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  • First team

    Stephen Robinson previews Celtic trip

  • Club

    National Stress Awareness Day

  • First team

    Carson and Donnelly in Northern Ireland squad

  • Club

    George Stevenson inducted to Hall of Fame

  • First team

    Declan Gallagher called into Scotland squad

  • Club

    Book your Christmas party with us

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves win at Kilmarnock

  • Club

    Leanne Thomas resigns as director

  • First team

    Next up: Celtic

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves at Kilmarnock

  • First team

    Stephen Robinson previews Celtic trip

    Stephen Robinson spoke of the task in hand against Celtic this weekend, as well as the form of Declan Gallagher and developing players on Thursday.

    Here’s what he had to say to the broadcast media ahead of the match.

    On Declan Gallagher’s Scotland call-up

    “Delighted with him. He’s been a revelation since he came in. We went to watch Livingston play maybe two years ago and we earmarked him then. We constantly monitored him and he’s grown as a player and as a person.

    “I think his recognition for Scotland’s been thoroughly deserved and hopefully it continues.

    “He’s full of fun. He’s a big character in the dressing room. The boys love him. Win, lose or draw he is the same. He keeps the dressing room alive on the pitch, we’ve got him to drive himself.

    “His training standards were something that we tried to get up when he first came in and now he is setting standards for other people, as opposed to us trying to set them for him.”

    On developing players

    “I have a pretty good relationship with all the players. You can only start 11 of them.

    “It’s important that the boys that aren’t playing you try and keep on board as well, as frustrated as they are, which is is understandable.

    “But I try to be honest with people. We try and treat them well and in the end of the day if I’m linked with something, it’s down to the players.

    “And if the players are linked with something, or representing their country, it’s because of Motherwell Football Club.

    “We appreciate each other. I think there’s a good bond and relationship between all the staff and all the players.”

    On the task in facing Celtic

    “[The performance at Ibrox] certainly gave the players confidence. Sometimes I wish they believed in themselves as much as I believed in them.

    “The hard bit is convincing people. You know that you can go to these places, put on a performance and get results.

    “They’ve started to believe in our league position and in our style of play, where we’ve been attractive on the eye, played a lot of good football, scored a lot of goals and there’s no reason why we can’t [go there and get a result].

    “Of course the realism is that Celtic on their day are a very, very good side. As are Rangers. So we have to be at the top of our game but giving them that belief.

    “I believe after the Rangers game, they believe in what we did. They believe in each other.

    “So why not? If you go with a negative mindset, you might as well beat before you start.”

  • Club

    National Stress Awareness Day

    National Stress Awareness Day

    It’s National Stress Awareness Day.

    We’ve turned to our official health and wellbeing partner, Paycare, for insight on what stress is, how you can identify when stress becomes too much, and what to do if it’s playing a bigger role in life than it should.

    Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare, explains.


    Stress is essentially our body’s response to pressures from a certain situation or life event and is needed to trigger the flight or fight response.

    Many of us experience completely healthy levels of stress everyday. For example, quickly moving out of the way from a ball heading towards your face at full speed is down to the stress hormones kicking in and protecting us from harm.

    But experiencing too much stress can lead to people feeling overwhelmed, which in turn can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems even worse. Unlike physical injuries or illnesses, stress is faceless, and can impact everyday life and how we act, from confidence and self-esteem, to concentration and motivation.

    Prolonged periods of stress can have its mark on us physically too, causing or worsening cardiovascular disease including heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, as well as increasing our risk of diseases such as cancer and weakening our immune systems. Too much is not good.

    Despite the wide-ranging health risks, it’s still a huge problem nationally, with 74% of Scottish adults having felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.

    National Stress Awareness Day continues to raise awareness of the impact of stress on our minds and bodies, and break down barriers so that people experiencing pressure can talk openly and without stigma.

    As the health and wellbeing partner of the fantastic Steelmen, we’re passionate about ensuring fans take care of their health and wellbeing, and in terms of stress, providing resources to help you deal and manage it effectively.


    The Signs of Stress

    You may notice physical, emotional, and mental signs that you’re experiencing high levels of stress — understanding your own response will help you to recognise it and put measures in place to manage it. These signs might include fast heartbeats, trouble sleeping, eating too much or too little, finding decisions difficult, being irritable, having headaches, and sweating.

    Deep Breathing

    Luckily, we breathe on autopilot, but when we’re stressed we can forget to breathe meaningfully and deeply, which can actually lower our heart rate and help us to feel calmer.

    One tactic that we learned from our lifestyle intervention consultant, Laura Butler, was to breathe in for seven seconds, hold for five seconds, and breathe out for seven seconds. It’s simple, but hugely effective.

    Meditation

    Studies have found that mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve your mood, so it’s worth giving this a try if you’ve never done it before. There are loads of free meditation apps to choose from out there.

    Time Management

    Feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list and taking on more than you can handle can cause you to feel stressed. Take some time to prioritise your workload or schedule, and split out your time to work through things one by one. Try to keep distractions to a minimum too. Remember, if you can’t do it all, you can always ask for help.

    Nutrition

    Some stress can be attributed to our diets, so it’s important to review what we’re consuming and make sure that we’re getting all the basics we need, including plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fruit and veg.

    Talk About It

    Talking to others about how you’re feeling can also be useful and help to ease the weight on your shoulders. If you don’t have anyone you feel comfortable talking to, there are many organisations that can help.

    If you’re a Paycare Policyholder, please remember that our confidential counselling service is designed specifically to provide support.

    It can be used for a wide range of things —whether it be financial worry, physical pain or discomfort, or grief, depression and anxiety — just visit your Paycare log in area to find out more.


    For more help and advice

    Mental Health Foundation

    Improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning difficulties.
    020 7803 1101

    Anxiety UK

    Works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including one-to-one therapy.
    08444 775 774

    Together

    Supports people through mental health services.
    020 7780 7300

    The Centre for Mental Health

    Working to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems.
    020 7827 8300

    PANDAS Foundation

    PANDAS Foundation vision is to support every individual with pre (antenatal), postnatal depression or postnatal psychosis in England, Wales and Scotland. They campaign to raise awareness and remove the stigma. We provide our PANDAS Help Line, Support Groups offer online advice to all and much more.
    0843 28 98 401 (every day from 9am-8pm)

    If you liked this post and think someone you know would appreciate it, please do share. Don’t forget to follow the Paycare team on Twitter @MyPaycare, on Facebook, or visit paycare.org for further information.

  • First team

    Carson and Donnelly in Northern Ireland squad

    Carson and Donnelly in Northern Ireland squad

    Trevor Carson and Liam Donnelly are again in the Northern Ireland squad for their final games of 2019.

    Michael O’Neill’s side are in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying action against Netherlands and Germany.

    They take on the Dutch in Belfast on 16 November, before travelling to take on the Germans three days later in Frankfurt.

  • Club

    George Stevenson inducted to Hall of Fame

    George Stevenson inducted to Hall of Fame

    Legendary player and manager George Stevenson is the third inductee into the Motherwell FC Hall of Fame.

    Stevenson was signed by John Hunter from local Junior side Kilbirnie Ladeside in May 1923 with the then Steelmen boss having seen something in “the young man’s ability to pick and pass and link play.”

    Although he was signed with an eye to the future, Stevenson quickly broke into the first-team squad and made his debut against Third Lanark at Cathkin Park in December of the same year.

    The 4,000 punters in attendance on that misty, dank afternoon could not have envisaged the part this young man would play in shaping Motherwell Football Club over the coming thirty years.

    His introduction to the team would coincide with a period of unparalleled league success for the claret and amber men, who would not finish outside the top five for the next 13 years, which of course included the famous 1932 league winning exploits.

    Such was Stevenson’s influence, that only six years into his Motherwell career and at the age of just 24, he was awarded the first ever official benefit game by the club against Huddersfield Town in September 1929.

    To the Motherwell fans that idolised him, George became known as “The Prince of Inside Forwards.” The press admired his abilities too, with one famous hack gushing “George Stevenson is a magnificent close dribbler, a perceptive finisher and, above all, a man totally integrated with his wing partner Bob Ferrier”.

    ‘Stevie’ played his final game for the club 16 years after arriving in Lanarkshire, on 26 August 1939 in a 3-2 defeat away to Alloa, a week before the outbreak of World War II.

    In total, he played 511 league games for Motherwell, scoring 170 goals from midfield. In his cabinet, he won three Scottish Cup runners-up medals and a Scottish league winners badge. He’d also earned 10 Scottish League caps and made 12 Scottish international appearances, which still stand as a record for Scots at the club to this day.

    The reintroduction of league football after the war kicked off in season 1946/47. Like most clubs at the time, Motherwell began with a completely new playing squad and bossed by a new manager – George Stevenson.

    Stevie’s nine-year stint in charge at Fir Park, although fairly mixed in league terms, would be defined by terrific performances in domestic cups. Season 1950/51 saw Motherwell face Hibernian at Hampden in the final of the League Cup and goals from Kelly, Forrest and Watters secured Motherwell the trophy for the first and only time.

    Stevenson’s Motherwell would also reach the Scottish Cup final that same season, when 132,000 fans saw the Steelmen unluckily edged out by Celtic 1-0 in the final.

    However, Motherwell’s time in the Hampden sun would only be 12 months away. Forfar, St Mirren, Dunfermline, Rangers and Hearts were all dispatched before Dundee were thrashed 4-0 in the final, taking the Scottish Cup back to Fir Park for the first time.

    Despite reaching the League Cup final once again, the run-of-the-mill league games, although entertaining, didn’t bring the rewards they should have, and he resigned as manager in 1955.

    George reign as Motherwell manager saw the club reach three cup semi-finals and four finals, winning twice, and a Division Two title in his nine years in charge. Coupling his managerial efforts with his achievements as a player, Stevenson, who sadly passed away in 1990 aged 80, is without doubt one of the most decorated Steelmen of all time.

    He will be posthumously inducted by his members of his family at a dinner at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel on Saturday, 23 November, along with Willie Pettigrew, Ally Maxwell and two others.

    Hosted by Tam Cowan, our event is now sold out. You can still choose who you want to see in the Hall of Fame through our public vote. Click here to cast your vote.

  • First team

    Declan Gallagher called into Scotland squad

    Declan Gallagher called into Scotland squad

    Declan Gallagher is in the Scotland squad for the forthcoming matches with Cyprus and Kazakhstan.

    The Motherwell defender, a standout performer for the Steelmen this campaign, was a call-up to Steve Clarke’s squad for their last double header with Russia and San Marino.

    The 28-year-old didn’t win his first cap on that occasion, but that chance could now come in the coming games.

    Scotland travel to take on Cyprus on Saturday, 16 November, before taking on Kazakhstan at Hampden Park on Tuesday, 19 November.

  • Club

    Book your Christmas party with us

    Book your Christmas party with us

    There’s still time to book your Christmas party night with us at Fir Park.

    Our party night packages are hugely popular and are selling fast.

    Priced at £35 per person, our fantastic package includes a three course meal and live DJ.

    There is also a VIP package on request which will be priced at £80, which includes complimentary beer, wine and spirits (gin, vodka and whisky only).

    We’ve places available at our night on 6 December, as well as our special 80s themed night on 14 December.

    Our nights on 30 November, as well as 7 and 13 December, are now sold out.

    For more information or to book, get in touch with our hospitality team today on events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

    SPECIAL 80S THEME CHRISTMAS NIGHT

    Our special 80s theme night on 14 December still has limited places available.

    Priced at £25 per person, you’ll get a hot buffet, welcome drink and be able to dance away with a live DJ.

    For more information or to book, get in touch with our hospitality team today on events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

  • 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.