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    Carson: We drive each other on

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    The Foreign Legion: Chris Humphrey

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    Semple receives U17s call-up

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    Magical moment for young ‘Well fan

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    Irn Bru Cup Draw: First Round

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    Finnie in the middle for County clash

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

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    Robinson: Punished by missed chances

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    Rangers defeat in pictures

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    Motherwell 1 – 2 Rangers

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    Carson: We drive each other on

    Trevor Carson believes that healthy competition will keep him on top of his game for the season ahead.

    And the Fir Park stopper admitted that manager Stephen Robinson has a healthy balance of competition for places throughout the starting line up.

    Speaking to the press this morning, the Northern Irishman looked ahead to tomorrow night’s knockout clash against Ross County in the Betfred Cup.

    [pullquote]Russell is a very good goalkeeper, I’ve seen that first hand and it’s nice to have that pressure and knowing you need to be on it every day, not just on a Saturday but in training too.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s such a professional dressing room and we drive each other on, so after Sunday, even through the disappointment, I think we can be excited about what we can do this season.

    “Throughout the squad no one is guaranteed their spot which is a good thing because you have to be on it every day and for me, I know Russell is a very good goalkeeper, I’ve seen that first hand and it’s nice to have that pressure and knowing you need to be on it every day, not just on a Saturday but in training too.”

    He added: “We’ve watched some videos on Ross County and they’ve done well the last few years, and I don’t think there’s any easy games when you’re playing other Premiership teams.”

    You can watch Trevor’s full press conference on MFC TV’s official YouTube channel.

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    The Foreign Legion: Chris Humphrey

    Flying winger Chris Humphrey spent four seasons with the Steelmen where he arrived an unknown quantity and left as one of the most feared wide-men in the Scottish top flight.

    Born in Saint Catherine in Jamaica, Humphrey moved to the United Kingdom at the age of five. It was with his home-town team Walsall, and nearby WBA, Chris played his youth football before making his senior breakthrough with Shrewsbury.

    It was from the Shrews that Chris joined ‘Well in 2009, one of a number of recruits from England, signed by new manager Jim Gannon. Having featured in Motherwell’s exciting Europa League campaign, Chris made his league debut in a 2-2 draw with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on 15 August ’09.

    Injury and personal issues saw Chris miss a chunk of his first season at Fir Park but increasingly utilised by Gannon’s replacement, Craig Brown, Humphrey soon began to nail down a regular starting berth.

    A typically unpredictable winger, it would be fair to say that whilst his delivery could sometimes be erratic, he was extremely productive. Yet even when not at the top of his game, Humphrey remained a constant threat for opposition defences. In the knowledge that in a split second his blistering pace could leave them for dead, opposition defenders often doubled-up on Chris, thereby creating additional space for his team-mates.

    But the winger would continue to develop his game and greater consistency would come with it. His reward would be inclusion in the Jamaican international squad.

    As well as providing regular assists, eventually Chris began to find the net himself and netted his first for the club in a 3-1 win over St Mirren on 2 October ’10.

    Some memorable strikes would follow in his time at Fir Park – including a goal in a much celebrated win over Champions elect Celtic at Fir Park on 27 February ’13.

    Dundee Utd also suffered at his hands, more than once in fact, including a quite sensational strike from 25-yards in a midweek victory at Tannadice.

    His time at Fir Park coincided with games in the Champions League and Europa League, a Scottish Cup Final and Second and Third placed finishes. Humphrey was fortunate to play in an attacking team packed with creative talent and potency, but his team-mates benefited hugely from his presence also.

    In the summer of 2013, Chris returned to England to join Preston North End but not before bringing the curtain down on his Motherwell career in fine style. In his final game for the club, the winger sprinted almost 75 yards before calmly slotting past the Ross County keeper to secure a 2-0 victory for Stuart McCall’s men.

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    Semple receives U17s call-up

    ‘Well youngster Jamie Semple has been called-up to the Scotland under-17s squad for an upcoming International Tournament.

    The forward, who has represented his country at numerous age groups, received the well-earned recognition today for clashes against England, Italy and Turkey.

    The highly-rated 16-year-old, who recently penned a professional deal at Fir Park, has starred for the National team in recent months and broke in to Stephen Craigan’s under-20s side at the tail-end of last season.

    Brian McLaughlin’s side will start their tournament against Turkey on August 18th at St George’s Park.

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to congratulate Jamie and wish him and the under-17s all the best for the competition later this month.

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    Magical moment for young ‘Well fan

    ‘Well defender Charles Dunne may have shied away from singing in front of his teammates, but the summer signing more than made up for his decision.

    Upon his arrival at Fir Park, the 24-year-old knew that he would be required to partake in an initiation task – singing in front of the entire team – and, if he didn’t, he would be faced with a fine.

    But that didn’t stop Charles biting the bullet and with the money he was told to pay as a fine, he decided he would buy one lucky fan the brand new 2017/18 away kit.

    For Charles, it was rewarding to see the look on young fan Adam’s face – who got Dunne’s name and number on the back of his gift.

    He said: “It was great to see Adam’s reaction when I gave him his top and moments like that really are special.

    [pullquote]It was great to see Adam’s reaction when I gave him his top and moments like that really are special.[/pullquote]

    “I knew I always wanted to use the money to do something like that and his reaction really made it all worth while.”

    And he admitted that captain Carl McHugh and vice-captain Stevie Hammell encouraged the decision.

    “It came about from speaking to the skipper and Hammy,” the Irishman said, “and they both really appreciate how much gestures like this can mean to supporters.”

    Marketing and Fan Engagement manager Ryan Murrant added: “This epitomises what this club is about. When you have players going out of their way for random acts of kindness, or magic moments as we call them, then that says something about the culture that we have here.

    “Fair play to Charles for this and to the other lads who thought this would be better than him paying a fine. It’s truly magical.”

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    Irn Bru Cup Draw: First Round

    Motherwell Under 20s have a home match against Queen’s Park in the First Round of the Irn Bru Cup.

    And the clash will be played out at Forthbank Stadium in Stirling on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30pm.

    The young Steelmen beat League Two side Edinburgh City at Fir Park last year, drawing a crowd of almost 700 people to watch the match.

    They were rewarded with a Lanarkshire derby against Airdrie and over 1000 fans were in attendance, but despite a brave and valiant effort from the youngsters, they were edged out 1-2.

    However, that wouldn’t be the end of Fir Park’s tale in the 2016/17 competition, as the Final returned to North Lanarkshire in March as Dundee United lifted the trophy, edging out St Mirren 2-1.

    ‘Well will kick-off their involvement in this year’s tournament against the Spiders with the tie due to be played on 15th / 16th August.

    The revised format of the IRN-BRU Cup for the season ahead sees a reduction in the number of rounds from seven to six, with the competition kicking off in six weeks times, leading up to the Final being played on Saturday 24 or Sunday 25 March, 2018.

    SSE Airtricity League Premier Division sides Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers will join the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup along with the Northern Irish and Welsh teams (Crusaders, Linfield, The New Saints and Gap Connah’s Quay) at the Second Round stage.

    Ticket prices will be confirmed shortly…

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    Finnie in the middle for County clash

    The referee for Wednesday’s Betfred Cup clash with Ross County is Stephen Finnie.

    It is already the officials second ‘Well match of the new season after he took charge just over a week ago when Berwick Rangers came to Fir Park.

    That 1-0 victory wrapped up a perfect group stage for Stephen Robinson’s men and he was again at Fir Park at the weekend as the fourth official for the league opener against Rangers.

    The time before that he was the man in the middle for the forgettable 5-1 home defeat against Dundee back in February.

    However, the time before that was an important 3-1 victory over Partick Thistle in February 2016, when three points lifted the Steelmen to eighth in the table.

    Louis Moult smashed a brace on that afternoon to take his tally to 16 for the season.

    His first came from the spot on 37 minutes after on-loan Celtic youngster Aidan Nesbitt tripped ‘Well skipper Keith Lasley in the box.

    The ‘Well hitman ran on to Scott McDonald’s superb pass on 51 minutes to confidently lash the ball past Tomas Cerny for the killer second goal.

    Marvin Johnson then made it 3-0 on 69 minutes when he cut in from the right hand side and cracked a sweet low drive into the net.

    Callum Booth grabbed a consolation for Partick on 76 minutes when he drilled a low 20 yard effort past Connor Ripley.

    Stephen has taken charge of thirteen Motherwell games over his career, the Steelmen winning eight and losing five; curiously, no draws.

    In those matches, he has dished out 51 cautions, 20 of which flashed at a player wearing Claret and Amber. Only two players have been sent for an early bath, Scott Brown for a second bookable offence in a match at Parkhead in 2010 and Henrik Ojamaa in season 2014/15.

    Stephen will be assisted by Jordan Stokoe and Ralph Gordon, with Steven Reid on fourth official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park a Graham Dorran’s penalty leaves the Steelmen starting the season with a 1-2 loss.

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    Robinson: Punished by missed chances

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson admitted that he was frustrated to see his side lose 2-1 against Rangers this afternoon.

    His side put in a positive display at Fir Park in their season opener, yet were left disappointed at the full time whistle.

    And Robinson believed it was a case of missed chances punishing his side on an afternoon when Motherwell could have picked up at least a point.

    [pullquote]It’s frustrating, but the positive is we created a lot of chances – it doesn’t make up for the fact that we haven’t come away with anything but we’re creating chances, we look solid and I thought we dominated large parts of the game.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, the Fir Park boss said: “We’re disappointed not to come away with a point, never mind three, and with the chances we created with Moult in the first half, Tanner going through with four vs one and then Bowman and Fisher’s chances too.

    “So it’s frustrating, but the positive is we created a lot of chances – it doesn’t make up for the fact that we haven’t come away with anything but we’re creating chances, we look solid and I thought we dominated large parts of the game.”

    He added: “Rangers are going to be a top three side, yet we outplayed them for large parts of the game and we created debatably more chances than them too.”

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    Rangers defeat in pictures

    Images from this afternoon’s 1-2 defeat to Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix

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    Motherwell 1 – 2 Rangers

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    Motherwell started their 2017/18 league campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to Rangers this afternoon. 

    A Graham Dorrans brace either side of a first ‘Well goal for Ben Heneghan dealt the Steelmen a frustrating blow on a dull day in Lanarkshire. 

    Stephen Robinson included five summer signings in his starting line-up, with Trevor Carson, Cedric Kipré, Charles Dunne, Andy Rose and Craig Tanner.

    Similarly, Pedro Caixinha named a number of new faces, who looked to bounce back from a disappointing European exit.

    And it was the ideal start for the visitors, who found themselves ahead inside five minutes when the ball broke kindly for Dorrans on the edge of the box – who duly side footed beyond Carson courtesy of two deflections.

    And in what was a frantic opening period, surprisingly, neither side registered a shot on target until late in the first half.

    Prior to that, Louis Moult was presented a golden opportunity just before the 20th minute when some hard work down the right allowed Chris Cadden to send in a terrific cross for the forward, who side-footed well wide of the target from a few yards out.

    However, the Steelmen drew level with five minutes remaining in the half, when an inswinging cross from Tanner was nodded in by Heneghan for his first goal in a claret and amber shirt.

    The start of the second period got off on a similar foot to the first, and before too long the Gers went back in front when Bobby Madden pointed to the spot following a collision in the box between Moult and Fabio Cardoso.

    Dorrans stepped up and slotted the ball just inches beyond the fingertips of Carson in front of the packed McEwan Fraser Legal Stand.

    But as Motherwell started to up their game, Rangers switched formation and replaced striker Kenny Miller with defender Danny Wilson.

    That didn’t halt the home side’s momentum, and in the final ten minutes it looked like the ‘Well would be rewarded with an equaliser.

    Another superb cross from the right was tapped towards goal by substitute Ryan Bowman, but clipped agonisingly off the far post and wide for a goal kick.

    Two minutes later, the ball broke kindly for fellow sub Alex Fisher, who was denied by a tremendous close range save by Wes Foderingham as the ball, yet again, clipped the post.

    It was very much a case of Motherwell not having luck on their side as the visitors left Lanarkshire with all three points after a dramatic league opener.

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     Alastair Reilly at Fir Park


    FT: Motherwell 1 – 2 Rangers

    Three minutes added on.

    ..nodded out for a second corner….Heneghan heads over the bar at the back post!

    89’| 1-2
    Corner to the Steelmen….

    88’| 1-2
    Great break away but Tanner doesn’t release the ball to Newell who had made a great overlapping run!

    86’| 1-2
    Close! Fisher gets the break of the ball but his shot deflects off Foderingham then out off the post for a corner.

    83’| 1-2
    Rangers sub, Herrera off for Morelos

    79’| 1-2
    Dorrans booked for hauling down Cadden as he broke away from him

    79’| 1-2
    Final Motherwell change, Rose off for Newell

    78’| 1-2
    Heneghan booked for a challenge on Herrera

    77’| 1-2
    Rangers sub, Miller off for Wilson

    74’| 1-2
    So close!! Cadden’s ball is whipped in and touched on by Bowman but it goes out off the base of the post.

    73′ | 1-2
    Motherwell sub, Moult off for Fisher

    68’| 1-2
    Cardoso slides wildly through the back of Moult and is rightly booked

    64’| 1-2
    Motherwell sub, Frear off for Bowman

    62’| 1-2
    Rangers sub, Tavernier on for Hodson

    ….Dorrans converts.

    67’| 1-1
    Penalty for Rangers…

    51’| 1-1
    Candeias beats Dunne on the line and cuts it back to Miller but he scoops his shot over the bar.

    49′ | 1-1
    Dunne goes into the ref’s book for a challenge on Candeias

    Tanner gets the second half underway. COYW!!!!

    HT: Motherwell 1 – 1 Rangers

    41′ | 1-1
    Close! Windass again hits the woodwork, this time with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box.

    40′ | 1-1
    Heneghan with his first Motherwell goal!! Outstanding ball in from Tanner headed home at the back post!!


    38′ | 0-1
    Claims for handball there against Hodson in the box but looked more like ball to hand

    31′ | 0-1
    Rose and Frear combine down the left and from the ball in, Tanner is inches away from making proper contact. Chance trickles away

    26′ | 0-1
    Cadden’s cross is knocked out for a corner…

    ….Tanner’s ball in is far too deep and goes out for a throw-in.

    25′ | 0-1
    Frear wins a free-kick wide on ‘Well’s left….

    20′ | 0-1
    Windass with a burst of pace gets past his man and into the box. Curls his shot off the base of the post!

    18′ | 0-1
    What a chance! Cadden with a great ball in to the back post but Moult puts his effort wide of the post from close!

    8′ | 0-1
    Windass does well and gets in behind the defence but thankfully Kipré is on hand to stick it out for a corner.

    4′ | 0-1
    Goal – Alves clips the ball back into the box and Miller’s knock down is converted by Dorrans

    3′ | 0-0
    Free-kick to Rangers on their right-hand side….

    We are now underway. COYW!!!!

    Both sides out the tunnel. Great atmosphere here at Fir Park. COYW!!!


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