There’s live audio commentary available as Motherwell open the Ladbrokes Premiership season at Livingston on Saturday.
The Steelmen head to West Lothian off the back of four straight wins in the Betfred Cup, and having defeated the Lions in the last game in 2018/19.
Supporters anywhere in the world can listen in to the 3pm BST kickoff. To subscribe, head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk.
Stephen Robinson speaks ahead of season opener
Friday 02 August 2019
The Motherwell boss spoke about managing expectations and competition for places, ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership starting at Livingston on Saturday.
Here’s what Stephen Robinson said to the press on Friday morning.
On the season’s aspirations
“My aim is we try and win every single game. No matter who we are are playing, whether it’s Celtic, Livingston, St Mirren, it doesn’t matter.
“It doesn’t always work out like that, of course. But I think we are positive.
“I don’t set real targets. Yeah we do within the coaching staff, we do within the privacy of the dressing room.
“We don’t go shouting our mouths off about what we want to achieve. I think you take it step by step, and then see where you can get to by Christmas time.”
“You’ve seen what we’ve done early on when i was managing. Playing in a style that got us to two cup finals, which was putting balls into the box, getting down the sides of people.
“It was physical at times but that suited the players we had and the players we were able to recruit.
“We’ve done that differently since Christmas. We’ve brought in four wide players. We’ve got a lot of pace. A lot of energy.
“A lot of good, good footballers in the team. We’ve got boys that supplement what we already had.
“I think it will be an exciting brand of football. We will lose games as well, of course. But it will be by being positive.”
On managing expectations
“Expectation is the biggest thing to manage in football.
“First and foremost, we have to stay in the division.That’s our primary aim.
“Within the dressing room and coaching staff, we’ve got bigger aims than that. Much bigger aims than that.
“But we just have to temper that slightly. Take each game as it comes. It’s an old saying. It bores the life out of all you press people, I know.
“But we just have to try and win each game that we go onto the field with.”
On competition for places
“I think there’s a freshness about it. When I first took over, I had to shake it up a little bit. Then that season we got to the cup finals.
“It gives a freshness. You’re not hearing the same thing every day or working with the same people. There’s a real freshness. There’s an energy.
“It’s a young and enthusiastic squad. So it is something to be excited by.
“They are all happy now because they’ve all had games and we’ve been able to move things about and give everybody equal game time.It’s worked well for us but I have to do that.
“Any successful team and squad you have to rotate in modern football now.
“The pace of it. We only go with 20/21 outfield players. So we don’t have a big squad.
“You’re either in the squad or on the bench. Not many players miss out each week. Maybe a couple of the younger squad members.
“So people just have to get used to that. You’re going to be at a football club where you are one of two people fighting for a position.
“There’s not many clubs in the Premiership, or at any other level, where you are going to get that sort of guarantee.
“We’ve got a good squad, a good mentality. People are well aware they are going to have to fight for positions and I will pick who is playing well.”
” I expect very similar [from Livingston]. I think Gary is doing a tremendous job.
“They play to their strengths. They’ve had criticism for it and I don’t think they should have done. I think it’s good management.
“When you’ve got players who put a lot of balls into your box and make you run towards your own goal. They win second balls and are aggressive. And they play more football than people give them credit for.
“So I think they will be the exact same this season. It’s been successful for them.
“We have to match that enthusiasm and endeavour and physicality before we can start trying to play football.”
SWPL1 returns on Sunday with Spartans visit
Thursday 01 August 2019
Motherwell return to SWPL1 action on Sunday after the summer break, with Spartans the visitors to Ravenscraig.
With 11 games played so far in 2019, Donald Jennow’s side sit six in the eight-team table so far and have the chance to overtake Sunday’s opponents with a win.
Tale of the tape
Motherwell have won three, drawn two and lost six so far in the league 2019, scoring 15 and conceding 31 in the process.
Two defeats came just before the break, with title-chasing Hibernian running out comfortable winners before a tight 2-1 defeat to Celtic in the final match.
The women of steel have taken six points from a possible 18 so far at home, having defeated Stirling University and Forfar Farmington.
Spartans sit two points further ahead in the SWPL1 table, and arrested a run of four straight defeats when they ended the first half of the campaign with a 4-0 home win over Stirling University.
Of their five away league matches so far, they’ve won two and lost three.
Head to head
It’s the second league encounter between the two sides this season on Sunday, with Motherwell having lost 3-1 away from home in March.
The two teams have also already met on cup business already in 2019. Spartans were convincing winners on that occasion, racking up five goals without reply at Ravenscraig.
Manager positive going into second half
“There have been changes to the squad over the summer, mainly with a view to bolstering our squad depth,” head coach Donald Jennow said going into the game.
“It’s been a long break, but we are all positive and ready to return to action against an opponent we know we can stand up better against.”
Watch the match
Ravenscraig’s indoor facility is the venue for Sunday’s match, which kicks off at 2.30pm.
Reserves & Under 18s
Colts cup tie to be played at Airdrie
Thursday 01 August 2019
Our Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup match with Spartans will be played at Airdrie on Wednesday, 7 August.
Motherwell’s Colts side were quarter finalists in the competition last season, before falling to Ross County in a thrilling match at Fir Park.
Kick off is at 7.45pm. Fans can pay at the gate. Adult entry costs £10, with concessions going for £5.
Should Maurice Ross’ side progress, they will face Clyde away one week later.
Friday night date for Hearts cup clash
Wednesday 31 July 2019
Our Betfred Cup last 16 clash with Heart of Midlothian will be played on Friday, 16 August.
The game against our fellow Premiership side will be broadcast live on BT Sport and will kick off at 7.45pm.
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.
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Motherwell draw Hearts in Betfred Cup
Sunday 28 July 2019
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.
Betfred Cup draw on Sunday
Sunday 28 July 2019
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:
Heart of Midlothian
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.