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    Hamilton Accies 1 – 2 Motherwell

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    Robinson signs extended deal

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    Campbell signs four-year deal

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    Build-up: Hamilton Accies

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    Hamilton Accies ticket news

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    Comedy night at Fir Park

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    Hartley: More to come from us

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    Robinson: We won’t change for any side

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    Semi-final Hospitality Packages

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    U20s to face Burntisland Shipyard

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    Hamilton Accies 1 – 2 Motherwell

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    Motherwell returned to domestic action with a 2-1 win over Hamilton Accies at the SuperSeal Stadium.

    Goals from Andy Rose and Peter Hartley in their first Lanarkshire Derby encounters completed a Claret and Amber comeback after Giannis Skondras thundered the home side in front.

    Stephen Robinson made one change from the side who were victorious over Partick Thistle two weeks ago, recalling Andy Rose to the midfield in place of Craig Tanner, who dropped to the bench.

    And it was a positive start for the Steelmen, who went close through Richard Tait when the ball fell kindly for the defender to strike a vicious effort on target from close range, but Ryan Fulton did well to turn the full backs effort round the post.

    The Fir Parkers went closer when they struck the opposite post via the head of skipper Carl McHugh, who rose highest from a corner to so nearly find the breakthrough after just ten minutes.

    It was the hosts who went in front though, and it came against the run of play.

    From what was their first attack, an overhit cross fell kindly for Skondras arriving in the area, and he lashed an unstoppable effort high past Trevor Carson.

    Accies started to get a foothold in the game but as they started to press forward, Motherwell so nearly punished them on the break.

    A pinpoint long ball from Carson sent Moult over the top of Hamilton’s back line and, with Cadden racing forward in support, the forward so nearly slipped his teammate through one-on-one, but a crucial touch from last man Alex Gogic turned the ball behind for a corner.

    McHugh went close again from the resulting set piece, heading inches over the crossbar.

    Shortly after the half hour mark, Rose made his return to the starting eleven count with a tremendous finish to bring the Fir Parkers level.

    A slack clearance sat up nicely for the Australian, who fired a fantastic low effort beyond Fulton on the half-volley.

    The visitors started the second period on the front foot and within just the opening five minutes fired themselves back in front.

    A clever set piece allowed Peter Hartley to arrive unmarked towards the back post and a terrific cross from Chris Cadden was turned in to the top corner beyond the helpless Fulton.

    The match played out in a somewhat scrappy manner, with neither side testing the goalkeepers too much at New Douglas Park.

    However, the Steelmen hit the woodwork for the second time in the match and it was McHugh again, who saw his towering header clatter off the crossbar before being hooked clear by the Accies man guarding his back post.

    Robinson could call on a number of fresh legs to see out the final stages of the game, with Elliott Frear, Gaël Bigirimana and Craig Tanner all introduced to the action.

    And it was the former who made the biggest impact, nearly scoring and assisting despite only being in the field of play for around 14 minutes.

    The winger saw a decent effort flash wide of the far post on the volley before so nearly notching an assist for Ryan Bowman, who should have buried a header from close range on an afternoon when the strong forward deserved at least a goal.

    Immediately down the other end, Martin Canning’s men threatened to steal a point when Redmond flashed a shot wide of the mark in the dying stages, but Robinson’s men saw it out and notched an 11th victory in 15 games this season.

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     Alastair Reilly at Superseal Stadium

     

    FT: Hamilton Accies 1 – 2 Motherwell

    FULL TIME!!!!

    90+2′ | 1-2
    Glorious chance for Bowman to finish the game but he heads over the bar from close range

    90′ | 1-2
    There will be four minutes added on.

    88′ | 1-2
    Motherwell make their final change, Moult off for Tanner.

    84′ | 1-2
    Close! Frear beats his man and sees his powerful shot beaten back to him then he volleys wide of the post.

    84′ | 1-2
    Motherwell sub, goal-scorer Rose makes way for Bigirimana

    83′ | 1-2
    Redmond tries his luck from 25 yards but it’s a comfortable stop for Carson.

    81′ | 1-2
    So close!! McHugh’s header crashes off the bar and despite claims of it being over the line, play rages on,

    77′ | 1-2
    Accies make another change, Biaby off for Boyd

    76′ | 1-2
    Motherwell sub, Frear on for Cadden.

    75′ | 1-2
    Campbell booked for blocking MacKinnon’s quick free-kick.

    72′ | 1-2
    Docherty gets in down the right but Kipré does well to read the cutback and stick it out for a corner.

    64′ | 1-2
    Accies sub, Redmond on for Donati.

    51′ | 1-2
    It’s that man HARTLEY again! Cadden clips in a free-kick and the centre back is unmarked and cooly volleys home!!!!

    GGGGOOOAAALLL!!!

    49′ | 1-1
    Biaby booked for running right in front of Rose as he went to take a free-kick.

    Accies get the second half underway.

    Both teams return to the pitch, it’s time for the second 45.

    HT: Hamilton Accies 1 – 1 Motherwell

    45’| 1-1
    One minute added on.

    43’| 1-1
    Cadden’s low corner is met at the front post by Rose but it’s just past the post.

    35’| 1-1
    McHugh booked for a tackle on Skondras. Not a lot in it.

    32’| 1-1
    What a strike by ROSE!!! Volleys low into the bottom corner from just inside the box!! The Steelmen are back level!

    GGOOOOAALLLL!!!

    And from the corner McHugh heads inches over the bar!

    30’| 1-0
    Great chance there as Moult and Cadden end up 2v1 but McMann recovers well to put it out for a corner!

    29’| 1-0
    Tait hooks the ball into the back post area but Fulton is sharp off his line and plucks it out the air ahead of Moult

    26’| 1-0
    Bingham cuts in off the left and has a shot but it’s beaten away by Carson.

    22’| 1-0
    Cadden wins a free-kick wide on the right. Chance for a good delivery here….McHugh heads past the post.

    15’| 1-0
    Goal – Accies take the lead with their first attack. Ball to the back post volleyed in by Skondras

    13’| 0-0
    Tait curls in a fine ball from wide to the head of Moult but he doesn’t quite get enough on it to test Fulton.

    From the resulting corner, McHugh flicks it just wide of the post!

    9’| 0-0
    Lovely ball in from Campbell finds Rose at the backpost but his header deflected wide off Gogic!

    2’| 0-0
    So close!! Moult’s ball is squared across goal to Tait but Fulton gets a hand to it and palms it wide!!

    Rose gets the action underway. COYW!!!

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    Robinson signs extended deal

    Motherwell FC is tonight delighted to confirm manager Stephen Robinson has extended his contract until May 2020.

    Robinson, 42, took over the reigns at Fir Park back in March of this year with his remit to firstly keep the team in the league, which he did.

    Secondly was to reshape and rebuild the squad in the Summer Transfer Window, with 18 players leaving or retiring and 14 new faces arriving between early June and the end of August. A part of that was also brokering the sale of Ben Heneghan to Sheffield United on transfer deadline day.

    The Steelmen have made a positive start to the new campaign, with Robinson’s side having won 10 of their first 14 matches, with the team currently sitting in fifth position, one point behind Rangers in third and with a Betfred Cup Semi Final against the Ibrox men on the horizon.

    Indeed, the manager’s win percentage after seven months / twenty-six games in charge is an extremely impressive 53.84%.

    [pullquote]”There is a real sense of togetherness at the moment and my staff and I work hard every single day to try and make a success of things and to give the Directors, staff and, most importantly, the fans a team they can be proud of.[/pullquote]

    His initial contract had just over six months left, but the Northern Irishman has put pen to paper on an extended deal that will run for an additional two years.

    Robinson, a ‘Well Society member, said: “I am delighted to have signed this new deal and thank everyone at the club, and the supporters, for the backing they have given me so far.

    “There is a real sense of togetherness at the moment and my staff and I work hard every single day to try and make a success of things and to give the Directors, staff and, most importantly, the fans a team they can be proud of.”

    Chairman Jim McMahon said: “The Board has been extremely impressed by Stephen’s approach to his role since returning to the club earlier in the year.

    “He told us he would keep the team in the league and he did. He told us he would reshape the squad and continue our player trading policy, which he has.

    “He is an extremely focused, dedicated and hard-working guy and we will continue to give him as much backing as we possibly can with a view to achieving our objectives.”

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    Campbell signs four-year deal

    Motherwell FC is today delighted to confirm Scotland U21 International Allan Campbell has signed a new four-year contract at the club.

    Campbell, 19, has been in sensational form for the Steelmen in recent months, cementing a regular starting berth in the heart of Motherwell’s midfield.

    And the Academy graduate, who has been with Motherwell since first appearing for the Under 10s, has also made his Scotland U21 bow, starting against both England and Latvia in the last seven days.

    Campbell’s deal will now run until the summer of 2021 and he’ll continue to compete with the likes of Carl McHugh, Gaēl Bigirimana, Andy Rose, Liam Grimshaw, Chris Cadden and others for a jersey.

    Speaking on his new deal, Campbell said: “I am delighted to get this done and dusted so I can concentrate on kicking on now.

    [pullquote]”It’s been a great few weeks for me, but my aim was to firstly get into the Motherwell team and everything else has been a bonus, really.[/pullquote]

    “I owe a lot to the manager, he’s given me a chance and I really appreciate that and I want to play well for him and keeping proving myself to everyone.”

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson, who is in having discussions with several players about their contract at the moment, added: “We have been delighted with Allan’s progress and his new and improved deal is very much a reward for his hard-work, dedication and excellent performances.

    “Allan also knows that he must keep his performances at a level and that he has several extremely talented players desperate for his shirt, that’s the type of environment we’ve created here, so the onus is very much on him to continue to play as he has.

    “We will continue to blood good young players at Motherwell when they are ready to step up. Chris Cadden and Allan are two who are there, but there are numerous others in our Under 20s set-up who are close to taking the next step.

    “They need to keep working hard on the park and off, keep impressing and eventually their time will come.”

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    Build-up: Hamilton Accies

    Domestic football returns this weekend and the Steelmen get back to action with the first Lanarkshire derby of the 2017/18 campaign.

    Stephen Robinson’s side will be keen to get back in to the swing of things following the international break, with a chance to pick up their 11th victory in 15 games.

    After the narrow loss to Aberdeen, the Fir Parkers bounced back to head in to the break on the back of a 3-0 victory over Partick Thistle.

    And the derby is set to be an intriguing fixture, given that Hamilton will be hungry to put to bed a run of five games without a win.

    Martin Canning’s side pose a tough, physical threat for the ‘Well, and the artificial surface will be a fairly new challenge for some of the Steelmen’s new recruits.

    One of those who is new and ready for Saturday’s clash is Peter Hartley, who has impressed since his summer arrival.

    Speaking to the broadcast press, Hartley discussed the fixture ahead, and his experience of derby clashes throughout his career so far.

    “I’ve never [played on an artificial surface], I don’t think there’s any in England – maybe some in the Conference but I’ve never played at that level,” he admitted. “I’ve got no problems though, body-wise or anything, so I can easily get through games on it.”

    He added: “I don’t think we change the way we play, I think we make them make mistakes on the surface if anything.

    [pullquote]You can tell we’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.[/pullquote]

    “You can tell we’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.”

    “I don’t read the papers much but I was hearing people say that Partick weren’t at the races, Kilmarnock weren’t at the races and Aberdeen weren’t quite either but it’s not them not being at the races it’s us making them look average with what we do.”

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson has a near full-strength squad to pick from, with George Newell out through injury and Deimantas Petravičius nearing his full return to fitness.

    And the Northern Irishman insists that his side won’t change for any opposition as the Steelmen prepare for the first Lanarkshire Derby of the season.

    The ‘Well boss looked ahead to this weekend’s clash at the SuperSeal Stadium and admitted Hamilton will be tough opponents.

    However, following a strong run of games, the Fir Park manager believes his side will match Accies hard work on Saturday.

    [pullquote]We’re obviously well aware of the other teams threats but the pitch does make a difference to it and [Hamilton] are used to playing on it.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We don’t change the way we play and we won’t change the way we play for anybody and we’ve been quite successful with that.

    “We’re obviously well aware of the other teams threats but the pitch does make a difference to it and [Hamilton] are used to playing on it.”

    He added: “We’ve been training on astroturf all week though so it’s not an excuse. They’ve been very good at what they do Hamilton but we’ll match them.”

    Martin Canning could be without a number of key men as Ali Crawford, Gary Woods, Michael Devlin, Grant Gillespie, Georgios Sarris and David Templeton could all be doubts. Darian MacKinnon makes his return from suspension for the Accies.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tickets must be purchased from the Fir Park ticket office, open 9am – 4pm today (Friday, October 13th) and tomorrow (Saturday, October 14th) from 9am – 1pm. Tickets are not available on the gate.

     Hamilton Accies V Motherwell
     Saturday 14th October 2017
     3.00pm
     SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton
     Unavailable on gate. On sale now from the Fir Park ticket office.

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £22
    CONCESSIONS     £12 
    • Concessions are listed as over 65 and under-18s
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    For those who wish to sit in the ‘Well Bois section please make this known at the time of purchase as a designated area has been allocated.

    If you can’t make it 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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    Hamilton Accies ticket news

    Tickets for the first Lanarkshire Derby clash of the 2017/18 campaign will be on sale from the Fir Park ticket office prior to kick-off tomorrow. 

    The Ticket Office will be open from 10am – 1pm, where Betfred Cup Semi-final tickets will also be on sale.

    Hamilton tickets will be sold until 12 noon, and thereafter any remaining tickets will be sent to New Douglas Park where there will be a pay gate.

    For any Motherwell supporters travelling by train, the access route will be via the retail park, through Morrisons Car Park to reach the stadium.

     Hamilton Accies V Motherwell 
     Saturday 14th October 2017
     3.00pm
     Superseal Stadium, Hamilton
     Available from the Fir Park ticket office now

    Admission prices are as follows: 

    ADULTS   £22
    CONCESSIONS     £12 
    • Concessions are listed as over 65 and under-18s
    • Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07725 917161

    For those who wish to sit in the ‘Well Bois section please make this known at the time of purchase as a designated area has been allocated.

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    Comedy night at Fir Park

    Join us at Fir Park on Saturday 18th of November for what promises to be a laugh-filled night.

    We have invited along five of Scotland’s funniest and upcoming comedians;

    Headline act Des Clarke is one of the UK’s most exciting performers. He has made a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and one of television and radio’s star presenters. Des is a much loved voice on the airwaves and can be heard waking up central Scotland every morning as host of the Capital Breakfast Show. He also fronts hit comedy series Breaking The News on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Mick Ferry is renowned as a fine purveyor of lugubrious surrealism and has quickly established himself as one of the most sought after comics on the British and International comedy circuit. One of the finest comperes around, Mick performs regularly at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester as well as headlining at comedy venues nationwide.

    Accompanying them will be Susie McCabe whose is known for her brilliant storytelling, acute observations and killer punchlines, which have made her one of most sought after performers in the UK, supporting the likes of Ardal O’Hanlon, Zoe Lyons and Stewart Francis.   She has been tipped as one to watch in 2017, so don’t miss this chance to catch her on her first ever Scottish tour!

    Also in the line-up is Chris Henry, who was nominated for the Perth Fringe World comedy award in 2016 as part of the Best of the Scottish Comedian of the Year compilation, was a finalist in Scottish Comedian of the Year 2009 and has performed on BBC TV and radio.

    Marc Jennings is one of the most promising new acts on the Scottish comedy scene, this English Literature graduate from Clydebank regularly plays clubs up and down the UK, and in 2015 was selected for the BBC’s New Comedy Award competition as well as being nominated for Best New Comedian at the Scottish Variety Awards.

    Tickets cost £20 which includes a curry.

    To book and make sure you don’t miss out, click here to book online or call the events team on 01698 333 333.

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    Hartley: More to come from us

    ‘Well defender Peter Hartley believes there is still more to come from the Steelmen despite a strong start to the season.

    The Englishman, who is preparing for his first Lanarkshire derby, hailed the Fir Parkers performances following a string of good results.

    And, echoing the though of Stephen Robinson, the centre back insisted that Motherwell won’t go about changing their approach to games due to the opposition.

    [pullquote]We’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.[/pullquote]

    He said: “I don’t think we change the way we play, I think we make them make mistakes on the surface if anything.

    “You can tell we’ve got an identity as a team but obviously we’re not getting carried away because we’ve not reached our full potential and there’s still a lot more to come from us as a team.”

    “I don’t read the papers much but I was hearing people say that Partick weren’t at the races, Kilmarnock weren’t at the races and Aberdeen weren’t quite either but it’s not them not being at the races it’s us making them look average with what we do.”

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    Robinson: We won’t change for any side

    Stephen Robinson insists that his side won’t change for any opposition as the Steelmen prepare for the first Lanarkshire Derby of the season.

    The ‘Well boss looked ahead to this weekend’s clash at the SuperSeal Stadium and admitted Hamilton will be tough opponents.

    However, following a strong run of games, the Fir Park manager believes his side will match Accies on Saturday.

    [pullquote]We don’t change the way we play and we won’t change the way we play for anybody and we’ve been quite successful with that.[/pullquote]

    He said: “We don’t change the way we play and we won’t change the way we play for anybody and we’ve been quite successful with that.

    “We’re obviously well aware of the other teams threats but the pitch does make a difference to it and [Hamilton] are used to playing on it.”

    He added: “We’ve been training on astroturf all week though so it’s not an excuse. They’ve been very good at what they do Hamilton but we’ll match them.”

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    Semi-final Hospitality Packages

    Motherwell’s semi-final clash with Rangers is fast approaching, so why not celebrate the occasion with one of our hospitality packages?

    The Steelmen travel to Hampden on Sunday, October 22, and we have a number of options available for you to take in the big match in style – including an exclusive new hospitality package!

    Joe Wark Lounge

    Come and enjoy the semi-final in style with our new Hospitality Package and with access for up to 20 guests this is an opportunity not to be missed.

    • Private lounge within Fir Park with your own dedicated serving staff
    • Complimentary Bar (11am – 8pm)
    • Breakfast Roll served pre match
    • Transport to and from Hampden with official parking
    • Hot Buffet served post-match

    £2000 (for up to 20 guests. Does not include match ticket)

    Centenary Suite Hospitality

    • 11am arrival
    • £30 main stand ticket
    • Pay Bar Facility
    • Hot Breakfast Roll
    • Match Day Programme
    • Official Coach to and from Hampden with official parking (leaving Fir Park at 1pm)
    • Glass of sparkling wine on return to Centenary Suite
    • Hot Buffet Served
    • 8pm Close (or subject to demand)

    £70 per person

    Cooper Bar/Concourse Bus

    • 11am Open
    • Bar & food options available to purchase
    • 1pm Coach to and from Hampden with official parking
    • 8pm Close (or subject to demand)

    £8 per person

    Contact the team now on 01698 333 333 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk

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    U20s to face Burntisland Shipyard

    Motherwell under 20s will take on Burntisland Shipyard in the third round of the Scottish FA Youth Cup.

    The Fir Park youngsters have been drawn as the home side for the fixture, which is set to be played on or before Sunday, October 29th.

    Stephen Craigan’s side enjoyed a stellar run last season as they vied to defend the trophy they lifted two season ago, making it all the way to the last four where they were knocked out by eventual winners Celtic.

    Shipyard won a dramatic encounter against Livingston to secure progression to the third round, holding out to win 3-2 earlier this month.

    Further information regarding this fixture will be announced in due course.