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  • First team

    Opposition report: St Johnstone

  • First team

    Manager speaks ahead of St Johnstone

  • First team

    Watch a live stream of St Johnstone v Motherwell

  • First team

    St Mirren cup replay tickets on sale

  • Club

    Motherwell clear external debt

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

  • First team

    ‘Well learn Scottish Cup sixth round draw

  • Women

    SWPL Cup match cancelled

  • First team

    Next up: St Johnstone

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell draw at St Mirren

  • First team

    Opposition report: St Johnstone

    Opposition report: St Johnstone

    St Johnstone lie in wait next for Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday night.

    Here’s a look at our opponents.

    The story so far

    After a rocky start to the campaign, the Saints have stepped up to be in contention of a top six place at the split.

    Sitting three points behind sixth-placed Hibernian and with a game in hand, the Perth side are making a strong push to be on the right side of the league after game 33.

    Looking over their shoulder, an eight-point gap on play-off placed Hamilton Academical is also a considerable cushion, considering they were only two points clear at the end of 2019.

    Form guide

    With three wins and one draw in their last five matches – and only two defeats in their last 10 –  Tommy Wright’s team have picked up significantly in form.

    A 2-1 Scottish Cup win at Ayr United at the weekend followed a 1-0 away win at Aberdeen in the league.

    A 3-3 draw at home to Hearts, a 3-0 home loss to Celtic and a 2-1 win at McDiarmid Park against Kilmarnock preceded those results.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are available online now to collect at Fir Park.

    Alternatively, you can buy online direct from St Johnstone and print your ticket at home, or use a mobile ticket.

    Adult£24
    Over 65s£14
    17-18 year olds£13
    13-16 year olds£10

    Children aged under 13 can get in for free with a paying adult or over 65.

    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

    If you’re outside the UK/Ireland, you can watch St Johnstone v Motherwell 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

    Manager speaks ahead of St Johnstone

    Stephen Robinson discussed facing St Johnstone, the form of Mark O’Hara, the emergence of Tony Watt and the impact of the club clearing its debts when he spoke to the broadcast media on Tuesday.

    Here’s what the Motherwell boss had to say.

    On training being affected by Storm Ciara

    We’ve had to train inside. Obviously you saw the game on Saturday turned into a little bit of a farce in the second half, to be honest, in terms of the conditions.

    But credit to both sets of players. Both teams tried to win it. I thought we had two great chances to win the game as well. But we’ll go again next Tuesday.

    Obviously training has been affected. We’ve had to train indoors at Ravenscraig yesterday and again this morning. But it doesn’t affect preparations. It just affects where you have to train.

    On Mark O’Hara

    Mark’s suffered unfortunately from the form of the midfield three. The four boys fighting for three spots are arguably my best trainers every day and the most consistent players at the club.

    I can rotate that midfield three without it having too much of an effect. And I have to because if you see the stats, they do a lot of running for our front boys who get the credit for it.

    We have to rotate it a little bit. But I don’t think we need wholesale changes. I think there’s a lot of good stuff and other people have to wait their chances like Mark has done. And when he’s got in, he’s certainly taken it.

    On Tony Watt

    Tony got 10 minutes in the hurricane and he played another 45 minutes in the reserves yesterday. I think he’s still a couple of weeks away from being fully sharp and fully fit.

    When you haven’t played for a little while, obviously it takes its toll. So at the moment, he’ll be involved from the bench and hopefully gives a spark when he comes on and we’ll continue to work over the next couple of weeks.

    There’s a lot of games coming so, he may get a start coming very soon. But we still need to make sure his sharpness and understanding of what we want from him as well gets better as the weeks progress.

    On St Johnstone

    They’ve gone on a decent run. They’ve got similar players still and they’ve a similar style. They’ve not changed their style, they’re not changed the way they play.

    They’re a tough team to play against. They put balls down the side of you. They’ll be aggressive in midfield and they are on a good run and so they’ll go into the game with confidence.

    But again, we go in sitting in third place. We’ve got to go in, believe in what we do and try stamp the way we play on the game.

    On the club clearing its debts

    It’s massive for the football club. You’re always having things hanging over your head and every time we sold a player or we got to a cup final, it was always, well, we have to pay off the debts again.

    Now it’s the time to build again. To invest in the playing squad, the infrastructure, the ground, the training ground.

    Our training ground and our academy, as much as we’ve done so well from it, it needs to be upgraded massively to continue to try and attract players and go forward.

    As a manager, I won’t stand still. I want to keep trying to push the club forward. Alan Burrows wants to keep pushing the club forward, as do the board.

    I’m sure they’ll have a plan for the next five or 10 years. They’ve done what they said. Fantastic credit to everybody involved.

    As a football club, we’ve made a lot of money from selling players and been relatively successful on the pitch as well, backed by the Well Society.

    So it’s now time to move on. It’s now time to start building again and trying to keep the club where it is and, within our means, keep building.

    I’ve got a very good relationship with the board and the chairman. I know the parameters. We aren’t going to change that we get 4,000-4,500 people coming.

    I’d love to get more money to spend on players. But I also know the reality of the situation. We can’t take the club back into debt again. My budget won’t change. It’ll stay exactly the same. That’s what it is. It’s not something that they’ve sold me something and taken it away. That’s what it is.

    What I will say as we have to invest into the youth setup more. We have to invest in the infrastructure more and keep building on that.

    As I say, the [playing] budget might go up and down by a few hundred pounds, but it’s not going to change massively. We are what we are, and we live within our means, and we’ve been very successful doing it.

    On the emergence of more young talent

    I think it might take a little while for them to come through again. But we’ve got boys in the background I think will come next season. I don’t think they’ll come this season if I’m being honest. I think they need another six months of football. Some we’ve put out on loan, some we are keeping here to develop.

    Youth players come in cycles. You get a really good three or four years and then it sometimes takes another year or two for the next cycle to come through.

    Speaking to Steven Hammell, I know we’ve got a really good squad, particularly at under 14 level. So if I’m still here at the time they come through into the first team, I will be absolutely delighted.

    But we’ve got Dean Cornelius, Ross MacIver, David Devine, Jamie Semple, David Turnbull who is coming back again. We’ve got younger boys that are training with us all the time and we’ll continue to push them this as a football club.

    At this football club, if you’re good enough, you’ll play. Simple. If you’re not in the team as a young player, you’re probably not doing it yet or you’re not ready yet.

    So we will continue to put them in and keep searching for those people that we’re finding from England as well.

  • First team

    Watch a live stream of St Johnstone v Motherwell

    Watch a live stream of St Johnstone v Motherwell

    There’s a live stream and live audio available from St Johnstone v Motherwell on Wednesday night.

    We’ve live video of the match available to viewers outside of the UK and Ireland for just £12 a month. Kick off is at 7.45pm GMT.

    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
    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
    18 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

     

  • First team

    St Mirren cup replay tickets on sale

    St Mirren cup replay tickets on sale

    Tickets for our William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round replay with St Mirren are now on sale.

    Adult tickets are priced at £12, with concession prices £6. Children aged 15 and under can get in for our normal price of £3.

    Tickets can be bought online now for both the home and away sections. St Mirren fans will be housed in our South Stand.

    The match will be played on Tuesday 18 February with a 7.45pm kick off.

    Our ticket office is also open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4pm on Friday, for in-person sales. You can also call 01698 333333 to buy.

    Cash gates will also be available on the night.

    Adult£12
    Over 60s / 16-17s / full-time students£6
    Children aged 15 and under£3
    Season ticket holders

    This match is not covered by the season ticket.

    Season ticket holders will have their seats reserved for them to purchase. Season cards can be used if you purchase your ticket in advance and it is added to your card.

    To buy, season ticket holders should log in to their ticket account at tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk. After login, you will be see a note that your seat has been reserved for the match, after which it will be possible to purchase.

    I want to buy for my family or friends

    It’s easy to buy multiple tickets using our online system. All you need to have to hand is the season ticket details of the other people you want to buy for.

    Our guide on how to set up your network can be found here.

    Hospitality options

    Come and enjoy a two-course meal with half-time refreshments in our Centenary Suite for the match.

    Priced at an additional £15 per person, or an additional £10 for children, you can buy online now, email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

  • Club

    Motherwell clear external debt

    Motherwell clear external debt

    Motherwell Football Club has now cleared all of its outstanding external debt.

    A final payment of around £80,000 has been made to five individuals who invested in the club in November. The balance has been settled following the transfer of James Scott to Hull City on 31 January.

    Over £2m of debt has now been cleared in three years. Motherwell FC now operates with zero external debt and – for the first time in 40 years – will work with no fixed or floating charges over Fir Park Stadium to external parties.

    “When we made the full and final payments to Mr John Boyle and Mr Les Hutchison late last year, we did so by swapping a small amount of their debt with an investment from a small number of lifelong Motherwell fans close to the club,” Motherwell FC chairman Jim McMahon said.

    “We were confident that this would be repaid in a timeous fashion, so it is very satisfying that we have managed to do so in less than three months.

    “The aim of both the club and Well Society boards, following the transition to fan ownership, was to ensure we got ourselves to this position, as it is vital for the long-term health and prosperity of Motherwell Football Club.

    “Together, both boards are now working on what the key strategic priorities should be for the next five to ten years.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

    Reserves lose at Queen of the South

    Motherwell lost out 4-2 at Queen of the South in the SPFL Reserve League on Monday.

    Jamie Hamilton netted a hat-trick for the hosts, with Tony Watt netting for the Steelmen during a 45-minute first-half appearance.

    Callum Semple’s header from a corner to make it four compounded the result in the second half, before Ross MacIver grabbed a late consolation goal.

    Several first-team players got the opportunity to get game time at Palmerston Park.

    Christian Ilic and MacIver featured alongside Watt, while Barry Maguire made a return after a spell out with an ankle injury.

    It took Queen of the South nine minutes to get in front. Hamilton got to the left corner of the box and fired home to open the scoring.

    MacIver then missed a penalty for the visitors, before Watt headed in a cross from a trialist to send in Motherwell level at the break.

    Eight minutes into the second half, Queens were back in front. Hamilton headed in a cross to make it 2-1, and he would be handed the chance to get his hat-trick soon after.

    Two minutes later, he stepped up to send the ball past PJ Morrison from the spot to claim his third of the afternoon.

    MacIver then got Motherwell’s second with eight minutes left on the clock, putting the ball into the corner of the net from a through ball.

    Motherwell: Morrison, Brown, Johnston, Hussain, Maguire, Hale, Cornelius, Trialist, MacIver, Ilic, Watt (Starrs).

    Subs: Connolly, Quinn, Muir, Robertson, Starrs, Hutchison, Kettings.

  • First team

    ‘Well learn Scottish Cup sixth round draw

    ‘Well learn Scottish Cup sixth round draw

    Motherwell could potentially face Aberdeen or Kilmarnock in the sixth round of the 2019/20 William Hill Scottish Cup.

    The winners of a replay between the Steelmen and St Mirren, due to be played on Tuesday 18 February, will host in the quarter-finals.

    The sixth round tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March.

    William Hill Scottish Cup sixth round draw

    Hibernian v Inverness CT

    St Mirren/Motherwell v Aberdeen/Kilmarnock

    St Johnstone v Celtic

    Hearts v Rangers

  • Women

    SWPL Cup match cancelled

    SWPL Cup match cancelled

    Motherwell’s season-opening SWPL Cup match with Partick Thistle on Sunday has been cancelled.

    High winds have led to the postponement of the fixture at Bothwellhaugh, which was due to kick off at 3.30pm.

    A rearranged date will be announced shortly.

    Motherwell are currently due to travel to face Kilmarnock in their next group stage fixture on Sunday, 16 February.

  • First team

    Next up: St Johnstone

    Next up: St Johnstone

    St Johnstone play host to Motherwell on Wednesday night, as the two teams return to league business.

    Here’s a look ahead to the match. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

    Tale of the tape

    Motherwell were pegged back in their William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tie at St Mirren on Saturday, leading through Mark O’Hara’s goal but having to settle for a replay in a 1-1 draw.

    Stephen Robinson’s men have one win in the last five – a 1-0 win at Aberdeen – with draws against St Mirren and Hibernian, and defeats to Celtic and Livingston.

    St Johnstone came from an early goal behind at Championship side Ayr United on Saturday, prevailing 2-1 through first-half goals.

    They’ve lost just one of their last five – a 3-0 home loss to Celtic – in between a draw with Hearts and wins over Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

    Head to head

    Motherwell have won four of the last five encounters between the two sides, with St Johnstone winning the other.

    The most recent match saw the Steelmen run out 4-0 winners at Fir Park. Devante Cole, Peter Hartley, Jake Carroll and Christy Manzinga all netted in a convincing win.

    St Johnstone’s last win in the fixture came in May 2019 at McDiarmid Park, with Scott Tanser and Murray Davidson netting in a 2-0 victory.

    Buy in advance

    Tickets are available online now to collect at Fir Park.

    Alternatively, you can buy online direct from St Johnstone and print your ticket at home, or use a mobile ticket. Or pay at the gate on the night.

    Adult£24
    Over 65s£14
    17-18 year olds£13
    13-16 year olds£10

    Children aged under 13 can get in for free with a paying adult or over 65.

    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 St Johnstone v Motherwell 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

    Highlights as Motherwell draw at St Mirren

    Highlights as Motherwell draw at St Mirren

    Mark O’Hara’s first half strike was cancelled out to ensure a William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round replay is required.