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    Talisman of the champions

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    Players take on coaches

  • First team

    Ticket information for Dundee clash

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    Meet Çiftçi and Bigirimana

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    Ticket information for Hearts cup tie

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    Get your tickets for Kilmarnock clash

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    Get your Dundee cup tickets

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    St Johnstone ticket information

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    Get your tickets for Partick Thistle

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    Tickets on sale for trip to Hibernian

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    Talisman of the champions

    Brian McLaughlin was born in Grangemouth on October 7, 1954, and snapped up by Celtic at the age of 16, joining the Parkhead side from schools football, becoming professional in 1971.

    Brian starred in the reserve team alongside Kenny Dalglish and Lou Macari that were christened the “Quality Street Kids” by an attentive press. He eventually made his first team debut in September 1972 against Clydebank, and by the following year he had established himself as a regular. No less of an opinion than Jock Stein noted that McLaughlin was the most naturally talented player he had ever signed.

    Disaster struck for Brian after 14 successive appearances when he was badly injured by a tackle from Clyde centre half, Willie McVie. The resultant cruciate ligament damage removed him from the game for two years and although he fought back gamely, he lacked the previous mobility and was released to join Ayr United in November 1977.

    Manager Ally MacLeod gave Brian a platform to display his talent on a consistent basis, and the midfielder certainly repaid Ally’s faith in him and, much more besides, blossoming into a midfield maestro of great quality. Those who had considered Brian to be finished misjudged the young mans’ great determination.

    He went on to have an incredibly good two seasons with the Honest Men, even managing to score the winner against Celtic on Hogmanay 1977 in a famous 2-1 win for Ayr. Such was the quality of his play at Somerset Park, he was rewarded with the Players’ First Division Player of the Year award in 1979.

    Meanwhile, 40 minutes up the road and following relegation from the Premier League, Motherwell had made a poor start to the season being knocked out the League Cup by Queen’s Park and failing to win any of their first five league matches.

    In September 1979, Ally signed Brian McLaughlin once again, this time for Motherwell where his skills ensured that he would go on to be a firm favourite of the fans on the east terracing.

    The manager had been trying to sign Brian since that summer, but Ayr weren’t for letting him go. However, when Motherwell offered £100,000, United accepted and the deal was finally done.

    It didn’t take McLaughlin long to make his mark for the Steelmen, scoring on his debut at Douglas Park, but couldn’t prevent a 3-2 defeat for the club. Four days later, despite scoring again, Motherwell were humbled 5-2 by Raith Rovers at Starks Park as pressure began to increase on the manager from the fans.

    The following midweek saw Hearts visit Fir Park under the light of the silvery moon, and for the third time on the bounce the new signing was on target again as he finally picked up his first win bonus in North Lanarkshire as the Jambos were humbled 4-2 on a memorable night under the Fir Park lights.

    After another three straight wins over Clyde, Dumbarton and St Johnstone it seemed Motherwell were on a roll. However, as is often the case around these parts, the wheels came off. One win in the next eight, a 1-0 victory over Stirling Albion at home, sealed with a McLaughlin pile driver, pretty much ended any promotion hopes that the Steelmen and their fans had harboured.

    Although things did pick up after the arrival of Albert Kidd and Joe Carson from Arbroath, the Fir Parkers were always playing catch up with Hearts and Airdrieonians, who both had established a good lead at the top of the table.

    Despite ten wins after New Year in the league, Motherwell never really got into contention at the top and finished a rather disappointing sixth, eight points behind Airdrie who, along with winners Hearts, both went up to the Premier League.

    After his arrival, Brian was an ever present in the Motherwell line up, playing 35 times and scoring a very respectable ten goals. McLaughlin’s promptings initially lifted Motherwell, flirting with the leaders, but try as he might the Steelmen slipped back down the table, leaving the ‘Well fans feeling frustrated with the form of the side in a division that they were expected to win rather easily.

    His first full campaign at Fir Park was 1980/81, which opened brightly for Brian with a hat trick in the second leg of the League Cup first round tie against Stenhousemuir.

    The league campaign kicked off disastrously however, hammered 5-0 by a rampant Ayr United side down at Somerset Park. In what was a tough division in this year, Motherwell suffered from our old failing: inconsistency.

    Despite recording decisive, good wins against Falkirk, Dundee, Dunfermline and Hibernian there was always a shock scoreline around the corner, like defeats to Berwick Rangers and Stirling Albion. Come New Year’s Day, it felt like the club absolutely had to beat the Accies at Fir Park. Despite Brian scoring, the visitors finished comfortable 3-1 winners, to pretty much end once again our promotion hopes.

    After the Ne’erday defeat the Steelmen went on a 15-game unbeaten run in the league, which left the club a hugely disappointing fifth in the final league table of the season. There had been a little flirtation with silverware when 3,000 ‘Well fans headed to Tannadice for a Scottish Cup quarter final against the all conquering Dundee United, after a battle cry from Ally MacLeod. The manager had caught the imagination of everyone claiming that Motherwell were definite contenders to lift the old trophy despite being mid table in the second tier of Scottish Football.

    Sadly, by half time, Motherwell were 4-1 down and out of the competition. By the end of the campaign, Ally MacLeod was somewhat under pressure from sections of the Motherwell support, as the club reluctantly looked forward to a third season out with the top flight of Scottish football.

    The board decided that there had been enough positives in the last 15 matches of the campaign to remain firmly behind the manager in his attempt to finally secure a berth back in amongst the big guns. Brian had played in 42 games that season, the most he had every managed, scoring nine goals. It wasn’t long into the new season that the Motherwell board did lose its confidence in Ally MacLeod and he left his position which was quickly filled by his assistant, David Hay.

    Hay’s first game in charge was a disappointing defeat down at Rugby Park, but a single Willie Irvine goal beat Queen’s Park at Fir Park a week later in front of a paltry crowd of less than 2,000 fans, which did spark an upturn in fortunes.

    Brian McLaughlin scored nine times in six of the next seven matches as the Steelmen beat St Johnstone, Falkirk, Dumbarton, Raith Rovers, Dunfermline Athletic and East Stirlingshire, after finishing level with Hamilton Accies in an enthralling 2-2 draw.

    That impressive run took the Fir Parkers to the top of the table as confidence began to build within the ranks. The transformation in the Steelmen from the early season under McLeod, to the quality of play produced by the team under Hay just a few weeks later, was remarkable without adding anyone to the squad.

    As October arrived, Motherwell went from strength to strength as McLaughlin opened the scoring when East Stirlingshire were defeated away at Fir Park 3-0, before two weeks later producing a memorable display at Kilbowie against Clydebank.

    The home side were ripped apart in a vintage performance by the Steelmen in a 7-1 rout. The man of the match that day be a country mile was Brian McLaughlin, who dictated the pace and control of the game in a manner I have rarely seen.

    Incredibly, Brian didn’t find the net that afternoon, but had a hand in five of the seven goals Motherwell scored, as belief that the title might be heading our way began to spread throughout the claret and amber support.

    As promotion got closer, Brian continued to have a major influence on those around him, while still scoring vital goals in important games for the club. He shot Motherwell ahead in the Lanarkshire derby against the Accies in March, before setting up both Bruce Clelland and Willie Irvine to score in a 3-2 win.

    Two further single goal victories over Kilmarnock at Fir Park and away at Raith Rovers, both scored by McLaughlin took Motherwell to the brink of the Championship.

    Four days later the title was clinched, after one of the poorest performances from the Steelmen in what had been a terrific campaign, at home to Clydebank in front of the BBC TV cameras. It finished goalless, before the Motherwell fans swarmed onto the pitch in celebration at the final whistle to mob the players, signalling the end of the club’s three-year exile from the Premier Division.

    The season had been a triumph for David Hay as he saw his side romp away with the title, scoring 92 times to create a First Division record for goal scoring. Quite amazingly, three players claimed 56 of them, Willie Irvine, along with Brian netting 20 goals apiece and Bruce Clelland contributing 16.

    An indication of how much McLaughlin had an effect on the championship win is the fact that 11 of his goals opened the scoring for Motherwell in matches in which only two points were dropped by the Steelmen.

    In a Motherwell squad that was packed with very good footballers, it was evident to everyone who watched them play that season that Brian McLaughlin was the talismanic figure in which Davie Hay had built his successful side around.

    Brian played 43 times in that memorable season. Only Steve McLelland, John Gahagan and Willie Irvine played more as he made a mockery of the injury prone tag often attached to him.

    Back in the big time, Brian had the stage he had been craving for: an opportunity to display his talents and show everyone that he could dictate matches at the highest level in this country.

    However, new manager Jock Wallace didn’t share Brian’s vision for the future. After starting the first two fixtures against Rangers and Dundee, he left both Brian and record goal scorer, Willie Irvine on the substitute bench for the visit of a Charlie Nicholas inspired Celtic. The game ended in a heavy defeat and Brian was rarely seen again in claret and amber.

    Midway through the Premier League campaign, and after being unfairly treated by Wallace, Brian was allowed to leave for pastures new, which he did, joining Hamilton Accies back in the First Division. He then served his local side Falkirk, before a brief spell in Australia and then back to Ayr United before hanging up his boots, ending a career that had promised so much.

    In August 2009, Brian died as a result of an accident in tragic circumstances, being found in the Union Canal near his home in Falkirk. He was only 54 years old.

    Brian McLaughlin played for Motherwell 131 times, scoring 41 goals from midfield and was the architect and focal point of one of the most entertaining squads ever witnessed. It would be stretching it a little to suggest that Brian had this football club in his heart, but his contribution in just over three years cannot be understated.

    The pressure everyone at Fir Park were under as they tried to win promotion at the third attempt, reportedly the last throw of the dice for Motherwell before going part time, cannot be underestimated.

    Had Brian not produced the stats and the goods he did in the championship winning season, there is every chance we would be watching the Steelmen this afternoon in lower league football lining up against our peers of the 80s such as Morton, Ayr United, Airdrie and Clyde.

    They say success and failure in football is all about fine margins. If that’s the case, then we all should be grateful that when Brian joined Motherwell, the odds shifted distinctly in our favour.

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    Players take on coaches

    Motherwell players and coaches are going head-to-head in a series of challenges to see who comes out on top.

    In the first of five, this week Trevor Carson and Nadir Çiftçi took on Stephen McManus and Craig Hinchliffe in a game of Speak Out, with hilarious consequences.

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    Ticket information for Dundee clash

    Motherwell return to Dens Park for the second time in three weeks as they travel to face Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

    After a 2-0 victory in the William Hill Scottish Cup on their last visit, Stephen Robinson’s men travel north with confidence of continuing their push for a place in the top six.

    The Fir Park men are unbeaten at Dens this season, keeping two clean sheets in the process, including a 1-0 league win back in October.

    Craig Tanner’s solitary strike sealed the three points that afternoon, and ‘Well’s number 27 also opened the scoring as ‘Well progressed to the quarter final of the Scottish Cup.

    The adult ticket price for the match is £24. Over 65s and students can get in for £16, while under 18s go for £10.


    Dundee v Motherwell

    Saturday 24th February 2018
    3pm
    Dens Park
    Tickets available on the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£24
    STUDENT / OVER 65s£16
    UNDER 18s£10
    • Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07428 225254 or tickets@mfcdsa.com. Fans must contact Brian by Wednesday night before the match.
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    Meet Çiftçi and Bigirimana

    The Signing Zone returns to Fir Park on Saturday as the Steelmen host Kilmarnock in the Ladbrokes Premiership. 

    So don’t miss your chance to meet Gaël Bigirimana and January signing Nadir Çiftçi, who will be in the Cooper Bar from 12:45pm ’til 1:15pm ahead of kick off.

    The two will be making their first appearance in the Signing Zone, offering supporters the chance to meet the players, pose for selfies and get their autographs.

    There will be face painting, fun activities and good offers on food and drink in the Cooper Bar ahead of the club’s crucial clash with Killie.

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    Ticket information for Hearts cup tie

    Ticket prices for our William Hill Scottish Cup quarter final against Hearts have been confirmed.

    Following agreement with our opponents, tickets for the match at Fir Park will cost £18 for adults.

    A special family ticket will also be on sale. One adult can take two children aged 15 and under for £30.

    Concession tickets are £12 for the big match, with those aged 15 and under getting in for £8.

    Concession rates apply to those aged 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and full time students with a valid matriculation card.

    If you have a season ticket, your normal seat has been reserved for you to purchase.

    Tickets for Motherwell fans will be on sale from Saturday, February 17. To buy, visit the ticket office at Fir Park or call 01698 333333 (Monday to Friday only).

    Want to watch the match in style?

    Our hospitality package for the match will cost £50 for season ticket holders and £55 for non-season ticket holders.

    Included in the price is:

    • A two course meal served in the Centenary Suite
    • Half time refreshments
    • Pay bar
    • Match ticket

    To book, call the hospitality and events team on 01698 333333 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Get your tickets for Kilmarnock clash

    Motherwell return to Ladbrokes Premiership action on Saturday against Kilmarnock.

    Both sides are fighting it out for a place in the top six in the division, as the season races towards the split.

    Stephen Robinson’s side are in fine form so far in 2018, losing just one of their seven matches in the new year and have won three of their last four matches at Fir Park.

    Adult tickets start at just £19 and one adult can bring along a child for just an extra £5 in the John Hunter stand.

    To get your ticket, come along to the Fir Park ticket office between 9am and 5pm, call 01698 333333 or pay at the gate on the day.

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR)£29/£24

    The cheaper price is for the John Hunter stand. Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card. Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.

    Away fans will be housed in the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand. Cash gates are in operation.

    Motherwell fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Brian Davidson on 07428 225254 or tickets@mfcdsa.com. Fans must contact Brian by Wednesday night before the match.

    Great hospitality offers

    Want to watch the game in a bit more style? We’ve still got limited availability in our Millennium Suite and our McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand boxes.

    Our Millennium Suite package includes:

    • Complimentary drinks one hour before and after the game
    • Light snacks on arrival and prior to kick-off
    • Complimentary matchday programmes and team-sheets
    • Your own designated seat in the directors box
    • Half-time refreshments

    Our McEwan Fraser South Stand boxes package includes:

    • Hot one-course buffet served with complimentary drinks
    • Padded seat within the box with excellent view
    • Matchday Programme and teamsheet
    • Half-time pies or sandwiches
    • One hour complimentary drinks at full time

    To book, call our commercial team on 01698 333333 or email hospitality@motherwellfc.co.uk.

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    Get your Dundee cup tickets

    Motherwell season ticket holders and Well Society members can get a special discount on ticket prices for our William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Dundee.

    Ticket prices for the match, due to be played at Dens Park on Saturday, February 10, are set at £15 for adults, £5 for over 65s and students, and £4 for under 18s for season ticket holders and Well Society members, if bought from the Fir Park ticket office before 5pm on Friday, February 9.

    Normal prices are £20 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under 18s.

    To buy, visit the Fir Park ticket office or call on 01698 333333. Please note a £2 admin charge will apply to telephone sales and phone sales will stop at 5pm on Wednesday, February 7. Tickets can be delivered if purchased before this time.

    Tickets will also be on sale on Tuesday ahead of the Ladbrokes Premiership match with St Johnstone.

    Should the game at Dens Park go to a replay, the match will be played at Fir Park on Tuesday, February 20.

     

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    St Johnstone ticket information

    It’s two games in quick succession for Motherwell as St Johnstone visit Fir Park on Tuesday night.

    After the weekend draw with Partick Thistle, Stephen Robinson’s men are looking to extend their undefeated run at home in 2018.

    Tickets start at £19 for adults, £15 for concessions and £9 for juveniles.

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    Motherwell v St Johnstone

    Tuesday 6th February 2018
    7.45pm
    Fir Park
    Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the gate.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR)£29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for the John Hunter stand.
    • Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.
    • Away fans will be housed in the Phil O’Donnell main stand. Cash gates are in operation.
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    Get your tickets for Partick Thistle

    Motherwell are back in Ladbrokes Premiership action at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

    Stephen Robinson’s side are two wins from two at Fir Park in 2018, having seen off Hamilton Academical and Ross County earlier in January.

    After two away trips to Edinburgh, it’s back to home turf and a chance to see the team in action as they push for a spot in the top six.

    Adult prices start at just £19 for the big match, and don’t miss out on our family deal, where one adult and one child can go for as little as £23.

    To buy, visit the ticket office at Fir Park or pay at the gate on the day.


    Motherwell v Partick Thistle

    Saturday 3rd February 2018
    3pm
    Fir Park
    Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the gate

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£23/£19
    CONCESSIONS£16/£15
    JUVENILES£12/£9
    FAMILY (1 ADULT + 1 JUNIOR)£29/£24
    • Cheaper price is for the John Hunter stand.
    • Concessions are applicable to 60 and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Juveniles are applicable to aged 15 and under.
    • Away fans will be housed in the McEwan Fraser Legal South Stand. Cash gates are in operation.
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    Tickets on sale for trip to Hibernian

    Motherwell are back in action in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Wednesday as they head to the capital to face Hibernian. 

    Following consecutive 2-0 victories over Hamilton Academical and Ross County respectively, Stephen Robinson’s men headed to Edinburgh at the weekend and extended their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at Hearts.

    Travelling fans packed out their section at Tynecastle Park and your continued support at Easter Road is appreciated.

    Adult tickets cost £22 and concessions go for just £12.

    Tickets are available in advance from the ticket office at Fir Park. Tickets can also be bought outside Easter Road on the night of the game.


    Hibernian v Motherwell

    Wednesday 31st January 2018
    7.45pm
    Easter Road
    Tickets on sale from the Fir Park Ticket Office or pay at the ground

    Admission prices are as follows:

    ADULTS£22
    OVER 65s / UNDER 18 £12