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  1. The African

    2019-20 League Cup

    The only reason a loan makes sense is to cut costs a little and the fact we could recall him if Gillespie picked up an injury. Cannot see us getting much of a fee for Carson, though anything is better than nothing, and Carson deserves first team football and maybe a good deal at a bigger club.
  2. The African

    2019-20 League Cup

    Goalkeeper situation is a difficult one. What is the point in having the best replacement goalie in the league and then not using them? But has Gillespie done enough wrong to warrant being replaced? Probably not. Carson has been the very definition of professional in his attitude, but you wonder how long he can bide his time when a player of his quality needs first team football. Surely a loan move would make sense for all parties?
  3. The African

    Reserves/Under 20's/Youths

    No harm in getting a lesson at this, or indeed any, level. As long as the lesson is learned. A shame that we will go no further in this competition as I really enjoyed our decent run last season, but the key with this team is really about developing players for the future.
  4. The African

    Away fans in the POD

    So basically the Polis will do nothing because there are too many Old Firm fans and they therefore don’t want the hassle involved. Because of this, the said Old Firm fans have carte blanche to do as they please. No wonder they turn out to be such entitled tossers.
  5. Well that wasn’t really unexpected. We will get fitter and better organised so no need to push the panic button just yet. Also proves that a series of European qualifiers are better build up for the season than the League Cup group stages. Again, hardly a surprise.
  6. The African

    Away fans in the POD

    So what happens when a Motherwell fan finds himself in the wrong part of the ground at Celtic Park or Ibrox? If identified, they get shown the door. I remember a tale about Dougie Arnott’s father being thrown out of Ibrox after celebrating his son scoring, and he was in the main stand with a complimentary ticket specifically for player’s family and friends. The same rules should app,y for our round. They shouldn’t be there, they are creating a potentially dangerous situation, they should be asked to leave, when that doesn’t happen, they should be helped out, and if they react to this, they should be arrested. Corporate clients should be advised that the same rules apply to them. If they and their guests cannot behave in an acceptable manner then they cannot expect different treatment from our other customers.
  7. The African

    retro kits

    Agreed.
  8. The African

    retro kits

    TThe white shirt is magnificent! Grey and black, both look fine, but I am just not a fan of playing shirts in those tones. Black is for referees or a local (for me, at least) rugby team, and grey has never really worked imho. I liked our blue away shirt from a few years ago and if there is a historical precedent for that shade then Iwould be happy to go with that. I also think that a claret shirt with an amber sash, in the style already depicted by UBH would look great.
  9. Agreed that anything from a game like this, in terms of points ,is a bonus. All about the performance and trying to build for the rest of the campaign. Let’s give them a game and see where we are at full time.
  10. The African

    Livingston vs Motherwell 03/08/2019

    Thanks for that. For some reason I thought that St Mirren might have a plastic pitch. It turns out that they are just shite. The advantage that I think they gain is twofold. Firstly, they will be better suited to playing on the surface as they train and play regularly on it, and secondly, it will be a bit of a leveller against sides with greater ability as this advantage is negated by a surface that takes skill out of the game. It is a bit like the old adage that you should never argue with an idiot as they will drag you down to their level and then beat you as they have much more experience there.
  11. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Cheers. I think I do remember them in the top league, but it certainly wasn’t their natural habitat.
  12. The African

    Livingston vs Motherwell 03/08/2019

    Just out of interest, how many artificial pitches are there in the SPFL? Livi, Accies, Killie, any more? I do love the fact that we have gone down the route of producing an excellent playing surface, but you can see why clubs at our level will look at the man made alternative. Gives them an advantage of sorts in every home game and probably saves them a fair bit of money in the medium to long term.
  13. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Makes sense. He is too good to be sitting on the bench and two genuine first team standard ( or better) goalkeepers is probably a luxury we cannot really afford. Would we be looking to sell or initially a loan? Not sure where Swindon are currently in the leagues down south, but I would hope that Trevor might get a bigger move. His form for us certainly makes me think he deserves one. Been unlucky with injuries and stood by us and behaved like the excellent professional he is when we knocked back the possible Celtic move.
  14. The African

    Livingston vs Motherwell 03/08/2019

    Hopefully we can get our league campaign off to a decent start. This is our first real test and our new team is still very much a work in progress, so I am going to be realist and say that, right now, a draw may not be the worst result. I’d love an away win, to continue our run from the league cup, but one point would be better than nothing.
  15. The African

    Former Motherwell Fc Players Thread

    Not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I just wanted to say that the McGrillen family deserve the greatest respect for what they are doing to mark the tenth anniversary of the untimely and tragic passing of Paul. I can only wonder at the strength required to make such a video. Best wishes to them and hopefully it all helps just a little.
  16. The African

    Macron 2019-20 home and away kits

    Awesome shirt. Looks like Tynecastle.
  17. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Danny Johnson leaving is probably a good bit of business for both parties. He was going nowhere with us. The equaliser against Celtic will live in the memory and mean that he should be remembered with a certain fondness that his limited appearances might not otherwise warrant. Good luck to him at Dundee, except against us.
  18. The African

    2019-20 League Cup

    A win is always good. Still getting up to speed and a work in progress? Undoubtedly, but only to be expected. This is glorified pre-season with the bonus of a league cup place ( more likely the threat of no place if you bugger it up. Another ninety minutes of match play, another clean sheet, hopefully no injuries. Yes, six or seven goals would have been nice, but would really have meant very little.
  19. The African

    Predictions for the Season 2019/20

    Still way too early to make any sort of prediction. If we are honest, the League Cup group matches are pre season fixtures. As it is, a good start to the league and I can see us being safe from relegation. As always, there is hope for better football on the park, maybe a cup run and, if others with more money to spend underperform, a prized top six finish. The reality is probably closer to half of our new signings being unsuccessful and us being a couple of injuries away from a dogfight. But it isn’t even August yet, so let the hope prevail.
  20. The African

    2019-20 League Cup

    Three years later, when it became apparent that he was going to get absolute peters when he came to Fir Park as Hibs boss. I also seem to recall that his apology was somewhat less than complete. Firgive and forget is all well and good, but there really is very little to be gained in interacting with tossers.
  21. The African

    2019-20 League Cup

    I sincerely hope that he was shown the door. After the way he behaved following the death of Phil O’Donnell, the w[email protected]*r should be banned from Fir Park.
  22. The African

    Would you welcome a buyer for the Club

    Sports club ownership does appear to be a major ego trip for most. Normally sane and sensible business men with a track record of success in their own sphere of the business world seem to commonly lose all basic common sense when they step into the world of sporting club ownership with generally disastrous consequences. Fan ownership may be less exciting, and indeed for a club like Motherwell it may well prove unsustainable, but it is an interesting route for us to take, so let’s at least give it a go and see where it takes us.
  23. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Cool name. Good luck to him.
  24. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    And there’s the rub. A known entity who didn’t do enough before and so what is the likelihood of him now being good enough? It is depressing to think that this is all that we have to look forward to.
  25. The African

    2019-20 Rebuild

    The issue with resigning someone like Frear is that it makes our recruitment look pretty flawed. If the best that we can do is a player who we were, only a few weeks ago, happy enough to see leave the club, what does that say about our squad? If he wasn’t really considered good enough before, what does he offer now? If it is a question of numbers, perhaps we should be bold and look to give a youngster the opportunity.

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