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    Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

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    TV: Highlights from Falkirk Stadium

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    Craigan: Happy we’re back with a win

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    Falkirk U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

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    Moult wins Ladbrokes Player of the Month

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    Trio of Scotland Youth call-ups

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    Semi-final tickets on general sale

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    Under 20s to face Falkirk

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    SRtRC: Fortnight of Action

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    Cadden & Campbell start for Scotland

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    Thomson in charge of Lanarkshire Derby

    Referee for Saturday’s league match against Hamilton Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium is Craig Thomson.

    The 45-year old takes charge of his second Motherwell fixture of the season, after the official was in charge of the trip to McDiarmid Park earlier this season.

    On that afternoon, ‘Well went down to eight men amid controversial circumstances as St Johnstone went on to win 4-1.

    Thomson took charge on four occasions last term, which included both the first and last games of the season, starting with a win against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park and ending with a 3-2 loss away to Inverness.

    In between those clashes, the official oversaw a 1-1 draw away to Partick Thistle in September and the crushing Scottish Cup defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.

    One of the top Scottish referee’s in the game, Thomson has been in charge of fixtures at all levels of the game, including the UEFA Champions League and World Cup Qualifiers.

    Of the three matches he refereed in Europe’s premier club competition last season, one match included 2015/16 finalists Atlético Madrid.

    His record in charge of the Steelmen is a bit of a mixed bag with 16 wins from 50 matches. There have been 24 defeats and ten draws too.

    Not included in that list was the 2007/08 Scottish Cup fourth round replay win against Hearts at Fir Park, when he replaced the injured Stuart Dougal midway through the second-half.

    In those games, Motherwell have scored 70 and conceded 77.

    171 players have gone into the book, 87 were wearing claret and amber. Up until the Saints clash, seven players had been shown a red card, including former captains Stephen Craigan and Keith Lasley. That total has now surged to ten following the dismissals of Trevor Carson, Carl McHugh and Charles Dunne back in August.

    Craig will be ably assisted by Graeme Stewart and Stuart Stevenson; with Craig Napier on fourth official duties.

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    TV: Highlights from Falkirk Stadium

    Extended highlights from Falkirk Stadium as Jake Hastie scores the only goal of the game to give the young Steelmen a 1-0 win over Falkirk.

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    Craigan: Happy we’re back with a win

    Under 20s manager Stephen Craigan was happy to see his side bounce back to winning ways during a tough encounter with Falkirk.

    Following last week’s postponed clash with Accies, the youngsters were forced to wait for the chance to bounce back following the defeat to Hearts.

    And the Northern Irishman, who was generally pleased, also admitted that his side lacked a cutting edge going forward on a cold evening at the Falkirk Stadium.

    [pullquote]Generally we’re pleased to win the game and I thought in the first half our shape got the better of them and we moved the ball well but without a real end product.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, Craigan said: “Generally we’re pleased to win the game and I thought in the first half our shape got the better of them and we moved the ball well but without a real end product.

    “At times we struggled to get in behind their midfield, we had lots of the ball at the back and were moving it well down the outside of them and we had the penalty miss too.”

    He added: “The first half was better than the second half and then it was a mistake from Falkirk which gifted us the game, but I’m pleased we’re back to winning ways.”

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    Falkirk U20s 0 – 1 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell under 20s returned to Development League action tonight with a 1-0 victory against Falkirk.

    Despite being denied from the penalty spot early in the match, Jake Hastie’s 76th minute winner was enough to secure a return to winning ways for the Steelmen.

    Manager Stephen Craigan fielded a side including senior players Russell Griffiths, Ellis Plummer, Liam Grimshaw and Ross MacLean at the Falkirk Stadium, whilst also recalling on-loan duo Jack McMillan and Jake Hastie to the starting line-up.

    And the latter was presented with a golden opportunity to mark his return to the team with an early goal when a stone wall penalty was awarded by referee Lorraine Watson in the sixth minute.

    A push on the goal line denied ‘Well a sure goal before Robbie Mutch denied Hastie from the spot – diving low to his left to palm away the winger’s effort.

    Ten minutes later the youngster’s determination nearly robbed the Bairns stopper on the edge of his box, when Hastie closed down his attempted clearance, only to see the ball ricochet out of play at the expense of a throw-in.

    Adam Livingstone’s terrific curling effort directly from a freekick was the closest the Steelman came to beating Mutch, with the stopper nowhere near the superb effort, which skimmed the post on it’s way out for a goal kick.

    However, it wasn’t the best opportunity of the opening 45.

    That fell for James Scott who was played over the top of the Bairns backline in the 32nd minute but couldn’t convert the chance and instead was denied one-on-one by Mutch.

    The second half was equally uneventful, although it did include the breakthrough in an otherwise quiet game.

    The home side went closest to breaking the deadlock after just a minute of play, with Luca Gasparotto heading goalward from a corner – but Griffiths saved with ease.

    Fifteen minutes from time, Motherwell took the lead and, although it was deserved, it was extremely slack from the hosts.

    A short ball from Mutch put Liam Henderson under pressure and the alert Hastie was on hand to rob the defender and roll the ball in to an empty net.

    It means the Fir Park youngsters have won four out of their six league matches this term, having lost just one, and currently sit three points off Development League leaders Dundee.

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    Moult wins Ladbrokes Player of the Month

    Louis Moult has bagged the Ladbrokes Player of the Month award for September following a scintillating month for the striker.

    And the Englishman is the first Steelman to pick up the honour since Michael Higdon back in April 2014 following his five goal haul last month.

    Moult started September with an 88th minute goal against Kilmarnock in a 2-0 win for the ‘Well, before following that up with a brace at Easter Road as Stephen Robinson’s men drew 2-2.

    Another brace came just five days later in the dramatic quarter-final clash with Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup, including an improvised over-head kick and a thumping finish past Joe Lewis to erupt the Fir Park crowd.

    [pullquote]It’s been a good month for me personally, scoring a few goals, and it’s been a good month for the club too.[/pullquote]

    And the ‘Well number nine, speaking upon picking up his award, reiterated his desire to focus on the important games ahead.

    He said: “It’s been a good month for me personally, scoring a few goals, and it’s been a good month for the club too.

    “I’ve been fairly consistent with my performances and I’ve tried to not let anything affect me and the club have helped me in that by playing me more than anything.”

    He added: “At the moment I’m not thinking about [the future] and I’ve said it many a time just how much I appreciate the support from the club.”

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    Trio of Scotland Youth call-ups

    Three ‘Well youngsters are celebrating after being called up by the National side for forthcoming matches.

    Academy stars Reece McAlear and Cole Starrs have been named in James Grady’s Under 16s Victory Shield squad.

    No other non-Old Firm team has more representatives in the squad, which also has three other Academy players on the standby list.

    The tournament will take place in Belfast between the 23rd and 27th of October with the Scots lined up to play Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

    Also called up is Jamie Semple, who has been in the 20-man Scotland Under 17s side for the forthcoming UEFA Qualifying Round 2017/18.

    [pullquote]We wish all three lads all the very best in their busy schedules and hope they enjoy themselves whilst representing their country.[/pullquote]

    Brian McLaughlin’s squad will face a triple-header of games against Andorra, Estonia and Denmark in Tallin later in the month.

    Like the Under 16s, ‘Well also has players on the standby list for these important fixtures.

    Academy Director Scott Leitch said: “The club have representation at every single level in the Scotland Youth International squads, which is a major honour for Motherwell FC and a continued vindication of the work of the coaching staff and scouts.

    “We wish all three lads all the very best in their busy schedules and hope they enjoy themselves whilst representing their country.”

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    Semi-final tickets on general sale

    Motherwell face Rangers in the Betfred Cup semi-final on Sunday, October 22nd, with tickets now on general sale. 

    Make sure you don’t miss the mouthwatering fixture by securing your tickets for the trip to Hampden!

    Here is all the information you need, including when the tickets go on sale, how and where to buy and what options are available for you.

    Prices

    Motherwell FC has been allocated over 10,000 seats with the option for more if required, with prices set at:

    East Stand
    Adults: £25
    Concessions*: £10
    Wheelchair User Adult: £10
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5

    South Stand
    Lower Section I: £30
    Wheelchair User Adult: £15
    Wheelchair User Concession: £5
    *Concessions are listed as Over 65s and Under 16s.

    Should you wish to purchase a Hamilton ticket and Semi-final ticket, please visit the Ticket Office only.

    Additional Information

    • As per SPFL instructions, tickets will be sold from block G8-G1 with our ‘Singing Section’ in G6 and from I6-I1
    • Centenary Suite Hospitality packages at £70 will be in section I6 (includes coach to and from Hampden), please note, there are a limited number of hospitality tickets remaining.
    • £35 tickets are available in J1
    • £8 bus tickets to and from Hampden (leaving from Cooper Bar)
    • Anyone requiring Ambulant or Wheelchair tickets should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161 or brian@mfcdsa.com

    Telephone Bookings

    Due to the short time-scale we are unable to post tickets. These will be available for collection from the Chapman Office from Thursday 12th October. A £1 admin charge will be applied per telephone booking.

    Opening Hours

    Opening hours this week: 9am-5pm Monday – Wednesday, 9am-6pm Thursday, 9am-4pm on Friday and 10am -1pm on Saturday from the Ticket Office

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    Under 20s to face Falkirk

    Motherwell under-20s return to Development League action tomorrow night with a trip to the Falkirk Stadium.

    Stephen Craigan’s youngsters will be keen to return to winning ways following last week’s match postponement and the defeat against Hearts in the week prior.

    However, tomorrow’s opposition will be a tough test, with the Bairns currently level on points with the ‘Well having played one more match in the 2017/18 campaign.

    It’s been a largely positive start to the season for Craigan and his youngsters, with the 4-2 defeat away to Hearts the only loss in a near perfect first five matches.

    If you’re going to the match entry is free, however donation buckets will be available to support Falkirk FC Youth Development if you so choose.

    If you’re not making it, you can follow all of the action with live updates on twitter, as well as report, match highlights and reaction online.

    Kick off is at 7pm.

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    SRtRC: Fortnight of Action

    Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years, the SFA, SPFL, SJFA and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland.

    In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20th October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.

    We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.

    All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend on Friday 14th October and Saturday 15th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.

    Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club.

    We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.

    Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL said: “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all.”

    Motherwell skipper Carl McHugh added: “Motherwell FC is once again proud to stand beside our fellow clubs to reject all forms of racism, bigotry and hate and to reaffirm our position that football, at Fir Park or anywhere, is for everyone, regardless of race, colour, creed or religion.”

    The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.

    The SPFL, SJFA and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at SPFL or SJFA matches.

    Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.

    Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.

    Show your support for tackling racism:

    Follow us on twitter @SRtRCScotland
    Like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/theRedCardScotland
    www.theredcard.org

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    Cadden & Campbell start for Scotland

    Midfielders Allan Campbell & Chris Cadden both started for Scotland U21s against England last night.

    Sadly, despite a goal for Cadden, Scott Gemmill’s side went down to a 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

    Allan Campbell, wearing his familiar number 22 shirt, lined up in the middle of the Scots’ midfield for the very first time.

    Cadden has been a regular feature for the U21s over the last year, and he grabbed his first Scotland goal on the 79th minute, picking up the ball after good work from Swansea’s Oli McBurnie and slotting home from ten yards out.

    England were two to the good by that point, goals from Spurs’ Josh Onomah, and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, but when Cadden’s strike reduced the arrears, there was hope of a leveller.

    Those were dashed within seconds when Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke tapped in a third from close range to ensure the points stayed in England.

    It was a fantastic experience for the two young ‘Well lads, with a third academy graduate, Kilmarnock’s Dom Thomas, making it a hat-trick of starters for the Braidhurst Campus.

    Cadden himself was obviously delighted to get his name on the score sheet, but was ultimately disappointed to be part of a losing side.

    He said: “It was great to get my first international goal and to get it against England makes it a little more special.

    “However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything as we didn’t get the three points. I would happily trade me goal for the team to have picked up a win.”

    Speaking about playing alongside ‘Well teammate Campbell, Cadden added: “I enjoyed playing with him and once again I thought Allan was a credit to himself; he was brilliant and showed what he’s all about.

    “It was a good moment for the club and shows just how good a job the youth coaching staff at Motherwell is doing to have Allan, Dom and I in the starting line-up”