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    Willie Hunter (1940-2020)

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    We’re working to tackle suicide

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    Willie Hunter (1940-2020)

    Willie Hunter (1940-2020)

    It is with regret that we learned of the death of former player Willie Hunter on Sunday at the age of 80.

    Hunter, or Billy to his friends and family, would become the darling of every Motherwell fan of a certain generation.

    Following a few years of typical Motherwell Football Club inconsistency, which included relegation, a major decision was taken between the boardroom and the manager’s chair during the summer of 1956.

    After a year in the Fir Park hotseat, Bobby Ancell implemented a policy of no longer signing ready made “seasoned” football players from other clubs, and going back to pursuing a strategy of developing talented youngsters from Scotland’s central belt in true Motherwell tradition.

    Of course this was a philosophy that had worked well in previous generations, which included producing league winners Stevenson, Ferrier and McFadyen.

    That close season would see the first moves to support the new thinking at Fir Park. Youngsters Bert McCann, William Cowie, Pat Holton and ‘keeper Alan Wylie all arrived from Queens’ Park, Kilsyth Rangers, Hamilton Accies and Penicuik respectively.

    To make way for the intake of exciting talent, nine players were freed including some Motherwell legends such as Wilson Humphries and Willie Redpath, who between them had made over 620 appearances for ‘Well, scoring 131 goals and winning the League Cup, the Scottish Cup, as well as delivering a Division B Championship.

    Whilst the named four signings went on to contribute to a decent season for the Fir Parkers, it was probably the youngster who had signed on from Edinburgh Norton, a year later that would go on to make his name in claret and amber shine more brightly than the others.

    That man was the aforementioned William Hunter.

    Within months it had became clear that the manager had snapped up a dazzling footballer who was both a brilliant ball player and a determined performer.

    As Willie was coming through Fir Park’s front door, another couple of Motherwell legends were heading out. Willie Kilmarnock and Johnny Aitkenhead had been at the club for 30 years between them, and when they left the average age of the first team dropped dramatically from 31 to 25.

    Willie began his Motherwell career playing, and starring, for the Fir Park reserves alongside fellow teenager Ian St. John.

    Such was the friendship that the young duo struck up “Sinjy” would often spend his Saturday nights in Edinburgh staying over with Hunter until the following day.

    On the Sunday afternoons they’d often play matches on waste ground against neighbouring “streets”, cultivating a partnership that would terrorise Scottish football for years to come. The highly enjoyable Sunday kickabouts came to a premature end the afternoon that the ball flew over a fence, and when the young laddie Hunter went to retrieve it, he found his manager Ancell holding the ball.

    Somebody had ‘grassed’ the young teammates in, and that was the end of the fun.

    Weeks later, he was brought into the first team at Dens Park in mid-October 1957. Although the result didn’t go to the liking of the travelling ‘Well fans, they had taken some solace from the performance of the young Edinburgh lad who had made the jump from amateur football to top division action within a couple of months with ease.

    His first appearance on Fir Park came a fortnight later when Falkirk visited and left with the points following a 5-2 defeat of the hosts. Despite the loss, the name of Willie Hunter was on the lips of every Motherwell fan as they made their way home the wet Saturday evening.

    His first goal came at Parkhead in April when netted the opener in a thrilling 2-2 draw between the teams. Eleven appearances for Motherwell was a good debut season for Hunter, as he tried to earn a berth in a terrific developing Fir Park squad under the guidance of Ancell.

    The summer of 1958 saw the last of the 1952 cup winners leave with the departures of Charlie Cox, Andy Paton and Archie Shaw, which brought the average age down again to a little over 22.

    When the team was announced for the opening day of the new season at home to Partick Thistle, Hunter’s name was included. Although it was goals from Ian St. John, twice, and Jim Forrest which won the game, it was Hunter who was man of the match having produced a sublime display.

    The start of the season had been promising, with only one defeat in the first six fixtures before Third Lanark arrived in North Lanarkshire. The team that day would always be remembered as a typical Ancell Babes XI: Hastie Weir, McSeveney, Holton, Aitken, Martis, McCann, Hunter, Sammy Reid, St. John, Quinn and Andy Weir.

    The Babes were on fire that afternoon, winning 8-1 as the Fir Park crowd began to realise their favourites were developing into something very special indeed.

    The young inside forward Hunter only missed four games in that season, scoring 13 goals, which saw Motherwell narrowly miss out on the league title.

    International honours were also on their way, with eight players being recognised in various squads, including Hunter who was capped for the Scottish league.

    Willie had become a forward of uncommon grace, which had won over the Motherwell fans with performances that could not be measured merely in goals and assists, but that glistened with the flair of an artist who could deceive defenders with a subtle touch or shimmy.

    The following season saw ground improvements at Fir Park raising the capacity to 40,000 and a training pitch at the Motherwell stadium to help protect the Fir Park surface, keeping it in top condition instigated by Ancell’s football ideals.

    Once again the Babes delighted people the length and breadth of the country, with Hunter an integral part of the team. Indeed Willie only missed one competitive game, a Scottish Cup firs round rout of Highland League side Keith, netting another seven times.

    Whilst it was another good season for the club, finishing fifth, it was arguably two glamour friendlies in April that summed up the season for the Fir Park faithful.

    18,000 punters clicked through the Fir Park turnstiles to see Athletic Bilbao despite torrential rain hammering down throughout the 90 minutes. A delightful Willie Hunter goal put Motherwell two goals up after just 25 minutes, before the visitors stunned the large crowd by levelling before the interval.

    However, an Ian St. John shot two minutes into the second period was enough to give the home side a deserved win.

    A couple of weeks later, it was Brazilian giants Flamengo who turned up at Fir Park on the back of an impressive 5-0 win over Manchester United. After the visitors opened the scoring six minutes in, the 25,000 crowd were saluting a wonderful goal by Hunter which seemed to inspire the Steelmen.

    A St. John hat trick and a Pat Quinn penalty were soon forgotten when Hunter produced a sublime finish to leave the Fir Parkers 6-1 up, and thoroughly entertaining a by now ecstatic home support.

    Another hat trick by St. John left the Brazilians shell-shocked as Motherwell trooped of the pitch having trounced the tourists 9-2. At the end of that season there was a definite air of disappointment that such a talented outfit could only finish fifth despite many memorable displays throughout the campaign.

    These inconsistencies remained over the next couple of years with fifth and then ninth place finishes, however it didn’t deter Hunter from turning in impeccable displays week in and week out.

    Only four games were missed by the Motherwell magician over these two seasons as he became a model of consistency within a talented squad. His good run of form came to an abrupt end in October 1962 at Fir Park during a 2-0 defeat to Celtic, when he fractured his forearm which kept him out of action for a full calendar year, where his recovery had to be aided with a bone being taken from his hip.

    When eventually he was welcomed back into the first team, it was amid a seven-goal thriller at Fir Park with the Steelmen edging out the visiting Hibees.

    Sadly his fitness lasted barely a month before he was back in the physio room, where he remained for the rest of that campaign. Season 1964/65 saw Willie getting back to his best, in an albeit declining Motherwell side, with 30 appearances before injury struck again in March 1965, leaving him sidelined once more until the December of that year.

    By the time he was available for selection to Ancell, Motherwell were struggling having only won twice in the league, and firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.

    Almost immediately the Fir Parkers saw an upturn in their fortunes with their talisman back in the fold, winning 10 games to finish 13th in the 18-team top division.

    The new season, in the wake of England’s World Cup triumph, would be Hunter’s last at Fir Park. Despite a 5-0 win over St. Mirren in Paisley, with Bobby Campbell scoring all five goals and hitting Dunfermline for six at Fir Park with Dixie Deans scoring a treble and Hunter notching a double, things weren’t looking great for the Steelmen as New Year approached.

    Hunter scored his final goals in claret and amber down at Somerset Park in March 1967 in a exciting 3-3 draw, before his final game at home to Hearts on the last game of that season, a game in which Deans scored the only goal.

    Relegation had never been a real threat that season, but it was obvious to everybody that an end of an era was upon us, and Ancell left for Dundee.

    Always amongst the goals for Motherwell, Hunter had in fact laid on far more than he had scored, which was a proud claim since he bagged more than 50 competitive goals for the Steelmen.

    Whilst at Fir Park he won three full Scotland caps, four Under 23 caps and four appearances for the Scottish League.

    The only black spot in his glittering Fir Park career was a string of troublesome injuries that prevented Hunter from hitting the 300 mark for appearances. He finally left North Lanarkshire in 1967, when Detroit Cougars paid £14,000 for his signature as the inaugural North American Soccer League was about to kick off.

    A little more than a year later, after the Cougars had folded, Willie came back home to his local club, who he’d always supported, when Hibernian snapped him up.

    Willie Hunter was a inside Ffrward who usually played on the left hand side, with the experience and knowledge of playing as a winger; a real craftsman, skilled in ball control and distribution.

    His coup de grace though was a marvellous body swerve, better according to many aficionados of the time, than the legendary Gordon Smith. After his playing career had come to an end following a brief stint in South Africa, Willie was appointed assistant manager to his friend and fellow ‘Well legend Ian St. John at Portsmouth.

    After three years on the south coast he took the opportunity to manage Queen of the South in 1978, which didn’t last long before his final stint as a manager took him to Inverness as he took over the reins of Caledonian in the Highland League.

    After he finished with the beautiful game, Willie showed he was just as comfortable with a pen as he had been through the years with a ball, writing a book about a trek his wife and he had made.

    More recently, Willie spent some time being an ambassador for Football Memories, the charity that seeks to help those with dementia find a link to the past through reminiscence of games, memorabilia and photographs.

    Willie had a brilliant football career in what was undoubtedly a tough school. His generous gifts to the game gave him little financial rewards, yet he continued to give to the game and his colleagues afterwards.

    He was a man of substance and opinions, who was the subject of much praise from those who played with, against, or indeed, watched him.

    This magical footballer was perhaps the most complete ever to pull our famous colours over his head, and is someone this club is proud to have played a large part in his life.

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    ‘We couldn’t take our chances’

    “We started the game poorly. Then we dominated. But we couldn’t take our chances.”

    Stephen Robinson reflects on loss at Ross County.

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    Ross County 1-0 Motherwell

    Ross County 1-0 Motherwell

    It was a tale of two penalties as Motherwell lost 1-0 to Ross County in their 2020/21 Scottish Premiership opener.

    Ross Stewart converted his in the first half for the hosts, after Declan Gallagher went into the book for a lunging tackle.

    Liam Donnelly’s second half opportunity to level went to waste though, as he put the ball past the left post after sub Jordan White had presented him with the spot kick chance.

    Debutant Callum Lang was sent off late on for the Steelmen, who had plenty second half chances but couldn’t make them pay.

    A strong Motherwell starting team was picked to open the campaign.

    David Turnbull made a long-awaited first start since May 2019, lining up on the left of the forward three. Trevor Carson also made his first start in goal since November 2018.

    Mark O’Hara was preferred to Allan Campbell in midfield, while there were starting debuts for Nathan McGinley and Ricki Lamie.

    Both sides had early chances. Carson had to stand tall to beat a Stewart effort onto the bar from close range, while Christopher Long’s free-kick from 20 yards fizzed over the bar.

    With 21 minutes played, County were presented with their opportunity. Gallagher’s lunge saw him take both ball and man, leaving Nick Walsh with the decision to point to the spot.

    Stewart made no mistake from 12 yards, powering his shot high into the net and sending Carson the wrong way.

    The goal was a sign of Motherwell’s sluggish start to affairs but they could have been level before the break. Long was played in down the right side of the box, but his shot from an angle smacked the post.

    Stephen Robinson introduced Lang for his debut at the break, sacrificing O’Hara and dropping Turnbull back into midfield.

    The energy from the new boy should have seen him land an immediate goal. Turnbull picked him out perfectly with a cross from the right but his header went over.

    Fellow sub Sherwin Seedorf started to terrorise down the right flank and another replacement Jordan White then gave Motherwell the chance to get back into the match, going down in the area and winning the penalty.

    Donnelly stepped up with the expected outcome of opening his account for the season, but scuffed his effort past the left-hand post with 17 minutes left.

    Motherwell pressed on undeterred, with Lang involved in the last two decisive moments.

    Seedorf’s perfect pick out saw him aim a header from point-blank range straight at the ‘keeper.

    Then, minutes later, he would see red. An enthusiastic attempt to stop County breaking saw him bring down his man, with referee Walsh going straight into his pocket to send him off.

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    Six top tips on hydration for health

    Six top tips on hydration for health

    We are always being told to drink more water, but is it as important as we think?

    As we head into the summer months, with warmer weather on the rise, it gives us a great opportunity to bring our attention back to the basics around water and how increasing our intake can have hugely positive benefits to both our physical and mental health and wellbeing.

    Our partners Paycare have the following advice on the impact of keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water has on our mental health.

    “Water is one of the key contributing elements that allow us to thrive,” Paycare’s wellbeing manager and mental health first aid trainer at Paycare, Kerry, explains.

    “Drinking the recommended amount of water every day is essential for taking care of our mental health. Dehydration can rapidly impact on how we think and feel, suggesting that there could be mood cognitive consequences.

    “We can often sometimes associate lack of drinking water with thirst, however, by the time you are thirsty, you have already hit a potential mood change. This of course, can then have an impact on work, concentration and potentially relationships too. Drinking enough water keeps our brain and overall health in check.”

    With water making up nearly two-thirds of our body – keeping our water levels up is a must, making it essential for our body to function properly.

    So we can explore the physical benefits of staying hydrated, this month we’ve teamed up with, friend of Paycare and healthcare expert, Laura Butler of WelLBe Coaching, who provides us with 6 top tips to staying hydrated.

    “Water influences and supports all of the vital systems in the body, meaning that the benefits of upping our intake are quite literally, endless,” she said.

    “Everything from increased brainpower to providing energy, promoting healthy weight management, flushing out toxins, improving complexion, boosting the immune system, preventing headaches, lubricating your joints and much more. In fact, quite often when you think you are hungry, you are actually dehydrated and craving water.

    “But how much is enough and what if you don’t like the taste? Here are my 6 top tips when it comes to increasing your water intake successfully.”

    How much should I be drinking?

    Depending on your unique body size, the amount of water your body requires will vary greatly, however the national recommended amount is between two to three litres per day.

    This can be affected by how much exercise you do, the more you sweat the more you need to re-hydrate, how much caffeine you drink, try going one for one on caffeine and water and whether you are in a hot climate. Super-hot summers require more water.

    How do I know I am drinking enough?

    Well, it seems a little graphic but when your urine is on the light side. If you’re going to the toilet and your sample is dark and there’s not much of it, then you’re likely not drinking enough water.

    If you have to empty your bladder about every two or three hours then you’re about right, but if you’re going constantly, you could be drinking too much water.

    Take note, when you first start to increase water consumption, you WILL need to go to the bathroom more often than you’re used to, but that will only last for a few days and then the body will adjust.

    Pimp your water

    I meet a lot of people who struggle early on to drink 2 litres of water au naturel every day, if this is you, here are my favourite ways to make water more exciting:

    • Add slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or orange to water
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Add mint leaves to water
    • Use a fabulous drinking glass or goblet
    • Heat water and drink with lemon
    Make water a habit

    When you first try to increase your water intake you may find that even with the best intentions you can forget to drink your target amount throughout the day, but keep going.

    It takes time to embed a new habit and you can do yourself a favour by setting water reminders on your phone, leaving glass bottles of water in your car, on your desk, at home.

    Or keep a lovely jug of filtered water in your fridge at home or near your workspace containing the amount of water you want to drink each day or a time marked water bottle.

    Start the day the healthy way

    Drinking water first thing has so many health benefits including boosting your metabolism, especially if it is warm with a slice of lemon.

    I always recommend one to two glasses of water first thing in the morning. You’ve been asleep for six to 10 hours, so it’s time to hydrate. This can even replace morning coffee, as rehydrating the body and brain will lead to clearer thinking and better energy.

    Filtered water

    Filtering water improves the taste and smell of water, often by reducing chlorine, which is added to kill harmful bacteria. Some filters can also reduce other contaminants such as lead, benzene, MTBE, chloramines, and PCBs.

    There are many types of water filters as well as many types of water filtering technologies. Finding the “best one” depends on the amount of space you can afford to clear out for it, your budget, and the specific water contaminants in your area.

    If you can’t access a filter for your water, then let drinking water stand at room temp for an hour or more, this reduces the amount of chlorine in drinking water, as the chlorine will evaporate.

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    We’re working to tackle suicide

    We’re working to tackle suicide

    Almost one person every week dies by suicide in North Lanarkshire.

    This season, we are continuing our support of North Lanarkshire Council’s efforts to save lives.

    We are working in partnership with them to help tackle suicide in local communities.

    Our players will carry the Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire logo on their sleeves throughout the 2020/21 campaign.

    As well as other initiatives, we will also be displaying helpline information around Fir Park Stadium.

    “Mental health worries have increased for many people during the coronavirus pandemic and the need to raise awareness about suicide prevention has never been greater,” Lynne MacDonald, Suicide Prevention Lead Officer at North Lanarkshire Council said.

    “Motherwell FC are long-standing partners in our campaign to prevent the tragedy of suicide in our communities. The club has always embraced the opportunity to raise awareness around this very sensitive subject.

    “Football provides a platform for reaching out to people. By displaying the suicide prevention logo on their strips, people across the county will see it.

    “We are so grateful to everyone at Motherwell FC for supporting this campaign. This partnership provides a visible and positive step towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of people across Scotland.”

    Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell FC, added: “It is important to us as a club, and a central part of this community, to continue our support for this initiative.

    “Suicide affects so many families in this area and has had a direct impact on young supporters’ families in recent months. We want everyone to know that support is out there, and the first step towards it is to talk to someone.”

    For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/safer or call 0800 073 0918.

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    Callum Lang signs for Motherwell

    Callum Lang signs for Motherwell

    Callum Lang is the latest addition to the Motherwell squad for the 2020/21 campaign.

    The forward signs on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic, subject to international clearance. He will wear the number 29 jersey.

    “I can’t wait to get started,” said the 21-year-old. “I’ve only heard good things about the club. It sounds like the perfect place for me.

    “The manager has told me all about how we train, how we play and how he can improve me as a player. I think I can really push on in this team and help them.

    “I spoke to Cédric Kipré about coming here as well and he spoke very highly of the club. It was a chance I absolutely had to take.”

    Lang has scored one goal every 228 minutes in his career to date in Leagues One and Two in England.

    Having joined Wigan as a youngster in 2013, he has spent time on loan in recent years at Morecambe, Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.

    “I’m really pleased to get Callum signed,” said manager Stephen Robinson.

    “We’ve tried a few times to get him before, so we’re delighted to have been able to this time.

    “He can play anywhere across the front three. He will add more goals and creativity to our front line, and add more competition for places.”

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    Our new shorts partner Document Solutions

    Our new shorts partner Document Solutions

    Document Solutions are our new partners, taking pride of place on our first team shorts for the 2020/21 season.

    We’re delighted to welcome the company, who are innovative leaders within the industry of office, print and communications across Scotland and Ireland.

    Their diverse range of photocopiers, printers, MFDs and software solutions enables them to provide a ‘best fit’ solution for each client.

    “We care passionately about our clients and our staff, as well as significantly supporting many needy causes across Scotland and Ireland,” Gerry Strain, managing director of Document Solutions, said.

    “It’s really clear to me as the owner of Document Solutions that the excellent values of Motherwell Football Club in all that they do. How they conduct themselves is very much aligned with our own mission statement of honesty, integrity and trust.

    “As the club embarks upon a new season with the added excitement of European football, Document Solutions are delighted to support them fully and work in partnership with them. We wish them every success.

    “We are also keen to provide companies associated with the club some unique offerings for their business environments at extremely preferential rates and additionally, we’d like to invite supporters of Motherwell Football Club to follow us on our social media platforms for giveaways and competitions.

    “We trust that this partnership will prove beneficial for both parties and will be the beginning of a long, successful association.”

    Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell FC, added: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Document Solutions as the club’s official shorts partner for the first team.

    “The company are well established in Scotland and Ireland and have premises in the Lanarkshire area, which make them a great fit for the club.

    “We’re very much looking forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

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    Next up: Ross County

    Next up: Ross County

    The Scottish Premiership returns for 2020/21 on Monday 3 August as Motherwell travel to take on Ross County.

    The final fixture of the first round of action kicks off at 7.45pm BST.

    The game is broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, and is also available to watch on our live service outside of the UK and Ireland.

    Tale of the tape

    Stephen Robinson’s side were the victors in the last encounter between the pair in March, with a 4-1 win at Fir Park coming courtesy of an Allan Campbell double and strikes from Mark O’Hara and Tony Watt.

    Motherwell also won on their last trip to Dingwall, coming from one down on Boxing Day to equalise through debutant Ross MacIver before Declan Gallagher’s sensational last-minute winner.

    Form guide

    ‘Well ended their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw with Hamilton on Saturday. That followed defeat at Rangers, a 3-2 home loss to Kilmarnock and a 1-0 win over Dundee United.

    County were defeated 2-0 away to Celtic on Sunday in a closed-doors friendly.

    Watch or listen live

    In the UK, the only place to see the game live is on Sky Sports. Online pay-per-view will not be available.

    There will be audio commentary available on our live streaming service, priced at £6.99 per month or £70 for the season. Sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Outside of the UK and Ireland, you can watch a video stream of the match through our live service.

    All Scottish Premiership games, home and away, are available to view on our live streaming platform to fans based abroad.

    Priced at £150 for the season, or £15 per month, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

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    Pay-per-view of Motherwell matches available

    Pay-per-view of Motherwell matches available

    The majority of our forthcoming Scottish Premiership games will be available to watch online on a pay-per-view basis in the UK and Ireland.

    While we remain behind closed doors or in partially-closed stadiums, we will be able to bring you the games at Fir Park via our live streaming platform.

    Access passes for home league matches will be sold for £12 and can be bought for individual games at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Season ticket holders will continue to receive live streams of home league matches as a free add-on. You do not have to pay anything extra.

    When we’re on the road, most of our opponents will also sell access to the game via their own respective live platforms. Full details on a match-by-match basis will be provided nearer the time. Each club may set a different price for pay-per-view at their stadiums and most will charge more than £12.

    The only exception will be if a match is picked by Sky Sports for live TV broadcast. Those games will be unavailable for pay-per-view purchase in the UK and Ireland, whether we are at home or away.

    That means our season opener at Ross County will be exclusively on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, as will our trip to face Hibernian on Saturday 15 August.

    Our first pay-per-view fixture will come against Dundee United at home on Saturday, 8 August. Kick-off is at 3pm BST. That is then followed by the visit of Livingston on Wednesday, 12 August at 7.45pm. Details on how to buy will be communicated shortly.

    Want more in the UK and Ireland?

    You can add on a subscription to your season ticket package which gets you guaranteed live audio from every away game, as well as the chance to watch 90 minutes back in full and the match highlights from 10pm after every match.

    Priced at £6.99 per month or £70 for the season, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

    Based outside the UK and Ireland?

    All Scottish Premiership games, home and away, are available to view on our live streaming platform to fans based abroad.

    Priced at £150 for the season, or £15 per month, sign up at live.motherwellfc.co.uk today.

    Got a season ticket?

    You’ll be able to watch every Scottish Premiership match played at Fir Park, whether it is on Sky Sports or not. Guaranteed.

    First, head to live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Have your season card ready.

    Then press sign in in the top right corner and enter your details using the following example:

    Username: firstname-surname-customernumber
    Password: customernumber

    For example, Joe Bloggs’ customer number on his season ticket is 24141.

    He would sign in as joe-bloggs-24141
    His password would be 24141

    Please change your password after you sign in for the first time.

    Your customer number is displayed on your season card. If you don’t know it, please call 01698 333333 between 9am and 5pm, or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    If you have more than one season ticket in your family, you will each have your own login details. You may only receive one email if you share an email address on our system.

    If you have two first names on your season card, for example your name is Peter John Morrison, then please put a space between your first names in your username.

    If you can’t login, please email tvsupport@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Guide to get the best live streaming experience

    Guide to get the best live streaming experience

    We want to make sure you get the best possible picture when watching our live stream of games.

    Our guide should help you overcome any difficulties you encounter. Should this guide not address your issue, please email MotherwellTV@Streamdigital.TV.

    Remember – if you’re a season ticket holder, you will need to create a new account to watch PPV matches, such as our Betfred Cup game with St Johnstone.


    What do I need?

    For access to the live streaming, your device should comply with the following minimum system requirements or else you may experience issues such as ghosting, low frame rates, pixelation, low-quality sound, poor picture quality and/or stuttering.

    • CPU i5 or higher; (b) 8GB memory; (c) Operating Systems: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.7+, iOS 11.3 or higher; and (d) newest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, or Safari (with JavaScript enabled). Other browsers may work but are unsupported.
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    My stream is buffering

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    It’s not working through my smart tv?

    If you are trying to watch the broadcast directly through the browser on your Smart TV, we cannot guarantee this will work. There are so many variations on the market with different browsers and firmware that one TV by a manufacturer may be different from another TV by the same manufacturer.

    If you can download Google Chrome on your Smart TV it should help. But, again, this is no guarantee. The best way to watch through your TV is to connect a device to it using an HDMI cable.

    What do I do if I am having problems with my Live Broadcast Stream on a matchday?

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    All our video links offer adaptive streaming, which means it will always try to give you the highest quality. Sometimes this may not be the best option for your device, internet provider or home network so we recommend trying them all.

    Depending on what you choose you may notice a drop in quality, but it can provide a steadier stream with less buffering.

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    Any issues with the broadcast will be announced through the club Twitter feed and social channels.


    Why am I getting an ‘invalid credentials’ message?

    When you purchase the PPV stream through the PPV site, you need to ensure that you watch the game on the same site. Your PPV credentials will not work on the regular live site and vice versa. To avoid this please bookmark the PPV site after you purchase it.

    Logged in on one device but not accepted on the other?

    If you purchase the match pass on one device, for example, your phone, but wish to watch it on another, say your laptop, then you will need to ensure that you have fully logged out before logging back in.

    To do this, click sign out on your phone and then refresh the page. Then you can log in on the other device. If you are still having trouble, please clear your cache and cookies on your browsers for both devices and retry logging in.


    The most likely reason you will be kicked out of the video stream of the live game will be because someone else has logged with your details as you. You will need to ask the other person to stop logging in as you if you wish to continue watching the game uninterrupted.

    Another reason could be that your connection is not strong enough to live stream the match. In this instance please try resetting your router and closing all open tabs on your device and log in again.

    Can I Cast?

    You should be able to screenshare the live broadcast to compatible Smart TVs using an app such as Chromecast or Apple Airplay.

    Android devices to Android TVs seem to be working well and links one, two and four work well for this.

    Apple / iOS devices work via AirPlay with Apple TVs. Apple / iOS devices to Android TVs seem to be causing some issues. We would recommend using a cabled HDMI solution for this to ensure the stream works for you or staying on your iOS device.

    As an alternative, laptops & MacBooks offer casting options too and people are reporting success through Firesticks using the browser Amazon Silk.

    Chromecast should work with one of the links if you are connecting from an Android device to your Chromecast device. From testing, links one, two and four should display the Chromecast icon on the player if your Android device is on the same network as your Chromecast.

    Apple have disabled their iOS devices from directly working with Chromecast through the web and you will have to download an app from their App Store. There are many to choose from and we cannot recommend any 1in particular but we have tested a few with success. Please be aware some of these apps have ads running within them and these are not coming from our site and we in no way endorse any or all of these products.

    Again, for Apple/iOS devices, if you want to connect to your TV please also consider an HDMI cable.


    Why am I not seeing anything / a white box?

    If you are not seeing anything or see a white screen displayed, this tends to be a browser issue, log out, close the browser completely and try an alternative browser. We suggest Google Chrome as it tends to be easy to use.

    You may need to update your browser, the most common browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Firefox. A simple Google query will help you find the correct place to update your browser.

    Anti-virus/security software can also block the video player and you will need to temporarily disable this software during the match before you login. VPNs and proxies will also interfere with the website and again will need to be disabled before logging in.

    You may also be logging into the wrong site that has the same login details as another site.