Motherwell B will face Stranraer in the first round of the SPFL Trust Trophy.
The young Steelmen will be away in the tie, which will be played on 10/11 August 2021.
The venue and kick-off time will be confirmed shortly.
Should they progress, ‘Well will host Partick Thistle on September 4/5.
Five fast facts about Liam Kelly
Monday 05 July 2021
Liam Kelly made his return to Motherwell on Monday, signing on a permanent basis from QPR.
Here’s a quick refresher on what we’re getting from the goalkeeper.
Here to stay
Having been on loan last campaign, Kelly has now signed a three-year deal at Fir Park.
Taking the number one jersey, the move on a permanent basis is a coup for the club and an important step in manager Graham Alexander’s recruitment plans.
From 21 appearances for the Steelmen in his first spell, Kelly kept seven clean sheets and was a vital match winner on many occasions, with a succession of important saves.
Held in high regard
Despite only making the move on loan from QPR in January, Kelly’s performances earned him the accolade of being voted the players’ player of the season at Motherwell in 2020/21.
His genuine surprise – and pride – at being named was captured on camera after the final game of the season, and was a well-earned prize after quickly becoming an influential figure on and off the pitch.
After impressing in the Premiership with Livingston in 2018/19, the ‘keeper rightly earned a call into the Scotland squad for Euro qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino.
Kelly had to make do with a place on the bench for both matches, but no doubt remains in the thoughts of the national team going into the next round of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Keeping it in the family
The goalkeeper’s family are also involved in football. His brother Sean – a defender – is with Falkirk, having previously been with Ross County, AFC Wimbledon and St Mirren.
His younger brother is also in St Mirren’s academy as a goalkeeper.
Liam Kelly returns to Motherwell
Monday 05 July 2021
Liam Kelly has returned to Motherwell.
The goalkeeper, who spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at the club, joins on a permanent basis from Queen’s Park Rangers on a three-year deal.
“It’s brilliant to have Liam back with us and even better that he’s now our player,” manager Graham Alexander said of the signing.
“It’s been a long process but the board have been great with their patience and backing as we worked to get this deal done.
“We all saw Liam’s qualities first-hand last season, and I know how much he enjoyed his time with us previously.
“His ability, professionalism and drive will improve us again. Everyone is delighted to see him back in a Motherwell shirt.”
Voted players’ player of the year for his contribution last season, the Scotland international squad member kept seven clean sheets from 21 appearances.
Starting his career at Rangers, an early loan spell at East Fife then led to time with Livingston, where his form in their first season back in the Premiership earned him international recognition and a move to England.
Kelly will take the number one jersey at the club and will begin training with his teammates again on Tuesday. His move remains pending international clearance.
Katie Andrews joins Motherwell
Monday 05 July 2021
Goalkeeper Katie Andrews is the next addition to our squad ahead of the new SWPL1 season.
The 16-year-old joins Paul Brownlie’s squad for the forthcoming season, having most recently played for Queen’s Park.
Andrews also played for Central Ladies and trained with the Glasgow City first team at the age of 14.
“I have known Katie for a number of years through the national setup,” head coach Brownlie said.
“I wanted to strengthen the goalkeeping position this season and despite her only being 16, I see her as the potential number one goalkeeper at the club.”
Gill Inglis signs new deal
Friday 02 July 2021
Gill Inglis has agreed a new deal with Motherwell.
The versatile midfielder has extended her stay at the club for a third campaign.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Gill,” head coach Paul Brownlie said.
“From the minute I walked in the door her attitude has been excellent.
“Gill has real leadership qualities both on and off the pitch.”
Often having to cover in multiple positions, Inglis has impressed since she joined the club in 2019.
She demonstrated her experience and leadership in leading the team to a sixth-place position last season as captain of the team.
“I’m delighted to be extending my stay at Motherwell,” said Inglis.
“With Paul coming in, it’s clear he’s keen to drive a positive change in the club and I’m keen to play my part in that.”
Kevin van Veen signs for Motherwell
Friday 02 July 2021
Kevin van Veen is a Motherwell player.
The Dutch striker has signed a two-year deal, moving after leaving Scunthorpe United at the end of last season.
“Kevin’s a player I know very well from my time in England and I’m delighted to bring him up to Motherwell,” said manager Graham Alexander of his new recruit, who will wear the number nine jersey.
“He’s made a great impression on the other players while training with us.
“His ability on the ball and to score goals is something that we will all benefit from.
“I know how excited he is about this challenge, and we’re just as happy to have him.
“I am certain he can help achieve success.”
The 30-year-old started his professional career in the Netherlands with Helmond Sport, having spent time as a youth player at PSV Eindhoven, and went on to feature for lower-league sides Dijkse Boys, UDI ’19 and JVC Cuijk.
A move in 2014 to Top OSS, where he netted 16 goals in 21 Eerste Divisie matches, then saw Scunthorpe United take him to England’s League One a year later, where he was managed by the current ‘Well boss.
A short loan spell in the Eredivisie with Cambuur came in between 116 appearances for the Iron, with a move to Northampton Town following in 2017.
Netting 10 goals in 38 matches, he then returned to Scunthorpe in 2019.
Leanne Crichton joins Motherwell
Thursday 01 July 2021
Leanne Crichton has signed up for Motherwell for the forthcoming 2021/22 SWPL1 campaign.
The Scotland midfielder has been recruited as both a player and as assistant to new boss Paul Brownlie.
“I’m delighted to have signed with Motherwell,” said Crichton.
“I have worked with Paul previously and this was an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse.
“I believe this is the beginning of something really exciting and hope together we can bring success to this football club.”
Crichton amassed 72 international caps in her career in dark blue, as well as playing at club level for Celtic, Hibernian, Notts County and most notably Glasgow City.
It was with the perennial champions she lifted multiple league titles and featured in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
“I’m thrilled to have Leanne here at Motherwell,” head coach Paul Brownlie said of his signing.
“It’s a massive statement to bring someone with the level of experience Leanne has.
“She is an incredible professional both on and off the pitch, with a real winning mentality.
“Leanne will also join the coaching staff as the assistant manager. I know the standards Leanne sets and that’s why I worked so hard to bring her here to Motherwell.”
Pre-order your 2021/22 home kit
Thursday 01 July 2021
The Motherwell FC home kit for the 2021/22 season is now available to pre-order.
This year’s strip will mark our homecoming to Fir Park, after spending the last campaign without fans in the stadium.
We know how important our colours are. Now it’s emblazoned on the inside of the neck too, with our necktape stating “claret and amber colours true”.
A new rubberised silicon badge allows for a sharper design, colour and increased comfort. Plus there’s claret and amber flashes throughout our kit on the collar and cuffs.
We return to claret shorts, with an amber side panel with white trim. The socks also have our claret, amber and white detail, with a claret top and amber bottom.
Not-for-profit health cash plan provider Paycare again sponsor our kit, while we continue to raise awareness of the importance of the anti-suicide message on our sleeve through North Lanarkshire Suicide Prevention. Glen’s Vodka also feature once again on the back of the neck.
2021/22 squad numbers
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Our squad numbers for the 2021/22 season have been set.
Notable changes include the moves to number five for Bevis Mugabi and six for Barry Maguire, as well as Steven Lawless taking the number 11 jersey and Stephen O’Donnell switching to number two.
New signings Kaiyne Woolery, Justin Amaluzor and Connor Shields take seven, 17 and 29 respectively.
Motherwell 2021/22 squad numbers
Reserves & Under 18s
Twelve academy graduates turn professional
Monday 28 June 2021
Twelve players have graduated from our youth academy to sign professional terms with the club.
At the back, 17-year-old New Zealand-born goalkeeper Lawton Green is joined by left-back Ewan Wilson and central defenders Sam Campbell, Logan Dunachie and Ali Gould.
In midfield, Adam MacDonald, Kian Speirs and Daniel Hunter all make the step up after rising through from the early age groups.
Forwards Corey O’Donnell and Cody McLeod featured for the first team in the friendly at Dumbarton on Saturday, and turn professional this summer alongside fellow attackers Muhammad Adam and Richard Tambwe.
“We’re delighted for all the boys stepping up and signing professional terms,” Motherwell’s academy director Steven Hammell said.
“We’re excited to see what they have to offer. Every single one of them have plenty of motivation as how their careers can now progress at this club.
“It’s over to them now to continue their development. With the coaching on offer and the people around them who can help them succeed, we’re hopeful they will now show the attitude and application to take their chance.”