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  • First team

    Opposition report: A look at Aberdeen

  • Club

    Alan Burrows named SPFL CEO of the year

  • First team

    ‘Aberdeen are a real test for us’

  • Women

    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

  • First team

    Motherwell v Aberdeen live stream available

  • Women

    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

  • First team

    Declan Gallagher is Tullibardine player of the month

  • First team

    Rangers tickets now available

  • First team

    Next up: Aberdeen

  • First team

    Duo feature for Scotland Under 21s

  • First team

    Opposition report: A look at Aberdeen

    Opposition report: A look at Aberdeen

    Aberdeen are Saturday’s visitors to Fir Park, as third-placed Motherwell take on the fourth-placed Dons in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    Here’s the lowdown on our opponents.

    The story so far

    Fourth in the league with eight games played, on paper Aberdeen are sitting strong, even if recent results of late have dipped.

    Injuries and suspensions are starting to rack up. Lewis Ferguson and Curtis Main miss Saturday’s match through suspension, after picking up red cards in their last match with Hibernian.

    Midfielders  Funso Ojo, Craig Bryson and Stephen Gleeson have been out injured, although the latter two have stepped up their recoveries. Ash Taylor also remains out, as does Scott Wright.

    Form guide

    Aberdeen have won one of their last five, with a 2-0 win at Livingston putting a positive result in their run.

    Home draws with Hibernian and St Johnstone have also been picked up. Cup defeat to Hearts on penalties, and a 5-0 loss at Rangers in the league, make up their last five.

    How they shaped up last time

    Lewis Ferguson and Curtis Main will definitely be missing from the team which drew 1-1 with Hibernian last time out.

    Three to watch

    Joe Lewis

    A mainstay between the sticks for the Dons so far this season, Joe Lewis will be looking to go one better than last season in which he played in all but one of Aberdeen’s 38 Scottish Premiership fixtures.

    Committing his future by signing a new five-year contract during the summer, the 32-year-old has set his sights on winning silverware with the Reds.

    Lewis has already accumulated three clean sheets in league action so far, though he’s had to pick the ball out on the net on 10 occasions – a figure inflated by the five goals conceded in the heavy defeat to Rangers – the first time the former Cardiff keeper has conceded five goals in his time with the Reds.

    Ryan Hedges

    After helping Barnsley earn promotion to the Sky Bet Championship last season, winger Ryan Hedges opted to turn down a new deal with the Oakwell side and instead opted to join Aberdeen on a three-year contract.

    The Welsh international got off to a great start when he came off the bench to net the winner against Hearts on his Scottish Premiership debut and he’s added further goals against Ross County and St Johnstone.

    Hedges has won three caps for his country and his most recent appearances was also his first start for Wales – winning the man-of-the-match award in a 1-0 success over Trinidad and Tobago.

    Sam Cosgrove

    There can be little doubt that Aberdeen would be much worse off without the goals of Sam Cosgrove.

    The former Carlisle striker has netted 14 times in 15 appearances so far, including a Europa League hat-trick against FC Chikhura Sachkhere. He carried his scoring streak form into the league fixtures and has scored half of the Dons’ 10 league goals.

    It’s been the perfect response to the critics who jumped on his slow start to his career with Aberdeen. After failing to score in his first 16 appearances there were suggestions that the powerful forward wasn’t capable of making the step up.

    Those doubts have been well and truly put to bed now as his next 43 matches have brought an incredible 35 goals – an average of a goal every 110 minutes.

  • Club

    Alan Burrows named SPFL CEO of the year

    Alan Burrows named SPFL CEO of the year

    Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows has been recognised as the SPFL’s CEO of the Year at the prestigious Football Business Awards.

    A chief executive from the four English senior leagues, and the Scottish top flight, have all been recognised and are all now in contention to win the overall CEO of the Year prize.

    The other finalists for this year’s awards are Peter Moore (Liverpool FC), Mark Ashton (Bristol City FC), Gary Sweet (Luton Town) and Carolyn Radford (Mansfield Town).

    Burrows has been recognised by industry publication fcbusiness for his leadership throughout the 2018/19 season. He will receive his award at a ceremony on 28 November at City Central at the HAC in London.

    Recognising the valuable contribution of the game’s executives in the UK has seen fcbusiness present the CEO of the Year Award each year since 2012, with previous winners including Ian Ayre (Liverpool), David Baldwin (Burnley FC), Daniel Levy (Tottenham Hotspur), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal), Karren Brady (West Ham United), Mark Catlin, (Portsmouth) and Tony Scholes (Stoke City) to name a few.

    Speaking of the nominations, fcbusiness editor and Football Business Awards judge, Aaron Gourley, said: “This year’s CEO of the Year sponsored by Reznor represents the very best in football business.

    “The five divisional winners are without doubt the best in their leagues and have shown outstanding leadership over the course of the 2018/19 season.

    “The pressure on football clubs each year to improve both on and off the pitch calls for leadership of the highest level and these five nominees represent that.

    “The CEO of the Year award is one of the most prized in football and through their hard work and dedication each of the nominees has led their respective clubs to achieve outstanding performances both on and off the pitch.”

    Speaking of his award, the Motherwell chief executive added: “I am exceptionally honoured to win this award.

    “It was a great but welcome surprise, and I am thankful to those at fcbusiness and the Football Business Awards for the recognition.”

    Richard Leese, Managing Director UK & Belgium for CEO of the Year sponsor, Reznor, said: “Reznor are proud to sponsor the CEO of the Year awards, celebrating the very best of football, recognising their commitment and dedication on and off the pitch.

    Simon Burton, founder of the Football Business Awards, added: “Football clubs aren’t just businesses – they are global brands and community assets. It takes a special type of leadership to steer them and we are delighted to celebrate these wonderful CEO’s at the Football Business Awards.”

  • First team

    ‘Aberdeen are a real test for us’

    Stephen Robinson spoke to the broadcast media on Friday, ahead of the clash with Aberdeen at Fir Park.

    The Motherwell boss talked about the international break, Declan Gallagher’s form and the challenge Aberdeen will pose.

    On the international break

    “I think that it was seven or eight [players] away, which is hard to work with at times.

    “But we’ve got so many good young players at the club. It gives them a chance to be up with the first team and you know, you’re starting to get to know the boys that are 15 and 16 and that are in on day release from school as well.

    “And they are training with people like Peter Hartley, you know, so it’s real experience for them. So, yeah, yu can’t do loads of tactical work, but you can certainly bring the club together.”

    On Declan Gallagher’s call-up for Scotland

    “Really pleased for him. I think he thoroughly deserved it.

    “He’s been a real standout performer for us this season and he’s worked very very hard. You know, he’s come in and he’s improved and I think he’s got better and better with each game.

    “He’s taken more and more responsibility and he’s becoming a complete player at our level so he’s got his just rewards.

    “He didn’t get game time, but that’s just the start. You know, he’s got his call-up. And what he has to do is keep working harder, keep improving and he will be on Steve’s radar.

    On the form so far

    “I think we’ve got a driven squad of players. We are very young and very much a work in progress.

    “We won’t get too carried away with what we’ve done. It’s eight games into the season.

    “We’ve started well. I think we can continue to improve, you know, if we can put a full 90 minutes of the quality that we seen against St Mirren, we will be a decent side. But we are yet to do that, so we’re still trying to achieve that.

    “I think Aberdeen are a very good side. They’ve got a very good coaching staff in Derek and Tony as well.

    “It’s third versus fourth at the moment. It’s only eight games as I said, the league table doesn’t matter too much at the moment, but it’s a test for us. A real test for us.

    “We’ve been very good lately and you know, we’ll have the rise to that occasion again and match the physical element Aberdeen bring with it as well, and then try and take the game to them.

    “I don’t think it’s just Aberdeen we have to beat. A win for us at this stage of the season, and to stay up in the top regions of the league, is vitally important for us. But I won’t read too much into it all of a sudden we if we manage to beat Aberdeen and then say ‘we’re definitely going to finish third’.

    “That’s not the way we look at it. We try and build each week, each game try and keep improving.”

    On injuries in the camp

    “We’ve got a couple of knocks and bruises, which is always a danger when you run with such a small squad that we have.

    “Mark O’Hara and Jake Carroll both are maybe struggling a little bit for tomorrow. It may come again too soon for them. They picked up little niggles during the international break.

    “Obviously Charles Dunne, David Turnbull, David Devine are the long-term injuries, and Liam Donnelly is suspended. So we’re down to the bare bones, so to speak, and everyone will be utilised in the squad tomorrow.

    On competition for places

    “I genuinely believe there’s still a lot more to come, especially from our forward players.

    “I think probably for the first time this week, I could probably start both wide players if I chose to.

    “Obviously James Scott playing in that area of the pitch scored a wonder goal the other week. So now I’ve got real competition.

    “I think before that I could only start either Sherwin or Jermaine, because I didn’t think they could give me 90 minutes.

    “Now I think we’re getting to that stage and we’ve used the international break really well to get to that stage. So we’ve got some difficult team selections now to come.”

  • Women

    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

    ‘Well lose seven-goal thriller at Rangers

    Motherwell were made to pay for an off-colour performance as they slumped to a 4-3 defeat against Rangers on Wednesday night in SWPL1.

    Looking to bounce back from defeat in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final to Hibernian at the weekend, the women of steel headed to the Rangers Training Centre knowing a win would keep up the pressure on the side they’re chasing in fourth spot.

    The opening spell of the game saw the hosts have all the ball. The first effort from Motherwell came from captain Georgie Rafferty, as her free-kick was held by Nicolson in goals.

    Inevitably, Rangers broke the deadlock on 25 minutes. Napier tapped in at the back post after she found herself free in the box.

    Motherwell were camped in their own half, with Morgan Hunter making two fine diving saves to keep the ball out of the net.

    Just before the break, Rangers’ lead was doubled when Boyce blasted the ball into the net, Hunter’s previous block only pushing the ball into the path of the on-rushing forward.

    The second half saw Brown sent off for the hosts after an altercation with Lauren Doran-Barr on the hour mark, and it gave the visitors a way back into the game. Rachel Connor scored on her debut just after, as she raced through on goal to place the ball into the far corner.

    But Gregory Vignal’s side managed to extend their lead further on 67 minutes. Bourma put the home side back in the driving seat, working her way through the defence and finishing well in to the far corner to put Rangers 3-1 up.

    In a match filled with defensive errors, Abby Callaghan found herself one-on-one with Nicolson and she calmly finished with 15 minutes to go to give the women of a steel a chance of taking a point.

    But, in the 82nd minute, Brownlie floated in an excellent cross on the counter-attack that was headed home by Gemmell to make it 4-2 and seal the points.

    Callaghan was sent through on goal in the last few seconds, slotting home to make it 4-3 as she scored her third in a week, but it was too little, too late for Motherwell.

    Head coach Donald Jennow admitted his side’s display wasn’t what he had come to expect.

    “To be honest, it just wasn’t good enough,” he said. “For everyone involved, it wasn’t anywhere near the standards we set as a group.

    “We didn’t work as hard as them, we sat far too deep. Ultimately, we didn’t do ourselves justice today.”

    The ‘Well boss however did take positives from a debut goal from Rachel Connor and a brace for Abby Callaghan.

    “It was good for both on a personal level, it is good to have you forward scoring and Abby is doing that at the moment,” he added.

    “We now need to focus on Sunday and the trip to face Celtic, who have been tough opponents this season.”

    Motherwell: Hunter, Roberts, Rafferty, Rolph, Doran-Barr, Connor, Adams, Cairney, McEachran, Gardner, Callaghan.

    Subs: Vincenti, Otto, Munro, Montgomery, Inglis, Fyfe.

  • First team

    Motherwell v Aberdeen live stream available

    Motherwell v Aberdeen live stream available

    There’s live video and audio available from Motherwell v Aberdeen on Saturday.

    We’ve a live stream of the match available to viewers outside of the UK and Ireland for just £12 a month.

    To subscribe and get all Motherwell home matches – and the majority of away games – head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk now and sign up.

    If you’re in the UK or Ireland and can’t make it, don’t worry. We’ve also got live audio commentary of the match for just £5.99 a month.

    Head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to sign up. Just choose the UK/Ireland commentary option.

    2019/20 Motherwell streaming service matches

    DateMatchService available
    19 October 2019Motherwell v AberdeenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    27 October 2019Rangers v MotherwellLive audio only
    30 October 2019Motherwell v KilmarnockLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    2 November 2019Motherwell v LivingstonLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    10 November 2019Celtic v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    23 November 2019Hibernian v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    30 November 2019Motherwell v St JohnstoneLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    4 December 2019St Mirren v MotherwellLive audio only
    7 December 2019Motherwell v HeartsLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 December 2019Motherwell v RangersLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 December 2019Kilmarnock v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    26 December 2019Ross County v MotherwellLive audio only
    29 December 2019Motherwell v HamiltonLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 January 2020Aberdeen v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    25 January 2020Motherwell v HibernianLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    1 February 2020Livingston v MotherwellLive audio only
    5 February 2020Motherwell v CelticLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    12 February 2020St Johnstone v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    15 February 2020Motherwell v St MirrenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    22 February 2020Hamilton v MotherwellLive audio only
    4 March 2020Motherwell v Ross CountyLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    7 March 2020Hearts v MotherwellLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    14 March 2020Motherwell v AberdeenLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    21 March 2020Motherwell v KilmarnockLive video outside UK/Ireland, audio to all
    4 April 2020Rangers v MotherwellLive audio only

  • Women

    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

    SWPL1 action at Rangers on Wednesday

    Motherwell travel to take on Rangers in SWPL1 on Wednesday evening.

    The game at Rangers’ training ground kicks off at 8pm. Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and free entry for Under 12s.

    The form guide

    Defeat to Hibernian in the SSE Scottish Women’s Cup semi-final at the weekend made it back-to-back defeats against the Edinburgh club, having also lost 2-0 on league duty last time out.

    That said, the women of steel started the second half of the season in scintillating form, winning five and drawing one.

    Rangers also exited the Scottish Cup on Sunday, at the hands of Glasgow City.

    Gregory Vignal’s team have had mixed results since returning from the summer break, winning five and losing four.

    Head to head

    A 3-3 draw in the last league outing between the two sides came at Ravenscraig back in April.

    For the two sides, it’s about the battle for fourth spot. Motherwell sit four points behind Rangers in fifth, and know a win will go a long way towards chances of a top half finish in the club’s first season in the top flight.

    Jennow: Chance to bounce back

    “We were obviously disappointed to go out of the cup to a very strong Hibernian team,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “But we have shown in our last two matches that, despite defeat, we are showing a lot of encouraging signs with a young squad.

    “Our form since the return from the summer break highlights that. Rangers will be another tough opponent, but we must retain our positivity and believe we can get a result.”

  • First team

    Declan Gallagher is Tullibardine player of the month

    Declan Gallagher is Tullibardine player of the month

    Declan Gallagher is your Tullibardine Motherwell player of the month for September.

    The consistent defender, who also netted against Hearts and contributed to two clean sheets, has been rewarded in the public vote.

    Gallagher was up against Liam Polworth, Liam Donnelly and Allan Campbell for the fans to decide.

  • First team

    Rangers tickets now available

    Rangers tickets now available

    Motherwell head to Glasgow to take on Rangers on Sunday, 27 October.

    The Steelmen go to Ibrox on league duty to take on Steven Gerrard’s side for the first time in the 2019/20 season.

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office, and must be purchased in advance.

    Adult£29
    Over 65s / 16-17 year olds£22
    Under 16s£11

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

  • First team

    Next up: Aberdeen

    Next up: Aberdeen

    Motherwell are back at home in the first game after the international break, with Aberdeen the visitors to Fir Park on Saturday.

    Five wins in six games have the Steelmen sitting third in the table, as they take on difficult opponents in Derek McInnes’ side.

    Kick off at Fir Park on Saturday is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    With 15 points taken from the last 18 available, Motherwell are in form going up against the team sitting one place below them in the league.

    Stephen Robinson’s men have also picked up three clean sheets in that time, conceding four.

    Aberdeen have won two in the same period in the Premiership, drawing three and losing one.

    Wins over Ross County and Livingston went alongside draws with Hibernian, St Johnstone and Kilmarnock, and a heavy away loss at Rangers.

    Head to head

    Victories have swung back and forth between the two sides over their last five encounters.

    Both have won their last two at home, with Aberdeen breaking the trend five games ago with a victory at Fir Park.

    There have been no draws in the last 13 games between the two sides, with the last one coming in October 2015 in a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office. You can also pay at the gate.

    Adult£24 / £20
    Over 60s / 16-18s / Students£17 / £16
    Under 16s£3
    Ticket for one adult plus two under 16s£28 / £24

    The cheaper price is for our John Hunter stand only.

    Away supporters can pay at the gate.

    Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email tickets@mfcdsa.com.

    Can’t make it? Watch or listen live

    If you’re outside the UK/Ireland, you can watch Motherwell v Aberdeen and the majority of our Ladbrokes Premiership games this season on our live streaming service.

    Priced at £12 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

    Wherever you are, there’s also live audio commentary available on our streaming service for £5.99 a month.

  • First team

    Duo feature for Scotland Under 21s

    Duo feature for Scotland Under 21s

    Allan Campbell and Barry Maguire both featured as Scotland Under 21s racked up their second successive 0-0 draw on Monday.

    The Motherwell midfield pair played in the European Under 21 Championship qualifier in Czech Republic, with Campbell starting and Maguire a substitute early in the second half.

    Team-mate James Scott was an unused substitute as Scot Gemmill’s side held onto top spot in the group with four matches played.

    Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly watched on as Northern Ireland also played in the Czech Republic, defeating the full squad 3-2 in a friendly in Prague.

    The pair were unused subs as the side returned to form, rushing into a 3-0 first half lead and holding on in the face of a late salvo from the team that defeated England at the weekend.

    The games rounded off the international break, which also saw Bevis Mugabi feature in Uganda’s 1-0 win over Ethiopia, and Declan Gallagher an unused substitute for Scotland in their matches with Russia and San Marino.