set someone up.”

    He added: “Overall I think defensively we were ok but going forward, considering we’ve scored 17 or 18 goals in our last four games, to not get any major efforts on goal is a disappointment.”

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    Kilmarnock U20s 1 – 0 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell U20s conceded late to lose 1-0 away to Kilmarnock in the Development League tonight.

    A penalty from Killie defender Scott McLean in the 89th minute was enough to snatch the points during a fairly uneventful and even encounter at Rugby Park.

    Stephen Craigan gave debuts to Oliver Pain and Shea Gordon in a line up that also featured the returning Stephen Pearson.

    And the trio impressed in the opening half. Pain showed his ability with the ball at his feet as well as producing some comfortable stops too. Pearson displayed all of the traits he has become renowned for and it seems clear the midfielder will be up to full speed soon. Gordon, meanwhile, brought a drive to the centre of the pitch and complimented Allan Campbell well.

    However, it took a while for the game to get going and it was the hosts who stumped up the first effort on goal after a quiet opening 15.

    Full back Scott McLean intercepted a mishit clearance before unleashing a low drive on target, but Pain got his body behind it and then gathered at the second attempt.

    Almost immediately up the other end of the pitch though, Pearson managed to drift in at the back post well, but his effort was a little mishit and didn’t trouble Curtis Lyle in the Kilmarnock goal.

    Gordon, who was growing in to the match, made a clever dart through the heart of the park, and as the space opened up he played a neat through ball for the potential run of Scott – but the forward and the new arrival were on different pages and Lyle collected the loose ball.

    The opening half seemed to just pass by with neither side creating much and both keepers producing routine saves.

    But it was Gordon again who looked to create from midfield. The Northern Irish youngster drove through the middle, beat a couple of challenges and cut on to his right foot to fire low at goal – but Lyle gathered it.

    The half came to an end with a brief flurry of shots from distance – including two from Turnbull. The first took a deflection and flashed wide and the second forced a routine stop from the Killie keeper.

    But the biggest talking point was perhaps a decision from the officials. Fry, who burst forward from right back, forced his way in to the box but before he could get his shot off he tumbled to the deck and looked to have been tripped, but the match officials ignored the numerous calls and let play continue.

    The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, however the Steelmen managed to get the ball in the back of the net, only to be denied by the linesman’s flag. A marauding run forward by centre back David Ferguson split the Killie team apart, he rolled a perfectly waited ball in to the Hastie who then squared to Scott to tap home, but Hastie was deemed to have strayed in to an offside position.

    The half was failing to produce much more and Craigan decided to shuffle his pack in an attempt to find the breakthrough, replacing Pearson with prolific forward Dylan Mackin – who positioned himself alongside Scott up top.

    Firmly on the front foot and hungry for the points, ‘Well pressed the hosts all over the park and Hastie found himself with a decent chance just after 60 minutes.

    The winger stole the ball from McLean, burst forward but instead of rolling in one of his two supporting teammates the youngster had a pop at goal. It didn’t trouble Lyle much though and he pounced on top of it.

    With time running out and the game in the balance, Craigan’s youngsters nearly took the lead through Turnbull and it would have been a tremendous goal too. Maguire pinged a delightful ball over the Killie defence in to the run of Hastie, who brought it down, teed up Turnbull but the midfielder slipped as he went to fire at goal from inside the box, and it flew well over.

    The lively Killie full back McLean went close to grabbing the lead for his side with just minutes to go. He curled a terrific effort on goal from distance. With the ball destined for the top corner, Pain pulled off a stunning save to deny the young defender and keep his side level.

    However, with just two minutes remaining in the match, the keeper was forced to rush for a short back pass and, with the odds against him, he tripped the advancing Killie attacker to give the home side a penalty in the dying stages.

    McLean stepped up and made no mistake to snatch a late lead, and ultimately the three points too.