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  • First team

    Players take on the yes/no challenge

  • First team

    Nick Daws // Motherwell’s recruitment plan

  • Women

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 opener

  • First team

    Choose your August player of the month

  • Club

    Club posts record season ticket numbers

  • Club

    Sit in our socially-distanced section

  • First team

    INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Home comforts

  • Club

    Channel Finance are new main sponsors of our women’s team

  • Club

    Join our mental health awareness e-clinic

  • First team

    Max Johnston loaned to Queen of the South

  • First team

    Players take on the yes/no challenge

    How long can you answer questions without saying yes or no?

    Sean Goss, Ricki Lamie and Juhani Ojala went head-to-head to see who could outwit their opponent and come out on top.

  • First team

    Nick Daws // Motherwell’s recruitment plan

    With a high number of players departing at the end of the 2020/21 season, Motherwell manager Graham Alexander had the opportunity to put his own mark on the squad in the summer transfer window.

    With the assistance of his new head of recruitment operations Nick Daws, 12 players were recruited for the new campaign.

    Daws outlines how the recruitment process works for the club, what goes into a transfer, and the stresses of deadline day.

  • Women

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 opener

    ‘Well lose in SWPL1 opener

    Motherwell suffered defeat to Glasgow City in a tough SWPL1 encounter at Petershill Park on Sunday.

    Priscila Chinchilla netted the early opener, before Claire Walsh added a second from a well-worked corner. Ode Fulutudilu would add a third from close range, before adding a fourth on the stroke of half time.

    Taylor Fisher would fire home the fifth, before Vital Kats late effort settled a 6-0 defeat for Motherwell.

    The hosts would take the lead in the opening minute.

    Kats’ perfectly-weighted pass sliced through the Motherwell defence, leaving Chinchilla through on goal, and the forward skilfully rounded Khym Ramsay before slotting her strike into the empty net.

    City would double their advantage minutes later.

    Tyler Dodds’ floated corner found Walsh unmarked in the box, and the defender powerfully placed her header past Ramsay into the right corner to put the hosts in control early on.

    The champions continued to show their early dominance and would add a third on the 20-minute mark.

    A well-worked counter-attack allowed Fulutudilu to break with pace, and winger raced through on goal before rounding Ramsay and applying the finishing touch from close range.

    The hosts would add a fourth in the latter stages of the first half.

    Cailin Michie’s long ball was misjudged by Ramsay, and Chinchilla’s pass allowed Fulutudilu to add her second of the game from a few yards out.

    Motherwell would almost pull one back on the stroke of half-time. Kaela McDonald-Nguah’s long range effort was spilled by Erin Clachers, but the keeper recovered in time to keep the score at 4-0.

    Glasgow City would be awarded a penalty minutes into the second half, after Kats’ diagonal cross appeared to strike Gill Inglis’ hand in the box.

    Substitute Mairead Fulton stepped up but her low driven effort was superbly stopped by Ramsay in the Motherwell goal.

    Fisher would add a fifth on the hour mark. Dodds’ in-swinging cross fell kindly to Fisher at the edge of the box, and the forward rifled her strike into the bottom corner to secure the three points for the hosts.

    City would continue to punish a depleted Motherwell side and would add a sixth after 65 minutes.

    An exceptional interchange of play found Kats at the edge of the box, and the midfielder’s side footed effort sailed into the top right corner.

    Motherwell will now look to redeem themselves as they face a home encounter with Hibs next week, as they search for their first three points this season.

  • First team

    Choose your August player of the month

    Choose your August player of the month

    It’s time to pick your Paycare player of the month for August.

    Motherwell picked up seven points from their four league matches, defeating Livingston and Dundee, drawing at St Johnstone and narrowly losing out to Hibernian in a thrilling affair.

    Tony Watt netted three times during the month.

    His first came away to St Johnstone in a 1-1 draw, before his equaliser set the team on their way to a comeback 2-1 win at Livingston.

    His goal against Dundee at the end of the month was enough to secure a 1-0 win, and a first home league victory of the season.

    Liam Kelly also contributed heavily to the points haul, with a number of crucial saves across the month.

    His form also led to a return to the Scotland squad for their FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

    Jake Carroll fired in three assists across the month, setting up both goals against Hibernian and then the free-kick which led to Watt’s winner against Dundee.

    Recruited in the summer, Juhani Ojala has also brought vast experience to the defence.

    The Finn featured three times, growing in confidence and stature and in particular standing out with his defensive display against Dundee in the final game of the month.

  • Club

    Club posts record season ticket numbers

    Club posts record season ticket numbers

    We have broken our record number of season ticket holders.

    Despite all the challenges of the pandemic and the ongoing difficulties, our supporter base has continued to grow and thrive as we return fans to Fir Park.

    Our season ticket total sits currently at 5,226, far exceeding our record number and with a further increase anticipated before our next home match with Aberdeen.

    A total of 4,784 supporters purchased season tickets for the 2021/22 campaign, surpassing the previous record sales total of 4,488.

    Of that number, 3,732 fans carried their tickets over from 2020/21, with 1,052 others purchasing new.

    Our Well In scheme has further boosted that number, with our staff continuing to process applications with a view to reaching a total of 1,000 distributed free season tickets before our next home match with Aberdeen.

    Encouraging attendance

    We are keen to encourage all supporters to use their season tickets when possible.

    If there is anything we can do to help, or you have any feedback, please email us anytime on tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Socially-distanced section

    We want all supporters to feel safe to return to Fir Park as soon as possible.

    Following supporter feedback, we are opening a limited capacity section for our next home match with Aberdeen where social distancing measures will be in place.

    Fans in these sections in the north and south ends of the Phil O’Donnell Stand will be asked to keep a 1.5m distance from others not in their household, and to wear masks at all times.

    If you are a season ticket holder who would like to relocate to these sections for the next game, please let us know by completing this form.

    Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be in touch prior to the match to confirm your seat change, and to send you a temporary ticket to gain entry.

    If there are seats available once all season ticket holders have applied, we will offer tickets for public sale in the section.

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee social distancing on stairwells, in toilets and at kiosks. Stewards will endeavour to maintain safe distancing in turnstile queues.

  • Club

    Sit in our socially-distanced section

    Sit in our socially-distanced section

    We want all supporters to feel safe to return to Fir Park as soon as possible.

    Following supporter feedback, we are opening a limited capacity section for our next home match with Aberdeen where social distancing measures will be in place.

    Fans in these sections in the north and south ends of the Phil O’Donnell Stand will be asked to keep a 1.5m distance from others not in their household, and to wear masks at all times.

    If you are a season ticket holder who would like to relocate to these sections for the next game, please let us know by completing this form.

    Applications are on a first-come, first-served basis. We will be in touch prior to the match to confirm your seat change, and to send you a temporary ticket to gain entry.

    If there are seats available once all season ticket holders have applied, we will offer tickets for public sale in the section.

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee social distancing on stairwells, in toilets and at kiosks. Stewards will endeavour to maintain safe distancing in turnstile queues.

  • First team

    INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Home comforts

    https://youtu.be/59kyIQK5Q4c

    Things are finally getting fully back to normal in ML1.

    The match with Hibernian at the start of August marked the first return for all season ticket holders, as well as the first away support in the cinch Premiership since Covid issues began in March 2020.

    The club’s vice-captain Liam Kelly spent time on loan at the club in the second half of the 2020/21 season, but never got to play in front of fans. Now back at the club permanently, he discusses the emotions of finally getting to line up in front of supporters at Fir Park.

    Darragh O’Connor is one of the new faces at the club this summer.

    The Irish central defender arrived from Leicester City and has quickly settled into life in Scotland, with another popular new recruit close by.

    On the field, a difficult trip to Livingston brought a moment of history, while the month ended with another bumper home crowd as Dundee paid a visit.

  • Club

    Channel Finance are new main sponsors of our women’s team

    Channel Finance are new main sponsors of our women’s team

    Channel Finance are the new main sponsor of our women’s team.

    The partnership will see the Channel Finance logo featured across the women’s team shirts in all competitive home and away games for the next two seasons.

    Channel Finance are an established business finance broker in the area, offering a full portfolio of financial products. The company provide clients with a professional service with access to an array of lending possibilities.

    “I am delighted to announce this partnership and I am sure Channel Finance will reap the benefits from our women playing at the top level of Scottish women’s football and TV coverage from the BBC,” Suzanne Reid, head of commercial and marketing at Motherwell FC, said.

    “I look forward to working with Michael and his team and thank him for his support”.

    Michael Savage, group CEO at Channel Finance, added: “The opportunity to support Motherwell is a personal and watershed moment as I am extremely passionate about football and the local sporting community.

    “The partnership aligns timely with our own plans to diversify our business and culture with bringing more women into our group.

    “The successful appointment of Donna Kerr, our new commercial director partner, will enable us to invest more time with our clients and the opportunity to help and support the local community.

    “This is an exciting new era for both the club and Channel Finance. Both myself and Donna are thrilled to be on this journey and are looking forward to a fantastic season and supporting the extended Motherwell football community with any financial advice they may need.”

  • Club

    Join our mental health awareness e-clinic

    Join our mental health awareness e-clinic

    Paycare Wellbeing has joined forces with partners in Scotland to organise a Motherwell mental health awareness e-clinic.

    The free virtual event, which is aimed at individuals and businesses who want to learn more about wellbeing, will run from 10am until 11am on Wednesday 8 September.

    Booking your free place couldn’t be easier – simply click here.

    It’s being run in conjunction with Motherwell FC and will feature guests Robert Nesbitt from the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Aaron Connolly from Time to Tackle.

    SAMH has been running for almost 100 years, launching in 1923, and is Scotland’s national mental health charity which works with adults and young people to provide support within social care, primary care, schools and other settings.

    Time to Tackle was set up by Aaron and Siobhán Connolly after Aaron struggled to find support for his mental health.

    They run an award-winning Football Therapy programme and aim to challenge stigma, promote open and honest conversations, and create peer support networks to combat loneliness.

    “We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Motherwell FC even further by jointly hosting a free webinar focused around mental health,” Paycare’s wellbeing manager Kerry B Mitchell explained.

    “I’ll be sharing some information about various conditions and risk factors, tips on approaching difficult conversations, signposting pathways, and some of the statistics and myths around mental health.

    “I’m sure with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and Time to Tackle both joining us on the e-clinic that it’ll be a really interesting and informative hour for those attending.

    “It’s so important for us all to be having these conversations, especially with more of us than ever likely to develop mental ill health during our lifetimes – and I’d like to thank Motherwell FC for their commitment to highlighting this issue.”

  • First team

    Max Johnston loaned to Queen of the South

    Max Johnston loaned to Queen of the South

    Max Johnston has joined Queen of the South on loan.

    The Scotland Under 19 international moves to the Championship club until the end of the 2021/22 season.

    “We feel this loan will greatly benefit Max’s progress at this stage of his career,” manager Graham Alexander said.

    “He’s already made his senior debut and we were looking for a club at a level we feel can help him improve his game and come back a more experienced player, with the target of becoming a regular for our team.

    “We are pleased he will get that from this move. His aim now is to show the quality needed to play week in, week out in the Championship.”

    Johnston, 17, made his Motherwell debut as a substitute against Hamilton Academical in February this year, before making his first start the following week against St Johnstone.