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    Motherwell heading to Darlington

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    Vote for your May player of the month

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    Casper Sloth joins Motherwell

  • First team

    Update on playing squad for 2019/20

  • First team

    Story of the Match from win over Livi

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    Trevor Carson named in NI training camp

  • First team

    Highlights as Motherwell end season with win

  • First team

    Players react to win over Livingston

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    Manager pleased with closing day win

  • First team

    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

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    Motherwell heading to Darlington

    Motherwell heading to Darlington

    Darlington will again be pre-season opponents for Motherwell, as we gear up for the 2019/20 campaign.

    Stephen Robinson’s side will return to Blackwell Meadows on Saturday, 6 July. Kick off will be at 2pm.

    Motherwell were 5-1 winners on their visit in 2018, with Cédric Kipré, Ryan Bowman, James Scott, Danny Johnson and Allan Campbell on the scoresheet.

    Ticket information will be announced shortly.

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    Vote for your May player of the month

    Vote for your May player of the month

    It’s time to vote for your Tullibardine Player of the Month for May and the final one for the 2018/19 season.

    The Steelmen claimed victory in their last game against Livingston, as well as drawing at home to St Mirren and losing at St Johnstone.

    To vote, head to our Facebook page and follow the instructions.

    David Turnbull has been a consistent winner of the award and bagged a further three goals to take his season tally to 15.

    Allan Campbell has been his usual consistent self throughout the month in midfield, helping to provide the solid base for the team to build.

    James Scott continued to impress leading the line, proving a massive handful for top flight defenders.

    Mark Gillespie saved yet another penalty at the end of the campaign, denying Ryan Hardie in the win over Livingston.

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    Casper Sloth joins Motherwell

    Casper Sloth joins Motherwell

    Casper Sloth is the latest addition to the Motherwell squad for the forthcoming 2019/20 campaign.

    The Danish international central midfielder will move to Fir Park on a two-year deal, when his contract at Silkeborg comes to an end in late June.

    The 27-year-old has eight caps for his country and has made almost 200 appearances at club level.

    “Casper has undoubted technical ability and arrives at the club with an impressive CV,” manager Stephen Robinson said of his fourth summer signing.

    “He was at one point considered one of the real emerging talents in Danish football, but perhaps will have been frustrated with how his career has gone over the last few years.

    “We want to give him the platform and help him recapture his best form. Motherwell is a club which prides itself on getting people back on the right path, and that’s very much our aim with Casper.

    “He has been over to train with us and impressed us not only with his ability on the park, but his desire, his hunger to be here and with a bit of a point to prove.

    “He’s a very talented, technical footballer and I look forward to working with him, making him even better and watching him shine again.

    ”We are continuing to work on transfer targets. Our priorities now lie in bringing in forwards.”

    Sloth joins Liam Polworth, Declan Gallagher and Jake Carroll in committing to join Motherwell for the new season.

    “I am very happy to be coming to play for Motherwell,” said the player on signing on at the club.

    “I have heard a lot about the club and Scottish football. It is the perfect place for me to come to play.

    “My immediate focus will be on establishing myself in the team and bringing my experience to help the club push higher.”

    He played youth football at local side Brabrand IF but started his professional career at AGF Aarhus. He made his debut in the Danish Superliga aged just 17 and was hailed as one of the country’s brightest prospects.

    It was around that time he also made his senior international debut for the Danes, starting against Turkey in Istanbul in November 2012. Casper would go on to make a further seven appearances for De rød-hvide, including an impressive showing against England at Wembley in March 2014.

    After five years and over 150 games with Aarhus, he won a big money moved to English Championship side Leeds United in April 2013, making his league debut against Bolton shortly after.

    He would only turn out 14 times for the Whites in a two-year period where the club had six different managers. In July 2016, an undisclosed fee would take him back to his homeland and Aalborg BK.

    He spent a year at AaB before moving to his current club, Silkeborg, where he has played for the last two seasons.

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    Update on playing squad for 2019/20

    Update on playing squad for 2019/20

    A number of players will leave Motherwell at the conclusion of the 2018/19 season.

    The following first team players were either not offered contracts or have informed the club they intend to leave after 31 May 2019.

    • Carl McHugh
    • Elliott Frear
    • Alex Rodriguez Gorrín
    • Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
    • George Newell
    • Christian Mbulu
    • Jake Hastie
    • Curtis Main

    The following reserve players will also depart:

    • Shaun Bowers
    • Liam Brown
    • Shea Gordon
    • Kyle MacDonald
    • Neil McLaughlin
    • Akeal Rehman
    • Broque Watson

    Four further players will leave as their loan deals expire when the summer transfer window opens again in early June.

    • Tom Aldred (Bury)
    • Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
    • Ross McCormack (Aston Villa)
    • Conor Sammon (Heart of Midlothian)

    Chris Cadden has been offered an extended contract but is yet to sign.

    Craig Tanner has been offered a short-term deal to help ensure he regains full fitness, following a long-term knee injury that has sidelined him since March 2018.

    When Craig is fit to rejoin training, he will be assessed by the coaching staff with a view to winning an extended contract.

    The following players have already signed pre-contract agreements and will join the club for pre-season training in June.

    • Declan Gallagher
    • Liam Polworth
    • Jake Carroll
    • Casper Sloth

    “I would like to record my thanks to every player who will leave us in the next few weeks,” ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson said.

    “Modern football is such that there is now likely to be a significant turnover of players at most clubs each year.

    “We’ve already extended the contracts of numerous players and have confirmed three new faces already by this point.

    “We remain committed to keeping at least some of the lads who are currently out of contract or been with us on loan, and those discussions will continue over the summer break.

    “We will also look to strengthen the squad and the starting team with more new faces ahead of pre-season training starting on 19 June.”

    Motherwell Football Club would like to sincerely thank every player who is leaving Fir Park for the last time and wish them every success in their future careers.

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    Story of the Match from win over Livi

    There’s no such thing as a meaningless game.

    This is the Story of the Match from our final day fixture with Livingston.

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    Trevor Carson named in NI training camp

    Trevor Carson named in NI training camp

    Trevor Carson will return to the international fold after being named for a Northern Ireland training camp.

    The goalkeeper returned to the bench on Saturday, after a long lay-off after developing deep vein thrombosis in November last year.

    Michael O’Neill has now named him for a get together in Manchester, before naming a final squad for games with Estonia and Belarus in June.

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    Highlights as Motherwell end season with win

    David Turnbull bagged a double to add to Liam Donnelly’s opening strike as Motherwell ended the season with a 3-2 win over Livingston.

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    Players react to win over Livingston

    Tom Aldred, Gboly Ariyibi and Dean Cornelius speak as Motherwell bring down the curtain on the 2018/19 season.

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    Manager pleased with closing day win

    “It was a good entertaining game and a fitting way to end the season.”

    Stephen Robinson reflects on the closing day win over Livingston.

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    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

    Motherwell end season with win over Livingston

    Motherwell rounded off their Ladbrokes Premiership season with a thoroughly entertaining 3-2 win over Livingston – taking their points tally to 51 and their highest haul since season 2013/14 when they finished league runners-up.

    An action packed first half saw a Liam Donnelly headed goal and a David Turnbull double provide ‘Well with a three goal advantage – not to mention two penalties saved inside an amazing minute.

    Not surprisingly the pace of the game and chances diminished in the second forty-five until 10 minutes from time when Livingston substitute Scott Tiffoney grabbed a quick double to set up an exciting finale to the game and the league season.

    The only change to a familiar looking line-up was Carl McHugh making way for Liam Donnelly to make his first start of 2019. And while Trevor Carson made a welcome return from serious illness to take his place on the bench, there were no seats for the out of contract quintet; Curtis Main, Jake Hastie, Elliot Frear, Alex Gorrin and former captain Peter Hartley.

    In an attempt to give the match more than an end of season atmosphere, ‘Well invited 4,000 school kids to occupy the South Stand and while they noisily enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining game, for older spectators the match had an element of deja vous.

    A week shy of 16 years ago James McFadden, on the eve of collecting his PFA Scottish Young Player of the year award, conjured up a majestic hat-trick as ‘Well demolished Livingston in a 6-2 thriller. That proved to be his last game before heading to Everton in August for £1.25 million.

    With David Turnbull collecting his SFWA Young Player of the Year tomorrow night, the 19 year old had a great opportunity to emulate his hero – only to pass up the chance of his first senior hat-trick.

    Similar to the fixture in February Livingston started the livelier side and could have a goal or two to their credit before being blown away by ‘Well’s hat-trick of strikes.

    Mark Gillespie was the busier ‘keeper in the opening nine minutes throwing himself left and then right to hold attempts from Lee miller and Alan Lithgow.

    Those early threat were forgotten in the 10th minute when the Fir Park side opened the scoring. And it was a first goal for Donnelly who sneaked unchallenged toward the six yard box to nod Turnbull’s inswinging free kick past the flat footed Ross Stewart.

    Back came Livi forcing Gillespie into another save and Charles Dunne a timely tackle to block Ryan Hardie before ‘Well double the lead with a wonderfully constructed goal.

    Scott drive from 25 yards was palmed over the bar by Stewart. From the resultant corner Gboly Ariyibi cleverly played the ball low toward the front post where Scott back healed into the path of Turnbull who lashed the ball home from 10 yards.

    The young fans in the stand behind that goal didn’t have long to wait for number three. Aryibi cutely jinked past two defenders in the box before being tripped by Craig Sibbald. That gave David Turnbull the chance to calmly claim his 14th goal of the season placing the spot kick down the centre of the goal.

    On the half hour Livingston should have been rewarded for their positive play but having evaded Dunne, Hardie’s tame effort from a couple of yards was kicked off the line by Gillespie.

    Three minutes from half-time the Livingston striker had the chance to make amends when Tom Aldred brought Ricki Lamie’s powerful run to an abrupt end leaving referee David Munro no option but to point to the penalty spot. Although Hardie drove the ball low to the ‘keeper’s right, Gillespie made a terrific one handed save to keep his goal intact.

    Incredibly play raced to the other end with Ariyibi playing Turnbull into the box but with little threat to his goal, Stewart clattered into the legs of the ‘Well midfielder to concede yet another penalty. The scene was set for Turnbull to claim his first senior hat-trick but his weak spot kick was pushed away by Stewart to bring a breathtaking first half to a close.

    Chris Cadden, perhaps in his last appearance, looked determined to add his name to the scoresheet but a coupe of well driven shots were firmly held by the Livi ‘keeper.

    With half an hour remaining 18 year old David Devine was given his debut replacing Charles Dunne at the heart of the home defence.

    After 73 minutes Cadden had another chance to make it 4-0 but having cut inside the box his attempt on goal was blocked by Lamie. Four minus later Stephen Robinson introduced another 18 year old, Dean Cornelius coming on for captain Richard Tait.

    The youngster was hardly on the park when Livingston deservedly pulled a goal back. Gillespie stretched to push Lithgow’s header across his goal but Scott Tiffoney somehow forced the loose ball inside the post and give the visiting fans something to cheer.

    A minute later the Livi fans were celebrating again, Tiffoney cutting inside Devine before slotting the ball low past Gillespie and set up a dramatic end to the game.

    Dolly Menga’s powerful angled drive came close to claiming an equaliser before Carl McHugh came on for a final appearance and use his experience to see out the game and earn ‘Well their sixth home league win of the year.

    As the players returned to the pitch after the game to take the fans appreciation, a number of them making their final appearance in claret amber, many wondered if David Turnbull, in one final comparison with James McFadden, would be the subject of a record breaking transfer bid over the summer.