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    Vacancy: Head of Digital, brand and communications

  • First team

    PJ Morrison joins Alloa on loan

  • Archive

    Pick your February player of the month

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

  • First team

    Manager reacts to draw at Rangers

  • First team

    Rangers 2-2 Motherwell

  • First team

    INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Signs of recovery

  • First team

    Bevis Mugabi: ‘The results will come’

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Johnstone away

  • First team

    Nathan McGinley // The clever one

  • Club

    Vacancy: Head of Digital, brand and communications

    Vacancy: Head of Digital, brand and communications

    Motherwell FC is something a little different from the football norm, and we need a new Head of Digital, Brand and Communications to help us tell the world about it.

    We need an individual who will shape, direct and deliver the club’s external communications strategies. You will lead the club’s award-winning digital team, marketing team, our new data/CRM team and our various publications, as well as continue to evolve our brand.

    But we don’t just want anyone who may have the requisite qualifications and experience or someone who loves football. We want a person who truly believes in this sport the way we do and wants to inspire others to feel the same and be a part of our journey.

    Motherwell FC is a Scottish Premiership football club that has won every major domestic honour in Scotland at some point in our history. We were the first top-flight fully fan-owned football club in Great Britain with a fantastic supporter base that’s loyal, generous, colourful, boisterous and passionate.

    We want to be a club that wins football matches and puts on an entertaining show for those fans every game. However, as equally important to us is what our football club stands for, who we represent and the values and principles that define us and why we exist.

    We are both a football club and a cause, and that cause is to improve the lives of the people we engage with, whether that’s our supporters, our neighbours, community, or anyone who needs it. We shine a torch on issues that may be taboo, be it on mental health, suicide, poverty, unemployment or social inclusion.

    We believe passionately in using our highly engaged public platform to help people and make a positive difference each day. We don’t just say it because it looks and feels good. We do so because we genuinely believe it, and it means a lot to our supporters and us. Therefore, it’s vitally important that the people charged with shaping and telling our story publicly fully believe in why we do what we do too.

    We have forged a culture at the club that pairs the need and desire for a highly professional sporting environment that encourages excellent performance and player development with a real visible social conscience. It’s what we think makes us stand out from the others, and it is football how we believe it should be.

    If you share that mindset and agree with our beliefs, and think you can help us tell that story and inspire people, this could be the job for you.

    But, the hours can be long and challenging. When the initial glamour and excitement dissipates, it can be mentally tough, particularly with big shoes to fill. The pressures and expectations can be challenging to cope with, and any mistakes are made in the public eye. You may even have to drop everything you’re doing and immediately jump into work mode, as the world of football rarely sleeps. You will also need to get your hands dirty. This role is a much a doing one as it is a leadership one. It’s a bit cliché, but no day or challenge will ever be the same.

    If you see all those things as challenges to overcome rather than barriers, and you thrive in that type of fast-paced environment, you will not only love it, but more importantly, you can help us shape something unique and tell a wonderful story that will showcase the best elements of the beautiful game, and we want you to be on our team.

    What exactly is “essential” for the job?

    The most important thing is you can do the job well and have a passion for what we stand for, whether that’s because you’ve been through a higher education programme or because you’ve worked somewhere to build up that knowledge. Or both. We’re open-minded.

    We want someone with a solid work ethic and obsessed with improving what we do. We are looking for someone to continue our work, but who can also make their stamp on the role, the department and the club, but you’ll also be pushed hard and challenged.

    We are looking for someone who is goal orientated and will ensure whatever task is appropriately planned, executed, and completed. And we are also looking for someone who can bring the best out in staff, empowering them to work autonomously while also supporting, guiding and helping them develop.

    The day-to-day also includes managing internal relationships, video editing and approval, writing copy, social media posting, analysing trends and data using Blinkfire Analytics, and paid social and email marketing, so we are looking for candidates with relevant experience or an aptitude for those tasks as well.

    What does success look like and how will we measure it?

    A big part of our strategy to retain our supporters, keep them interested and captivated as well as gain new fans is by creating engaging and captivating digital content that people not only enjoy but relate to and, importantly, ties in with the values and principles of the club.

    We have grown our digital footprint beyond all recognition in the last four years. We are currently the fifth most followed professional football team in Scotland across the five major platforms. We are closing in on being the biggest online outside of Celtic and Rangers. We want to continue that upward trend and will work with you to set ambitious targets on how we continue to produce the sort of content that is not only enjoyable for our most loyal supporters but to those who might take a growing interest in the club.

    Our productions in video, graphics and photography are taken care of by our exceptionally talented staff. We would look to you to have experience in managing the three, particularly video, with an ability to shape projects, participate where necessary, and also ensure the final products are of the required standard.

    We have also recently partnered with CRM providers Sports Alliance to ensure we give our fans the most appropriate content and information tailored to individual fans’ needs and wants. For that, we will need to resource the new department properly. One of your first jobs will be to ensure we have talented provision within marketing and data analysis to help us achieve our growth targets in both season ticket numbers and matchday attendances.

    We are also at the stage of needing to develop a new website which is fit for purpose for engaging our current support, providing services to our fans and also attracting new ones. You’ll also be at the heart of the project to develop that with external agencies.

    We want to maintain and continue to grow a strong, mutually beneficial relationship with the Scottish media. Motherwell FC views the media as partners and colleagues. We want to be recognised as a welcoming, helpful, and respectful club to deal with whilst maximising our exposure to deliver our message and core purpose and drive real value for our sponsors and partners. A big part of your role will be to maintain a healthy line of communication between the club and the Scottish press. You will be our figurehead, spokesperson and point of contact.

    What is some of our best digital content?

    To give you a flavour of what we’re about, here are some of the various pieces of digital content that we’ve created over the last few years, showcasing the stories that we tell and the access we have.

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1387019766301351938

    What is the salary?

    Motherwell FC places a huge emphasis on this area of the business. As such, we think the package, including performance-related bonuses, on offer will be highly competitive, and we would be happy to speak in confidence to any potential applicant about the parameters.

    How do I apply?

    Send a CV and a cover letter to alan.burrows@motherwellfc.co.uk. We want to know what experience you can bring, what you know about us and what you think is necessary to drive us on to the next level.

  • First team

    PJ Morrison joins Alloa on loan

    PJ Morrison joins Alloa on loan

    PJ Morrison has joined Alloa Athletic on loan for the rest of the season.

    The goalkeeper heads to League One as he continues his development.

    Morrison, 24, has had a number of successful loan spells at Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Falkirk and Ayr United.

    We wish PJ all the best for the rest of the campaign.

  • Archive

    Pick your February player of the month

    Pick your February player of the month

    It’s time to pick your Paycare Motherwell FC player of the month for February.

    To vote, head to our Facebook page and pick your favourite.

    Bevis Mugabi, Liam Kelly, Kevin van Veen and Kaiyne Woolery are in contention.

  • First team

    Next up: Ross County

    Next up: Ross County

    Ross County are our visitors in the cinch Premiership on Wednesday night.

    Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

    Ticket information

    Tickets are now available to buy online or from the Fir Park ticket office. Ross County fans are asked to buy directly from their club.

    Pay at the gate is not available. Alternatively, call 01698 333333 or email tickets@motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Ticket prices are:

    O’Donnell, Cooper & McLean (away) StandPrice
    Adults£24
    Concessions£17
    Juveniles£3
    One adult + two kids£28
    Hunter Stand
    Adults£20
    Concessions£16
    Juveniles£3
    One adult + two kids£24

    – Concessions are listed as Over 60s, 16-18 year olds and full-time students with a valid matriculation card.
    – Juveniles are listed as 15 and under.

    Covid restrictions

    Covid-19 certification checks will not be in place.

    We would still advise that all fans take a lateral flow test before travelling to the match, regardless of their vaccination status.

    Watch live online

    In the UK and Ireland, you can buy a pay-per-view pass for £12. To buy, go to ppv.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    If you’re based abroad, you can watch via subscription at live.motherwellfc.co.uk.

    Form guide

    Motherwell are unbeaten in three, defeating Aberdeen before a draw against the Dons at Fir Park, and then a comeback 2-2 draw at Rangers on Sunday.

    Ross County have won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five, defeating St Johnstone 3-1 at home on Saturday.

    Tale of the tape

    Both sides have won their respective home matches between the two this campaign.

    Motherwell won 2-1 at Fir Park in September, before a 3-1 victory for the Staggies in Dingwall in January.

  • First team

    Manager reacts to draw at Rangers

    “We’re proud of everyone. We deserved a point for our commitment and togetherness.”

  • First team

    Rangers 2-2 Motherwell

    Rangers 2-2 Motherwell

    Motherwell produced a stirring comeback to come from two down to draw at Rangers.

    Alfredo Morelos and Fashion Sakala scored in quick succession midway through the first half to establish the hosts’ dominance, and make it look like it was going to be a long afternoon in Govan.

    But a second half rally brought ‘Well back to life through Jordan Roberts’ goal, before the exceptional Kaiyne Woolery equalised with 15 minutes to go.

    Manager Graham Alexander, serving the final part of a two-game touchline ban, rang the changes for the trip to Glasgow.

    Ojala, Solholm, Goss and Shields dropped to the bench, with Kevin van Veen out injured. In came O’Donnell, Lamie, Cornelius, Woolery and Tierney.

    Rangers came into this fixture off the back of a historic UEFA Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund, a job which was completed at a boisterous Ibrox on Thursday night.

    The arena and the team had the same verve in the opening exchanges, causing no end of trouble to the Motherwell backline.

    Morelos should have had the hosts ahead on the two minute mark. Played in behind on the right, his stabbed shot past Kelly cracked the bar and bounced clear.

    The onslaught kept coming. Kelly was at his usual outstanding best to tip over a Tavernier dipping shot, before Lundstram nodded narrowly wide from the resulting corner.

    Kelly was again to the rescue after 20 minutes. Lundstram got time and space on the edge of the box, and his placed left-footed effort was met by a spectacular diving save by the goalkeeper to keep the scores level.

    As Rangers dominance continued, it felt increasingly inevitable that the lead would come. And when it arrived, the floodgates opened.

    With 22 minutes gone, another ball from the right this time found Morelos, who stopped low under the challenge of Mugabi to head past Kelly.

    Two minutes later, the hosts were 2-0 up.

    Another cross ball – this time from the left- found its way to the back post to find the unmarked Sakala, who finished with aplomb with a ferocious shot.

    Seeking a reaction, Motherwell changed three at the break. Tierney, O’Hara and Efford made way, with Amaluzor, Shaw and Roberts on.

    Donnelly saw a shot go wide as ‘Well pushed higher up the park but Rangers too had answers in attack, particularly down the Motherwell left.

    Kelly was called into action twice early on at his near post, saving both from Tavernier and Sakala after they got in behind.

    The attacking change though did pay off early on.

    Woolery saw his opportunity to set off down the right and burned Lundstram for pace. Bearing down on goal, he squared perfectly for Roberts to tap home and half the deficit.

    Rangers quickly recovered, and thought they had a third soon after, only for Morelos’ header to be rightly ruled out for offside.

    Morelos again saw a goal ruled out for offside as Motherwell held firm and waited for their moment to pounce.

    They took it with 15 minutes to go. O’Donnells’ hooked ball forward was flicked on by Amaluzor to find Woolery just inside the area on the left.

    Dancing his way through the bodies with excellent footwork, he found the room to power past McGregor at the near post and bring his side level.

    Motherwell were camped in thereafter, putting their bodies on the line to block a succession of shots in their box and hold firm for the point.

  • First team

    INSIDE MOTHERWELL // Signs of recovery

    A challenging start to 2022 has shown signs of improving for Motherwell in recent weeks.

    For Barry Maguire, that comes as a relief after suffering injury at Hearts. Initially fearing he had received a serious knee injury, an unusual tear to his quad muscle put him out of action but only for a short period of time. We joined him to see how he is progressing in the gym.

    With only one win in the calendar year to date, ‘Well went into their Scottish Cup match with Aberdeen looking to improve their fortunes and progress to the quarter-finals.

    Nathan McGinley joined the club in the summer of 2020 and immediately found himself having to adjust to life in a new country unable to make new friends or see family, because of Covid-19 lockdown rules.

    Now fully settled and having earned a new contract, the defender opens up on his personality, and we get to meet his dog Obi.

    Aberdeen then came calling again for the second time in the space of a week to Fir Park, this time in the cinch Premiership, as Motherwell looked for the first league victory of the year.

  • First team

    Bevis Mugabi: ‘The results will come’

    The Ugandan defender talks about signing his new deal, his bond with the supporters, the team’s recent form and the trip to Rangers on Sunday.

  • First team

    Get your tickets for St Johnstone away

    Get your tickets for St Johnstone away

    We go to McDiarmid Park in the cinch Premiership on Saturday 19 March. Kick off is at 3pm.

    Tickets for Motherwell fans can be purchased online now directly from St Johnstone. Tickets are available to buy online only.

    Prices are:

    • Adults: £24
    • Over 65s / Under 20s: £14
    • Family adult (one adult with maximum two children under 12): £17
    • Under 12s (no admission without an adult): Free
    Important information

    For the £17 family deal, all ticket holders must enter via turnstile five.

    Wheelchair and PA tickets can be purchased directly from the McDiarmid Park ticket office by calling 01738 455000 during office hours. Adult/concession wheelchair tickets are £15/£9 respectively. The personal assistant ticket is included in the ticket price.

    Covid restrictions

    Covid-19 certification checks will not be in place.

    Only venues with over 10,000 in attendance are required to carry out checks.

    We advise that all fans take a lateral flow test before travelling to the match, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • First team

    Nathan McGinley // The clever one

    Fresh from signing a new deal with the club, Nathan McGinley has been reflecting on how much he has changed in his two years at Motherwell.

    Moving to Scotland in the middle of lockdown, the defender was restricted to just his flat and limited areas of the club. He struggled to get to know his surroundings and his new team mates.

    But a lot has changed since then. Off the pitch, he’s now a popular and influential presence in the dressing room. And on it, he’s grown and matured as a player.

    He’s also drastically changed his diet, opting to go vegetarian a year ago, something which brings its own unique challenges when you’re a professional athlete.

    The self-confessed geek let the cameras into his home to relax with him after training and meet his whippet puppy Obi.