Motherwell finished off their league campaign with a resounding win over local rivals Hamilton Academical.
The 3-0 victory claimed a 2oth clean sheet of the season, securing seventh place in the league in the process.
Ahead of next Saturday’s Scottish Cup final, there were wholesale changes for the Fir Parkers. That allowed several players the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up and the bench at Hampden.
Unfortunately, on loan Celtic striker Nadir Çiftçi is ineligible for the final, but signed off with his best ‘Well performance and a goal in each half. Tom Aldred grabbed his first goal for the club to round off a good afternoon’s work, allowing ‘Well fans to celebrate a great season.
With the Cup final and some niggling injuries on his mind, Stephen Robinson made eight changes from the mid-week win at Firhill. As ‘Well’s win over Partick Thistle ensured Accies Premiership survival, it might have reduced this derby match to the level of an end of season friendly.
However, with the ‘Well Bois in the John Hunter stand rehearsing their Cup final repertoire and places on the Hampden pitch up for grabs, Motherwell dominated the match from the start.
Within the first minute, Çiftçi set the tone with a cute backheel which set up the chance for Grimshaw to drive the ball over Ryan Fulton’s crossbar from 20 yards.
Çiftçi was at the heart of the next move nine minutes later. A neat exchange at the edge of the box sent David Turnbull through and his half volley was dipping under the bar until Fulton palmed the ball over.
The on-loan Celtic striker was rewarded for his efforts in the first half hour when he grabbed the opening goal. Gaël Bigirimana, who controlled the centre of the park, found Tait free on the right and his drilled cross was nodded towards goal by Ross McLean. Although his effort was blocked on the line, Çiftçi was on hand to poke the ball home to give ‘Well a deserved lead.
The Steelmen might have doubled their lead after 39 minutes when Turnbull’s corner sped its way through a packed defence to Aldred, who could only deflect the ball over the bar from eight yards.
Another defence splitting pass from Bigirimana sent Elliot Frear racing towards the visitor’s goal but as he looked for support at the edge of the box, the chance was lost.
Two minutes after the break, Accies forced their first and only attempt on goal, but Dougie Imrie’s speculative free kick from 35 yards was comfortably held by Russell Griffiths.
After 56 minutes, Accies showed their intentions by bringing on strike partners Rakish Bingham and Marios Ogkmpoe, who have both scored against ‘Well this season. A few minutes later, Robinson made his first change, replacing the injured Frear with Deimantas Petravičius.
These changes and a subsequent injury, treatment and replacement of Accies sub Ogkmpoe, took the momentum out of the game as both teams struggled to maintain possession.
The introduction of Cedric Kipré after 69 minutes lifted the spirits and voices of the home fans and within a minute ‘Well doubled the lead.
Tait’s throw in found Çiftçi with his back to goal. Determination and a couple of deft touches created some space for the Turkish striker before he guided the ball inside the far post for a terrific goal.
Three minutes later it was 3-0. Bigirimana curled his free kick in behind the visitor’s defence where Tait’s touch took it across goal, leaving Aldred to ram it high into the net for his first goal for the Steelmen.
Six minutes from time, Çiftçi came within a couple of inches of signing off with a hattrick, but his thundering 25 yard drive slammed the top of the crossbar.
Dunne targeting derby win
Friday 11 May 2018
Charles Dunne previews Motherwell’s final Ladbrokes Premiership match of the 2017/18 season against Hamilton Academical.
Players are playing for places
Friday 11 May 2018
Stephen Robinson previews the final Ladbrokes Premiership match of the 2017/18 season, with Hamilton Academical the visitors to Fir Park.
Activating your online ticket account
Thursday 10 May 2018
We’ve modernised the process for purchasing your 2018/19 season ticket, allowing supporters the ability to buy online, as well as using the traditional methods we offered before.
If you would like to renew online, the process is nice and easy. You will receive a customer code either by email or in the post in the coming days. Once you have that, here’s what to do next.
Click on the ‘sign in’ link in the top right hand corner of the ticket home page
Click on the ‘activate my account’ link. Input your customer reference and surname that you have been sent and click the ‘find my account’ button
On the following page, check and update your details and create a password for use on the website. Please note that the address listed here is where your season card(s) will be sent to.
Once this form is complete, click on the ‘save details’ button at the bottom of the page. You will then be directed back to the home page where your registered name and number will appear in place of the ‘my account’ drop down at the top right hand corner – you are now ready to renew your season ticket.
How do I buy tickets for all my family?
If you have more than one code for your family members, then it’s easy to link each other together so that you can purchase for all of you at one time.
Once you are logged in, simply click on ‘my account’ and choose network.
From here, you can either register a new member or you can search for someone by using their customer number and surname.
Once you’ve found them, just press ‘add member’ and you’re done.
If you have family members who haven’t received their code to renew, don’t worry. Just get in touch by emailing email@example.com, sending us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or calling us on 01698 333333. We will be able to give you the rest of the codes you need straight away.
I’m having trouble renewing my tickets
Since this is new to all of us, there may be some little glitches along the way. Don’t worry – we can fix it for you no problem at all. Just get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, sending us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter, or calling us on 01698 333333.
I use the WELLevate scheme but some of the tickets aren’t showing up?
Again, don’t worry. Get in touch using any of the contact methods and we will sort this out for you.
How long is my seat being held for?
All current season ticket seats have been reserved and will remain reserved until the first home match of the 2018/19 season.
Can I still pay by standing order?
Yes you can. This isn’t possible online, but you can still do this by phone, by post or by visiting the ticket office.
Online you can pay by credit/debit card, or use our Zebra Finance option.
I don’t have a season ticket – can I buy one?
Absolutely. Just create a new account at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk. You’ll then be able to pick your seat from those currently available at Fir Park.
I’ve bought my ticket. When will I get my season card?
We will start issuing season cards in late June, well ahead of the start of the season. You can choose to have yours sent by recorded delivery for £2.50 when you buy, or you can come in to collect for free. We will let you know when cards are available.
Ladies net six in Fir Park debut
Thursday 10 May 2018
The women of steel hit six goals for the fifth time this season as well as another clean sheet as they defeated Edinburgh University Hutchinson Vale 6-0 at Fir Park on Wednesday night.
The league leaders won convincingly in their debut match at Fir Park to extend their stay at the top of SWPL 2.
The Steelwomen nearly got off to a perfect start as Sammy Hare got on the end of a Megan Burns cross, but her shot was just inches wide of the post.
The ladies seemed to make full use of the width of the Fir Park pitch with Caitlin Russell and Emma Black causing havoc down the wings.
As the game entered the 20th minute, Motherwell battered the EUHV defence and was rewarded with the first goal of the match. Russell put the hosts in front with 22 minutes played. The defence didn’t deal with the ball and it fell to Russell who poked it into the net.
It didn’t take long for the ladies to double their advantage; they did so in the 33rd minute with Russell grabbing her second of the match. A brilliant cross into the box by Black was met by the head of Russell who powered home her header to put the ‘Well 2-0 up.
EUHV had their chances to get back into the game, Anna Hume with the best chance of the game so far for the Edinburgh side, she was played in one on one against the keeper as the Motherwell defence was split open by a through ball. Her initial shot was blocked but then hit the deck seeking a penalty, the referee waved play on and she had another shot on goal as the defence struggled to clear their lines but it was well saved by Johnstone.
EUHV came close again with Hume being involved once more as Katherine Smart intercepted a slack ball and proceeded to start the counter attack; picking out Hume with a lovely through ball but to Motherwell’s relief, the linesman flagged the pass as offside to stop a certain one on one.
The first half would come to a close with Motherwell creating the better chances, Sammy Hare came close but could only find the side netting and despite plenty Motherwell shirts in the box, Megan Burns and Hayley Cunningham’s crosses were dealt with by the Vale defence.
Motherwell went in at the interval with a two goal advantage as the rain continued to bombard with Fir Park turf.
The Steelwomen started the second half picking up from where they left off in being the more attacking force in the game; however EUHV came out with a point to prove and started strongly as well.
The first real chance of the half fell to Cunningham who crashed one off the bar. Spotting Lessells in the Vale goal off her line, she tried her luck from range, the ball floated over the head of Lessells but clipped the bar and back into play.
Continued chances followed for the women of steel and they got their reward with two quick-fire goals in a matter of seconds in the 54th minute. The first goal was courtesy of Sammy Hare who headed home from a Black cross, to put the hosts three nil up with a glancing header.
The second came as Captain Suzanne Mulvey added her name to the scoresheet, the former Scotland international picked the ball up from outside the box and hit a low driven shot into the bottom right corner, a finish that Lessells could do little about.
As the half progressed it was still Motherwell who were the dominant team as they looked in full control of the game, constantly attacking the EUHV goal and looking to win every ball as if their lives depended on it.
Motherwell scored the fifth goal with ten minutes to play, Sammy Hare grabbed herself another, getting on the end of deep cross into the box in which she controlled and brought down with her right foot before smashing her shot into the roof of the net.
The second half rout concluded in the 87th minute as new permanent signing Megan Burns produced a rocket which flew into the top left corner, a right footed shot from a long way out and a shot that the keeper could do very little about as it was sweetly struck by her right foot.
The game would conclude under the Fir Park lights with Motherwell continuing to be the dominant side in possession as the referee blew his final whistle.
The Fir Parkers had hit six goals yet again in a dominant performance as well as making it an incredible 420 minutes since they last conceded a goal. As well as yet another clean sheet, it was a fantastic win all round for the ladies who continue their push for promotion to the top flight.
Next up is Hearts at Braidhurst High School on Sunday, 13 May.
Renew your season ticket now
Wednesday 09 May 2018
The 2017/18 season has already been one to remember. Whatever happens next, the campaign will give us strong foundations to build upon in 2018/19.
We have a team who embody the spirit of our town. Hard working grafters who never, ever stop giving their all. Honest players who know exactly what the football club means to all our supporters. A squad who don’t listen to what other people have to say and just get on with the job.
Much of our success is down to the great backing you give us from the stands week in, week out. That’s why we’re asking you to keep fuelling the fire and get your season ticket for the next campaign.
This year it’s even easier to do so. You’ll be able to enjoy early bird prices and the convenience of buying quickly and easily online at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk. There’s also the option to purchase by post, at Fir Park or on the telephone added.
If you are an existing season ticket holder, information on how to renew online will be sent to you by email or by post in the coming days.
The summer will be spent looking to improve upon the great foundations we have laid down. We want to come back for the 2018/19 campaign with the same momentum we’ve taken through the previous season.
We hope that you too want to renew your season ticket and continue your unwavering support as we look to create even more memories.
Many of our great deals from past seasons have been retained. Juvenile tickets have been frozen at £20, and those who purchase adult or concession season tickets can still get up to two juvenile season tickets for free.
We have invested ahead of the new season in a new ticketing platform, using Ticketmaster software, which will allow us to drastically modernise how ticketing works at Motherwell FC. You can now buy your season ticket or match tickets online. The club will be able to manage data on supporters far more efficiently and effectively. And you will also see changes to how you get into the stadium, with your season ticket card or match tickets being scanned at the gate.
A survey of Well Society members earlier this year told us that 75% believed the current ticketing system at the club was not fit for purpose. Furthermore, 73% told us they would like the ability to buy their tickets either on their computers or using their smartphones. We have responded to supporter feedback in making these changes.
To help towards the cost of these investments, we have marginally increased the price of our adult and concession season tickets. Match ticket prices for adults will also increase in season 2018/19 by £1 across the board.
These small increases will also go towards helping to further entice the fan of the future along to games. In addition to retaining our £20 juvenile season ticket and family scheme, kids will be able to get into matches on a game-by-game basis for £3. This is vastly reduced from previous prices and we hope that all fans will welcome this change.
SEASON TICKET PRICES
Phil O’Donnell Stand
Davie Cooper Stand
John Hunter Stand
Scottish Premiership match ticket prices for 2018/19
Phil O’Donnell Stand
Davie Cooper Stand
John Hunter Stand
Concessions are applicable to those aged 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
Juveniles are applicable to those aged 15 and under.
Family tickets are for one adult and two children
Ways to pay
As before, there are many ways to pay for your season ticket.
If you choose to pay by phone, you can pay up front by cash, cheque or debit/credit card. You can also take out a standing order or use our Zebra Finance option.
A message from the chairman, Jim McMahon
Dear season ticket holder,
Thank you for your incredible support in the 2017/18 season. I am sure you will agree that we have had one of our more enjoyable campaigns in recent times, playing a clearly identifiable brand of football and reaching two cup finals in one season for the first time since the 1950/51 season.
It is now time to look ahead to the campaign that lies ahead in 2018/19 as we ask you to once again renew your season ticket.
On the pitch, your continued support will help the manager add to the talented group he has assembled, with a view to more success over the coming months.
Off the field, your backing has also played a huge part in key infrastructure improvements we have started to make. The most relevant in this context is the introduction of Ticketmaster as our ticketing partner.
Bringing Ticketmaster on board will now allow us to do several modern things we have long wished to do. You will, for the first time, be able to renew your season ticket online and manage your account throughout the season. We are also replacing your season book with a season card from this season onwards. Supporters will also be able to buy match tickets using the system from the comfort of their own homes and even print their tickets at home.
We will also be making a change to how you get into Fir Park but the process should be smooth. From next season, our turnstile operators will scan your season card and then you’ll be in.
All of these improvements will stand us in great stead for the future and I hope you will see a positive difference very quickly.
These changes are being made as a direct result of feedback we sought from you – the fans. You told us our current way of selling tickets wasn’t fit for purpose and you told us you wanted to embrace more modern methods to make purchases. We’ve responded to this. Many of you also said you wanted to still to be able to come into the ticket office to buy and some also told us they still wanted to be able to pay at the gate. This will continue to remain the case.
Motherwell is our club. Owned by its supporters and allowed to continue to thrive as a result of your continued, exceptional backing. We appreciate your ongoing support, your feedback and your passion for our team. I hope that you will renew with us for the 2018/19 campaign as we look to build upon the brilliant work which was undertaken in the previous season.
Let’s add more fuel to the fire.
A message from the manager, Stephen Robinson
The 2017/18 campaign, I am sure you will agree, has been a remarkable one for our football club.
Reaching two cup finals for the first time since the 1950/51 is an exceptional achievement. A 67-year gap in repeating the feat shows how unique it is for a club of our size.
At the time of writing, the Scottish Cup final is yet to be played and we could be history makers for a whole other reason, hopefully making new heroes to go along with the cup winning sides of 1951, 1952 and 1991.
We are already starting to make strides towards how our squad will look in the 2018/19 season. We have built great foundations here this campaign with our squad and implementing our style of play. We have a true identity as a result. Our ambition going forward is to further enhance the squad and that identity.
Your continued support is obviously crucial to where we want to get to. You’ve turned out in your numbers already for us and we hope we’ve given you something in return that will encourage you to continue to invest in us up front by purchasing a season ticket.
We have a reputation for how we play that we have backed up with our performances. I hope that you will back us and add more fuel to the fire in the 2018/19 season, as we look to step things up to the next level.
Highlights from Firhill
Tuesday 08 May 2018
The best of the action as Ryan Bowman’s second half header hands the Steelmen all three points.
Players react to win over Thistle
Tuesday 08 May 2018
Ryan Bowman, Trevor Carson and David Turnbull react as the team equal the club’s clean sheet record in a 1-0 win at Partick Thistle.
Robinson: We deserved the win
Tuesday 08 May 2018
Stephen Robinson hailed the character of his side as they bounced back from Saturday’s disappointments with a 1-0 victory against Partick Thistle.
It equalled the Steelmen’s club record of 19 clean sheets in a season whilst tightening the grip on seventh place.
And the Northern Irishman reflected on his side’s hard-fought win at Firhill.
“I didn’t think we started the game all that brightly,” he admitted. “Trevor has a great save to keep it 0-0, but after that we grew in to the game.
“We started to get some rhythm after the change of shape in the second half and I thought we were terrific.”
He added: “There was fight and desire to equal the club clean sheet record of 19 and we thoroughly deserved the win.
“Partick are a side throwing absolutely everything at us and I think the performance and the result showed our great character tonight.”
Partick Thistle 0-1 Motherwell
Tuesday 08 May 2018
Motherwell made it a record-equalling night as they claimed a win and a 19th clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win at Partick Thistle.
Ryan Bowman’s headed goal in the second half also made him the Steelmen’s top scorer in the 2017/18 season.
The first half passed relatively without incident, but Trevor Carson was called into action on a number of occasions.
With just eight minutes gone, the Northern Ireland international had to be alert to keep out Ryan Edwards’ header from Kris Doolan’s cross.
Just after the half hour mark, Carson was called upon again. Woods’ effort from outside the area was beaten away by the goalkeeper, with Charles Dunne then on hand to clear before Doolan could pounce.
The half time introduction of Gael Bigirimana and a change in shape sparked the visitors into life.
David Turnbull, making his first start, tied Edwards in knots down the right side of the area to create a chance for Chris Cadden, but his shot was blocked at source.
The youngster then turned creator. Motherwell won a free kick on the right side of the area, which Turnbull stepped up to take.
His perfectly floated delivery sailed towards a number of players in black, but it was Bowman who won the header to open the scoring.
The Steelmen immediately went on the hunt for a second. Curtis Main was next to try his luck, with his delicate chip from just outside the area just dipping over the bar.
With Cédric Kipré off the pitch receiving treatment, Thistle looked to capitalise. Christie Elliott was next to try his luck, with his long-distance effort swerving in the air and Carson coping well to beat it away.
Both sides continued to push forward. Thistle continued to find the odd pocket of space for shots from distance, however, which continued to cause concern.
The hosts then had a glorious chance with 10 to go. Kipré’s slip allowed Miles Storey to drive at goal down the left unmarked. With room to shoot, he aimed with a ferocious effort towards the far post but it fizzed wide.
With five minutes added on, Thistle pushed desperately to get at least a point to help them in their fight against the drop.
Two minutes in, they had their chance. Spittal found himself room with a header 12 yards from goal but he could only place it straight at a grateful Carson.