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  • First team

    Cadden: Cup final pain can inspire us

  • First team

    Vote for your player of the year

  • First team

    Dallas to officiate quarter final

  • First team

    Scottish Cup ticket information

  • First team

    Motherwell v Aberdeen postponed

  • First team

    Carl McHugh: Big week ahead

  • First team

    Robinson: Enjoying everyday challenges

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights as ‘Well beat Accies

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Our defending was suspect

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s: Motherwell 3-2 Hamilton Accies

  • First team

    Cadden: Cup final pain can inspire us

    To have reached 100 games in claret and amber by the age of just 21 is remarkable.

    But for Chris Cadden, who is set to make his 103rd appearance for the ‘Well in Sunday’s Scottish Cup clash with Hearts, every game continues to teach him more and more.

    “In every game I learn new things,” he said. “To have reached a major final at a young age is something I consider to be an achievement, but I don’t want it to be the last one I get to this season, never mind my career.

    “It just whets my appetite for another final to be honest and I think we’re all in good shape and well prepared for Sunday.

    [pullquote]I think we can use the experiences of that final to help give us that extra push on Sunday and hopefully get us back to the national stadium.”[/pullquote]

    The Steelmen face Hearts in the last eight, having progressed past Hamilton Academical and Dundee before being drawn against Craig Levein’s Jambos.

    Stephen Robinson’s men haven’t conceded a goal in the tournament yet, and head in to Sunday afternoon’s clash with winning momentum behind them.

    “Hearts will be a tough, tough test for us,” the Motherwell youth academy graduate added. “If we stand a chance of getting back to Hampden, we’ll need to be at our best.

    “But we’re all confident of that, and we can take a lot from the trips to Hampden we’ve already had this season.”

    The driven, hungry Scot reflects on November’s Betfred Cup final with as much positivity as he can, and hopes it can shape him and his teammates for better success in the Scottish Cup.

    “If we can get a step closer to another final on Sunday, it will be amazing for the club and something we can all be proud of.

    “We can all learn from it, and I think we have. If we can put in the sort of performance we know we’re capable of on Sunday, you never know, maybe we can go that all-important one step further.”

    The Steelmen have had their fair share of hurdles to manoeuvre this week, with heavy snowfall disrupting Wednesday’s game with Aberdeen as well as the club’s training schedule.

    “It’s been frustrating,” confessed Motherwell’s number seven. “And to be honest, getting snowed in is boring too.

    “All the boys have been chatting to each other and we’re just desperate to be preparing as best we can for the quarter final.

    “The fact the weather led to our game against Aberdeen being postponed was annoying because we’d prepared well and were all desperate to follow up on our win against Dundee.

    “Since we’ve come back from the break we’ve just been desperate to play every week, and we’re playing well and picking up some big results.

    “Dundee wasn’t the best performance by any means but sometimes those wins are the sweeter ones.”

    And with wins like that under their belt, Cadden says that the lads have been buoyed by Saturday’s victory.

    “When you come away with a win like that, I don’t think you can underestimate what it can do for us as a group.

    “We’re all on top form, we’re all confident and, despite the weather trying it’s best to distract us, we’re all fully focussed on going out on to the pitch at Fir Park on Sunday and sending this club back to Hampden.”

  • First team

    Vote for your player of the year

    It’s time for you to vote for who you think should win in this year’s player of the year awards.

    Our award ceremony takes place this year on April 7 at the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park. If you’ve still not got your tickets, the last remaining few are still available. They cost £50 for adults and £20 for under 12s. Phone 01698 333333 or email events@motherwellfc.co.uk to book.

    The top prize on offer is in the vote for your player of the year.

    In conjunction with Motorpoint, you can cast your vote online. Click here to choose your Motherwell FC player of the year.

    Voting closes on Monday, April 2.

    Plus, as a way of saying thank you, Motorpoint is giving one lucky fan the chance to join them on their table at the event. Not only will you get to join in the atmosphere but you will also walk away with £250 worth of Love2Shop vouchers on the night as an added bonus.


    Supporters can also vote online now for their young player of the year.

    Our shortlist for this year’s award, in conjunction with Topps Match Attax, is:

    • Chris Cadden
    • Allan Campbell
    • Russell Griffiths
    • Cédric Kipré
    • George Newell
    • Deimantas Petravičius
    • David Turnbull

    To vote for your Motherwell FC young player of the year for 2017/18, click here.


    There will be many other awards given out on the night at the Alona Hotel.

    The Motherwell squad will again vote for their players’ player of the year, sponsored this year by Flooring Republic.

    Well Society members will also get the chance soon to vote for their Well Society player of the year. Details will be announced shortly.

    There will also be a special recognition award given out this year to mark someone’s achievements for the club. The award is in conjunction with Covanburn.

    Last but not least, a prize will go to the team’s top goalscorer in the 2017/18 campaign, with the award sponsored by Newton Waste.

    Fans will also be able to vote for their goal of the season, in conjunction with Avia Signs. Voting will start on March 5.

  • First team

    Dallas to officiate quarter final

    Referee for Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup clash with Hearts at Fir Park is Andrew Dallas.

    It will be his third Motherwell game of the season, after the 35-year-old took charge in a Lanarkshire Derby, as well a previous meeting between the Steelmen and the Jambos at Tynecastle earlier this term.

    Unfortunately for the ‘Well, both matches overseen by the official have ended in defeat.

    The first was the 1-0 loss at Tynecastle, when a rather sloppy goal was enough for Craig Levein’s side to pick up all three points.

    Then it was the rather forgettable loss at Fir Park against Hamilton, when ‘Well surrendered an early lead to lose 3-1.

    Son of famous referee Hugh Dallas, Andrew takes charge of his eighth Motherwell game.

    He will be assisted by Graeme Stewart and Dougie Potter, with Nick Walsh on fourth official duties.

  • First team

    Scottish Cup ticket information

    It’s a huge fixture on Sunday as Hearts come calling in the quarter finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

    Motherwell are just one game away from yet another trip to Hampden Park this season and a place in the last four of the competition.

    Having reached one cup final this season, your support could help push us a step closer towards another as we strive for new cup heroes.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance and, if you’re a season ticket holder, your seat has been reserved for you to purchase. Just pop by the Fir Park ticket office to secure yours. Please note the ticket office is closed on Thursday due to the adverse weather conditions.

    Cash gates will also be in operation but we encourage all fans to try and buy in advance to minimise delays on the day.

    Hearts supporters should contact their club for ticket information.

    Kick off at Fir Park on Sunday is at 2.15pm.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£18
    CONCESSIONS£12
    JUVENILES£8
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 2 JUNIOR)£30

    Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card. Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.

  • First team

    Motherwell v Aberdeen postponed

    Motherwell’s Ladbrokes Premiership match with Aberdeen has been postponed because of current weather conditions.

    The Scottish Professional Football League has decided that all matches across the country should be cancelled, in the light of government, police and club advice.

    “There has already been significant snowfall at and around Fir Park,” chief operating officer Alan Burrows said.

    “The Scottish Government has an amber warning in place for most of the country, urging people not to travel.

    “Given the current weather situation, the safety of fans who planned to travel to watch the match is paramount. Both clubs agreed an early decision was necessary for this reason.

    “We have a duty of care to all – spectators, players and staff – to avoid any unnecessary travel related to this match.

    “We are pleased that the SPFL have agreed and made the decision to cancel all games scheduled for Wednesday.”

    Details on the rearranged fixture will be announced in due course.

    The club offices and club shop will be closed on Wednesday and all community trust activities have been cancelled.

  • First team

    Carl McHugh: Big week ahead

    Skipper Carl McHugh is determined to see the Steelmen pick up another impressive victory over the Dons, as he closes in on 50 league games for the ‘Well.

    Wednesday night’s game also has the chance to springboard ‘Well in to a crucial Scottish Cup quarter-final on Sunday afternoon.

    “It’s a big week for us in the league and the cup, but we’re just focussing on Aberdeen first,” Carl said, as he spoke to the broadcast press.

    [pullquote]It’s going to be a tough game for us and we’re very hopeful of pushing on in the next few games to push for that top six spot.[/pullquote]

    “On the main, performances and results have been good since the winter break and as a squad we’re confident.

    “We were disappointed with the result against Kilmarnock but thought our performance was good, then against Dundee we probably didn’t play all that well but we dug in, defended well and got a result.

    “We’ll be aiming for the complete performance against Aberdeen and we’ll need to be ready and at our best on Wednesday night.”

  • First team

    Robinson: Enjoying everyday challenges

    Stephen Robinson reflected on his first full year as Motherwell manager when he spoke to the broadcast press.

    And the Northern Irishman, who has enjoyed a hugely successful spell at the helm of the Steelmen, admitted he has enjoyed the challenges on a day-to-day basis at Fir Park.

    “It’s a great football club and there are super people involved in it,” he said. “It’s probably as enjoyable as management gets – we’ve been reasonably successful in terms of the size of the football club and the budget.

    “I’m enjoying it, it’s a challenge and there’s new challenges everyday but that’s something you know you have to meet when you take the job.”

    He added: “It’s going to be a tough, tough game against Aberdeen. There was nothing in our games against them earlier this season, although people raved about our performance in the 3-0 win.

    “There wasn’t a lot in it and we scored at the right times, but goals changed games and we took advantage in that particular game.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s highlights as ‘Well beat Accies

    Watch the highlights as Motherwell Under 20s win 3-2 against Hamilton Academical Under 20s at the Excelsior Stadium.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Our defending was suspect

    Under 20s manager Stephen Craigan praised his side going forward but admitted there was more they could do defensively. 

    The Northern Irishman kept his unbeaten record against local rivals Hamilton with a 3-2 victory at the Excelsior Stadium.

    But overall, the manager called for more defensively from his youngsters.

    [pullquote]We certainly looked a threat going forward and we looked as if we would score goals, but we also looked susceptible at times on the counter attack.[/pullquote]

    “It’s always nice to beat your rivals, first and foremost,” he said. “But I would’ve liked us to do it with a little more finesse.

    “But I’m talking largely about a team that haven’t really played together. Barry Maguire stepped up to the first team, Davie Turnbull is away with Scotland which is a great achievement for him.”

    He added: “When you lose players like that from your side and you try to shoehorn players in to positions, you lose a bit of your continuity.

    “At times we played well, but the fact we looked a little bit suspect defensively is a little bit concerning.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    U20s: Motherwell 3-2 Hamilton Accies

    Motherwell under 20s maintained their near four-year unbeaten record against local rivals Hamilton under Stephen Craigan.

    A James Scott brace and neat finish from Alfredo Agyeman secured a 3-2 victory at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie for the Fir Park youngsters.

    Stephen Craigan made seven changes from the disappointing defeat to Ross County at Stirling five days ago.

    Out went Jason Krones, Barry Maguire, Stephen Hendrie, David Turnbull, George Newell, Deimantas Petravičius and Ryan Bowman. They were replaced by Luke Watt, Kyle MacDonald, Adam Livingstone, Ross MacLean, Jamie Semple, James Scott and Alfredo Agyeman.

    And in a controlling first half, Adam Livingstone caused all sorts of problems for the visitors down the left flank, comfortably beating his man on a number of occasions and producing pin-point crosses in to the box.

    In the 18th minute, ‘Well deservedly took the lead when the left wing back crossed for the head of Jamie Semple, who nodded down for James Scott to thunder home from seven yards.

    Nine minutes later though, the game was levelled and in truth it was a composed goal for the visitors.

    Pulling down a neat clipped ball over the top, Ryan Tierney took his time before squaring for Lewis Smith, who finished with aplomb beyond PJ Morrison.

    Livingstone was at the heart of things again when his cross, this time from the right flank after taking a corner, was met by the head of Scott. The big striker nodded his effort on to the bar, but Agyeman was on hand to coolly side foot home.

    Accies were awarded a rather cheap freekick right on the edge of the box and capitalised on it in the 59th minute.

    Ross Cunningham’s freekick clipped the top of the wall, crashing on to the crossbar and, unfortunately, crashing off the helpless Morrison’s back before crossing the line.

    Scott had his second of the game in the 67th minute, racing on to substitute Jason Krones ball over the top, controlling excellently before finishing past Fulton in to the far corner to put ‘Well in front for the third time.

    With just stoppage time remaining, Morrison was adjudged to have handled the ball outside of the box to afford Accies a decent chance to snatch a point. From the freekick, the visitors squared the ball for Marc Kelly, but he scooped his effort over the bar and ultimately squandered a half-decent chance.