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  1. Bert the Sailor

    2018'19 Game 3: Rangers (H) Sunday 26th August

    Funny how after the game yesterday and the feel good factor that it brought. That folk are still having a go at Sammon, who played a total of 19 mins in that match. However, I will say you’re entitled to your opinion. Even if that opinion is coming from a complete roaster.
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    2018'19 Game 1: Hibernian (A) Sunday 5th August

    Sorry totally misread this. Actually never received a customer number when I registered on Monday. I am unable to log back into it either now. Very strange.
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    Bullying claim

    Josh Law coming to Robinson’s defence: FORMER Motherwell and Oldham player Josh Law has defended his old manager Stephen Robinson after accusations of bullying were made against the Fir Park boss. Danny Byrnes, a 21-year-old footballer who played under Robinson at Oldham, accused the Northern Irishman of victimising him over a period of months and forcing him out of the Boundary Park club in a Twitter post last week, responding to a suicide awareness video featuring Robinson that Motherwell had earlier released. Law, who was in the same squad as Byrnes in the 2016/17 season, was shocked when he saw the post from his former teammate and finds it hard to reconcile the accusations with the man he worked under at both Motherwell and Oldham. “I couldn’t have enjoyed working under Stephen more to be honest,” Law said. “I think he’s a thoroughly decent man and a good bloke. “I saw the tweet and I thought it was a bit strange, because I couldn’t really see that myself. “I was at the club at the same time as Danny and the manager was there, and nothing was said. There was certainly no talk from the players at the time or himself about that sort of stuff. It was a surprise to me to be honest. “It would surprise me massively from my experience with him. He was a family man, and he was a good bloke as far as I’m concerned. “I’ve never really heard anyone speaking badly of him, so it was quite strange.” Law has experienced his fair share of rejection as a footballer, and he has learned not to take it personally when a manager doesn’t rate him or deems him surplus to requirements at a club. And he didn’t see any evidence while at Oldham that Robinson treated any players within his squad any differently from the rest, whether they were part of his plans or not. “At the end of the day, it’s football, and there’s people leaving clubs all the time if the manager doesn’t fancy them as a player,” he said. “I think that’s every day in football to be honest. I’ve been there myself, when the manager doesn’t want you and wants to get you out by offering you a pay up, and it’s horrible. But it’s part of the business. It’s just about keeping your head down and if anything comes up, it comes up. “It’s different for me because I’ve got a family and I’ve got to look after them, and as you get older, you learn that kind of thing. “I certainly didn’t see him in doing double sessions when nobody else was in, which a lot of managers can do. They can make your life hell. But I certainly never saw anything like that going on. “It was probably a case of Danny being in a bad place at the time with his father unfortunately being ill, as he said in the tweet, and he was under stress. He might regret that tweet, I’m not sure, but it’s bad for that to come out for Stephen as well. “it’s obviously something he doesn’t need and is quite unnecessary.” Robinson was only in charge of Oldham from July 2016 until January 2017, when he was sacked with the club languishing near the foot of League One. But Law isn’t surprised to see that he has gone on to have the success he has at Motherwell since. “You could see everything he was trying to do at Oldham and he had his hands tied a little bit,” he said. “I think there was something like 20 new players that he had to bring in. “I think we were starting to turn the corner, but in football now, it is very rare that you get the time and he didn’t there. “All of us could see that his ideas were great though and his knowledge of the game was brilliant. We enjoyed working with him, it was just maybe the wrong club at the wrong time.” Law, for his part, looks back on his own time at Motherwell fondly, even if he didn’t quite manage to live up to the highs of his two-goal debut in a Europa League qualifier against Icelandic side Stjarnan in 2014. “They thought they were getting a 20-goal a season man,” he said. “But I thoroughly enjoyed it, I loved my time up there. “I came home for personal reasons, but I would recommend it to anyone. It’s a great club.”
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    The League Cup 2018'19 Thread

    With Dunne out for 4-6 weeks I’m sure both will start tonight?
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    The Well Society

    I'm in the same boat as a few people on here. I initially put money into the Steel membership at the set up of the Well Society, but since then haven't topped up. I can't ever recall having any Correspondence to do so, I apologise if there is something I've missed. Was the onus on each member to remember to pay the annual top up? As I'll admit to being particularly lazy with this kind of thing. Either way I've set up a monthly direct debit now as well. Just interesting how many of the initial members are out there that could/ should be contacted to try and get them to sign up for the monthly payments.
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    The Rangers V Motherwell Spfl Playoff Final 28/05/15

    You the same guy having a meltdown on twitter? Seriously though, there are what? 2500-3000 Season Ticket Holders (?) Even if that was the case of season ticket holders first, there is no guarantee you would've got one either. Yes, its super frustrating not getting a ticket for Ibrox. But there was only 950 tickets, no more negotiating could be done. The game is Thursday and the tickets needed to be sold. People including myself waited outside fir park a minimum of 2-3 hours today for a ticket. So its not as if they didn't deserve a ticket? It also shouldn't come as a surprise that they went on sale today, people were waiting all yesterday for an announcement to which the club confirmed numerous times that they hoped it would be imminent awaiting Rangers response. When the announcement on the Ibrox tickets did come, people flooded to Fir Park which caused long queues and overloaded the staff. Its clear that Rangers were just not for negotiating our allocation. So the club cut their allocation and should be applauded.
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    Trouble At The Aberdeen Game

    People seem to be talking a lot about common sense about this situation. Yet, logic from our side is often lacking here. The guys sat down the front, people had to move. Whatever way you look at that, thats a poor show. Whether folk were bothered by it or not, people have stated that they had to move. Stewards and police would have seen this as they are not blind, whether anyone actually complained which I doubt is another matter. But they automatically have some ammunition. The signs were there before the game with flags and drums being banned, that the H&S mob were out to show "who was boss". I also don't get the logic of paying good money to travel all the way up to Aberdeen, pay hellish prices to get in. Then when a Steward (Being an arsehole or not) asks you to sit down, at the end of the day, if he wants you to sit and wants to win the argument, he will. Regardless of anyone else standing up, if he asks you personally to sit down. You don't have a leg to stand on. If I was speeding down the motorway at 95MPH and the police stop me for speeding, I could argue with him till I'm blue in the face, that I was following 3 or 4 other cars doing the same speed or that cars are flying past us at the side of the road doing the same speed I was. At the end of the day, he stopped ME, I'm responsible for my own actions and I'm the one going to end up with a ticket, because I broke the Law (rules). By not doing as the stewards ask, you play right into their hands. They love being the "Big Man", they're looking for any excuse to man handle you out the ground and they get a kick out of it. How about taking a "common sense" approach and save yourself the hassle, be the bigger man and sit on it. The stewards are looking for confrontation... for goodness sake stop rising to it. The rules need changing, thats a given. Atmosphere in the stadiums we've visited have been great this season, it really is a shining light in a generation of dwindling support. This hasn't gone un-noticed, by media and football bosses. Supporters lobbying to the powers that be, that a noisy, family friendly atmosphere can be created that isn't doing anyone any harm and enhances the product is the way forward. Getting into skirmishes with the stewards is completely detrimental to that as it'll quickly gain the entire group a reputation that'll be hard to shake and it would give weight to any opposition. Being in my early twenties and going to the football being my absolute passion, I've enjoyed immensely joining in with the singing section at the games I can make. This view will be extremely unpopular with many on here. But a little "common sense" on both sides is needed. Arguing with people enforcing rules will get you absolutely nowhere, you need to target your argument at the people making the rules.
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    Motherwell Fans Leaving Early - What's The Deal?

    We could always stick a few thousand seats outside the stadium in the car parks and sell them as £25 "Restricted View" tickets. That way the home stands are scum free and it still works out financially for the club.
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    2011/12 Ins & Outs Thread

    Lets get back on topic, What can be our realistic expectations for the January Transfer Window? If we can only add one player to the squad, then I think it has to be a striker. Ideally I would have Hughes brought in on the cheap and have a cheeky 6 month loan deal for a striker from down south. But I fear thats unrealistic with the way the McCall talks about our budget. So unless we sell 1 of the big guns in January, we'll have hee haw in the way of any In's? Strange as it may sound, but most of our sellable assets haven't been our top performers. Murphy hasn't hit the heights that we'd maybe hoped he would as yet, as some may point out Humphrey hasn't been firing on all cylinders . Jennings is pretty much untouchable until the case has been dropped. Hutchy and Saunders have both had injury set backs this season. I would say the only players that may be bought by other teams in January would be Randolph or perhaps someone will take a punt on Hateley on his current form, in fact I would be surprised if his dad ain't in the papers soon tipping him for a move to Rangers. Its been a team performance to get where we are so far this season. Its hard to point to one player being the sole reason for our success hence the bids hopefully don't come rolling in.
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    2011/12 Ins & Outs Thread

    Don't be so hasty Jim, you could always give your season ticket to one of those "True" fans that are out there................
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    Get Your Butt Cheeks Along To Fir Park

    Which is why the singing section in the Cup semi, was dynamite compared to the killjoys that populated it at the final. That was still my biggest disappointment with the way the cup final played out, was the mediocre atmosphere created as the "likeminded" fans were diluted by people that didn't understand the concept of a "singing section". We were always vast underdogs. But the atmosphere was an even bigger let down than the teams performance that day. When we again reach the final this year, Keep the singing section to just 3 tiers. And let the good times roll. Unfortunately, any time we get a bigger crowd in at Fir Park. We usually get beat, which doesn't encourage those on the fringes to come back in a hurry. Just means the hardy band of the 4000 core get to see good times as well as the bad.
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    2011/12 Ins & Outs Thread

    What I actually said was the bench was weak and has very little experience. Taking a look at our bench from the ICT game at the weekend, I stand by those comments. Tom Bradley Omar Daley Ross Forbes Gary Smith Jonathan Page Jordan Halsman Stuart Carswell Now the weak and inexperienced comments come hand in hand, its weak because there is little to no first team experience apart from Daley as the rest are from our youth team. I'm in no way dismissing these players as weak and not good enough. They're good prospects, some will be good enough to break into the first team in the next few seasons, others won't and will move on. Thats football. FWIW "Passengers" is entirely the wrong phrase. Teams are scared of what Higdon and Humphrey are capable of, more often than not opposition double up on them. This more often than not creates space for others. I would suggest that Hateley is having such consitent form down the right hand side of the park due to Humphrey often sucking in 2 players and creating a bit of space for him to play (space that he's taking advantage of with some good play). Even if they're not on top form which has been the occasional game over the course, the presence alone is contributing. Omar is obviously a very similar player, perhaps deserves a chance. But we're not second in the league, because we've been playing all our matches with essentially 9 men on the park. That is utter nonsense. We've won 4 and drawn 1 out of our last 5 league games. The team on that form picks itself (barring injury and suspension). The need for some of our fans to have a "hate figure" from our own team will always baffle me. Which is why I would suggest if they want to shout abuse at our own players at the weekend they could do it in the comfort of their own home.
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    2011/12 Ins & Outs Thread

    Feel free to stay clear of Fir Park on Sunday lads. I'm sure the team could go one week without your "support". On topic. If we were to sign Hughes, it doesn't necessarily mean anyone should drop out the team. When you currently look at our bench, its weak and has very little experience. If a game isn't going our way, there are very few options to actually address it. Now if Hughes was sitting on the bench, he'd be a brilliant option to bring on to change our shape and add a bit of class to our attack. As the season would progress, injuries and suspensions are likely to accumulate in our midfield. Allowing Hughes to come in and show his worth. I personally would like to see Forbes get a chance. But I think he lets the "East stand boo boys" get to him to really perform at Fir Park and more importantly I think McCall doesn't rate him all that much, which I think is a real shame. I would like to see Hughes brought in and send Forbes out on a 6 month loan to the First to get some important game time that he isn't getting with us. Before coming back next season for one last shot at breaking into the first team. Hughes would be an excellent signing that would boost the squad and actually push for a first team slot, which in turn would help keep the pressure on our midfield to keep up the high standards already set this season.
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    Motherwell Vs Celtic

    If we can avoid conceding an early goal or better still, score first. The pressure they're under at the moment could very well see them crumble. We need to score first in this game. Last year when we won 2-0. After scoring our first we seemed to go from strength to strength and never really looked like losing. But since then, each time we've came up against them, we've capitulated each time and not even come close to matching them. (I'm not entirely sure, but is the aggregate score in the 3 matches we've played them since not 0 -11 ???) IMO, this is as much a mind game for our players. Get in their faces right from the start. If we can keep a clean sheet till half time, I think we'll get a result, either a draw or a win. But our players seem to need that belief in themselves. Celtic are close to turmoil, if the result isn't going their way with an hour played. Its going to be a pleasurable experience sitting back in the East and watching the "Greatest fans in the World" once again turning on their team at Fir Park. On the other hand, we all know that Celtic have the money and if we're honest with ourselves, better players than us, if they decide to turn up and gel. We'll be in trouble. If they score in the first 10 mins. They'll rip us to shreds once again and we'll be lucky to keep the score under 5. In short, First half is Key in this match.
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    Motherwell Vs Kilmarnock Discussion Thread

    So is Pascali the highest earner???? Just for the record.

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