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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Kilmarnock

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    Meet Fisher and Bowman

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    Build-up: Kilmarnock

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    ‘Well squad join the Society

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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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    Motherwell 2 – 0 Kilmarnock

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    Motherwell completed a hat-trick of home victories with a fine 2-0 win over Kilmarnock this afternoon.

    Ryan Bowman made one and scored one as Stephen Robinson’s side took full advantage of three consecutive games at Fir Park.

    The former Gateshead striker took a full year to net his first goal at Fir Park but he followed up his effort against Hearts last time out with an emphatic finish.

    And Louis Moult converted in the 88th minute after Iain Wilson had fouled Bowman as he looked set to convert Chris Cadden’s cross.

    Fir Park boss Robinson named two changes to the starting line-up, replacing the injured Elliott Frear with Allan Campbell, who put in a superb performance, and Peter Hartley stepped in to make his debut in place of Ben Heneghan – who completed a deadline day move to Sheffield United.

    The visitors included former Steelmen Lee Erwin and Dom Thomas in their starting line-up and the latter created the best chance of a disappointing first half when he set up Eamonn Brophy 12-yards out. Trevor Carson got across his goal brilliantly to save.

    Gordon Greer later looped a deflected header on to Carson’s bar but opportunities were somewhat scarce for Lee McCulloch’s men.

    Moult had several shots from outside the area saved and sliced well wide from closer with his left foot following Bowman’s cutback.

    Substitute Kirk Broadfoot handed Moult the first of a series of second-half chances with a blatant pull on Bowman, but Jamie MacDonald tipped the striker’s free-kick, which was destined for the top corner, over the bar.

    Moult then guided a volley inches wide and saw a left-footed drive saved impressively on the line by MacDonald, both chances created by Richard Tait, operating at left wing-back.

    Gael Bigirimana had injected some guile and urgency to the Motherwell midfield after coming on in the 59th minute and his vision and perfect pace of pass played in Bowman, who took the ball on the 18-yard line and placed a left-footed shot high inside MacDonald’s near post. It was the striker’s fourth goal of the season, doubling his tally from last term already.

    Killie came into the game in the latter stages but could not seriously trouble Carson and Moult ended their comeback hopes with his fifth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot.

    [tab:As it happened]

     Lewis Irons at Fir Park

    FT | 2-0

    Bowman and Moult score as the Steelmen record their third consecutive home win – which has included two clean sheets. #COYW

    ’90+1 | 2-0

    Yellow card for Hammell, who brought down Jones on the break

    ’88 | 2-0

    Moult converts from the spot! High in to the top right corner. 2-0!

    Penalty for Motherwell! Bowman is brought down by Wilson…

    ’83 | 1-0

    Yellow card for Grimshaw, who slides in but catches the man. No complaints

    ’82 | 1-0

    Bigirimana beats two men on the edge of the Killie box but is tripped – nothing in it says the referee!

    ’79 | 1-0

    Carson palms away a drilled cross and it falls kindly for Jones who tries to fire in to the empty net, but Kipré is there to block

    ’76 | 1-0

    Moult goes for goal from distance, but his dipping effort is held by MacDonald

    ’76 | 1-0

    Immediate impact from Grimshaw, who slides through Bowman but his effort is blocked by a sliding challenge

    ’75 | 1-0

    Final substitution for the ‘Well: Hartley is replaced by the returning Liam Grimshaw

    ’71 | 1-0

    Final change for Killie: Frizzell replaces Brophy

    ’65 | 1-0

    Goal for the Steelmen!!! Bowman opens the scoring with a superb effort past MacDonald. #COYW

    ’61 | 0-0

    What a save from MacDonald. Moult is denied by the stopper who somehow got down to his low effort from just inside the box.

    ’60 | 0-0

    So close! The ball drops to Moult unmarked in the box, but his side footed volley is inches wide of the far post.

    ’58 | 0-0

    Second sub for the Steelmen: Bigirimana is introduced to the action in place of Rose

    ’57 | 0-0

    What an effort from Moult! He curls it towards the top corner but it’s tipped over the bar

    ’56 | 0-0

    Free kick to Motherwell right on the edge of the box…

    ’52 | 0-0

    Kilmarnock make their second change – replacing Burke with Jones

    ’51 | 0-0

    Erwin doesn’t get enough on his header at the back post

    We’re back underway!

    Well make a change too, replacing Dunne with Hammell

    Half time substitute for Killie: Greer is replaced by Broadfoot

     

    HT | 0-0

    A fairly quiet first half here in Lanarkshire with Motherwell enjoying more of the ball but failing to find the breakthrough so far

    ’41 | 0-0

    Bowman cuts back for Moult but his effort slices well wide and Motherwell win a corner, but the cross doesn’t beat the first man

    ’40 | 0-0

    The ball breaks kindly for McHugh but the skipper sends his effort from the edge of the box well over the bar

    ’37 | 0-0

    Moult works the ball on to his right foot and sends in a low shot from outside the box, but MacDonald saves

    ’36 | 0-0

    Greer’s header from a corner comes back off the cross bar, but Bowman is there to hook it clear

    ’34 | 0-0

    Cadden bursts in to the box with ease but he slips as he tries to lift in the cross

    ’31 | 0-0

    Moult receives the ball from Tait and tries to curl one from the corner of the box, but MacDonald saves comfortably

    ’24 | 0-0

    Kipré gets a yellow card for a foul on Taylor

    … the resulting set piece is cleared only as far as Campbell, who sends a speculative effort over the bar from outside the box

    ’22 | 0-0

    Moult sends in another great cross but it is turned behind for a corner…

    ’15 | 0-0

    McHugh goes for goal again from distance, but the ball flies narrowly over the bar

    ’10 | 0-0

    Thomas cuts back for Brophy, but Carson denies the Killie man with a brilliant save!

    ‘5 | 0-0

    Campbell wins the ball high up the park, feeds in Moult who crosses for Bowman, but his header is just wide. Good ‘Well move!

    ‘2 | 0-0

    A good flick on from Bowman nearly releases Moult, but Killie do well to steer it away.

    ‘1 | 0-0

    Carl McHugh has an early effort from distance, but MacDonald matches it.

    We’re underway at Fir Park… #COYW

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    Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson:

     

    Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch

     

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    Meet Fisher and Bowman

    The Signing Zone continues for the 2017/18 campaign and there’s a unique chance for ‘Well fans tomorrow afternoon.

    Along with strikers Ryan Bowman and summer recruit Alex Fisher, supporters can meet Steelman – the clubs mascot.

    And, for the first time, the Signing Zone will be located in the Cooper Bar, to allow more to get involved.

    The Signing Zone was a hit last season and got off to a great start with Trevor Carson, skipper Carl McHugh and George Newell amongst those who have already appeared.

    Each week, two different players take their seats as the season progresses and as the fan engagement programme here at Fir Park continues to develop.

    Share your pics on twitter @motherwellfc using #MFCSigningZone or facebook.com/motherwellfc

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    Build-up: Kilmarnock

    Motherwell host Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership tomorrow afternoon as club football returns.

    In what is the third consecutive home game, the Steelmen will look to make it nine points from nine when Lee McCulloch’s Killie side arrive in Lanarkshire.

    The Fir Parkers currently sit five points ahead of the Ayrshire outfit and have won seven out of nine games so far this term.

    However, Kilmarnock will be hungry to secure their first league win of the 2017/18 campaign after enduring a difficult start to the season.

    And ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson believes his side are in for a tough afternoon against a side who he thinks will come good soon.

    “I think Kilmarnock have been unlucky in a lot of games. I’ve watched a lot of the games 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.”

    He added: “I’ve said it before but we were a bit of an easy trip for teams last year: nice pitch, nice people, nice food.

    “We’ve tried to change it on the pitch especially and make it hard by building a bit of a reputation where we are hard to play against, we’re a physical side and then we’ve got players who can play as well.”

    [pullquote]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.[/pullquote]

    And one player who can play is the returning Stevie Hammell, who has recovered from an injury to put in an impressive performance for the under-20s on Tuesday night before putting in a week of hard, positive training.

    However, Robinson will be without winger Elliott Frear, who got back to full fitness from his knock which kept him out for the St Johnstone, Ross County and Hearts games before suffering a concussion in training.

    The Englishman will be rested until he is fully recovered and passed fit to play.

    And for the in-form Ryan Bowman, his aim is similar to his manager’s – to change the pattern of last season.

    He said: “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.

    [pullquote]I don’t like looking back on last season though, I’m just focussed on this season and hopefully the goals will continue.[/pullquote]

    “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.”

    Tomorrow’s opposition Kilmarnock arrive at Fir Park on the back of a 2-2 draw with Hamilton Accies and will be hungry to pick up their first three points of the campaign.

    An in-depth look at Lee McCulloch’s side can be found in this weekend’s match day programme – available for just £3.

     Motherwell V Kilmarnock
     Saturday 9th September 2017
     3.00pm
     Fir Park, Motherwell
     Available on the gate or purchase in advance from Ticket Office.

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £23/£19 
    CONCESSIONS     £16/£15
    JUNIOR   £12/£9
    FAMILY     £29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for John Hunter Stand
    • Juniors are 15 and under
    • Family ticket is one adult and one junior
    • Concessions are listed as over 60, 16-18 and over and full time students
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Darren  on 07722 912666 or email darren@mfcdsa.com.

    If you can’t make it to tomorrow, don’t miss the action by tuning in to mixlr.com/motherwellfc for live commentary or follow the match on Twitter @MotherwellFC

    You can see the match highlights on MFC TV’s YouTube channel, as well as full reaction and a match report right here on the official website.

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    ‘Well squad join the Society

    Motherwell FC can today announce that each one of its first-team players and football management staff has joined the Well Society.

    The Society, as owners, support the club financially throughout the year, both on and off the pitch, and have done so since they took over the majority shareholding in October of last year, making Motherwell FC the only fully fan-owned entity in the Scottish Premiership.

    The Society generates funds in a number of different ways, the majority raised from monthly contributions from members, with more than 1,000 fans pledging on an on-going basis.

    Now, in a show of solidarity, every single player in the Motherwell first-team squad, along with the football management staff, has agreed to become a member and have signed up to a monthly contribution.

    Joint Chairman of the Well Society Douglas Dickie praised this gesture saying: “It is fantastic that the players and the management team have agreed to join the Society and invest in our club, which is crucial for our success and long-term stability.

    “This only underpins the unity we have throughout the club and will hopefully act as a catalyst for more fans to get behind the Society and its aims.

    [pullquote]We want the link between the fans of the club and the players on the park to be strong. That comes from us giving 100% each and every week, but also with things like this, where we put something back because we care about this place. We are all honoured to be members.”[/pullquote]

    “All I would say to all the Motherwell fans out there is that the players and management have joined – it’s now your turn!”

    Club captain Carl McHugh added: “We are building a very strong bond as a squad, something the manager has worked hard to encourage.

    “This is our place of work, but the players have a genuine affinity with this football club, it gets under your skin really quickly.

    “Even the new lads who have just joined say there is a special feeling about Motherwell and that’s why we have, as a squad, collectively agreed to join the ‘Well Society and contribute each month.

    “We want the link between the fans of the club and the players on the park to be strong. That comes from us giving 100% each and every week, but also with things like this, where we put something back because we care about this place. We are all honoured to be members.”

    Stephen Robinson expanded on that by saying: “I’m proud the players have taken this step as it shows what we’re trying to build here has solid foundations.

    “We have guys who are genuinely committed to each other as teammates, but also to the club that does a lot for them too.

    “As a management team, it was important that we also took this step as a show of unity with the fans and to further solidify our attempts for everyone to move forward in the same direction, which will hopefully lead to positive outcomes in the future.”

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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.