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  • Women

    Dundee United up first in SWPL

  • Women

    Gill Inglis named captain

  • First team

    Next Up: St Johnstone

  • First team

    St Mirren 0 – 1 Motherwell

  • Women

    Friendly victory against Gartcairn

  • First team

    Steven Hammell reacts to win over St Mirren

  • Archive

    Next up: St Mirren

  • First team

    Graham Alexander leaves Motherwell

  • First team

    Graham Alexander reacts to Euro exit

  • First team

    Kevin Van Veen signs one-year contract extension

  • Women

    Dundee United up first in SWPL

    Dundee United up first in SWPL

    Motherwell open their 2022/23 Scottish Women’s Premier League campaign with a trip to newly promoted Dundee United at Gussie Park.

    Kick-off is 4pm.

    Ticket information

    Tickets for the match cost £5, while concessions go free.

    It is pay-at-the-gate only. Please note, with a fixture taking place at Tannadice, Tannadice Street will be closed and street parking may be limited.

    Story of the Match

    Dundee United cruised SWPL2 last season and were crowned champions and are looking to now establish themselves as a top flight club.

    Motherwell took on Dundee United in their first pre-season match back in July, with London Pollard scoring the only goal of the game to secure a 1-0 victory for the women of steel.

    Paul Brownlie has made four new additions to his squad this season, all of them featuring in pre-season thus far.

    New signing Brogan Anderson netted four against Glasgow Women last month, with Motherwell signing off their pre-season schedule with a 6-1 win against Gartcairn.

  • Women

    Gill Inglis named captain

    Gill Inglis named captain

    Gill Inglis will remain as Motherwell captain for the third season running. 

    The midfielder has been trusted once again by head coach Paul Brownlie to lead the team for the 2022/23 campaign.

    “It’s a pleasure to keep the armband again this season,” Inglis said.

    “There is a lot of experience and leaders in the team so to be given the captain duties again this term, is really special to me.

    “I am looking forward to the responsibility again this season.”

  • First team

    Next Up: St Johnstone

    Next Up: St Johnstone

    Motherwell take on St Johnstone in their first home match of the 2022/23 cinch Premiership campaign at Fir Park.

    Kick-off is 3pm.

    Tickets

    Home and away supporters are able to buy tickets online here.

    St Johnstone fans are able to purchase from the ticket booth adjacent to the Tommy McLean Stand on the day of the game.

    Ticket prices:

    Hunter StandO’Donnell, Cooper, McLean Stand
    Adults£21£25
    Concessions£17£18
    Young Adults£10£10
    Juniors£4£4
     
    – Concessions Tickets would be ages 65 and over and FT Students with a valid matric card.
    – Young Adults tickets would ages 12 to 17.
    – Juveniles would be 11 and under.
    – Family tickets would be one adult / senior citizen concession and x2 juveniles.
    How to follow game online

    PPV and virtual season ticket options are not available for cinch Premiership matches this season. This will be the case for all 2022/23 cinch Premiership matches this season.

    If you are outside the UK, you can watch the game via Motherwell TV.

    Should you be in the UK, it will be live commentary only.

    The Story of the Match

    Steven Hammell and Brian Kerr will be in the dugout for their second match in charge, following Graham Alexander’s departure.

    Caretaker Hammell secured a 1-0 opening day victory against St Mirren last Sunday, with Kevin van Veen scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

    Ricki Lamie was sent off in the second half will be absent for the next two matches.

    St Johnstone narrowly lost out 1-0 to Hibernian in their opening day match at McDiarmid Park. Josh Campbell scored in the 91st minute to sink the Saints to an opening day defeat.

    Captain Murray Davidson saw red for a strong tackle in the second half and will subsequently miss the game at Fir Park.

    Match Officials
    • Referee: William Collum
    • AR1: Frank Connor
    • AR2: Stuart Stevenson
    • Fourth Official: Mike Roncone
  • First team

    St Mirren 0 – 1 Motherwell

    St Mirren 0 – 1 Motherwell

    Motherwell kicked off the cinch Premiership season with a 0-1 win away to St Mirren in Paisley.

    Kevin van Veen’s penalty in the 42nd minute was enough to take all three points back to Lanarkshire.

    PRE-MATCH

    Steven Hammell made three changes to the side that lost to Sligo. In came Solholm, Shields and Goss and out went Mugabi, Tierney and Slattery (suspended).

    The winning goal

    Just before half-time Motherwell made the breakthrough. Blair Spittal saw his shot blocked by a hand in the box and John Beaton didn’t hesitate to point to the spot.

    Van Veen cooly stepped up and sent Carson the wrong way to give ‘Well the lead at the break.

    Five talking points
    • Motherwell were forced into an early change as Paul McGinn suffered a nasty head clash with Mark O’Hara. He came off with blood pouring from the wound and will be assessed for next week’s game.
    • With the first half coming to a close, Liam Kelly pulled off an early contender for save of the season. Jonah Ayunga looked certain to score with his head from 12 yards but the Scotland International made  an incredible save, with his weight going in the opposite directed he clawed it away from goal and palmed the follow-up away to safety.
    • Motherwell finished the game with ten men. Ricki Lamie saw red for a clumsy looking challenge on Baccus on the edge of the box.
    • Incredibly, Kelly produced a second world-class stop. This time Tait swung in a cross from the left wing and Main’s touch could easily have deceived the ‘keeper but he got down sharply and scooped the ball wide of the post.
    • 18-year-old Kian Speirs was handed his first-team debut. Stevie Hammell trusted the academy graduate in the middle of the park as he replaced Sean Goss with 20 minutes to go. The youngster will be pleased with his contribution.
    Teams

    Motherwell: Kelly, McGinn (O’Donnell, 19), Solholm, Lamie (Sent off, 82) , Carroll, Spittal (Cornelius, 62), Goss (Speirs, 67), Shields, van Veen (Mugabi, 85), Morris (Efford, 68).

    St Mirren:  Carson, Gallagher,  Shaughnessy, Dunne, Strain (Henderson, 73), Baccus, Erhahon, O’Hara (Flynn, 45), Tanser (Tait, 52), Ayunga, Grieve (Main, 62)

    Attendance: 5,668

  • Women

    Friendly victory against Gartcairn

    Friendly victory against Gartcairn

    Motherwell finalised their preparations for the new SWPL1 season with a commanding 6-1 victory over Gartcairn on Sunday.

    Carla Boyce broke the deadlock in the opening minute before Lauren Doran-Barr netted seconds later.

    Kaela McDonald-Nguah prodded home a third on the stroke of half-time to give Motherwell a strong advantage heading into the break. Goals from McDonald-Nguah, Georgie Rafferty and Amy Anderson followed to cement an excellent afternoon for the women of steel.

    Motherwell started on the front foot and deservedly found the opener after only 40 seconds. Gill Inglis’ mistimed half-volley sailed invitingly into the path of Boyce who coolly converted at the back post.

    Seconds after the restart, Motherwell doubled their advantage. Doran-Barr skipped past her opponent with ease on the right before accurately dispatching her effort into the top-left corner from an acute angle.

    It was three on the stroke of half-time. Boyce skilfully cut inside from the left before chipping a delightful through ball to McDonald-Nguah who quietly escaped her marker to tap home from close-range.

    Motherwell continued to threaten and almost found a fourth in the opening stages of the second half. Kodie Hay brilliantly worked her way into the box with two clever nutmegs before teeing up Boyce at the edge of the box, but the forwards strike failed to trouble the keeper.

    Nevertheless, the women of steel’s attacking prowess shone through as they added a fourth early into the second half. McDonald-Nguah tried her luck from distance, and her deflected effort fell kindly to Inglis at the back post, who slotted the rebound into the bottom corner.

    On 67 minutes, it was five. Georgie Rafferty was on hand to calmly divert Katie Rice’s floated corner kick into the bottom-left corner.

    With the full-time whistle looming, Gartcairn netted a late consolation. Successfully anticipating the offside trap, Cattrell caught the Motherwell defence by surprise, and the forward’s powerful attempt sailed into the top corner.

    A. Anderson got her name on the scoresheet in the dying stages with an emphatic strike from distance to round off a positive display from Paul Brownlie’s side

  • First team

    Steven Hammell reacts to win over St Mirren

    “We only had a short period of time to work with the players, but the message from the start was to come here and win.”

  • Archive

    Next up: St Mirren

    Next up: St Mirren

    We kick off our 2022/23 cinch Premiership campaign against St Mirren on Sunday,

    Kick-off is at 3pm at SMiSA Stadium

    Important information

    Section N1 of the North Stand (away) will be closed. Therefore, the rest of the away stand will be unreserved seating.

    Tickets

    You will be able get your tickets online direct from SMFC up until just after kick-off. There will be no cash gates and no tickets can be purchased from SMiSA Stadium on the day of the game.

    Ticket prices:

    Adults: £25
    Over 65, under 18 & FT students: £15
    Under 12 (when bought with an adult): £6

    Ambulant and wheelchair are priced at the above age status with carer free of charge (this must be bought in advance via the Fir Park ticket office). St Mirren have allocated 5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces, for anyone wishing to use these they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

    How to Follow the Game Online

    PPV and virtual season tickets options are not available for cinch Premiership matches this season. This is the case for all cinch Premiership clubs.

    There will be live commentary for those in the UK, available at live.motherwellfc.co.uk

    The story of the match

    Motherwell go into this game with Steven Hammell and Brian Kerr in the dugout, following the departure of Graham Alexander.

    Hall-of-famer Hammell will go up against former Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson, as both sides look to get off to a wining start.

    There is a distinct ‘Well connection with in the St Mirren dressing room, with Trevor Carson, Charles Dunne, Richard Tait, Declan Gallagher, Mark O’Hara and Curtis Main all swapping the claret and amber for black and white.

    Match officials
    Referee: John Beaton
    AR1: David McGeachie
    AR2: Graham McNeillie
    Fourth Official: Graham Grainger
  • First team

    Graham Alexander leaves Motherwell

    Graham Alexander leaves Motherwell

    We have today parted company with manager Graham Alexander by mutual consent.

    Graham will leave the club along with his assistant Chris Lucketti.

    “Graham asked to speak with us early on Friday morning, and everyone agreed that it would be best to make a change,” chairman Jim McMahon said.

    “We asked Graham to reverse our fortunes when he arrived eighteen months ago and he did that, before a really solid start to his first full season at Fir Park laid the foundations for what ultimately led to a fifth place finish and European football.

    “However, things haven’t gone as well for a spell in 2022 and although the timing is not ideal, we hope a change will bring about fresh impetus for everyone ahead of the 2022/23 season.

    “I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Graham and Chris for all their hard work and effort and wish them every success in their future careers.”

    Graham added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Motherwell and leave with nothing but good wishes for the club in the future.

    “I’m proud that we came in with the club joint bottom of the Premiership, and 18 months later leave having first secured our Premiership status, then qualified for Europe in our first full season. Our points tally in that time is only behind Rangers & Celtic.

    “I also want to thank everyone who has worked so hard alongside us, and for the support I have received from Alan Burrows, Jim McMahon and the board of directors. It has been a pleasure to represent Motherwell Football Club.”

  • First team

    Graham Alexander reacts to Euro exit

    “We have to be honest with ourselves. We weren’t good enough tonight.”

  • First team

    Kevin Van Veen signs one-year contract extension

    Kevin Van Veen signs one-year contract extension

    Striker and fan favourite Kevin van Veen has penned a one-year contract extension keeping the Dutchman at Fir Park until the summer of 2024. 

    Van Veen joined Motherwell from Scunthorpe in the summer of 2021 and was our top-goalscorer in his first season at the club, scoring 11 goals.

    “I’m glad we have secured Kevin for another two seasons after a great impact in his first year with us,” manager Graham Alexander said.

    “He has flourished being in a place where he has trust, respect and a team he enjoys playing with. I believe he has even more in the tank and I know how much he wants to help us continue our success from last year.”