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  • Club

    Remembering Paul McGrillen

  • Club

    Motherwell partner with British Heart Foundation

  • First team

    Motherwell draw Hearts in Betfred Cup

  • First team

    Betfred Cup draw on Sunday

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell put four past Annan

  • First team

    Manager speaks after win over Annan

  • First team

    Motherwell end group with Annan win

  • Club

    Motherwell partner with First Vehicle Leasing

  • First team

    Manager: Patience is key

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reece McAlear joins Norwich City

  • Club

    Remembering Paul McGrillen

    Ten years ago, Paul McGrillen took his own life.

    The former Motherwell player left behind wife Michelle, children Joshua and Chloe, and a devastated wider family.

    To mark the anniversary of his death, the family are walking Tinto Hill on Saturday, 3 August. As well as remembering Paul, they also aim to raise money for SAMH, Scotland’s mental health charity.

    You can donate to the family’s fundraising efforts for SAMH here. There is also further information on the walk available here.

  • Club

    Motherwell partner with British Heart Foundation

    Motherwell partner with British Heart Foundation

    Motherwell Football Club are delighted to announce British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland as our official shorts sponsor for the first team.

    The BHF was set up in 1961 and is the biggest independent funder of research into heart and circulatory diseases.

    Heart and circulatory diseases cause around three in 10 (30 per cent) of all deaths in Scotland. That’s nearly 50 people per day, or 1,440 per month.

    Their cause is hugely important to our football club. We lost our captain, Phil O’Donnell, to heart failure in 2007. Heart diseases also affect many in our community.

    Since the BHF was established, the annual number of heart and circulatory deaths in Scotland has fallen by half. Advances in research have saved and improved millions of lives.

    But heart diseases, strokes, vascular dementia and their risk factors, such as diabetes, still cause heartbreak on every street. BHF’s vision is a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory diseases.

    BHF Scotland is currently funding £66m of research into heart and circulatory disease across Scotland, including at its Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh. They also fund research at universities in St Andrews, Dundee and Aberdeen.

    “We are absolutely delighted to be working alongside Motherwell Football Club,” James Cant, BHF Scotland director, said.

    “The club has a fantastic fan base and plays a hugely positive role in the local community. This partnership will help us raise awareness of the importance of tackling heart and circulatory diseases.

    “Every year in Scotland around 17,000 lives are lost to these conditions. That’s more than the capacity of Fir Park.

    “We want this to change. We have made phenomenal progress over the years but we’re determined to do more.

    “Here in Scotland, we are currently funding £66m of research spearheaded by our pioneering scientists, including at our Centres of Research Excellence in Glasgow and Edinburgh. That’s made possible thanks to the generous support of the public.

    “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to link up with Motherwell FC and we look forward to working together to help beat heartbreak forever.“

    Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with BHF Scotland, a cause very close to our club.

    “We are looking forward to promoting their cause, and making sure we can work together to help towards their goal of eradicating heart diseases.”

    The BHF’s goal is to beat heart and circulatory diseases forever. Text GOAL to 70123 to donate £3 to help fund life saving research.

    *You will be charged £3. British Heart Foundation will receive 100% of this charge. You will also be charged one message at your standard network rate by your network provider.

  • First team

    Motherwell draw Hearts in Betfred Cup

    Motherwell draw Hearts in Betfred Cup

    Motherwell will host Hearts in the last 16 of the 2019/20 Betfred Cup.

    After topping our group with a 100% record, scoring 13 goals without reply in the process, the visit of the Gorgie side will follow.

    The match will be played on the weekend of 17/18 August. A confirmed date and kick off time will follow shortly.

  • First team

    Betfred Cup draw on Sunday

    Betfred Cup draw on Sunday

    Motherwell will find out their Betfred Cup last 16 opponents on Sunday evening.

    The Steelmen are seeded for the draw, which will take place after the Dundee v Inverness CT game on BT Sport after 5pm.

    The 2017 finalists can face only unseeded teams in the draw. Our potential opponents are:

    • Partick Thistle
    • Dunfermline Athletic
    • Heart of Midlothian
    • Forfar Athletic
    • Hamilton Academical
    • Greenock Morton

    Depending on results on Sunday, two clubs from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Dundee and East Fife will also be potential opponents.

    Motherwell will avoid European participants Aberdeen, Celtic, Kilmarnock and Rangers, as well as fellow group winners Hibernian, Livingston and Ross County.

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell put four past Annan

    Liam Donnelly grabbed another two goals, with Liam Polworth and James Scott also netting, as Motherwell end the Betfred Cup group stage with a fourth win from four.

  • First team

    Manager speaks after win over Annan

    “Eventually our quality shone through.”

    Stephen Robinson speaks after the 4-0 win over Annan Athletic.

  • First team

    Motherwell end group with Annan win

    Motherwell end group with Annan win

    Liam Donnelly’s double help set up Motherwell for a fourth straight victory to comfortably win their Betfred Cup section.

    Liam Polworth also netted in the first half, before James Scott added a fourth late on.

    Although Annan manfully stuck to their task to limit the scoreline until Donnelly and Scott grabbed two in the final minutes, ‘Well’s goal difference particularly on the back of having conceded no goals, sees the Steelmen progress to the last 16 as the best seeded team from the section stage.

    Stephen Robinson, still rotating his squad ahead of next week’s Premiership kick-off, included Jamie Semple and Jake Carroll from the start amongst six changes, with striker Christopher Long making his home debut.

    It was also a first ever Fir Park appearance for Annan, but the hosts showed little hospitality, as they pressed the League One side inside their own half from the start.

    Annan ‘keeper Lyle Avci was called into action almost immediately happy to beat away Jake Carroll’s curling free kick after only two minutes. Charles Dunne then tried his luck from 35 yards but even on the wet surface his low drive posed no real threat to Avci.

    With the Galabank side solidly lined up with two banks of four, ‘Well showed great patience in possession probing to get in behind the visitor’s defence.

    However, having defended stoutly for the first 20 minutes the Annan rearguard failed to deal with Long’s low cross and as the ball rolled around the six yard mark, Donnelly lashed it high into the net for his 3rd goal of the campaign.

    That failed to change the pattern of the game and with Annan sticking to their game plan, and their out ball to the ex Hearts’ striker Christian Nade occupying Dunne and Hartley, there was little goalmouth action until the final minutes of the first half.

    Five minutes from the interval Mark Gillespie got his first taste of the action when he held an angled drive from Scott McLean.

    A couple of half chances came the way of Liam Grimshaw and Jamie Semple before ‘Well doubled the lead a minute from the break.

    Christopher Long was again involved racing through the centre of the Athletic defence. Although his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper at the edge of the box, the ball broke for Liam Polworth who guided it inside the post for his first goal in claret and amber.

    The goal scorer didn’t reappear for the second half with another summer recruit Casper Sloth coming on for his debut.

    Sherwin Seedorf, eager to cut in from the left, fired a couple of shots towards Avci’s goal without testing the ‘keeper. The Dutch winger finally hit the target after 58 minutes when, after a terrific run and exchange with Ilic, Grimshaw’s incisive pass played in Seedorf but his firm shot was brilliantly blocked by Avci.

    That was Seedorf’s final touch, Jermain Hylton taking his place on the left wing after 66 minutes.

    Annan, though, remained resolute in their defending and Robinson made another substitution three minutes later James Scott taking over the striking role from Long. With his first touch from 20 yards, Scott’s powerful drive forced a diving save from Avci and when Hylton rifled the rebound towards goal the ‘keeper produced a great reflex save to palm the ball over his crossbar.

    As the game entered the final 10 minutes the visitors came close to breaking Gillespie’s run of clean sheets, with Lewis McLear passing up a great chance from 8 yards.

    Five minutes from time Gillespie had to dive across his goal and block Kyle Wilkie’s effort to keep his goal intact.

    However, Annan’s brave attempts were not rewarded with a consolation goal and instead the border’s side conceded another two goals in the dying minutes.

    With Hylton probing for some space to shoot the ball found its way to Donnelly, who revelling in his new midfield role, thumped the ball home from 12 yards to claim his fourth of the tournament. A minute later Scott added a fourth goal, swerving the ball beyond Avci for a great finish to the game and the Betfred Cup section games.

  • Club

    Motherwell partner with First Vehicle Leasing

    Motherwell partner with First Vehicle Leasing

    We’re delighted to extend our partnership with First Vehicle Leasing (FVL) for the next two seasons.

    FVL’s aim is to provide the best car leasing solutions and unbeatable service for customers across the UK. From Fiats to Ferraris, they can supply any make or model, with affordable monthly rental agreements to suit every budget.

    With almost 20 years’ experience, FVL are industry experts and work with leading finance companies to offer low prices and flexible mileage options to suit.

    You can choose from their wide range of in-stock vehicles, or have yours made to order and delivered to your door.

    To find your perfect car, visit FVL today at firstvehicleleasing.co.uk/car-leasing.

  • First team

    Manager: Patience is key

    Stephen Robinson spoke to the media on Friday morning, ahead of the weekend’s final Betfred Cup match with Annan Athletic.

    The Motherwell boss covered the game itself, as well as new signing Christy Manzinga, the departure of Danny Johnson and the potential for further additions.

    On Annan Athletic

    “I think it is going to be a tough game. There’s not been loads in their games.

    “Morton scored late goals against Annan. Dumbarton only beat them by a goal. No game is easy.

    “You seen Crusaders against Wolves last night. If a team sits in, no matter what quality you have it’s very, very difficult to break them down. As we found against Dumbarton, as we found against Queen of the South as well.

    “We are going to have to be patient. We have to move the ball quickly and hope that our forward players can produce a little bit of magic.

    “But again, patience will be the key.”

    On Christy Manzinga

    Yeah we’ve had Christy [Manzinga] for over a month now. He’s really impressed me.

    “He’s like Cedric [Kipré]. A little bit older, but he’s had to wait for his opportunity.

    “He’s really exciting, I think. He’s a gamble worth taking. Really quick, really strong. Gives us another option as a number nine and in wide areas.

    “It’ll still be another month or so before we see him on the pitch. But I feel he will be a decent signing for us if he progresses.”

    On Danny Johnson

    “Danny [Johnson] hasn’t played for me since Ross County in the cup in January. He hasn’t started a game.

    “He’s a brilliant boy, Danny. He has been exemplary with his attitude. Some players when they’re not in the team aren’t. But he has been.

    “It was unfair of me to keep him here and not make him a starter. All he wants to do is play football. His attitude has been tremendous at the football club.

    “He scored some important goals for us as well. But the direction I am moving in, I didn’t see Danny playing for me.And it’s important to be fair to him as well.

    “That’s what we’ve done and he goes with our very best wishes. A very good professional.”

    On potential further additions

    “There’s still a couple of things ongoing as well, as I’ve said previously.

    “It has to be the right person. It has to be a starter.

    “We are not going to bring in and fill the squad. We’ve got younger boys in the background we feel can make up that squad.

    “It has to be the right person. So we will be patient.

    “There’s still a few more weeks left. There may be something done further down the line.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reece McAlear joins Norwich City

    Reece McAlear joins Norwich City

    Reece McAlear has left Motherwell to join Norwich City on a permanent basis, subject to international clearance.

    The 17-year-old will join the East Anglian side after 13 months as a professional at Fir Park.

    Motherwell tried to secure the player on a longer contract during the summer, but it was clear that any extended stay beyond May 2020 was extremely unlikely.

    Despite that, several approaches from Norwich were rejected, before terms were finally agreed on a deal which gives the club a short-term cash injection, coupled with the ability to claim future money should the player develop further.

    “It is very much our hope that the player development pathway we provide at Motherwell results in our academy graduates progressing to professional level, then eventually into the first team,” chief executive Alan Burrows explained.

    “We had high hopes for Reece. He was getting closer and closer and indeed, played several first-team friendly matches during pre-season. We had positive conversations with the player, his family and his representatives about extending his stay.

    “However, it was clear this was an opportunity Reece wanted to explore and probably would’ve explored, when his contract expired at the end of the season, had we not managed to agree a deal with Norwich now.

    “This will see the club secure cash in advance, as well as maintaining some economic rights should his career continue to develop.

    “It also demonstrates clearly the excellent work of our scouting and coaching staff, and further emphasises Motherwell as the club for young footballers to progress.”

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to thank Reece for his time at Fir Park and wish him every success in his future career.