The Motherwell boss previews the cinch Premiership fixture against Ross County.
- First team
Graham Alexander looks ahead to Ross CountyFriday 24 September 2021
Celtic SWPL1 match rearrangedFriday 24 September 2021
Our postponed fixture against Celtic in SWPL1, which was due to be played on Sunday 19 September, has been rearranged to Wednesday 29 September.
The game will be played behind closed doors at the Penny Cars Stadium in Airdrie.
Kick off is 8pm.
Joe Wark to join Hall of FameThursday 23 September 2021
Joe Wark will be inducted to our Hall of Fame at our 2021 event.
Joe had begun his career in the Ayrshire juniors, running up and down Cochrane Street Park playing in the tangerine and black of Irvine Victoria. It wasn’t long before scouts from the senior ranks all over Scotland were alerted to the performances of the strong, tidy and creative player with a throw-in akin to a corner kick, which led to reports landing on managers desk up and down the country.
It was Motherwell boss Bobby Howitt who made the first move, and Joe was more than happy at the age of 20 to make the Fir Park dressing room his home for the next 16 seasons.
Strangely enough on his debut in a friendly against Tranmere Rovers in a pre-season friendly in October 1947, Joe spent 87 minutes in goal after ‘Well ‘keeper Keith McRae was injured. The clean sheet he achieved was to be the first small step on his journey towards legendary status at our club, as a Jim “Jumbo” Muir double won the game for Motherwell.
The fact that Motherwell had begun season 1968/69 in Scotland’s Division Two probably helped him make the step up in class a little easier. Joe was an ever-present in midfield, driving the club forward in a glorious romp to the title, netting 112 times, conceding 23 and losing a mere two matches along the way.
With Motherwell back in the top flight, Joe would make the left-back berth his own as he launched upon a remarkable career with the Steelmen.
Over 16 seasons he would amass 539 appearances, establishing himself as an all-time club legend. Unfortunately, an appearance in a cup final would elude him, with several heartbreaks in the last four of the major competitions, but memorably featured in several Anglo-Scottish Cup ties in which he shone against World Cup winners like Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters.
Many Motherwell fans have waxed lyrical over the years desperately trying to describe what Joe meant to this club. On the field, his “Mr Consistency” tag was well earned, as on a weekly basis, he took his “teeth oot”, rolled up his sleeves and went to work, playing the game in the right way.
An immaculate tackler who went his whole career without seeing a red card, his time at Fir Park spanned eight managers, before he hung up his boots at the end of the 1983/84 campaign. It was a travesty that this true legend was never given a full Scotland cap, although he did gain a solitary Scottish League cap against England.
Joe died in 2015, at the age of 67, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. One of Motherwell’s most famous sons now takes his rightful place in our Hall of Fame.
Our Hall of Fame will welcome its new inductees in a special event in November.
Taking place at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel on Saturday 13 November, the event will induct the classes of both 2020 and 2021.
The event is priced at £60 for adults and £30 for children aged under 12.
We will induct both the 2020 and 2021 intake at the event.
Current Hall of Famers include George Stevenson, Willie Pettigrew, Phil O’Donnell, Ally Maxwell and James McFadden.
Contribute to our food bank collection at Celtic matchWednesday 22 September 2021
We’re asking supporters to bring along items for our food bank collection at our match with Celtic on Saturday 16 October.
We’re collecting items on the day of the game for the Lanarkshire Community Food Partnership and the Motherwell Food Bank.
We are asking all fans to bring what they can to support this important cause, so that those in need can receive a food parcel to help.
Items needed are:
- Long life milk
- Tinned meat, curries, stew, etc
- Tinned potatoes and vegetables
- Tinned fruits, custard, puddings
- Tinned soups, beans
- Pasta, Rice, Noodles, Cereal, Jam
- Pasta sauces
- Diluting juice, crisps and biscuits
- Toiletries for men and women
- Cleaning products and toilet roll
- Pet foods
Home fans can drop off at the Cooper Stand car park. Away fan drop points are on your approach to the South Stand. Collections are available from 1.15pm.
“It is crucial that we continue to try and help people in need in our local community,” Motherwell FC chief executive Alan Burrows said.
“We are all too aware of the need for assistance that many in our local area have. With many still feeling the impact of the pandemic, on top of other factors, it is important that we all step up to give what we can.
“We hope that fans of both clubs will step up and help us collect as much as possible.”
Thank you for your help. Your contributions will be a massive help to those in need.
- First team
Next up: Ross CountyTuesday 21 September 2021
Motherwell host Ross County next in the cinch Premiership.
Kick-off at Fir Park on Saturday is at 3pm.
Tickets are available to buy in advance now from tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.
Cash gates will not be in operation for this match. You must buy a ticket in advance before arriving at the gates.
The easiest and quickest way to do this is to buy online.
If you select the TicketFast option, you can print your ticket at home or use your smartphone by bringing your email containing the ticket barcode to the gate.
You can also choose to have a ticket delivered to you if you purchase before Wednesday at 4pm, or collect from our ticket office.
Away fan sales
Ross County fans can buy direct from us from tickets.motherwellfc.co.uk.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cash gates will not be in operation.
Alternatively, you can buy a live stream of the game from ppv.motherwellfc.co.uk for £12.
The game is available to purchase in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Please note that due to UEFA restrictions, this game is not purchasable if you are in England.
If you’re a season ticket holder who cannot make the match, you can still watch a live stream for free at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.
International viewers can watch through our subscription service at live.motherwellfc.co.uk. Packages start at as little as £12.50 per month to watch all 38 cinch Premiership fixtures.
Tale of the tape
The bragging rights in this fixture have been evenly spread in recent times.
County won the last meeting, securing Premiership safety with a comeback 2-1 win on the final day of the 2020/21 campaign.
In the last 10 encounters, Motherwell have won five and County four, with one draw.
The Steelmen are on a run of five matches undefeated in the cinch Premiership.
A 1-1 draw with St Johnstone away in week two was followed by wins over Livingston, Dundee and Aberdeen, before Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Rangers.
County are still waiting for their first league win of the 2021/22 campaign, having drawn three and lost three so far.
Last time out, they recovered from an early goal to lead 2-1 against Hearts at home, before being pegged back in an eventual 2-2 draw.
Get your tickets for Ladies DayMonday 20 September 2021
Our ever-popular Ladies Day event returns for 2021 when Motherwell host Ross County on Saturday 25 September.
Hosted by Gavin Wallace, there’s a full day of fun and laughter planned, as well as cash prizes for the best dressed in attendance.
We’ll also be joined by Love Island’s Harry Young.
The last few tickets are available. Get your before it’s too late.
Priced at £40 for season ticket holders, and £50 for non-season ticket holders, our Centenary Suite Ladies Day package starts at 12pm and includes:
- Complimentary cocktail on arrival
- A two-course meal served from 1pm
- Match ticket in the main stand
- Best dressed competition with cash prizes
- Games and music until 7pm
It’s a day not to be missed, thanks to our sponsors Cadzow Nursery and Manor Estate Agency.
Defeat to Partick Thistle in SWPL1Sunday 19 September 2021
Motherwell suffered a late defeat to Partick Thistle in SWPL1 on Sunday.
Jade Greenshields would fire the hosts in front after 10 minutes, before Lori Gardner levelled minutes later with a well-placed header.
Kaela McDonald-Nguah would then put Motherwell ahead from close range, but Cara McBrearty would pull the hosts level in the second half.
Then, with the match seemingly destined for a draw, Freya MacDonald netted her side a late winner.
The hosts would take the lead early into the first half. Claire Adams’ loose pass was intercepted deep into her own half, and after a quick interchange of play, Greenshields fired her strike past Khym Ramsay into the bottom right corner.
However, Motherwell would find the equaliser minutes later. Kodie Hay’s floated cross found Gardner unmarked at the back post, and the winger’s well-placed header beat the keeper from close range.
The visitors would then take the lead midway through the first half. Leanne Crichton’s long throw was spilled by McGregor, and McDonald-Nguah rifled her strike into the top corner from a few yards out.
Thistle would pull the sides level again minutes into the second half. London Pollard skilfully danced her way past several Motherwell challenges, before playing through teammate McBrearty, who calmly tapped into the empty Motherwell net.
The women of steel toiled in the second half in search of a winner and came close in the latter stages of the game.
Hay’s whipped in cross whistled across the face of goal, and agonisingly missed Adams in the box, who would’ve only required the slightest touch to restore Motherwell’s advantage.
However, Thistle would find the winner in the dying stages of the game. Rosie Slater’s long ball found MacDonald unmarked in the box, and the midfielder’s powerful effort sailed past Ramsay into the top right corner to secure all three points for the hosts.
- First team
Manager reacts to Rangers drawSunday 19 September 2021
“We didn’t come here for a point. We wanted a win. But we’re delighted at how we performed.”
- First team
Rangers 1-1 MotherwellSunday 19 September 2021
Motherwell earned a richly deserved point with a battling 1-1 draw at Ibrox.
Kaiyne Woolery’s second-half goal was the least the Steelmen deserved, having fallen behind in controversial circumstances to Fashion Sakala’s first-half header.
Sondre Solholm dropped out with a minor injury, allowing captain Stephen O’Donnell to return to the side, with Bevis Mugabi moving to centre back.
The game started at pace, with the visitors pushing high up the park and getting on the ball.
And they should have been ahead in the eighth minute. Watt found himself in behind and one-on-one with goalkeeper McGregor.
Bearing down on goal, he elected to take a touch to the left to get past the ‘keeper but just as he was about to tap into an empty net, the tackle came in to deny him.
Minutes later, the hosts took the lead.
A corner from the right was flicked on at the front post and Sakala, who appeared to be in an offside position, had the simplest task to head home from two yards into the net.
On Rangers’ flag day, a capacity crowd were buoyed and their side started to take control.
Tavernier’s surge down the left saw his shot squirm under Kelly, only for Ojala to arrive on the line and clear.
At the other end, set plays were Motherwell’s best route to goal, but a succession of free-kicks and long throws came to little.
The last flash points of the first half came in the Rangers box
First, Van Veen did brilliantly to get a ball under control in the area and, trying to make room for the shot, slipped.
With no appeal for a penalty and showing frustration at the chance going begging, referee Steven McLean flashed a yellow card for simulation.
Minutes later, a deep ball into the area was hunted down by Watt.
Cutting across Goldson, the defender caught the striker high but the referee waved away the protests for a spot kick.
Rangers started the second half of the front foot. Two minutes in, a ball from the right saw Roofe slide in but steer over from eight yards.
Motherwell’s confidence, however, was also growing and they would be rewarded for a positive approach just after the hour mark.
Building down the left, O’Hara was slipped in to match his run from deep. Surging into the box, he tried to weave his way through but was blocked as he tried to find room for a shot.
The ball, however, broke well to Woolery, who was alive to follow up and power home from 10 yards to give a well-earned equaliser.
Rangers grew in urgency but Motherwell also remained positive and had a huge chance with 10 to go.
Van Veen won a header 25 yards from goal and the ball broke to Slattery, but drive on the half-volley sailed over the bar.
In the end, Motherwell held firm against the late resistance and left with a deserved point.
Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Mugabi, Ojala, McGinley, Grimshaw, O’Hara, Slattery, Woolery, Watt, Van Veen.
Subs: Fox, Lamie, Donnelly, Maguire, Crawford, Amaluzor, Roberts.
Abby Callaghan departsFriday 17 September 2021
Forward Abby Callaghan has left Motherwell, with her contract being cancelled by mutual consent.
The 20-year-old joined the women of steel in the summer of 2019 from Stirling University and went on to enjoy two full seasons in the claret and amber.
The club would like to thank Abby for her efforts and wish her well for the future.