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    Club Statement: Jacob Blyth

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    Additional Player Sponsorships available

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    SLO search continues

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    Robinson: Ready to bounce back

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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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    Club Statement: Jacob Blyth

    Motherwell Football Club can today (Tuesday 8th August) confirm it has parted company with striker Jacob Blyth by mutual consent.

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    Additional Player Sponsorships available

    With home and away player sponsorships now completely sold out for the 2017/18 campaign there is one other way for you to get your business seen by 1000’s of people every week!

    We have exclusive availability for sponsorship on the player warm-up-tops which gives your brand exposure in every home programme throughout the campaign and on the official online player profiles!

    Added to that you will receive an invitation to attend the end of season player of the year awards night where you will be joined by your sponsored player. Your sponsored player will also donate his training top to you complete with his signature.

    To take advantage of this unique opportunity for just £270 (including VAT) call our team on 01698 333 333 or email commercial@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    SLO search continues

    Motherwell FC’s recruitment for Supporter Liaison Officers (SLO’s) at the football club is ongoing.

    We are looking for four SLO’s to service the club and supporters in the build up to, on and after matchdays, to help improve the supporter experience at home and away games.

    The four SLO’s will need to represent each stand, with one SLO also having a heavy focus on the ‘Well Bois and away fans section of the stadium.

    Marketing and Fan Engagement Manager Ryan Murrant said: “This club have always been proactive on improving the supporter experience for those that come here, and for our own supporters when they travel to away games.

    “This SLO recruitment forms part of our strategy moving forwards and allows us to take our fan interaction to the next level. The board, the Well Society, Alan Burrows and Alan Marshall want us to have the best SLO’s out there and we will work towards that and continually look to improve how we operate.”

    He added: “We have invested a lot of time meeting amongst ourselves and with our contacts at other clubs to allow a role where the SLO’s in place have a free and positive impact on the matchday experience and we thank all those friends of the club for their help with this.

    [pullquote]”We hope to have the SLO’s in place for next season at the absolute latest however we won’t rush things through as we want the best people possible in place for those roles.”[/pullquote]

    Craig Hughes of the ‘Well Society added: “As a fan owned club it is vital that we do all we can to improve the experience for our supporters.

    “After researching the SLO role and the impact they have across Europe we felt it was vital that we introduced them here at Fir Park.

    “A number of months have been spent working to ensure this is done effectively and we are very much looking forward to beginning the recruitment process.”

    If you are interested in becoming an SLO or understanding more about the role please see the attached Job Description PDF.

    To apply for one of the positions, please send your CV to us at supporter.services@motherwellfc.co.uk and tell us more about yourself, why you should be suited to the volunteer role of an SLO and what stand you would best represent.

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    Robinson: Ready to bounce back

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has not been faced with the task of picking his side up following Sunday’s defeat.

    Speaking to the broadcast press this morning, the Fir Park manager looked ahead to an away clash with Ross County in the Betfred Cup tomorrow night.

    And, despite heading in to the game on the back of the first loss of the season, the Northern Irishman admitted there have been a number of positives to take from Sunday’s game.

    [pullquote]It’s not been a case of picking the boys up, they’re a very determined bunch of players with lots to prove and they see the fruits of what we’re trying to do here and they really believe in it.[/pullquote]

    He said: “It’s not been a case of picking the boys up, they’re a very determined bunch of players with lots to prove and they see the fruits of what we’re trying to do here and they really believe in it.

    “What it will be is trying to improve and moving forward, pick up points, that we probably deserved on Sunday.”

    He added: “There isn’t too much time to feel sorry for yourself, let’s be honest, so we have to get on with it and prepare properly for Ross County, and we’ll go there confident.”

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

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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.