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  1. Andy_P

    Former Motherwell Fc Players Thread

    Noticed one of the U20's, or former U20's to be more accurate Jason Krones sign for Albion Rovers. He played against Peterhead today. I'm ignorant of the appraisal and renewal dates for the 20's, or reserves if you prefer, but found it interesting to see the blurb refer to his signing noting it came at the expiry of his contract. I'm sure expiry of contract was also referred to when Agyeman left too. Is it the done thing for a review at this time of the year across the board? Ordinarily it seem odd to allow contracts to expire midway through the season. Is it just a Motherwell thing? Or entirely coincidental that two have had contracts up? In a sense it doesn't seem that daft an idea if you are allowing youths to move on who you believe won't make it, and will have a head start on others being released in the summer; and can then focus on the next age group. I'd imagine if you don't have something lined up though getting released in January might be a pretty anxious time for some youngsters.
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    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    Your good source there would be Stephen Robinson who has said pretty much all that publically over the last few weeks.
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    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    Ahh, that's the part I'm been skimming the posts and press release for!! (Can't view the videos at work in case it's mentioned on there). As alluded to previously it would have seemed a bit odd (albeit entirely Motherwell-esque) to add a left-winner just when Frear re-emerges and Hastie returns on loan. Know nothing about him but good at least that positions we all know strengthened do appear to be getting ticked off one by one.
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    New Year's Day fixtures.........or lack of them

    The break itself is fine. It is designed to give recovery time for players with niggles and injuries and also gives pitches a couple of weeks of a breather or time for work if a groundsman feels its necessary. It also provides an opportunity for some warm weather training on sound surfaces if a club is in a fortunate position to afford it. There is also the fact that many supporters will benefit from a couple of weeks off after what is generally a busy month for games (scheduling to accommodate a break or otherwise) and Christmas bills arriving. It baffles me that there are still people who consider it solely an attempt to avoid bad weather though. We know that shite weather of varying types can hit Scotland in pretty much any month of the year. If they were looking to have a genuine winter break that dodged the vast majority of the winter then we'd be playing an effective summer football schedule. I agree however that any friendly arranged simply to cash in on a free week does infringe upon the spirit of if it but I'd argue much less so than in July/August when that utterly ridiculous rule was created to allow a postponement of a league fixture to play a friendly.
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    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    It's an exciting signing based upon the form he showed, particularly under Mark McGhee, first time around and the successes and profile he's enjoyed since. I have no idea what his current form and fitness is like currently however. First time around he was certainly technically proficient, offered something from set-pieces and had a decent goalscoring record. If you haven't done so before now have a browse on YouTube and see what footage you can source from the 07'08 in the early stages of which McCormack was involved in a joyous, potent, and free flowing attacking line up the current side could only dream of. There was a spell teams were blown away inside the first half an hour and we just played out the rest of the game! He's clearly not going to playing in a team of that quality or attacking verve this time but if he can replicate his form of that season we'll be much the stronger for his presence.
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    Hamilton Man of the Match

    Your thoughts and votes please...
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    Robinson... How Do We Think He's Doing ?

    All is clearly not as well as it might be. Of that you'll get few who'll disagree. But your almost daily attempt at a squeezing in a "Robinson must go“ inference is about as painstakingly dull as half the games we've watched this season.
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    Robinson... How Do We Think He's Doing ?

    Really? Maybe you should mention it a little more often. You know, just in case anyone's happened to miss your current three posts a day saying how much you'd like him gone.
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    Kilmarnock Man of the Match

    He's become a modern day Kevin McBride. Went from being a superb loanee to a permanent signing. Not long after suffered an injury from which it seems he's never quite fully recovered from.
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    Kilmarnock Man of the Match

    Your thoughts and votes please..
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    Steelmen Online Motherwell Photo Thread

    If and when we do move from Fir Park we should definitely incorporate some kind of replication of that entrance at the new stadium as a nod to the past.
  12. You've always had that kind of potential if the circumstances are right. I think you definitely have an edge on the likes of ourselves from Lanarkshire and St Mirren from Renfrewshire from being that bit further away from Glasgow and having no real local opposition of note (ok you do have an unhealthy knack of losing to Ayr in Cup games) in the immediate vicinity and a fairly expansive catchment area, when things are good on the park to an outsider the potential definitely seems to be there. We're clearly not in the same positive shape but I remember some of the crowds between the teams the first season you came back up and it seems almost unbelievable to think a Killie-Motherwell league game broke 10,000. As a fan of the club who'll benefit from your 2500-3000 or travelling support on Wednesday I wish you well in filling that South Stand if not on the park.
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    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    I could actually, for a couple of reasons. I heard or read somewhere recently that with their new managerial appointment they are apparently re-focusing on youth development again. In the not too distant past they had a fair reputation for hovering up and developing younger talent and are seemingly keen to return to that method having lost their way a bit. With successful forays to the Scottish top flight in the shape of Wanyama, Van Dijk, Foster, Davies and most recently Armstrong they don't appear to have the snobbish attitude to the Scottish top flight that some English side have. They will also be well aware that just a few miles along the coast Ryan Fraser, who was plucked from a Scottish side at an early age, has been a success at Bournemouth. With that in mind they would seem the kind of side who might be interested in someone like Turnbull. More's the pity!
  14. Just s thought but wondering if a wee whip round of sorts would be in order to help the Bois sort out replacement materials and drum?
  15. You're right. It doesn't come into it a great deal where they come from. If they're good for us when they come to Motherwell that's great. If they're shite, that's bad. Which is why I don't quite get the regular negative remarks, not necessarily only by yourself, about the English Conference or whatever its called, especially when we've had the likes of Moult, Johnson and Heneghan who've done us a turn and gone on to earn us decent coin. That the team play like and are of an English non league standard is up for debate by those who know that league better than me. And that some of our team aren't good enough is an opinion I wouldn't contest at all. But I know that we've had enough half decent players from that league to know that I won't be getting my knickers in a twist if the first player unveiled in January happens to be from that league.

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