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    Hammell: I hope I gave club my all

  • First team

    Main: I want to hit the ground running

  • First team

    Curtis Main makes Motherwell move

  • Club

    Get your tickets for Accies cup clash

  • Club

    2017/18 Flexi Tickets on sale now

  • First team

    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

  • First team

    Robinson: Second half was poor

  • First team

    Mixed Zone: Players reflect on Hamilton

  • First team

    Motherwell 1 – 3 Hamilton

  • Club

    Remembering Phil O’Donnell

  • Club

    Hammell: I hope I gave club my all

    As ‘Well legend Stevie Hammell prepares to hang up his boots, the defender is looking ahead to the next chapter in his football career.

    Nearly 20 years in claret and amber have seen Hammell become the club’s post-war record appearance holder, pulling on the shirt 582 times.

    And it’s a career that the 35-year-old looks back on with undoubted pride.

    “It’s been almost 20 years to the day that I joined here,” he said. “I came straight out of school and between then and now there’s been a lot of good memories made that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.

    “Playing so many times for this club, a club that I love, and playing in so many European games as well as for the national team are some real highlights. I’ve made so many lifelong friends in staff members and team-mates.”

    Whilst there is a element of pride and excitement for the next chapter of the experienced defender’s career, there is also a slight air of sadness to draw the curtain on such his remarkable playing days.

    “I think as a young boy and when you start getting older and hit 30, then that magic 35 number comes your way, you want to be remembered. When you stop playing and hang the boots up, you want to be remembered fondly.

    “It would be nice to be remembered as a player who gave his all whenever given his chance. The fans have been magnificent to me, there’s no denying that, I just hope I’ve repaid them by giving my all when I had the strip on.”

    The transition may have come slightly earlier than he had planned, but Hammell admits he has been preparing for life after playing, and that this opportunity is one he will relish.

    He said: “This is something I’ve prepared for for a number of years – it’s not just something that has fallen on my lap. I’m hugely honoured to have been sought out to do the job, but it’s something I’ve also prepared for.

    “Over the last ten years I’ve done nearly every coaching badge or course – I’ve been to everything. It may have come a little earlier than I expected but it’s something I’ve got real confidence I can do well at.”

  • First team

    Main: I want to hit the ground running

    Curtis Main has set himself the target of being the man to fire Motherwell back up the Scottish Premiership table.

    The striker signed on at Fir Park on Wednesday after leaving Portsmouth, teaming up with long-term admirer Stephen Robinson to become the first signing of the 2018 January window.

    “I would like to come in and hit the ground running,” the Englishman said on his arrival. “Get stuck in and help get the team back up the league.

    “There were a few options but I felt this challenge, coming up here and testing myself in a new environment, is something that really appealed to me.

    [pullquote]Hopefully I can help the team get back to the form they were showing earlier in the season and try and climb as high as possible in the league.[/pullquote]

    Asked what fans can expect from him, Main added: “Hopefully lots of goals. I’m energetic, pace and power. Very direct. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

    Manager Robinson wasted no time in snapping up Main when his availability became known and the 25-year-old says that enthusiasm helped sell him on the switch to Scotland.

    “As a player, it is all you want to hear,” he said. “That the manager backs you and believes in what you can do and your abilities.

    “He’s obviously demonstrated that by bringing me to the club. Hopefully I can repay his belief in me.”

    Main will be available to make his debut in the Scottish Cup tie with Hamilton Academical on Saturday, January 20. Buy your ticket today to welcome him to our club.

  • First team

    Curtis Main makes Motherwell move

    Motherwell Football Club are delighted to announce Portsmouth striker Curtis Main as the first signing of the January window.

    The 25-year-old Englishman arrives on an initial 18-month deal, after securing his exit from Pompey on Wednesday.

    “I’m pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to this new challenge,” Main said on his arrival at Fir Park.

    “A few weeks ago I heard about the interest and it’s been back and forth with the club and myself but finally we’re here and I can’t wait to get started.

    “There were a few options but I felt this challenge, coming up here and testing myself in a new environment, is something that really appealed to me.”

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson, a long-term admirer of the striker, is pleased to have landed a player he’s admired for some time.

    “I’ve tried to sign him a number of times before and I am excited to finally be working with him,” he said.

    “I’ve brought him here to bolster our attacking options and get amongst the goals. He’s a strong, sharp, tenacious player with an eye for goal. If you look back on his career, he’s scored all different types.

    “I am still looking to add more forward players to create real competition in that area of the field.”

    Main came through the youth ranks at Sunderland, but it was at Darlington where he made his senior bow aged just 15 back in 2008.

    His performances for the Quakers alerted a number of Premier League clubs, with Fulham and Newcastle both linked with the player. However, it was Tony Mowbray’s Middlesbrough where he ended up, signing for Boro in the summer of 2011.

    He would spend three years at the Riverside, making his Championship debut at just 19, but struggled to nail down a regular starting berth scoring six times in 13 Championship starts.

    After leaving Boro, he would move to League One Doncaster Rovers where he netted 11 times in 34 starts at the Keepmoat Stadium. During that time, he also had a successful loan spell with Oldham, scoring on several occasions to help the Latics maintain their League One status towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

    Although he still had one year left on his deal at Donny, Portsmouth paid an undisclosed fee to take the striker to Fratton Park, where he played a part in their league-winning season, although injury restricted his first campaign on the south coast, scoring five in eight starts before his season ended prematurely.

    With Kenny Jackett’s side currently amongst the fight for promotion to the Championship, Main has been unable to dislodge goalscorers Brett Pitman and Ollie Hawkins and has been allowed to leave to find first-team football.

  • Club

    Get your tickets for Accies cup clash

    Ticket prices have been agreed for our William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Hamilton Academical.

    The Steelmen host the Accies on Saturday, January 20 and, following agreement with our visitors, adult prices will be capped at £15.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£15
    CONCESSION£10
    JUVENILES £5

    Concessions are for ages 16 to 18, over 60s and full-time students who can provide a valid matriculation card. Juveniles are classed as children 15 and under.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance from the ticket office at Fir Park or supporters can pay at the gate on the day. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Hospitality

    Upgrade to a special cup hospitality deal for just £45 for season ticket holders or £50 for non-season ticket holders.

    Our package consists of:

    • Match Day Ticket
    • Two-course meal served within the Centenary Suite
    • Half time refreshments
    • Pay bar

    To book, call our events team on 01698 333333.

  • Club

    2017/18 Flexi Tickets on sale now

    It’s been a memorable first half of the campaign for Motherwell, and now you can show your support for the rest of the 2017/18 season by purchasing a Flexi Ticket.

    Supporters can save money by buying a five or 10-match package, rather than paying for games individually.

    Having reached the final of the Betfred Cup, and with the team in contention for a top six finish in the Ladbrokes Premiership, an exciting second half of the campaign lies ahead.

    As manager Stephen Robinson said after the cup final: Our season doesn’t end here. Buy a Flexi Ticket and get behind the players as they strive to make it even more of a season to remember.

    How does it work?

    When buying either package, you will receive a voucher printed with a barcode which, when scanned at our ticket office, will entitle you to receive the match tickets you require.

    If you already know which games you want to attend when buying the package, you can take home the tickets right there and then.

    Alternatively, on the day of each game, simply pop into our ticket office to have your voucher scanned and receive your match day ticket.

    Flexi Ticket packages are available from the Fir Park ticket office right now, so call 01698 338 002 to make the most of this fantastic offer.

    Please note that Flexi Ticket vouchers can only be redeemed at the ticket office. Please collect your ticket 30 minutes before kick off at the very latest.

    The Flexi Tickets allow you to take advantage of all of Motherwell’s remaining 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership home matches. Tickets for other fixtures can be bought separately.

    Prices are as follows:

    PHIL O’DONNELL STAND10 Game PackageFive Game Package
    Adult£222£111
    Concessions*£126£63
    Juvenile (15 and under)£10£5
    DAVIE COOPER STAND10 Game PackageFive Game Package
    Adult£182£91
    Concessions*£108£54
    Juvenile (15 and under)£10£5
    JOHN HUNTER STAND10 Game PackageFive Game Package
    Adult£172£86
    Concessions*£95£47.50
    Juvenile (15 and under)£10£5

    *Please note, concessions are applicable to over 60s, full-time students with a valid matriculation card and 16 to 18 year olds. The Juvenile age of 15 and under is applicable as at August 1, 2017.

  • First team

    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Highlights from Fir Park as Hamilton Accies come from behind to beat Motherwell 1-3.

  • First team

    Robinson: Second half was poor

    ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson reflected on a disappointing conclusion to 2017 following a 3-1 loss to Hamilton. 

    The Northern Irishman, who admitted his side did well in the opening 45, felt that missed opportunities and Accies cutting edge led to yet another loss.

    Speaking to MFC TV at full time, Robinson looked ahead to a crucial January break.

    He said: “It was an extremely disappointing result. In the first half we dominated with so many chances and if you don’t take them that’s what happens.

    “Tanner scores and then we put a lot of balls in to the box from free kicks and we got in to good areas – but sometimes our deliveries were poor if I’m honest.”

    He added: “We didn’t take the chances when we were totally on top of the game and we got punished. Make no mistake, our second half performance was really poor.”

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    Mixed Zone: Players reflect on Hamilton

    Motherwell threw away a one-goal lead as they lost the Lanarkshire derby 3-1 to Hamilton Academical.

    Here’s what the players had to say after the match at Fir Park.

    Richard Tait: “We didn’t play anywhere near our standard in the second half and it has cost us.

    “I think we need to go away and have a look at ourselves. Tell ourselves a few home truths then come back with a fresh mind, fresh body and kick on again.”

    Andy Rose: “I thought we started really brightly with the goal and created other really good chances. Then we came in at half time feeling very confident.

    “We need to reflect on what made us so successful through the first few months of the season. Make sure we get that belief back in the side.”

    Steven Hammell: “We came out in the second half ready but we concede a sloppy goal. Any chance we did create we didn’t look like taking.”

  • First team

    Motherwell 1 – 3 Hamilton

    Phil McGhee at Fir Park

    Motherwell failed to halt a poor run as Hamilton earned a derby win for the first time in eight games. And although second half goals from Rakish Bingham and Greg Docherty were enough to take all three points back across the Clyde, it took a debatable penalty, converted by Dougie Imrie five minutes from half time, to bring Accies into the game.

    Until then, the Fir Parkers had looked comfortable and likely to add to Craig Tanner’s early strike. However, despite making the ideal start and being fired up for the challenge, the Steelmen never looked like over turning Accies’ two goal lead.

    It was perhaps fitting that on the 10th anniversary of Phil O’Donnell’s tragic death, that Hamilton, his home town team, provided the opposition. Poignantly everyone inside Fir Park celebrated a minutes applause before the kick-off.

    Prior to that Louis Moult, sidelined with a hamstring injury for the last six games, took a farewell bow before his departure to Preston.

    In addition to Moult’s absence, ‘Well were still understrength for the final match of 2017 with injury and suspension depriving them of Charles Dunne and Carl McHugh, with Stevie Hammell and Alan Campbell being recalled to the starting line-up. There was also a start for George Newell alongside Ryan Bowman.

    However, after forcing a double save from Accies ‘keeper Gary Woods within the opening two minutes, Bowman turned goal provider. Although his low across goal eluded Newell, Tanner was racing in behind to smash the ball high past Woods for his sixth goal of the season and give ‘Well a perfect start.

    Ten minutes later, it was almost a carbon copy when Bowman again crossed from the left wing only for Tanner to fire the ball into the side netting.

    Although the Steelmen held the upper hand and had series of tempting balls into the Accies box, there were no clear-cut chances to add a second goal.

    After 35 minutes a challenge from Xavier Tomas caught Campbell. Tanner’s free kick was cleared to Gael Bigirimana and his drive for goal was deflected off the arm of an Accies defender. But despite strong appeals for a penalty, referee Andrew Dallas pointed to the corner flag.

    Five minutes later, and from a similar situation, the referee had other thoughts when in attempting to block Ali Crawford’s shot from the edge of the box, Peter Hartley was adjudged to have used his arm.

    Amidst the Motherwell protests, Dougie Imrie kept his cool to slide the spot kick into the corner of the net and bring Accies back into the game.

    Just before the interval Campbell limped off to be replaced by Liam Grimshaw.

    Worse was to follow for the home side nine minutes into the second half when Accies took the lead. Hartley’s attempted clearance fell kindly for Rakish Bingham and, despite having Tait in pursuit, the Hamilton striker dragged the ball into the box before firing across Carson and into the far corner of the goal.

    ‘Well brought on another forward, Alex Fisher replacing Andy Rose, as they increased the pressure on the Accies goal.

    Bigirimana swung in a cross to put Woods under pressure, but the ‘keeper bravely punched clear with Hartley challenging. From the resultant corner, Hartley’s attempt to reach Tanner’s ball was impeded by Tomas but, despite appeals for a penalty, play continued.

    With 18 minutes remaining Ross McLean took over from the hard running Newell, but before his introduction could have any impact Accies grabbed a third to claim all three points.

    Unmarked at the corner of the box, Greg Docherty cut inside before firing the ball low and hard beyond Carson to give Accies a much needed win and leave Motherwell facing the New Year on the end of a long run of disappointment.

    Motherwell were even denied the consolation of an injury time goal and a first for Fisher when his effort from a few yards was brilliantly stopped by Woods.

  • Club

    Remembering Phil O’Donnell

    Remembering Phil O’Donnell

    It is ten years to the day since Phil O’Donnell was taken from us, in the prime of his life, during a Motherwell match at Fir Park.

    Many tributes have been paid by his family and former teammates as we mark this anniversary.

    Phil O’Donnell was a fantastic captain, a fantastic role model and a fantastic man. His passing was both untimely and tragic.

    As a club, we will always feel fortunate to have enjoyed his company and his talent. He remains an important part of our daily lives, with his memory and legacy displayed on the walls at the stadium to remind us of him.

    Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends today. Please join us in a minute’s applause before the match on Saturday to celebrate his life.

    You can read further tributes to Phil here on our website from: