The Motherwell boss looks ahead to the cinch Premiership clash at Tynecastle.
- First team
Manager previews HeartsFriday 01 October 2021
- First team
Last chance to get tickets for HeartsFriday 01 October 2021
There’s one last chance to get tickets for Hearts v Motherwell.
Tickets are available from the ticket office at Fir Park between 10am and 12pm on Saturday before the match.
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.
The match is available to buy on pay-per-view from Hearts in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland for £15.
To buy, head to ppv.heartsfc.co.uk.
Due to UEFA restrictions, the game can not be sold in England.
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.
- First team
Dundee United home game brought forwardFriday 01 October 2021
Our cinch Premiership home match with Dundee United later this year has been brought forward.
The game will now be played on Tuesday 30 November at 7.45pm. It was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1 December.
The match will be broadcast live in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports.
- First team
Graham Alexander named as Manager of the MonthFriday 01 October 2021
Graham Alexander is the Glen’s Vodka Premiership Manager of the Month for September.
The Motherwell boss guided his team to an unbeaten month, defeating Aberdeen and Ross County at home, and putting in a solid performance in a 1-1 draw at Rangers.
That run of form was matched only by the Ibrox side, with the panel electing to reward Alexander with the prize for the second time since taking over the role at Fir Park in January.
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of every person that has contributed to our results over the past month,” Alexander said.
“They have all helped the team to win the points that they have.”
Colin Matthews, CEO of Glen’s owner the Loch Lomond Group, added: “Motherwell are enjoying a brilliant start to their season.
“After leading his side through September undefeated, which included a tough away game against the defending champions, Graham Alexander fully deserves his Glen’s Manager of the Month award.
“Congratulations to him, his players and his staff.”
- First team
Pick your September player of the monthFriday 01 October 2021
It’s time to pick your Paycare Motherwell FC player of the month for September.
Having ended August with back-to-back scoring games, Tony Watt continued his form into the new month.
A pivotal figure again in the win over Aberdeen and draw at Rangers, he then went on to net the winner in the 2-1 win over Ross County in the final match.
Arriving from Southampton in the summer, Callum Slattery has already demonstrated his prowess in midfield.
A standout performer in the middle, he also netted his first senior goal with a spectacular strike to open the scoring in the win over Ross County.
Liam Kelly continued his run as a pivotal figure in the team, with the goalkeeper again outstanding through the month.
Keeping a clean sheet against Aberdeen, his vital saves contributed heavily to the seven points gained.
Juhani Ojala‘s form at the back earned him a recall to the Finland national team.
The towering centre back also got his first goal for the club in the rampant win over Aberdeen.
- First team
David Devine joins East Fife on loanThursday 30 September 2021
David Devine has joined League One side East Fife on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year old, who made his first-team debut for the Steelmen back in May 2019, is on the verge of returning from an injury picked up in pre-season.
Having previously spent time on loan with Queen of the South, the young defender will gain further experience as part of Darren Young’s side.
“David will go out on loan to gain valuable experience of playing first-team football,” ‘Well boss Graham Alexander said.
“He’s got all the attributes of a strong centre half and has a great attitude on and off the pitch, which will hopefully help him come back a better player.”
- First team
INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Riding highThursday 30 September 2021
Things are going in the right direction in ML1.
After a busy summer with 12 players signing on, the transfer window slammed shut on the final day of August.
In the immediate aftermath of the season’s first deadline day, our new head of recruitment operations Nick Daws outlined the club’s strategy to help source the best players in the market.
Motherwell’s longest-serving player, and fans’ favourite, Liam Grimshaw, is a regular in the starting XI again after recovering from glandular fever, which had him ruled out of action since early 2021.
Now back in the side, and still on a high from scoring his first professional goal, Grimshaw enjoyed a day off at Hamilton Racecourse – something he hasn’t been able to do for a long time due to lockdowns and illness.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, the team, faced a tricky run of games. A dramatic win against Aberdeen was followed by a point at Ibrox to silence the 50,000-strong home support.
A late winner against Ross County then closed September with seven points from nine, leaving the Steelmen fourth in the Scottish Premiership table, just two points off the top spot.
- Well Society
Players and staff join Well SocietyThursday 30 September 2021
Our players and football management team have joined the Well Society.
The players, together with the coaching staff, decided to collectively join and contribute monthly to the club’s fan ownership group, highlighting their commitment to the cause and to play their part in the continuing health and growth of Motherwell Football Club.
“It was very important to the whole squad that we demonstrated our effort away from just a Saturday afternoon,” club captain Stephen O’Donnell said.
“This is a special club where the supporters and the local community are at the heart of everything we do and stand for.
“The players buy into that and are proud to represent the club, but we also want to play our part by giving something back.
“We are delighted and honoured to be involved.”
‘Well boss Graham Alexander added: “I have said on many occasions that togetherness can help drive a club forward.
“It’s so important that all aspects of a club, from the boardroom to the dressing room, from the terracing to the pitch, are united and working towards the same goal.
“This group, both players and coaches, not only want to make the fans proud of their team when they are on the pitch but want to make them proud when they’re off it too.
“They do that by working hard to understand the ethos, the principles and the character of the supporters and people in this part of Lanarkshire, and what is expected of us as Motherwell players and coaches, which will hopefully transfer onto the pitch on a matchday and drive good performance.”
The Well Society, the vehicle in which the club operates its current fan ownership model, bought Motherwell FC from Les Hutchison in October 2016.
With over 3,000 active members, almost 1,300 of them contributing each month, the Society has supported the club throughout its ten-year existence, investing over one million pounds in working capital.
“We are thrilled to have the first-team squad and coaching staff as part of the Well Society and it clearly demonstrates the spirit and determination of this group,” the Well Society’s co-chair Douglas Dickie said.
“The more fans who are in a position to join the Society and contribute on a monthly basis will only help the club grow and grow.
“As we approach the fifth anniversary of taking a majority ownership in the club, it would be great if we could use this as a launchpad to attract more people to come on board.”
- Reserves & Under 18s
Corey O’Donnell joins Albion Rovers on loanThursday 30 September 2021
Corey O’Donnell has joined Albion Rovers on loan until January.
The young forward, who turned professional in the summer, has trained with the first-team squad for several months.
He featured regularly during pre-season matches and was named amongst the substitutes in the Premier Sports Cup group stage games.
The 17-year-old will now join Brian Reid’s League Two side for at least the next three months.
“This is a great opportunity for Corey to learn about first-team football and continue the progress he’s made since training regularly with the senior squad here,” Motherwell boss Graham Alexander said.
“I’m sure he’ll make a very good impression at Albion Rovers and we’ll continue to monitor him closely between now and January.”
Positives to take in SWPL1 defeatWednesday 29 September 2021
Motherwell will be encouraged with their performance despite suffering a 4-0 defeat to Celtic at the Penny Cars Stadium on Wednesday.
Charlie Welling would fire the hosts in front from close range early on, before adding her second of the game on the stroke of half-time.
An unfortunate Jo Addie own goal would give Celtic a third, before a late Clarissa Larisey strike sealed victory for the visitors.
Motherwell applied the early pressure and were unfortunate not to open the scoring in the early stages.
Leanne Crichton’s perfectly-weighted through-ball found Gemma Hughes unmarked at the edge of the box, and the forward skilfully beat her opponent before firing her strike towards goal, but her effort was easily gathered by the keeper.
Minutes later, Gill Inglis’ clever interception deep into the Celtic half released Lori Gardner, who burst with pace before placing her strike past Chloe Logan. However, the winger’s effort landed agonisingly wide of the Celtic post.
Despite Motherwell’s early chances, it would be the visitors who would find the opener after 15 minutes.
Chloe Warrington’s in-swinging cross found Welling unmarked in the box, and the forward calmly placed her strike past Khym Ramsay from close range.
Celtic would double their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Shen Mengyu’s low-driven cross again found Welling unmarked in the box, and the striker coolly slotted her strike past Ramsay into the bottom left corner.
The league leaders would add a third in the latter stages of the game. Rachael Donaldson was left in acres of space on the right, and the midfielder’s powerful low cross was inadvertently deflected past Ramsay by teammate Addie’s tackle into the bottom left corner.
With 10 minutes left to play, Celtic would seal all three points by adding a fourth. Donaldson’s whipped in free-kick was parried away by Ramsay, but only as far as Larisey who comfortably followed up from a yard out.
Motherwell will be encouraged with their display and will have positives to take before they host Lanarkshire rivals Hamilton in the first-ever women’s Lanarkshire derby later next month.