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    Steelmen: Issue #6 preview

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    Robinson: We’re refreshed & ready to go

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    Bowman: Focussed on finding the net

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    Information: John Hunter stand

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    Topps launches Match Attax collection

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    Free 2017/18 SPFL Match Attax

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    Madden to officiate Killie clash

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    TV: Highlights from Forthbank

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    Craigan: “We found a way to win”

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 1 St Mirren U20s

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    Steelmen: Issue #6 preview

    The sixth issue of ‘Steelmen’ matchday magazine is on sale ahead of Motherwell’s league clash with Kilmarnock.

    And the programme, with a new fan-orientated approach for the 2017/18 campaign, is packed full of new content.

    ‘Scouting Report’ looks at some of the key men for Lee McCulloch’s Killie side, while writer Eddie Ferguson looks back in-depth at some of the incredible stories during Welsh full-back Ben Ellis’ time at Fir Park in his feature piece ‘Bert McCann: Lynchpin of the “Babes”.

    ‘Made in Motherwell’ is an exciting new feature which uncovers some of the best local musical talent, while this weeks ‘Final Word’ column comes from Club Journalist Lewis Irons.

    Cover star Alex Fisher speaks in depth about his time with the club so far, his aims and hopes for the season ahead and the mind-set he tries to get in to before a big game.

    With six pages of kids content, there’s plenty for all ages in tomorrow’s matchday magazine as Steelman teams up with Chris Cadden to teach you how to perform a step-over like the flying winger, while Andy Rose is put on the spot for some quick fire questions.

    Updates from Stephen Robinson, Carl McHugh, the MFC Community Trust and the Well Society all feature in issue number six, which is available to buy around the ground tomorrow for just £3.

    You can also order back editions or take a season-long subscription to the magazine by visiting the website of our publishers – Curtis-Sports – CLICK HERE.

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    Robinson: We’re refreshed & ready to go

    Stephen Robinson believes his side are “refreshed” and “ready to go” ahead of their clash with Kilmarnock tomorrow afternoon.

    And following the international break, the Fir Park boss reflected on a busy transfer window and looked ahead to tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Premiership fixture.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, he said: “The boys are refreshed, ready to go again. We got the transfer window out of the way, which was good, so we’re ready for the game on Saturday.

    [pullquote]The boys are refreshed, ready to go again. We got the transfer window out of the way, which was good, so we’re ready for the game on Saturday.[/pullquote]

    “To be honest I think we’ve got a stronger squad than before the window. When we brought Peter Hartley in the board were excellent with me because the only way that Ben Heneghan was going to leave the club was if we had a suitable replacement.”

    He added: “I think Kilmarnock have been unlucky in a lot of games I’ve watched that they’ve played in and they’re a good team with some very good technical players.

    “I think Lee’s put together a good squad so I think it’s only a matter of time before they’re up and running and we just have to make sure it’s not against us.”

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    Bowman: Focussed on finding the net

    ‘Well striker Ryan Bowman hopes that his first goal at Fir Park will be the first of many as he prepares for the visit of Kilmarnock tomorrow afternoon.

    The Englishman spoke to the broadcast press this morning and admitted he was disappointed with his goal tally last season.

    But ahead of tomorrow’s league fixture, Bowman insisted he is focussed on looking forward instead of back.

    [pullquote]We’re all high on confidence, there’s good team spirit around – so if we had a game on Saturday it would have been good for us.[/pullquote]

    “The break probably came at the wrong time for us,” the forward admitted. “We’re all high on confidence, there’s good team spirit around – so if we had a game on Saturday it would have been good for us.

    “I scored my first goal at Fir Park, it only took me a year, but as a striker you’re brought in to score goals and last year was a bit of a disappointment for me.”

    He added: “I don’t like looking back on last season though, I’m just focussed on this season and hopefully the goals will continue.

    “As a striker you’re brought in to score goals and I managed two last season which is very poor considering what I’d been doing in previous years – I know it’s a different level but like I said, I was brought in to score goals.”

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    Information: John Hunter stand

    Due to valuable supporter feedback the club are due to trial a new queuing operation to ease entry into the John Hunter (East) stand on matchdays.

    Starting this Saturday and with future league games the club will operate the following entry procedures.

    Turnstiles E1 and E2 will be used for cash only entry. Supporters will be asked to queue from the turnstiles and towards Taggart’s.

    Turnstiles E3-E5 will be used for season ticket / ticket entry only. Supporters will be asked to queue from the turnstiles and down towards the Cooper bar.

    If queues’ to turnstiles E3-E-5 become excessive then the decision may be made to open turnstile E2 for season ticket / ticket holders only.

    Safety and Facilities Manager Alan Marshall said “We intend to trial this new system for the next few league games as we believe it will eradicate the congestion we have seen so far this season.

    “The safety team will be briefed fully and will be on hand to aid supporters in entering the John Hunter stand in a comfortable environment.

    “We thank supporters for their feedback to date and we ask them to be patient whilst we work with them during this trial period. As always, we advise supporters to contact the nearest safety steward should they have any concerns on matchdays”.

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    Topps launches Match Attax collection

    Topps, the UK’s leading collectibles company, today showcased their brand new SPFL Match Attax 2017-18 trading card game collection.

    Available now, Topps Match Attax, the world’s most successful football trading card game, offers fans of all ages a fun-filled addition to the new SPFL season. Featuring amazing new designs, brand new cards and the biggest stars of the Scottish Premiership and Championship – this season’s collection is sure to be a huge hit with fans of Scottish football.

    This year’s collection also boasts new ‘100 Club’ legends, updated star players and captain cards, shiny Man Of The Match and ‘100 Club’ cards, plus new-look limited edition cards and top legends voted in by fans!

    Steve Conner, National Sales Manager at Topps, comments:

    “SPFL Match Attax is continuing to grow in popularity year on year, and we’re excited to be able to bring fans our latest SPFL edition trading card game. We’re so pleased to have the support of the Premiership and Championship clubs here today, and to get a few of the players actually playing a game of Match Attax!

    “The new collection has some fantastic additions, with new cards to collect, and gives fans the opportunity to play a fresh, modern version of SPFL Match Attax.”

    There are 336 cards to collect, including brand new ‘100 Club’ legends and shiny ‘Man Of The Match’ cards to enhance gameplay.

    The SPFL Match Attax Starter Pack retails at £5.00 and includes a collector binder, double play pitch, supersize collectors game guide, and a six-card packet containing an exclusive gold limited edition card. A packet of nine cards will be £1.00 for collectors.

    There is also the SPFL Match Attax Collector’s Tin available in two sizes, with the mini tin retailing at £6.00, with 45 cards including a bronze, silver or gold limited edition card, all packaged in a mini tin to keep collections safe and travel handy! The mega tin will retail at £10.00, and contains 60 cards!

    Get the latest news and updates by following @toppsmatchattax on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat!

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    Free 2017/18 SPFL Match Attax

    Junior season ticket holders are invited to claim a free 2017/18 SPFL Match Attax starter pack this weekend when we face Kilmarnock at Fir Park.

    As part of our season ticket incentives, we’ve hooked up with Match Attax and will be offering junior fans a free starter pack worth £5 in exchange for voucher J from their season ticket book.

    If you arrive at the Well Shop before 1pm you could grab one of the 200 packs available.

    Don’t forget the Signing Zone from 12.45-1.15pm ! This week we move upstairs to the Cooper Bar. Keep an eye on our official channels for details of which players will be joining Steelman and Raven Steel.

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    Madden to officiate Killie clash

    The referee for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Kilmarnock at Fir Park is Bobby Madden.

    The match will be Bobby’s first in charge of the Steelmen this campaign after he officiated four times last term.

    Included in those four fixtures was a 1-0 loss against Ross County, a 3-0 loss away to Hearts, the 3-1 home loss to Aberdeen and a 2-1 away win against this weekend’s opponents Kilmarnock.

    The win against Killie was a hugely important result for Motherwell and the ideal start for Stephen Robinson who took charge for the first time as interim boss.

    Madden’s overall record in charge of the Steelmen reads seven wins; fourteen defeats and one draw from twenty games. The Fir Parkers have netted 28 times, and conceded 44. In those twenty-one games, he has booked 60 players, 30 of those cautions flashed at players wearing Claret and Amber.

    Three players have been sent for an early shower, Anthony Stokes for a lunging tackle on Keith Lasley at Celtic Park last season, Stuart Carswell – who came off the bench against Partick and picked up two yellows – and Keith Lasley in the after he picked up a late red card for a late challenge on Kenny McLean.

    Bobby will be ably assisted by David McGeachie and Alastair Mather, with David Munro on fourth official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Forthbank

    Extended highlights from Forthbank Stadium as the Under 20s beat St Mirren 4-1 in the Development League.

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    Craigan: “We found a way to win”

    Stephen Craigan praised his players for ‘finding a way to win’ as they blew off the cobwebs of Saturday’s defeat in Belfast to beat St Mirren this evening.

    After a slow start, ‘Well were perhaps a little fortunate to go in level at the break.

    However, a slight change of both shape and personnel allowed the hosts to take a real grip of things and three second half goals confirmed the convincing 4-1 win.

    And Craigan was satisfied with the victory, particularly given his side’s heavy schedule over the last seven days.

    [pullquote]However, they grew into things and eventually found a way to win the game, which is the most important thing.”[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV, he said: “The first-half looked as if we were suffering a bit of a hangover from the weekend, maybe feeling a little bit sorry for ourselves.

    “We had a tough game against Crusaders and even last week, we played an hour with ten men, so we’ve put a lot of work in over the past seven days.

    “However, they grew into things and eventually found a way to win the game, which is the most important thing.

    “When it’s scrappy, bitty and with not much fluency, it’s up to players to make those adjustments and after having a bit of a go at them at the break, they responded perfectly.

    “4-1 maybe flattered us slightly given St Mirren put in a lot, but I’m really happy with the players after an extremely busy week.”

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    Motherwell U20s 4 – 1 St Mirren U20s

    Motherwell U20s bounced back from Saturday’s disappointment in Belfast to beat St Mirren 4-1 at Forthbank this evening.

    Goals from Davie Turnbull, Adam Livingstone, Shaun Bowers and James Scott ensured the victory for the Fir Parkers in a frantic ninety minutes that threw up numerous chances at both ends.

    Stephen Craigan made four changes to the side that lost so cruelly in Belfast against Crusaders three days ago.

    Out went the suspended Dylan King along with Jack McMillan, Allan Campbell and George Newell. In came Shaun Bowers, Ross MacLean, Alfredo Agyeman and the experienced Steven Hammell, playing his first match since picking up a hamstring injury against Berwick Rangers in the Betfred Cup back in July.

    Saints named a young side themselves, with the only ‘overager’ being former Dundee United midfielder Dale Hilson, who at 24 was the visitors most experienced player by some distance.

    The match kicked off in glorious sunshine in Stirling but the pleasant autumn weather was the only positive in a fairly tame opening ten minutes. Hilson brought it to life with a low shot cutting in off the right, but it was timid and rolled harmlessly back to Morrison in the home goal.

    Motherwell’s first real attack brought about the game’s opening goal. Turnbull picked up on a loose ball some thirty yards from goal and following a fairly fortuitous ricochet, found himself in one-on-one with Henry. The young midfielder kept his composure and coolly slotted into the far corner.

    Saints’ management team will have been pleased with the response though and they were level within ten minutes.

    A corner from the right bounced through to Hilson at the far post. His shot was blocked by the outrushing Bowers but bounced dangerously across the box for Dylan McKendry who smashed it home from only a few yards.

    That goal kicked off a really strong period for the visitors. Conor McBrearty’s shot from distance forced Morrison into a save before striker Sam Jamieson passed up a guilt-edge chance inside the six yard box, but could only watch on in horror as his effort cannoned off the underside of the bar.

    Adam Livingstone’s fizzed shot from wide on the left was all the Fir Parkers could really muster in an otherwise disappointing first-half.

    The interval gave Craigan and McManus time to change things about and a half-time change saw Dylan Falconer introduced in place of Alfredo Agyeman.

    However, the game plan was almost out the window within twenty seconds when Andrew McDonald’s cross-cum-shot smashed off Morrison’s left-hand post before being cleared. Conor O’Keefe also saw his turn-and-shot balloon over the bar as Saints went in search of a second.

    However, ‘Well were growing into things and the direction of traffic was more and more towards the away goal. In fact, only a wonder save from Henry denied James Scott, who got on the end of a Livingstone cross, but his header was somehow tipped on to the bar by the Saints stopper and out for a corner.

    Three minutes later the same two players combined, but this time Scott’s header looped over the crossbar.

    However, it looked more of when rather than if Motherwell would score and within five minutes of that Scott header, Adam Livingstone put the Steelmen back in front. Ross MacLean picked up on a loose second ball in the middle of the park and quickly spread it wide for the fullback. Driving forward, the 19-year old cut inside before smartly nutmegging the goalkeeper for his third of the campaign.

    Another five minutes passed before ‘Well added a decisive third. Stevie Hammell’s terrific free kick was pinpoint for Bowers who had found himself in space inside the area. The former Celtic man was brave to beat Henry to the ball and headed it into the empty net to put the hosts on course for their second win of the campaign.

    James Scott was causing havoc in the second half and he almost scored a belter, winning it wide, beating a marker before curling a shot that was well held by Henry. However, he wouldn’t be denied for long though as he was well placed to head home Hammell’s corner to complete the scoring.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Bowers (Semple – 85mins), Livingstone, Armstrong, MacDonald, Hammell, MacLean, Turnbull, Scott, Agyeman (Falconer – 46mins), Brown