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  • First team

    Kaiyne Woolery settling down in ML1

  • First team

    Graham Alexander previews Hearts

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    Shop our Black Friday deals now

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    Laurie Ross Insurance are our new 50/50 draw sponsors

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    Book our Italian night hospitality against Dundee United

  • First team

    Internationals round-up

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    Stephen O’Donnell breaks club Scotland cap record

  • Women

    Glasgow City next in SWPL1

  • First team

    Next up: Hearts

  • Club

    Celebrate Christmas with us at Fir Park

  • First team

    Kaiyne Woolery settling down in ML1

    Kaiyne Woolery settling down in ML1

    Redhill, Maidstone United, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers, Bolton Wanderers, Notts County, Wigan Athletic, Forest Green Rovers, Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers, Motherwell.

    In a career spanning 10 years, Fir Park is already Kaiyne Woolery’s 11th destination.

    As a 26-year-old, the pacey forward now wants to settle – and a three-year deal in Lanarkshire is enough to suggest that the Hackney-born man is eager to make Motherwell his longest-serving side.

    “I have always wanted to leave the clubs I was at for a new test,” he says.

    “That is what I like, it is just part of my life and part of my nature.

    “But I do not want to be moving around all over the place anymore. I am at an age now that I want to settle down and have kids.

    “But on the football side of things, coming here was another challenge. It is a step up from where I was playing last season and it is the top league in Scotland.

    “It is a lot different from what I am used to. I am from London and life is a lot busier there, but I am still really enjoying it. Everyone here has been great with me and I am making some really good friends on and off the pitch.”

    Woolery has spoken previously about how he must have “ripped apart” Graham Alexander’s sides in England’s lower leagues for the Fir Park boss to take notice.

    Following his summer acquisition from Tranmere, the gaffer said our number seven was a player he had “admired for a few years”.

    Alexander added how Woolery always caused his sides problems with his “pace and goal threat” – and it is that feeling of being wanted by the boss that has encouraged him to ply his trade outside England for the first time in his career.

    “It is always nice when a manager really wants you,” says Woolery.. “I always played well against his teams when I was at Swindon. We played really good football and we dominated every game we played in.

    “But I did not know too much about the league up here. Everyone knows the bigger teams, but I did not know how the league formatted and how it splits towards the end of the season.

    “I knew it was competitive and I started to get an idea of the standard when I was watching the games on TV. It is just so mixed in terms of the level. You have Rangers and Celtic at the top of the league, then the rest are at a similar standard.

    “That makes the games pretty even because the teams have different attributes. Certain teams will be hard to break down, some will run more than others. It pretty much levels out on all the teams apart from Rangers and Celtic.

    “I would say I am still trying to adapt, though, it is very different from what I am used to. But everyone is pretty new at the club.

    “We have made a lot of new signings and it can take a few months before everyone starts gelling together. We just have to listen to the manager and do what he asks of us.”

    While Woolery’s career has stretched across a decade, his first memories of the game stem back to playing on streets in Hackney.

    The raw nature of street football inspired the ex-Wigan winger to take his talent more seriously, even if that came later in his teenage years.

    “I used to play cage football when I was younger,” he recalls.“It was all one touch and two touch, that was my favourite style to play. I joined a training group after that called Soccer Elite. Every Friday night we would go there. That is what really got me into football.

    “I was never at a professional club until I was about 19. That is because I did not leave school until I was 18. I wanted to make sure I studied and got my A-levels first. In truth, I was not into football too much until I was about 16.

    “But I started getting offered trials and it made me believe that I had something to make a career out of.

    “I started taking it seriously and joined a men’s team called Redhill. After that I moved to Maidstone when I was 17, then a year later I was at Tamworth in the Conference. That is where Bolton bought me from.”

    Prior to this summer, Woolery’s only other previous trip north of the border was funnily enough to Fir Park – where the forward took part in Keith Lasley’s testimonial with Bolton.

    The winger struggled for game time at the Wanderers – making just 19 appearances – and subsequently moved to Wigan, where he also failed to break into the first team.

    However, it was at Wigan the forward met ex-Motherwell loanee Callum Lang.

    While he did not know too much about the Scottish game or Motherwell in general when the club showed their interest in the summer, he leaned on advice from his old team mate.

    Thankfully, Lang did not go into much detail about the joys of Scottish weather – given that has been a stumbling block in Woolery’s decision-making down the years.

    “I was at Wigan with Callum and he told me really good things about the club,” he says.

    “He pretty much sold it to me up here. He said the club is run really well and that is what you want to be hearing when a club is interested in you.

    “I had a couple of opportunities to come to Scotland a few years ago, but it is not something I really wanted to do at the time. Everyone put me off by saying how cold it is up here, but sinceI have been here the weather has actually been good.

    “The summer was really nice and so far, touch wood, we have not had too much rain. I am not really sure what they are talking about, to be honest.”

    Woolery’s teammate Kevin van Veen spoke about how he enjoyed the “toxic” nature of the game after his match-winning performance at Pittodrie last time out.

    His fellow forward got a taste of that at Ibrox in September, when the ex-Bolton man scored his first Scottish Premiership goal to silence the home crowd and claim a point.

    With 66 minutes on the clock, the winger slid in to poke home an equaliser ruin the Premiership champions’ title-winning party.

    With no away fans in the stadium, a knee slide in front of the Rangers ultras was Woolery’s choice of celebration.

    “You get stick all the way through the game,” he says. “It’s what opposition fans do. It is part of football. I thought we played really well, we deserved it. We went there as the underdogs and we were written off, so it was nice to score and celebrate with them and prove them wrong.

    “It is nice to wind them up when you get the upper hand. I did not realise I did it to their ultras at the time as well. It was right in front of them. I have got some good pictures from that.”

    Following the point at Ibrox, a win at home to Ross County saw Motherwell register their highest points total after seven games since three-point wins were introduced in the Scottish top flight two decades ago.

    But after that victory against County, a tough set of fixtures saw Alexander’s men endure a five-game winless run.

    That was brought to an end last time out when a gutsy and clinical away performance at Aberdeen saw the Steelmen come back to Lanarkshire with three points after Van Veen’s brace clinched a morale-boosting win.

    That result has Motherwell sitting fifth, just six points off Saturday’s visitors Hearts – who have enjoyed an impressive start to the Scottish Premiership campaign.

    “After our start to the season, the aim for us should be to finish in the top six,” he adds. “We are capable of that, we know we are.

    “On a personal level, I want to score as many goals as I can as well. But as a team, anything can happen in this league. All you have to do is look at St Johnstone last season. If we can get some results going our way, something special can happen.”

  • First team

    Graham Alexander previews Hearts

    The Motherwell boss looks ahead to the return of cinch Premiership action against the Edinburgh club.

  • Club

    Shop our Black Friday deals now

    Shop our Black Friday deals now

    Black Friday has arrived early.

    Starting Friday 19 November, we’ve a host of great deals now and across the week.

    First up, you can get 20% off our 2021/22 training range – our most popular training range ever.

    If you’re looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, we’ve also got you covered.

    Our commemorative bricks, which are placed in the wall in our Davie Cooper Stand, are reduced by 40% to £33.

    We’ve also got £10 off our Scottish Cup Anniversary whisky, and 50% off our warm-up top sponsorship.

    Bring in the festive season

    There’s also discounts to be had on our great party nights.

    You can get £5 off our Christmas party night on 10 December, where you can enjoy a three-course meal.

    We’ve also got our 80s Christmas night with buffet down to just £30 per person.

    You can also bring in the bells at Fir Park on Hogmanay for just £15.

    More great events

    Enjoy a two-course meal in the Centenary Suite, half-time refreshments, match programme, teamsheet and a pay bar at our match with Ross County on 2 February.

    Our special Black Friday prices are just £20 per person for season ticket holders, £30 for non-season ticket holders and £5 for kids.

    Tickets for our ABBA tribute night on 19 March are also discounted to just £5 per person.

    Keep an eye out too for even more great deals on some of our top products, including our replica kits.

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    Laurie Ross Insurance are our new 50/50 draw sponsors

    Laurie Ross Insurance are our new 50/50 draw sponsors

    Laurie Ross Insurance are the new sponsors of Motherwell FC’s 50/50 half-time draw.

    We’re delighted to welcome the local insurance broker to the club.

    Proceeds from the 50/50 half-time draw go to support the club’s youth academy.

    To play, just look out for our 50/50 sellers outside the ground on home match days.

  • Club

    Book our Italian night hospitality against Dundee United

    Book our Italian night hospitality against Dundee United

    Enjoy an Italian themed hospitality evening when Motherwell host Dundee United on 30 November.

    Our package commences from 5.30pm and includes:

    • Two-course Italian meal
    • Two bottles of Peroni
    • Match programme and teamsheet
    • Main stand seating
    • Half-time refreshments
    • Access to pay bar

    Season book holders can upgrade for £30 per person. Non-season ticket holders can buy for £40 per person.

    To book, you can buy online now.

    Alternatively, email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 338003.

  • First team

    Internationals round-up

    Internationals round-up

    Two of our players were in action for their nations over the international break.

    Stephen O’Donnell broke the club’s Scotland cap record with his 13th appearance while on the books at Motherwell.

    His standout performance against Denmark helped towards a huge 2-0 win for the national team, ensuring Steve Clarke’s men will be seeds in the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off semi-final next March.

    Bevis Mugabi’s Uganda went into their final two matches knowing they had a chance of clinching a play-off place.

    However, a 1-1 draw with Kenya on Friday, paired with Mali’s win over Rwanda, meant their hopes were ended before a potentially decisive match with Mali.

    In the end, the Cranes also lost out 1-0 to Mali on Sunday, leaving them second in the group and out of the competition.

    Injury prevented Juhani Ojala from linking up with the Finland national team for their decisive double header with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then France.

    The Finns won 3-1 in Zenica to set up a decisive game with France on Tuesday, with Ojala’s men two points ahead of Ukraine in the play-off spot going into that crucial match.

  • Club

    Stephen O’Donnell breaks club Scotland cap record

    Stephen O’Donnell breaks club Scotland cap record

    Stephen O’Donnell has broken the record for the most number of Scotland caps earned while on the books at Motherwell.

    His start for the national team in their victory over Denmark on Monday night took him to 13 caps earned as a Motherwell player.

    That appearance took him past George Stevenson on 12, who held the club record since October 1934.

    O’Donnell joined Motherwell in August 2020 and his is first outing in dark blue as a ‘Well player came in October last year against Israel in a 0-0 draw at Hampden.

    Caps then followed against Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Israel, Austria, Israel, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, England, Croatia, Austria and now Denmark.

    He now sits proudly out on his own, ahead of legendary names such as Stevenson, Willie Redpath, Ian St John, Andy Weir and Willie Pettigrew.

    Click here for a full list of Motherwell FC’s Scottish international caps.

  • Women

    Glasgow City next in SWPL1

    Glasgow City next in SWPL1

    Motherwell return to league action on 21 November at Alliance Park, when they face champions Glasgow City.

    Kick off is at 4pm.

    Adult entry to the stadium will cost £5. Children will get in for free. All spectators will be housed in our covered seating area.

    Tale of the tape

    Glasgow City have won each of the last nine matches with Motherwell in SWPL1.

    Motherwell last faced City in the league opener back in August, where the champions ran out 6-0 winners.

    Form guide

    Motherwell come into this game off the back of a 4-3 victory against Aberdeen to climb up to fifth in the table.

    The women of steel have picked up ten points out of a possible 15 in the last five games.

    Glasgow City sit in second place after the first round of fixtures, two points behind leaders Rangers.

    The champions have yet to be beaten after the first nine games, having won seven and drawn two games against Celtic and Rangers.

    New manager Eileen Gleeson got her tenure off to a strong start with a 3-0 win against Spartans in her first game last week.

  • First team

    Next up: Hearts

    Next up: Hearts

    League action returns with the visit of Hearts to Fir Park on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 3pm.

    Ticket information

    Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cash gates will not be in operation.

    The easiest way to buy is online from our ticket site. You can choose to print your ticket at home, or use a digital ticket with a QR code.

    You can also call 01698 333333 or visit the ticket office at Fir Park. The ticket office is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9-4 on Friday and until kick-off on Saturday.

    Our capacity will be limited to under 10,000 for this match. Vaccine certification is not required.

    Hearts fans should contact their club directly for away ticket information.

    Watch live

    Fans of both clubs 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 Motherwell 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

    Hearts were victorious in the first meeting between the two teams this campaign, winning 2-0 at Tynecastle.

    Last time at Fir Park, Christopher Long’s goal was decisive in a 1-0 win for the Steelmen in December 2019.

    Form guide

    Hearts sit six points off top in the cinch Premiership with 13 games played.

    A strong start to the season saw the Gorgie side go four matches without a win – drawing three – before getting back to winning ways in the final fixture before the break, defeating Dundee United 5-2.

    Motherwell were five without a win before also taking three points in a 2-0 win at Aberdeen before the international break.

  • Club

    Celebrate Christmas with us at Fir Park

    Celebrate Christmas with us at Fir Park

    Celebrate being able to celebrate this Christmas again with us at Fir Park.

    Join us this festive season as our legendary Christmas Party Nights return to ML1.

    For more information or to book, get in touch with our team today at events@motherwellfc.co.uk or call 01698 333333.

    Centenary Suite

    Enjoy a traditional three-course meal, with games and dancing with our popular DJ priced at £45 per person. Dress to impress, with our parties kicking off at 7pm and running until 1am.

    There is also a VIP package on request priced at £80 per person, including 12 complimentary drinks.

    Available dates: December 4, December 10, December 17.

    Cooper Suite

    Our 80s themed Christmas night is back by popular demand.

    Dig out your rah-rah skirts and leg warmers and enjoy some 80s hits thrown into the Christmas mix.

    Our package includes a hot buffet and is priced at £35 per person. The night starts at 7pm and runs until 1am.

    There is also a VIP package on request which will be priced at £70 per person, including 12 complimentary drinks.

    Available dates: December 3, December 4, December 10, December 11, December 17, December 18.

    Millennium Suite

    Host a Christmas celebration in your very own suite.

    Our Millennium Suite can be hired for an exclusive Christmas company lunch or dinner. Packages can be created to suit your individual needs, with a minimum party size of 20.

    Hogmanay Party

    Bring in the bells at Fir Park with your family and friends.

    Get your glad rags on and dance the night away with our resident DJ.

    Our package includes a glass of sparkling wine for a midnight toast and a buffet served at 10pm.

    The night starts at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £5 for children aged 12 and under.