“We had to dig out the win from a difficult game. We stuck at it and got our rewards.”
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Manager reacts to win over Ross CountySaturday 25 September 2021
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Motherwell 2-1 Ross CountySaturday 25 September 2021
Motherwell maintained their fine run of form with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Ross County.
Tony Watt’s winner made it six games undefeated and sent the team up to third, after Callum Slattery’s opener was cancelled out by Regan Charles-Cook.
Bevis Mugabi was the only change from the draw at Rangers last weekend, with Ricki Lamie coming in at centre back.
Motherwell started at an electric pace, with Grimshaw going close early with a header.
The opener wouldn’t take long. With two minutes on the clock, the ball broke 25 yards from goal.
As it bounced, Slattery caught it perfectly on the way up and sent his shot perfectly into the top-right corner of the net.
The Steelmen fed off the energy the early goal brought. Woolery saw a drive from the right blocked, while Watt also saw a dipping effort from the left side just go over.
County though would find their feet and Kelly was called into action three times to save smartly as shots rained in on his goal.
‘Well struggled to find the early tempo as the first half wore on, with only an Ojala header on target being saved, and the visitors would make them pay.
The lively Charles-Cook cut onto his right foot on the left corner of the box. Sending the ball across goal, White’s movement was enough to put Kelly off and allow the ball to sneak into the right side of the net.
The break gave Motherwell time to think and they started the second period with a return to life.
Watt was at the heart of things, and thought he’d given ‘Well the lead with a towering header which just clipped the bar as goalkeeper Maynard-Brewer got a touch.
Again though, the verve slowed down and County continued to look dangerous, cutting in from the flanks on several occasions and sending shots towards Kelly’s goal.
‘Well sparked back into life as they pushed hard to regain the advantage and they would get their rewards with 10 to go.
A ball in behind found the ever-energetic Watt. His first touch took him wide but he steadied himself before firing low and hard under the goalkeeper and into the net to send the crowd at Fir Park wild.
Motherwell: Kelly, O’Donnell, Ojala, Lamie, McGinley, Grimshaw (Donnelly), O’Hara, Slattery, Woolery (Roberts), Watt, Van Veen (Carroll).
Subs: Fox, Crawford, Maguire, Amaluzor.
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Tickets on sale for trip to HeartsFriday 24 September 2021
Tickets are now on sale for our trip to face Hearts in the cinch Premiership.
Supporters can buy now on our ticket website for the match on Saturday 2 October. You can also buy from the ticket office at Fir Park.
Tickets ordered online can be collected from Tuesday onwards, as we are closed on Monday for the Bank Holiday.
Adult tickets cost £27. Over 65s and those in full-time education get in for £19, Under 18s for £14, Under 16s for £7 and Under 13s for £5.
Mandatory vaccine certification will be in place for this fixture. Spot checks will take place as you enter the stadium.
You must be fully vaccinated to attend. You and everyone in your party must bring proof of this status with you to the match, unless you are exempt (under the age of 18, not able to get the vaccine for medical reasons, or taking part in vaccine trials).
Please only purchase tickets if you meet these criteria as Hearts will have to refuse entry if you are subject to a spot check and cannot comply with the Scottish Government vaccine certification legislation.
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Graham Alexander looks ahead to Ross CountyFriday 24 September 2021
The Motherwell boss previews the cinch Premiership fixture against Ross County.
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.
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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.