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  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves win at Kilmarnock

  • Club

    Leanne Thomas resigns as director

  • First team

    Next up: Celtic

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves at Kilmarnock

  • Women

    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

  • Women

    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Livingston

  • First team

    ‘Good teams find ways to win’

  • First team

    Motherwell beat Livingston

  • Club

    Motherwell FC repay debts to former owners

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves win at Kilmarnock

    Reserves win at Kilmarnock

    Motherwell came from behind to claim victory in the SPFL Reserve League at Kilmarnock on Monday.

    Goals from Jamie Semple and James Scott, cancelling out Rory McDonald’s early free kick, gave all three points to the visitors.

    Several first-team squad members featured at Rugby Park, with Richard Tait, Barry Maguire, Christian Ilic and Christy Manzinga joining the goal scorers.

    But it would be the hosts who would take the early advantage, after Scott was ruled to have fouled his man 20 yards from goal.

    McDonald stepped up and curled home to give Kilmarnock the lead.

    Kilmarnock were to be thwarted by PJ Morrison and Jack Brown as they pushed close to extending their lead, but had to settle for a 1-0 half-time advantage.

    Motherwell came out the stronger and, shortly after Scott hit the crossbar with a header, Semple restored parity.

    His quick free-kick was out to Manzinga on the left-hand side. The forward then returned the pass to Semple on the edge of the box, who curled his shot past the dive of the Kilmarnock ‘keeper and into the net with 62 minutes played.

    Four minutes later, Motherwell were ahead.

    Morrison’s long ball forward wasn’t dealt with by the defender, allowing Scott to nick in and chip the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper. He then collected the ball on the other side, before knocking the ball in.

    Kilmarnock then went close late on as they chased an equaliser, but Motherwell held on to get a win under their belt.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Tait, Hussain, Devine, Brown, Maguire, Cornelius, Semple, Ilic, Scott, Manzinga.

    Subs: Hemfrey, MacIver, Hale, Muir, Kettings, Trialist.

  • Club

    Leanne Thomas resigns as director

    Leanne Thomas resigns as director

    Leanne Thomas has stepped down from her role on the board of directors of Motherwell Football Club.

    Leanne became a director in January 2015, at the same time as her father Les Hutchison purchased the club from John Boyle.

    Following the repayment of the outstanding debt owed to Les last week, Leanne has now stepped back from her role.

    Everyone at Motherwell FC would like to sincerely thank Leanne for her unstinting contribution at Fir Park over the last four-and-a-half years. We wish her well for the future.

  • First team

    Next up: Celtic

    Next up: Celtic

    Motherwell are on the road again this weekend, with a trip to face Celtic on Sunday.

    It’s first against third in the Ladbrokes Premiership, as Stephen Robinson’s side look to get a positive result in Glasgow.

    Kick off at Celtic Park is at 3pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Celtic booked their place in the Betfred Cup final with a thumping 5-2 victory over Hibernian at the weekend.

    That marked their fifth straight win, having also seen off Ross County, Lazio, Aberdeen and St Mirren with 19 goals scored along the way, and three conceded.

    Neil Lennon’s side are in Rome on Thursday evening to take on Lazio again, before the visit of the Steelmen at the weekend.

    Motherwell kept third position in the Premiership with a 2-1 home win over Livingston at the weekend, following up from the same result against Kilmarnock last midweek.

    Head to head

    Celtic are unbeaten in the fixture in the last 15, winning 12 and drawing three and including two cup final victories over Stephen Robinson’s men.

    Motherwell’s last victory against Celtic came in Glasgow in December 2015, when a Louis Moult double cancelled out Nir Bitton’s opener to give the visitors a 2-1 win.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available from the club shop at Fir Park on Saturday between 10am and 12pm.

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no sales on the day of the match.

    Adult£30 / £27
    Over 65s / 13-15s£20 / £17
    Under 13s£12 / £9

    The cheaper price is for restricted view tickets. These will not be available until our full view tickets are sold out.

    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 Celtic v Motherwell 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.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves at Kilmarnock

    Reserves at Kilmarnock

    There’s a return to SPFL Reserve League action on Monday, as Motherwell travel to take on Kilmarnock.

    Kick-off at Rugby Park is at 2pm. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

  • Women

    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

    Defeat for Motherwell in SWPL1

    Motherwell’s hopes of finishing fifth in SWPL1 ended on Sunday, after a 3-1 defeat to Rangers.

    The women of steel had the lead at Ravenscraig early on through Katie Rice’s long-range effort.

    But they were pegged back to guarantee a sixth-placed finish in the eight-team league.

    The objective from the off was to stay in the league, and Donald Jennow’s side matched up against their opponents well in a keenly-contested affair.

    But after Rice’s strike in the 19th minute, Gregory Vignal’s side struck through Hannah Robertson and Brogan Hay to go in at the interval ahead.

    Rosie McQuillan added the third in the second half, as Rangers took all three points.

    Motherwell travel to take on champions Glasgow City next Sunday in the final game of the SWPL1 season.

    While it is still mathematically possible to catch fifth-placed Spartans on points, with a three-point gap, their goal difference is 22 goals superior.

    Motherwell: Hunter, Doran-Barr, Inglis, Crosbie, Connor, Cairney, McEachran, Adams, Rice, Gardner, Callaghan.

  • Women

    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

    Rangers visit Motherwell in SWPL1

    It’s Motherwell’s final home game of the 2019 SWPL1 season on Sunday, as Rangers visit Ravenscraig.

    The women of steel are still pursuing fifth spot with two games left in the campaign.

    Kick-off is at 2.30pm at Ravenscraig.

    LEAGUE POSITIONS

    Motherwell – sixth in SWPL1 – 19 points

    Rangers – fourth in SWPL1 – 28 points

    WHAT THEY SAID

    “We showed character last week to come from behind to claim a point,” head coach Donald Jennow said.

    “Off the back of five defeats against some of the strongest teams in the division, it was important we got back on track.

    “With two games to go, we are still in with a chance of taking fifth spot. The onus is on us to get the points to put us in with a chance of achieving that goal.

    “Whatever happens, our objective was to stay in this division and be competitive. We secured our status a long time ago now, and we have gone a long way towards becoming an established top flight side.

    “Making it to fifth spot would be another achievement, and we will continue to push for it in our two final games.”

    Match programme

    You can download our Motherwell v Rangers match programme here.

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell beat Livingston

    Christopher Long and Allan Campbell get the goals as Motherwell consolidate third spot with a 2-1 win over Livingston.

  • First team

    ‘Good teams find ways to win’

    “We had to be patient. Good teams find ways to win and we’re a decent side.”

    Stephen Robinson reacts to the win over Livingston.

  • First team

    Motherwell beat Livingston

    Motherwell beat Livingston

    Back-to-back home wins strengthened Motherwell’s grip on third place, as Livingston were defeated 2-1.

    An Allan Campbell goal seven minutes from time to earn the maximum points from a stuffy visiting side.

    Both defences were solid and mean, with goal chances few and far between in an uneventful first half.

    However, some good fortune helped Christopher Long and a Steve Lawless grab a goal apiece at the start of the second half and provide the fans with an entertaining second 45 – before ‘Well found the late winner.

    Not surprisingly, Stephen Robinson stood by the same line-up which defeated the Ayrshire side in mid-week. That allowed Devante Cole and Long, on the back of three consecutive starts together, the chance to develop their striking partnership.

    However, it was Livingston who threatened in the early stages. In the eighth minute, and with ‘Well yet to get a touch in the visitor’s box the first chance fell to Scott Tiffoney.

    The Livi striker, who scored a couple of cracking goals on his last visit in May, thought he was on the scoresheet again until his net bound drive from eight yards was deflected over the bar by Declan Gallagher.

    Six minutes later, after Hakeem Odoffin hauled back Jermaine Hylton’s progress on the left wing, Liam Polworth’s free kick provided the first test for the Livi defence.

    That signalled a bit of pressure from the home side and a well rehearsed corner after 18 minutes almost led to the breakthrough. Polworth swept the flag kick out to the edge of the penalty area to set up Liam Donnelly whose low drive was on target until Marvin Bartley blocked it six yards from goal.

    The Fir Park men had plenty of the ball around the visitor’s third of the pitch but on a number of occasions they failed to get crosses beyond the first defender.

    The West Lothian side were still dangerous on the break and Tiffoney’s drive from the corner of the box had Mark Gillespie at full stretch as the ball deflected just wide of the ‘keeper’s right hand post.

    Nine minutes from the interval, Matija Sarkic made his first save. Cole lost the ball at the edge of the box but it rolled into Long’s path and his firmly struck rising drive was parried by the Livi ‘keeper.

    Other than that the first half was a bit of a stalemate, as for the second time in four days the Steelmen found it difficult to get in behind a solid visiting rearguard.

    More was expected from the home side in the second half and they were given a big helping hand from Sarkic as they broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart.

    It was a good build up from the back as Peter Hartley and then Jake Carroll worked the ball inside to Polworth. His long ground pass found Long at the corner of the box and although there was plenty of power in his low drive, the on-loan Aston Villa ‘keeper should have done a lot better than allowing the ball to squirm from his hands and roll inside the post.

    After the poor first half, the Fir Park fans were not complaining as Sarkic was consoled by his team mates.

    At least the goal opened up the game with Livingston much more intent on getting forward in pursuit of an equaliser.

    The visitors then got their own slice of luck in the 57th minute when the assistant referee indicated it was a penalty a penalty after Cole ran into the back of Tiffoney as they both headed out of the box.

    As the striker received treatment, Gary Holt made a unique substitution sending on Steve Lawless to take the penalty. And the ex-Well man made no mistake from the spot sending his first touch of the ball high beyond the diving Gillespie to make it 1-1.

    That handed the initiative to the Lions and Gillespie was forced into a good save to push Tiffoney’s angled drive round his post.

    That encouraged ‘Well to make their first change after 65 minutes, James Scott coming on for Cole. With 15 minutes remaining, and little sign of ‘Well reclaiming the lead, Sherwin Seedorf joined the action with Hylton making way.

    Almost immediately ‘Well conjured up a chance. A long through ball for Long rolled away from the striker at the edge of the box but Campbell latched onto the ball only to drive it across and wide of the goal.

    The ‘Well midfield man made his next chance count. Possession around the visitor’s box ended with Polworth driving the ball towards goal and when it was partially blocked 10 yards out, Campbell drilled the loose ball into the corner for the winner.

    However, with Bevis Mugabi immediately on to shore up the defence, it took a brilliant stop from Gillespie to deny Steve Lawson and ensure that ‘Well would hold onto all three points and third spot in the league table.

  • Club

    Motherwell FC repay debts to former owners

    Motherwell FC repay debts to former owners

    Motherwell Football Club is delighted to announce that it has repaid its debts to former owners John Boyle and Les Hutchison.

    Following the transition to the current fan-ownership model in October 2016, the club has been able to repay both parties through effective player trading.

    The final outstanding balances have been settled with both. In total, over £1,500,000 has been paid back over the period.

    The repayment to both individuals marks a significant milestone in the club’s move towards long-term viability.

    The only external debt now owed by the club is to five Motherwell-supporting individuals. It totals around £80,000, with extremely favourable repayment terms that the club anticipates will be cleared soon.

    “From the moment the Well Society took over the majority interest in Motherwell Football Club, our collective energy has been firmly focused on ensuring the club is sustainable on a medium to long-term basis,” Motherwell FC chairman Jim McMahon said.

    “A key part of that has been eliminating the debt we inherited and we have now almost achieved that. For the club to have paid back such a significant amount in just over two years is a remarkable feat.

    “I want to thank those who have worked so hard to help us achieve that, including chief executive Alan Burrows, the management, coaching and recruitment staff, the current board of directors at the club, as well as the Well Society board, members and Motherwell supporters.

    “I also thank John Boyle and Les Hutchison for their support over the years.

    “It has been a collective effort, helped enormously by everyone working together, on and off the park, towards the same common goal. I would also like to thank the individuals who continue to support the club with the small amount left to repay in soft loans.”

    Douglas Dickie, joint-chair of the Well Society added: “It has been an excellent achievement by all involved to get to this stage where both John Boyle and Les Hutchison are no longer owed any money by our club. The Well Society and its members have played a big part in that.

    “This is an opportunity for the Society now, as the owners of Motherwell FC, to re-evaluate our goals and plan the way forward.

    “It is as important as ever now for our members and all Motherwell supporters to get behind what the Well Society are doing, to ensure we can continue to support and improve the club.”