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    ‘Well back suicide prevention message

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    Charles Dunne joins the Steelmen

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    Betfred Cup: Group F Prices

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    Lasley: It’s been a great week

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    Carl McHugh: Sit down with the skipper

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    Hearts fixtures switched

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    Hinchliffe joins the coaching staff

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    Fisher: An easy transition

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    Steelmen kick off against Rangers

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    Gallery: Pre-season training

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    ‘Well back suicide prevention message

    Motherwell FC will continue to support the campaign to tackle suicide by displaying the North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention logo on the back of the first team shirts.

    In partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, the ‘Steelmen’ will also be displaying messages and helpline information around Fir Park stadium during matches in the forthcoming season.

    Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire and Motherwell FC has pledged its support to the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire campaign to help raise awareness of this issue.

    Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: “We work with Motherwell FC on a number of local initiatives and this partnership is vital in helping raise awareness around this sensitive area.

    [pullquote]We are delighted to extend the partnership with Suicide Prevention and have their logo displayed on the back of the team shirts. It will be seen by not just Motherwell fans but supporters across the country.[/pullquote]

    “We want to engage with our local community so people are comfortable and confident in talking about what can be a difficult subject to discuss. By working together we can have a greater impact in preventing suicide.”

    This is the second consecutive year the local authority has entered into the partnership with the football club on this issue.

    Bobby Miller Head of Adult Social Works Services with the council added: “Football gives the ideal platform to reach out to people about suicide prevention. By raising awareness of the signs that someone may be considering suicide, any of us might be able to offer support and help save lives.”

    Motherwell FC Head of Commercial & Marketing Suzanne Reid says: “We are delighted to extend the partnership with Suicide Prevention and have their logo displayed on the back of the team shirts. It will be seen by not just Motherwell fans but supporters across the country. The partnership will raise awareness and is a positive step towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.”

    For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer or call Well-informed on 0800 073 0918.

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    Charles Dunne joins the Steelmen

    Motherwell FC is pleased to confirm defender Charles Dunne is the seventh new arrival of the summer.

    24-year old Dunne, who operates at left back or left-sided centre back, came through the youth ranks at Wycombe.

    He made his senior debut for the Chairboys in 2012, playing 42 times in his rookie season, picking up the club’s ‘Most Improved Young Player’ award at the end of the campaign.

    His impressive performances at Adams Park caught the eye of then Championship club Blackpool, and manager Paul Ince paid an undisclosed fee to take the 6ft 2 Republic of Ireland U21 International to Bloomfield Road, although to continue his development he was immediately loaned back to Wanderers.

    However, a leg break suffered against Preston North End in the FA Cup curtailed his season.

    He would play fairly regularly for the Seasiders in their 2014-15 Championship campaign before eventually leaving the club at the end of the following season, signing for Oldham Athletic in League One by current ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson.

    [pullquote]“I’m delighted to have signed my deal with Motherwell and I am really looking forward to working with the manager once again.[/pullquote]

    The pacey Dunne made a positive start for the Latics in a team that weren’t winning many games, but were extremely organized defensively; keeping four ‘clean sheets’ in his opening six League One matches.

    However, a pelvic injury played havoc with the second half of the season before he was released in the summer.

    After passing a medical and having trained with the club for two weeks, Dunne has signed a one-year deal with the opportunity for a second year.

    Dunne, who will wear the number 18 shirt this season, told MFC TV on signing his deal: “I’m delighted to have signed my deal with Motherwell and I am really looking forward to working with the manager once again.

    “I’ve been with the squad for two weeks now and it’s been fantastic. I’m just looking forward to getting playing again with Motherwell.”

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson added: “Charles is a player who I have worked with before. He’s a big, strong athelte who can play in a number of different defensive positions.

    “He adds real pace to the back four and he’ll provide real compeition for places back there. We’ve had him up to assess him over the last few weeks and he’s been outstanding, both on and off the park. We look forward to work with him.”

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    Betfred Cup: Group F Prices

    Motherwell FC can today announce admission prices for the forthcoming Group F fixtures this July.

    ‘Well, along with counterparts from Greenock Morton, Queens Park, Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers have agreed a structure for all matches that take place within the group.

    All ten fixtures will be pay-at-the-gate priced at:

    Adults: £12
    Concessions: £6
    – Concessions at Fir Park are listed as Under 18s, Over 60s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.

    Chief Operating Officer Alan Burrows said: “We’ve worked with our colleagues at the other four clubs to come up with a standardized pricing structure which is hopefully attractive for competitive Cup football in July.

    “In addition, the MFC Community Trust will announce their own offer for both home matches against Morton and Berwick that will reward the many who engage with them.”

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    Lasley: It’s been a great week

    Assistant manager Keith Lasley catches up with MFC TV after a busy first week in his new role.

    Stephen Robinson’s number two discusses the transition in to coaching and the positive pre-season preparations at Carton House, Co. Kildare.

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    Carl McHugh: Sit down with the skipper

    New skipper Carl McHugh sat down to chat with MFC TV’s Lewis Irons at ‘Well’s pre-season base at the Carton House Hotel.

    The Irishman speaks of his pride to be given the armband, his aspirations for the coming season and one of the best singers he’s met in football – Gaël Bigirimana!

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    Hearts fixtures switched

    Motherwell’s fixture with Hearts, scheduled to take place at Tynecastle on Saturday 26th August, will now be played at Fir Park.

    As a result, the proposed second fixture, scheduled for Saturday 9th December at Fir Park, will now take place at Tynecastle.

    The club agreed this after a request by Heart of Midlothian was made due to stadium redevelopment work currently ongoing at Tynecastle.

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    Hinchliffe joins the coaching staff

    Motherwell FC has today appointed Craig Hinchliffe as goalkeeping coach, replacing the departed Marlon Beresford.

    Hinchliffe, 45, has previous coaching experience with Partick Thistle, Dundee Utd and most recently at York City, that coming after a playing career that spanned over two decades.

    He takes up the post vacated at the weekend by Marlon Beresford, who was headhunted for a goalkeeping coach role in the Middle East.

    Hinchliffe will start straight away and has already travelled to Ireland with the squad for a week’s training at Carton House, working directly with Trevor Carson and Russell Griffiths.

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said: “The timing wasn’t great and it was imperative our pre-season plans were not interrupted in any way, which is why we’ve brought Craig in.

    “Marlon was great around the club and we didn’t want him to go, but the opportunity he has is quite literally life-changing, so he moves on with our best wishes for the future.

    “Craig is someone who has come highly recommended to us. He has the highest goalkeeping qualification you can achieve; he has coached at some good clubs and with some really good managers and knows the Scottish game inside out. I am delighted he’s joining our set-up.”

    [pullquote]Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.[/pullquote]

    Beresford himself said: “I’ve loved my short time at Motherwell and have been so impressed with how the club is run, the set-up and the people around Fir Park, who are all first class.

    “I am leaving with an extremely heavy heart, but I was presented with something completely out the blue last week and it was just too good to turn down for my family and I.

    “I want to wish everyone at Motherwell all the very best of luck for the future.”

    And the incoming Hinchliffe added: “I am delighted to be back in the game and teaming up with Stephen Robinson and the staff here at Fir Park.

    “Motherwell has an excellent reputation within the game and I am excited at the prospect of working with Trevor, Russell and the young goalkeepers we have here too.

    “It’s my job to improve and mentor the goalkeepers at the club, and that’s my ultimate focus. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Marlon for his short time at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.

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    Fisher: An easy transition

    Summer signing Alex Fisher spoke to the broadcast press for the first time since his arrival from Inverness CT.

    And the 6ft 3in front man admitted he has found the move from the Highland outfit to the Fir Parkers an “easy transition”.

    The English forward believes that the squad will be in shape in no time as the work to get up to match fitness gets underway.

    Fisher said: “I came up a couple of days before pre-season, just to get used to the area and find an apartment and get settled in.

    “The first day back was just standard fitness testing and everything you’d expect at this time of year and it looks like there’s more of this to come.”

    [pullquote]I didn’t know too much about the Motherwell team before but it’s been a really easy transition and they’ve made me feel very welcome.[/pullquote]

    “It’s only been three-and-a-half or four weeks since the last game of the season so you like to have a bit of down time but you get kick started again pretty soon.”

    He added: “We’re all in relatively good shape and we have different bodies so it takes different amounts of time to get used to getting up to speed but as long as we’re all ready to go come the 15th of July that’s the ultimate aim.

    “It’s quite a small league so you cross paths with a lot of the same players a lot.

    “I didn’t know too much about the Motherwell team before but it’s been a really easy transition and they’ve made me feel very welcome.”

    Alex’s first press conference as a Steelman can be viewed exclusively on MFC TV’s YouTube channel.

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    Steelmen kick off against Rangers

    Motherwell FC will face Rangers at Fir Park in the opening game of the 2017/18 season.

    The Steelmen will then take on St Johnstone (a), Ross County (h) and Hearts (a).

    The first Lanarkshire derby is at New Douglas Park on October 14th and Stephen Robinson’s men face St Johnstone in the last match before the split next April.

    >> Fixture List in full

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    Gallery: Pre-season training

    Images from Dalziel Park as the first team and Under 20s return to training.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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