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  • Women

    New away kit launched for SWPL1’s return

  • First team

    Next up: Kilmarnock

  • Club

    ‘The game that never was’ programme fundraiser

  • Women

    SWPL1 season resumes on 4 April

  • First team

    Ross MacIver joins Partick Thistle on loan

  • First team

    Yusuf Hussain loaned to Brechin City

  • First team

    Liam Kelly is February player of the month

  • First team

    Manager reacts to win over Livingston

  • First team

    Motherwell 3-1 Livingston

  • First team

    Manager previews the visit of Livingston

  • Women

    New away kit launched for SWPL1’s return

    New away kit launched for SWPL1’s return

    Back in action with a special kit to mark our return.

    Motherwell get back to Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 action on Sunday 4 April, after a break in the season due to Covid-19.

    To mark the comeback, our players have designed their own special away strip in conjunction with You Are My Sunshine, a North Lanarkshire-based mental health charity.

    You can buy yours on pre-order now. The profits from every sale will be donated to YAMS. Shirts will be delivered in mid-to-late May.

    “You Are My Sunshine (YAMS), Gemma’s Mental Health Charity started in 2018 after our chair, Rhonda Jones, lost her younger sister Gemma to suicide,” said a spokesperson for the charity.

    “After recognising the lack of mental health support available in the area, Rhonda and a group of local volunteers decided to turn the tragedy and grief of Gemma’s death into a positive action, to ensure services and support was accessible to all in a timely manner and to prevent another person and another family going through the same pain they had suffered.”

    To find out more about YAMS, or seek support, visit them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, go to their website or email enquiries@yams.org.uk.

    “We are delighted to be combining the launch of a new kit with support for YAMS,” added Alan Burrows, chief executive of Motherwell FC.

    “The role they play in offering mental health support is invaluable and we are delighted to partner with them to spread the message further.

    “We also extend our thanks to Pitch Teamwear for helping with the creation and purchase of the kits.”

  • First team

    Next up: Kilmarnock

    Next up: Kilmarnock

    Motherwell head to Kilmarnock in the final Scottish Premiership fixture before the league split.

    Kick-off at Rugby Park on Saturday is at 3pm.

    Watch live

    If you’re in the UK or Republic of Ireland, a live stream of the game is available to buy on a pay-per-view basis for £12.50 direct from Kilmarnock.

    International-based supporters can watch via their usual subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Tale of the tape

    Motherwell have won three of their last five against Kilmarnock, drawing one and losing one.

    The latest match came in Ayrshire on 10 February, with Allan Campbell’s goal the difference in a 1-0 win for the visitors.

    Earlier in the campaign, Kilmarnock were 2-0 winners at Fir Park, their first win in the fixture since December 2018.

    Form guide

    Victory over Livingston in the last outing made it two wins on the bounce for Graham Alexander’s side, and the third game in a row undefeated.

    The Steelmen sit 10 points above bottom-side Kilmarnock going into the match, the sixth last league game of the 2020/21 season.

    Killie are without a win in 10 matches, during which time they’ve drawn one and lost nine.

    A victory over Hamilton came at home on 9 January, before defeats to Hibernian, Livingston, St Johnstone, Celtic, St Mirren, Motherwell, Rangers, Aberdeen and Ross County.

  • Club

    ‘The game that never was’ programme fundraiser

    ‘The game that never was’ programme fundraiser

    We’re raising funds for SAMH by selling off programmes from ‘the game that never was’ against Aberdeen on 13 March 2020.

    The fixture at Fir Park was cancelled on the day football shut down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, with Motherwell ending the curtailed season in third spot in the Premiership.

    We’ve 300 copies of the programme that was printed to give away in exchange for a donation of your choice to SAMH, Scotland’s largest mental health charity.

    The cover price was £3, but you’re welcome to donate as you see fit for a great cause. All monies raised go directly to SAMH.

    To donate and get your hands on a copy, head to our JustGiving page.

    Once you’ve received a receipt of your donation by email, forward it on to us at tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk, and we’ll hold you a copy for collection when it’s safe to do so.

  • Women

    SWPL1 season resumes on 4 April

    SWPL1 season resumes on 4 April

    Our SWPL1 campaign will resume on Sunday 4 April at home to Forfar Farmington.

    After an enforced break due to Covid-19, Motherwell will play the remaining 14 games between then and Sunday 6 June.

    Contingency is in place to scrap the last seven matches, should circumstances over the resumption of sport change.

    Motherwell currently occupy seventh spot in the table with seven games played.

    Full list of 2020/21 SWPL1 remaining fixtures
    4 AprilForfar FarmingtonRavenscraig, 2pm
    11 AprilHibernianAinslie Park, 2pm
    18 AprilGlasgow CityPetershill Park, 2pm
    21 AprilHeartsRavenscraig, 7pm
    25 AprilSpartansAinslie Park, 2pm
    2 MayRangersDalziel Park, 2pm
    9 MayCelticK-Park, 2pm
    12 MayForfar FarmingtonStation Park, 7pm
    16 MayHibernianRavenscraig, 2pm
    19 MayGlasgow CityRavenscraig, 7pm
    23 MayHeartsOriam, 2pm
    26 MaySpartansRavenscraig, 7pm
    30 MayRangersRangers Training Centre, 2pm
    6 JuneCelticRavenscraig, 2pm

     

  • First team

    Ross MacIver joins Partick Thistle on loan

    Ross MacIver joins Partick Thistle on loan

    Ross MacIver has moved on loan to Partick Thistle for the rest of the season.

    The forward spent the first half of the season in the Championship with Morton, making nine appearances and netting in the Renfrewshire derby with St Mirren.

    A scorer on his debut for Motherwell in a 2-1 win at Ross County in December 2019, MacIver has made nine appearances in claret and amber to date.

  • First team

    Yusuf Hussain loaned to Brechin City

    Yusuf Hussain loaned to Brechin City

    Yusuf Hussain has been loaned to Brechin City for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

    The defender joins the League Two side as they prepare for the resumption of their campaign.

    Hussain, 19, will now have the opportunity to gain first-team minutes, having featured largely for Motherwell’s second string and appearing on the substitutes’ bench for Graham Alexander’s men.

  • First team

    Liam Kelly is February player of the month

    Liam Kelly is February player of the month

    Liam Kelly is your February player of the month.

    The goalkeeper won the public vote in the award, sponsored by our main partners Paycare.

    Kelly was an influential figure in the month for Motherwell, keeping three clean sheets and pulling off pivotal saves, particularly against Dundee United, Hibernian and Livingston.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to win over Livingston

    “It’s a great win. We’ve set the bar. We can’t come off it.”

    Graham Alexander on the 3-1 win over Livingston.

  • First team

    Motherwell 3-1 Livingston

    Motherwell 3-1 Livingston

    Another solid team performance and emphatic win earned Motherwell a huge three points to further ease relegation worries.

    A Devante Cole double had ‘Well in control before Jack Fitzwater’s goal raised Livi’s hopes.

    Man of the match Cole, though, set up Christopher Long for a decisive third to make certain of the points lifting ‘Well’s total to 35 points and 10 ahead of Kilmarnock, whom they meet in two week’s time.

    Graham Alexander not surprisingly stood by the side which performed superbly at Easter Road last week. Declan Gallagher, who returned from injury to enjoy the final 20 minutes last Saturday, had to be content with a place on the bench.

    David Martindale’s men, aiming to put their Betfred Cup final defeat behind them, still needed points to secure their top-six place.

    However, with five ex-Livi players in their squad, the Fir Park men had the measure of their opponents and controlled large spells of the game. In a dominant opening half-hour, they should have put the game beyond the Lions.

    Straight from the kick-off, the Steelmen had the Lions pinned in their own half and within 90 seconds Robbie McCrorie had produced a couple of fine saves.

    Firstly, the Livi ‘keeper raced from his line to block Jordan Roberts’ drive. Then as his defenders failed to clear the danger, Stephen O’Donnell latched on to the loose ball and rifled in a low shot which McCrorie at full stretch pushed round his post.

    A minute later the visitors survived strong appeals for a penalty. Tony Watt got his foot to the ball before Aaron Taylor-Sinclair clattered through the back off him sending him to the ground. But despite loud appeals referee Colin Steven waved play on.

    Watt was back on his feet to force a glancing header across the face of the goal before Cole rammed the ball into the side netting as ‘Well completely dominated the play.

    The home side was forced into an early substitution, as Watt failed to shake off the impact of that earlier challenge and limped off after 23 minutes with Long taking his place in the front three.

    Eight minutes later ‘Well finally made the breakthrough. Robbie Crawford’s pathway across the box was crudely blocked by Matej Poplatnik and at the second time of asking the referee pointed to the penalty spot.

    Cole confidently grabbed his sixth goal since January, slamming the ball down the centre of the goal as the ‘keeper dived to his left.

    At this stage, Livingston had scarcely been in the ‘Well half and Liam Kelly’s goal was under no threat until the minutes leading up to the interval.

    A long throw from ex-Well defender Nicky Devlin found its way to Poplatnik and his powerful downward header forced a terrific save from Kelly low down to his right.

    The ‘keeper was a spectator on the stroke of half-time, though, when Josh Mullin curled his free-kick from 25 yards over the defensive wall and off the top of the crossbar.

    Livingston started the second half more determined to push towards the home goal and after 10 minutes made a double substitution to increase their goal threat.

    It was the Fir Park men, though, who found the net again after 59 minutes.

    Jake Carroll’s hammered his free-kick from 30 yards into the wall. As the ball bounced amongst the Livi defenders at the edge of the box, the ball fell for Cole who slid a low shot beyond the diving McCrorie for his second of the afternoon.

    Before the home side could think about holding onto their two-goal lead, Livingston had reduced their advantage.

    Devlin lofted a long free-kick into a packed box and when the ball reached Fitzwater at the corner of the six-yard box he stooped to head the ball across Kelly and just inside the ‘keeper’s left-hand post.

    After 69 minutes Cole turned provider chesting down a poor clearance before playing the ball across field for Long.

    The ‘Well sub sped towards the Livi goal before clipping the ball past the advancing ‘keeper for a fine finish and restore his side’s two-goal advantage.

    Two minutes later only a brilliant intervention from Carroll prevented Livingston once again reducing ‘Well’s lead.

    Alan Forrest worked the ball onto his left foot and his angled drive from 12 yards flew past Kelly and was destined for the back of the net. However, Carroll popped up on the goal line to scoop the ball high into the air allowing Kelly to grab it under his crossbar for a remarkable recovery.

    Gallagher was given the final five minutes to help him regain match fitness but by the time a thoroughly deserved and crucial three points were in the bag.

    Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Magloire, Lamie, Carroll, Maguire, Campbell, Crawford, Roberts (McGinley 90), Watt (Long 33, Gallagher 84), Cole.

    Subs not used: Morrison, Devine, Polworth, Cornelius, Lawless, Hastie.

  • First team

    Manager previews the visit of Livingston

    “Our first objective is to stay up. That’s still the case.

    “We have to keep working really hard.”

    Graham Alexander looks ahead to the weekend visit of Livingston.