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Match Info

FIXTURE: Motherwell v Dundee

COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership

DATE: Saturday 23rd December 2017

KICK-OFF: 3.00pm

VENUE: Fir Park

Opposition Info

FORMED: 1886

STADIUM: Fir Park

CAPACITY: 13,667

PITCH SIZE: 104m x 67m

MANAGER: Steve Robinson

CHAIRMAN: James McMahon

NICKNAME: The Steelmen

MASCOTs: Claret & Amber

CLUB COLOURS: Claret and Amber

HONOURS: Scottish League Division One (1st tier) champions: 1931/32

Scottish Cup winners: 1952, 1991

League Cup winners: 1950/51

Scottish League Division Two (2nd tier) champions: 1953/54, 1968/69

Scottish League First Division (2nd tier) champions: 1981/82, 1984/85

Summer Cup: 1943/44, 1964/65

RECORD WIN: 12-1 v Dundee United, Scottish League B Division 1954

CLUB WEBSITE: www.motherwellfc.co.uk

Getting to the Ground

By Car

If you are using a Sat-Nav system Postcode: ML1 2QN

Fir Park is easily accessible by road, situated less than two miles from the M74 motorway. Exit at Junction 6, following signs for Motherwell, and turn right at the first set of traffic lights on to the B754 (Airbles Road).Go through two roundabouts before turning right at the third on to Adele Street, then left on to Gavin Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible ahead.

Fans travelling from the East or North via Newhouse (M8 or A73) should follow the A723 through Motherwell and Carfin, turning left at the roundabout on to the A721 (Menteith Road).

Continue ahead on to Brandon Street and then Windmill Hill Street, turning right at the roundabout on to Manse Road, before taking the first left on to Knowetop Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible ahead.

Parking

There are 20 spaces available in the Fir Park School car park and 20 spaces available in the Knowetop car park, both adjacent to the stadium, available to purchase online at £6 per space.

If you are not using the official club car park, street parking is available on numerous streets around the stadium. Fans can also make use of nearby car parks within the Civic Centre/Motherwell Concert Hall, behind the Health Centre on Parkhead Street and the smaller MacDonald Street car park.

By Train

Motherwell station has direct connections with all major cities including Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, as well as local links throughout Lanarkshire to the likes of Coatbridge, Hamilton, Bellshill, Cumbernauld and Wishaw.

An interchange can be found immediately outside the station, where your journey to Fir Park can be completed with a taxi or bus.

Alternatively you can walk to Fir Park, as the station is just 10 to 15 minutes away from the ground. Upon exiting the station, head straight along Muir Street and follow the pedestrian precinct to its end. Keep walking straight ahead, through the underpass and take a left up the stairs on to Brandon Street, leading to Windmillhill Street.

Continue along Windmillhill Street until you come to the Civic Centre, opposite Motherwell police station. At the traffic lights, cross the road and on to Manse Road and take the first left on to Knowetop Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible, just 100 yards ahead.

Airbles station is also within walking distance of the ground. Upon exiting the station, turn right on to Airbles Road and walk up the street to the car showroom. Turn right on to Adele Street and then left on to Gavin Street. Fir Park will be clearly visible, just 100 yards ahead.

Match Official

REFEREE: Don Robertson

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Andrew McWilliam

ASSISTANT REFEREE: Daniel McFarlane

Referee Don Robertson started refereeing at the age of 17 after failing to make the grade as a player with Partick Thistle and St Mirren and joined the senior list in 2007. The 29 year old became a category one referee in 2012; the same year he took charge of the Scottish Junior Cup between Shotts and Auchinleck Talbot and his first match in the Scottish Premiership was the Hamilton v Inverness game in August 2014; a year after his first European trip when he was the Fourth Official for the BATE Borisov v Shakhter Karagandy match in July 2013.

This is Robertson’s second Dundee game in charge this season having refereed the match against Hibs at Dens in August.

Head to Head v Motherwell

LEAGUE: Won 91, Drawn 41, Lost 67

SCOTTISH CUP: Won 5, Drawn 4, Lost 4

LEAGUE CUP: Won 11, Drawn 1, Lost 9

TOTALS: Won 107, Drawn 46, Lost 80

Last Five Dundee v Motherwell Matches

25/10/2017 | Home | Premiership | Lost 1-0 | 5,254

29/4/2017 | Away | Premiership | Won 3-2 | 4,919 | O’Hara, Haber (2)

25/2/2017 | Away | Premiership | Won 5-1 | 4,002 | Jules (og), Haber (2), O’Hara, Wighton

5/11/2016 | Home | Premiership | Won 2-1 | 5,461 | Kerr, Haber

27/8/2016 | Away | Premiership | Drew 0-0 | 4,708

Last Meeting

An early goal by Craig Tanner gave Motherwell a 1-0 win at Dens Park tonight. Dundee failed to reproduce the form of the two recent good performances in Glasgow that had brought praise, though not points. It was a poor game, constantly interrupted by the referee’s whistle, but Motherwell had the better of the slugging match and earned their win

Dundee FC: Bain, Hendry, Meekings, O’Dea (c) (Waddell 31), Curran, Kamara, Spence, Holt, Deacon (McGowan 53), Moussa (Leitch-Smith 65), Haber

Unused subs: Parish (gk), O’Hara, Aurtenetxe, Wolters.

Booked: O’Dea (foul on Tanner), Deacon (foul on Tanner), Moussa (foul on McHugh).

Motherwell: Carson, Kipre, Hartley (Grimshaw 65), Dunne, Tait, Bigirimana, McHugh (c), Tanner (Moult 59), Frear, Fisher, Bowman (Cadden 53)

Unused subs: Griffiths (gk), Hammell, Rose, Petravicius.

Goal: Tanner (5).

Booked: McHugh (dissent), Bigirimana (foul on Kamara), Tait (timewasting).

Attendance: 5,254 (404 Well fans).

Referee: Stephen Finnie. Assistants: Graeme Leslie, Joseph Lawson. Fourth official: Nick Walsh.

Motherwell’s Season So Far

Motherwell kicked off their season at Hampden with a 5-1 win over Queens Park in the Betfred Cup and qualified from their section with a 100% record after further wins against Morton, Edinburgh City and Berwick Rangers.

Motherwell reached the League Cup Final after three superb wins, firstly 3-2 against Ross County in Dingwall, then 3-0 at home to Aberdeen in the quarter-final and then a brilliant 2-0 win over Rangers in the semi-final thanks to two goals from talisman Louis Moult who is joining Preston North End in January.

In the Final Motherwell ran Celtic but two early second half goals, the second a controversial penalty was enough to see the League Cup travel back across to the east end of Glasgow.

The Steelman’s Premiership campaign started with a 2-1 defeat to Rangers at Fir Park and a 4-1 loss to St Johnstone in Perth but bounced back with home wins over Ross County, Hearts and Kilmarnock.

A 1-0 defeat to Aberdeen three days after knocking them out the League Cup was then countered with wins against Partick, Hamilton, Dundee and Motherwell made it a league double over The Dons when they won 1-0 at Pittodrie in November.

The Betfred Cup Final was actually the first of a triple header with Celtic and that Hampden defeat was followed with a 1-1 draw at home which required a late Celtic equaliser and a 5-1 defeat at Celtic Park three days later.

Since then Motherwell have lost their last three against Hearts, Partick and Kilmarnock and slipped into the bottom six and so will be looking to bounce back against Dundee   

Top Scorers

MOTHERWELL: Moult 13; Bowman 7; Cadden, Tanner 4; Hartley, Frear 3

DUNDEE: Moussa 8; El Bahktaoui, Hendry 5; Leitch-Smith 4; Waddell, Hendry 2

Ticketing Information

This match is pay at the gate and Dundee fans will be located in the South Stand.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £23

Concessions: £16

Juvenile: £12

Please note that Concessions are listed as 60 and over, 16-18 year olds and over and full time students with a valid matriculation card. Juveniles are listed as 15 & under.

Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745 494631/ 07711 992161 or email [email protected]

Matchday Programme

Motherwell’s matchday programme is produced by our programme partners Curtis Sport. It is a 52 page, full colour edition and priced £3 it will be available in and around Fir Park on matchday.

Alternatively the programme will be available to order on the Curtis Sport website www.curtis-sport.com on which you can also order Dundee home programmes and back catalogue issues.

How To Watch

The full ninety minutes of the match will be available to subscribers of DEETV on Saturday evening while a shorter highlights package will be available to view on Sunday alongside exclusive post match interviews with the manager and players.

The pre-match press conference is also available to view on DEETV from Thursday.

You can sign up for DEETV for just £5 a month on the official website where you will have access to Highlights, Interviews and all the Dundee FC goals at the click of the button.

If you are out with the UK you will also be able to take advantage of our Live Streaming package for every home game.

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