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    Goal Zone with Allan Campbell

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    Post-split hospitality on sale now

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    Made in Motherwell: Andy Walker

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

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    Craigan: We overcame a tough test

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    Motherwell U20s 3 – 2 Falkirk U20s

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    Craigan: We must keep momentum

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    U20s face Falkirk in Development League

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Inverness CT in pictures

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    Goal Zone with Allan Campbell

    After scoring his first goal for Motherwell in his first home start, Allan Campbell sits down with MFC TV’s Lewis Irons to discuss his memorable header. 

    The youngster’s crucial, determined goal gave the Steelmen a 4-2 lead over Inverness Caley Thistle in one of the biggest clashes of the campaign.

    Allan talks through his goal with Lewis in the latest edition of ‘Goal Zone’.

    He said: “I’m still over the moon just now. At training all of the boys have been giving me praise which has been good and it’s not like me to score either.

    “It’s great knowing that all of the boys want you to do well and it’s obviously a proud moment for me getting my first Motherwell goal.”

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    Post-split hospitality on sale now

    The post-split fixtures have been announced, and with the Steelmen set for three more home matches, don’t miss the chance to take in the final games of the campaign in style. 

    First up, the ‘Well host Dundee in just under two weeks, followed by Ross County and then Kilmarnock in some hugely important Premiership clashes.

    And with some outstanding offers available, we have something for everyone:

    • Experience one of our post-split matches from the comfort of a box (adult and children packages available), the Centenary Suite for a sit-down 3-course meal or the Millennium Suite for hot snacks
    • Season book holders can upgrade to hospitality from as little as £35pp
    • Reduced pricing in place for our home match against Kilmarnock on Tuesday 16th May

    For more information, please contact: hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk or phone 01698 333 333.

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    Made in Motherwell: Andy Walker

    From the juniors to journalism, Andy Walker has been a familiar figure on and off the park in Scottish football over the last four decades.

    Tommy McLean made Andy one of his first signings upon taking charge at Motherwell in the summer of 1984, bringing him to Fir Park from Baillieston juniors.

    Blooded by McLean in the league around six months after his arrival, the striker came to prominence at exactly the right time, scoring three goals in the final weeks of the season as Motherwell closed in on the First Division title.

    Indeed it was Walker who grabbed the goal that secured promotion for Motherwell in the dying minutes of the penultimate match of the season against Brechin City in May 1985.

    Gradually making one of the striking berths his own, Walker proved himself a player for the big occasion netting the winner against Rangers in February 1986 and scoring against Celtic in the League Cup Semi Final at Hampden later in the year.

    It was the latter who would tempt Walker away from Fir Park in 1987 for a reported fee of £350,000. As so often happens after a move to one of the Old Firm, Andy found himself viewed in a different light and within a year he would earn the first of what would eventually be three international caps for Scotland. It wasn’t without reason though, after he enjoyed a scintillating first season at Parkhead as Celtic won a league and cup double.

    After five seasons with Celtic, Walker moved south to Bolton where he was particularly prolific and scored in a number of high profile matches for the Trotters.

    Seeking a return to Scotland in 1994 – had Tommy McLean had his way Walker would have served under him once more, but the emergence of Celtic in the bidding war put paid to any realistic hopes McLean had of luring him back to Lanarkshire and he signed for Celtic for a second time.

    Thereafter, Andy had spells with Sheffield Utd, Hibernian, Raith Rovers, Ayr Utd, Carlisle, Partick Thistle and Alloa before calling it a day after more than 400 league appearances.

    Walker would soon become involved in the media side of the game writing columns for newspapers and appearing as a summariser on television. These days he features regularly on Sky Sports covering both games in Scotland and England.

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    TV: Highlights from Excelsior Stadium

    Extended Highlights from the Excelsior Stadium where the Under 20s come from behind to beat Falkirk 3-2 in the Development League.

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    Craigan: We overcame a tough test

    Stephen Craigan was pleased with the way his team managed to overcome Falkirk tonight as they secured a 3-2 victory at the Excelsior Stadium.

    And a tough Falkirk side, who looked content to sit in and frustrate the Fir Parkers, nearly sparked a late comeback, but the ‘Well held on to take their points tally to their highest ever of 54.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, the Northern Irishman praised his youngsters.

    He said: “We did well because Falkirk sat in a little and went with a 5-4-1 initially, so they smothered our space.

    [pullquote]We had a lot of the ball without really hurting them and when you play against a system like that and then you concede it becomes even more frustrating.[/pullquote]

    “We had a lot of the ball without really hurting them and when you play against a system like that and then you concede it becomes even more frustrating.”

    He added: “So I’m pleased that we were able to play against a team who were quite negative in their set-up, which is fine because there’s no right or wrong way to play, it just made it harder for us to crack and I’m pleased we did.”

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    Motherwell U20s 3 – 2 Falkirk U20s

    Motherwell under-20s secured their highest Development League points tally with a 3-2 win over Falkirk tonight.

    A Dylan Mackin brace and Jack McMillan’s second goal in two games was enough for the Fir Parkers to break down a resolute Bairns side.

    Stephen Craigan included senior players Jacob Blyth, Joe Chalmers, David Ferguson and Russell Griffiths in his side as the youngsters looked to extend their run of form following last weeks 4-0 victory over St Mirren.

    But they endured a difficult opening ten minutes to give themselves an uphill task.

    Blyth went down injured after just six minutes and had to eventually make his way off the park and then down the tunnel in crutches. That forced the Fir Parkers in to a hasty change as Jake Hastie came on.

    Just a few minutes later though and matters got worse when Reis Peggie fired a thunderous effort past Griffiths from just inside the area.

    From that point onwards, Craigan’s side grew in to the game and enjoyed long periods with the ball but couldn’t break down a resolute Bairns backline.

    Hastie summed up the Steelmen’s frustrations with an ambitious effort from distance, but McMinn could only push it wide.

    From the resulting corner, Falkirk again turned it away from danger but at the expense of yet another set piece.

    Adam Livingstone swung a terrific ball in to the area for the head of Mackin, who leaped highest to head beyond McMinn.

    On the stroke of half time, Hastie could have nodded the Fir Parkers in front but, on the stretch, couldn’t get over it and it sailed over the bar.

    The half time whistle came at a time when Motherwell seemed to be growing in to the game, but the break didn’t halt the youngsters – who came flying out the traps at the start of the second period.

    Mackin nodded his second of the game beyond McMinn in the 48th minute but took a hefty knock in the process – showing terrific bravery to head the Fir Parkers in front.

    Five minutes later and the youngsters made it three when Hastie’s low effort was palmed in to the path of a grateful Jack McMillan, who made no mistake as he slotted home his second goal in his last two games.

    With just over ten minutes remaining, Craigan gave Mackin a rest and brought on Alfredo Agyeman as his side looked to see the game out.

    But with just a few minutes to go, Falkirk drew one back and made the final moments a little more nervy for the Steelmen.

    From a freekick just outside the box on the right corner of the area, Kyle Johnson struck an unstoppable effort across goal in to the far top corner, right in the postage stamp.

    It was too little, too late as far as the visitors were concerned, but for Craigan and the Motherwell under-20s, it was a good win, made sweeter by the fact it secured the club’s highest ever Development League finish.

     

    Motherwell U20s: Griffiths, McMillan, Livingstone, Ferguson, Chalmers, Armstrong, Fry, Turnbull, Mackin (Agyeman ’78), Blyth (Hastie ‘6), Gordon

    Unused subs: Pettigrew

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    Craigan: We must keep momentum

    U20s boss Stephen Craigan believes it is hugely important for his side to maintain momentum as they head in to the final few games of the season.

    And with Falkirk up next for the under-20s, the manager looked ahead to another interesting encounter, with Falkirk just one spot behind the Steelmen in the Development League table.

    Speaking to MFC TV, the Northern Irishman said: “Players want to be involved with the first team and they want to step up but that’s a challenge for the players individually.

    [pullquote]The challenge for us is to keep them going, but I haven’t really had a problem with them in that sense in the past, so I don’t expect that will come in now.[/pullquote]

    “Some of the boys are still fighting for contracts and and some of them are fighting to stay in the game, and some of them are fighting to potentially get on the bench for the first team.”

    He added: “The challenge for us is to keep them going, but I haven’t really had a problem with them in that sense in the past, so I don’t expect that will come in now.”

    You can watch the full interview with the U20s boss on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    U20s face Falkirk in Development League

    Motherwell U20s are in league action tomorrow night as they take on Falkirk U20s at the Excelsior Stadium.

    Following last weeks 4-0 against St Mirren U20s, Craigan’s side will be keen to carry on their run of form and extend their winning run in the Development League.

    A brace from Davie Turnbull and goals from Jake Hastie and Jack McMillan sealed a comfortable victory for the youngsters last time out.

    Tomorrow’s opponents Falkirk currently sit sixth in the table, just one spot below the young Steelmen in fifth, making for an interesting encounter between the two sides.

    There is just five points separating the teams too, with Falkirk coming in to the match on the back of a 3-0 win over Dundee, having played a game more than the ‘Well.

    For all the action, follow @MotherwellFC on Twitter for live updates and to catch the highlights, subscribe to the official MFC TV YouTube channel.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended Highlights from Fir Park goals from Chris Cadden, Louis Moult, Scott McDonald and Allan Campbell secure the three points for the Steelmen.

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    Inverness CT in pictures

    Images from today’s  4-2 win over Inverness CT in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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