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  • Women

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

  • First team

    Next up: Rangers

  • Women

    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

  • Club

    Fan vote for Motherwell FC Hall of Fame launched

  • Women

    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell lose to Aberdeen

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Aberdeen defeat

  • First team

    Motherwell lose to Aberdeen

  • First team

    Opposition report: A look at Aberdeen

  • Club

    Alan Burrows named SPFL CEO of the year

  • Women

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    Glasgow City next for Motherwell

    A run of difficult SWPL1 matches for Motherwell continues on Wednesday night, as Glasgow City are the opponents for Donald Jennow’s side.

    The match at Wishaw Sports Centre kicks off at 7.30pm.

    The form guide

    Motherwell are on a run of four defeats, albeit against challenging opposition.

    Back-to-back league and Scottish Cup semi-final defeats to high-flying Hibernian were followed up by a narrow away loss at Rangers, and then defeat at the hands of Celtic away at the weekend.

    The women of steel started the second half of the season in scintillating form, winning five and drawing one, and are looking for a way to return to that form.

    Glasgow City need little introduction, as the perennial champions. A 32nd straight league victory on Wednesday night would land them the title and would maintain a 100% record in the league season, with three games to spare.

    With 81 league goals scored and six conceded, the leaders are also involved in UEFA Women’s Champions League action currently, holding a 2-0 away win aggregate lead over Brondby ahead of the second leg of the last 16 next week.

    Head to head

    The two teams have faced once earlier this season, with Glasgow City 8-0 home winners in April.

    Another away trip lies in wait on 17 November in the final game of the league season.

    Manager mindful of test ahead

    “Facing Glasgow City is obviously a huge task for any team in this league,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “We have to go into the match with a positive mindset. We are prepared for what they’ll throw at us, and it’s important we stick to what we’ve discussed and see where it takes us.”

    Match programme

  • First team

    Next up: Rangers

    Next up: Rangers

    A trip to Ibrox to take on Rangers lies in wait on Sunday.

    With Steven Gerrard’s side in UEFA Europa League action on Thursday night, the first trip to Glasgow of the season has been put back 24 hours. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    It’s second versus third, with Rangers losing top spot over the weekend as Celtic beat Ross County, and they drew 1-1 at Hearts.

    That draw ended a run of four straight wins on league business, allowing Celtic to jump ahead on goals scored.

    Motherwell’s 3-0 home loss to Aberdeen at the weekend chipped away at the advantage held in third spot, with Aberdeen now just a point behind.

    Nevertheless, the Steelmen have still won five of their last seven league outings.

    Head to head

    Rangers have won three of the last five encounters between the two sides, with two high-scoring draws at Fir Park making up the other results.

    Motherwell’s last league point at Ibrox was gained back in April 2017, with Louis Moult netting early in a 1-1 draw.

    The Steelmen’s last victory in the south side of Glasgow of course came in May 2015, with Lee Erwin, Stephen McManus and Lionel Ainsworth netting in the 3-1 Premiership play-off victory.

    Ticket information

    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.

    Can’t make it? Listen live

    Wherever you are, you can listen to live audio commentary from Ibrox.

    Priced at £5.99 a month, just head to tv.motherwellfc.co.uk to subscribe.

  • Women

    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

    Motherwell suffer defeat at Celtic in SWPL1

    Motherwell suffered defeat at the hands of Celtic in SWPL1 on Sunday.

    A double from Sarah Ewens, and further goals from Rachel Donaldson, Keeva Kennan and Josephine Giard gave the third-placed side a 5-0 win.

    Donald Jennow’s side went to K-Park hoping for a repeat of the performance which saw them pick up a 0-0 draw on their last visit to East Kilbride earlier in the season.

    But after repelling early pressure from their hosts, they would go behind 25 minutes into the match when Donaldson poked home the opener from close range.

    Giard then doubled Celtic’s advantage with a shot from a tight angle three minutes before the interval, before Keenan and Ewens would go on to add the other three goals in the second half.

    Glasgow City travel to Wishaw Sports Centre in the next league encounter on Wednesday night. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

  • Club

    Fan vote for Motherwell FC Hall of Fame launched

    Fan vote for Motherwell FC Hall of Fame launched

    You can now vote for who you want to be inducted into the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame.

    With Willie Pettigrew already named as our first member, you can now choose who else you think should join him.

    To vote, just head to our voting page and enter the name of who you want to see included.

    Our Hall of Fame members formally inducted at a dinner at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel on Saturday, 23 November, along with four others.

    Hosted by Tam Cowan, tickets for the event are now on sale online. Adult tickets are £45, with kids tickets £22.

  • Women

    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    Celtic next for ‘Well in SWPL1

    Motherwell travel to K-Park on Sunday to play their third match in a week in an important SPWL1 clash with Celtic.

    The women of steel will face a tough test against a talented side who sit comfortably in third spot in the table.

    ‘Well suffered a rueful defeat midweek, losing out by a single goal to Rangers, who were reduced to 10 players for the last half hour of the match.

    Kick-off is at midday at K-Park in East Kilbride.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Celtic – third in SWPL1 – 34 points

    Motherwell – fifth in SWPL1 – 18 points

    WHAT THEY SAID

    Head coach Donald Jennow admits Wednesday night was hard to take, but he expects a good reaction.

    “It was wasn’t good enough collectively as a group, but we have put it behind us. Our full focus is on Celtic.

    “They are a team full of good players, but we believe we can cause them problems.”

    Rachel Connor, who scored on her debut on Wednesday night has full confidence the team can get back to winning ways.

    “They are a difficult team to break down, but we know our strengths and how we can win the match.

    “The girls have been great since I came in, it is a great environment to be in.

    “We want to get as high up the table as possible.”

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell lose to Aberdeen

    Sam Cosgrove, Niall McGinn and Zak Vyner score in a 3-0 win for the visitors.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to Aberdeen defeat

    “We got punished for mistakes. But we are still third and we will pick ourselves up again.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to Motherwell’s defeat to Aberdeen, as the Steelmen lose out 3-0.

  • First team

    Motherwell lose to Aberdeen

    Motherwell lose to Aberdeen

    Motherwell passed up the chance to strengthen their grip on third place as Aberdeen eventually cruised to a comfortable win to haul themselves to a point behind the Fir Park men.

    With the Dons sitting fourth, the Steelmen were aiming to increase the gap between themselves and Derek McInnes’ men.

    However, an early goal from Sam Cosgrove and a quick double from Niall McGinn and Zak Vyner at the start of the second half killed off the home side’s ambitions.

    It might have been so different had Liam Donnelly been free of suspension as in the early stages, his presence was missed at both ends.

    Within five minutes his deputy penalty taker James Scott failed to score from the spot.

    Then 10 minutes later and with Peter Hartley off receiving treatment, Aberdeen exploited the defensive gap to take the lead and the initiative.

    In an otherwise unchanged ‘Well line-up, Chris Long was rewarded with a starting place, following his goal after coming off the bench against St Mirren.

    In an explosive start Joe Lewis was the first ‘keeper in action, firmly holding James Scott’s curling drive from 18 yards.

    The Dons’ keeper was in the thick of the action a minute later. Under pressure from Sherwin Seedorf, Shay Logan was short with his pass back.

    With Long racing to intercept, Lewis’ attempt at clearing the ball only succeeded in bringing down the ‘Well striker and concede a penalty.

    James Scott’s effort had power and height, but Lewis redeemed himself with a sensational one handed save to turn the ball onto his bar and over.

    James Wilson then tested Mark Gillespie with a powerful drive from 30 yards, which the ‘Well ‘keeper comfortably beat away from his goal.

    A minute later a similar thumping effort from Wilson crashed off Peter Hartley’s head forcing the ‘Well captain off the field for treatment.

    Unable to continue and before Bevis Mugabi could take his place, Aberdeen had punished the 10 men to open the scoring.

    Cosgrove powered his way beyond Barry Maguire and into the penalty box before deftly clipping the ball over Gillespie and under the bar for a terrific finish.

    Despite the setback the Fir Park side remained composed as they faced the prospect of breaking through the Dons’ five man defensive wall.

    In the 21st minute the home side came close to the equaliser when Long nipped in front of Lewis at the corner of the six yard box but from a very tight angle he rattled the ball off the outside of the ‘keeper’s post.

    Seven minutes later Cosgrove almost produced a copy of his opener. This time, though, Declan Gallagher matched his run into the box before his timely tackle deprived the Dons’ striker of the ball.

    Although tight at the back, Aberdeen’s distribution from defence was sloppy and ‘Well enjoyed plenty of possession in the middle of the park – but half-time arrived with no real pressure on Lewis’ goal.

    The Dons were perfectly placed for the second half, tightly holding onto their lead with the prospect of sneaking a second on the break as ‘Well pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

    And the second goal duly arrived eight minutes into the half – as ‘Well contributed to their own downfall.

    A series of short passes 50 yards from their own goal culminated in McGinn robbing Alan Campbell and the Northern Ireland international made the most of the chance by curling a stunning effort high beyond Gillespie’s reach and into the ‘keeper’s left hand corner.

    A couple of minutes later Jermaine Hylton replaced Scott but by then the Pittodrie side and their fans were on song and on their way to a comfortable win.

    As ‘Well wilted Zak Vyner hit a low 25 yards drive ball in off the bottom of the post to make it 3-0 and literally wrap up the points.

    On the hour mark Barry Maguire made way for Devante Cole who arrived in time to see Liam Polworth drive a long and powerful effort just wide of goal.

    Polworth then slipped the ball through to Long who turned McKenna at the edge of the box only to fire over the crossbar.

    From the other corner of the penalty box Hylton fed the ball to Long and although his angled drive was on target it was a comfortable save for Lewis.

    The Steelmen kept plugging away and ten minutes from time Cole got the better of McKenna at the edge of the six yard area to turn and force a shot which was blocked by the ‘keeper.

    It was then Gillespie’s turn to produce a fine save low to his left, to deny Vyner a second goal.

    Not to be outdone, Lewis was at full stretch to push away Cole’s angled drive, as the goalmouth action continued until the final whistle.

  • 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.”