Motherwell FC News – December 1996
Motherwell FC News
20.12.96 John Philliben is the latest player to join the injury list at Fir Park. Softie went off with a hamstring injury at Aberdeen on Saturday and is doubtful for tomorrow’s match against Dunfermline.
17.12.96 Motherwell FC are officially skint! Things are so bad that we now can’t afford to sign even free transfers! The Lee Power signing fell through because his signing on fee would have taken the club into the red. Power has since signed for Dundee.
12.12.96 Out of contract winger Andy Roddie was watched by English Nationwide League sides Scunthorpe and Chesterfield in last night’s game at Fir Park.
The reserves won 3-0 against Celtic reserves at Parkhead this afternoon, with David McCallum and Lee McCulloch (2) hitting the net.
10.12.96 The injury to Scott Howie could be more serious than at first feared – he may have picked a fractured skull in his collision with Celtic’s Andreas Thom on Saturday. Howie will undergo a triple operation to his cheekbone today and it’s not sure how long he’ll be out for.
9.12.96 Goalkeeper Scott Howie will be out for two months after suffering a triple fracture of the cheekbone in Motherwell’s 2-1 win over Celtic on Saturday. Howie will undergo an operation tomorrow and is likely to end up with a steel plate in his jaw. Steve Woods should take over in goal in the game against Raith on Wednesday, but he is suffering from a hamstring injury and 19 year old Garry Gow is standing by.
The proposed signing of English striker Lee Power appears to have fallen through.
4.12.96 Motherwell have signed Finnish midfielder Joni Lehtonen until the end of the season, when Alex McLeish will decide whether or not to offer him a long-term deal. McLeish will also watch English striker Lee Power and Scotland Under-21 midfielder Paul Sheerin in a closed doors match at Dundee today.
Motherwell are facing a striker crisis ahead of Saturday’s game against Celtic, with Dougie Arnott, Willie Falconer, John Hendry, Alex Burns and Lee McCulloch all out.
5.12.96 Celtic game tickets for Motherwell fans are still available and will be on sale until 1.30pm on Saturday.
The ‘Well Shop in the Davie Cooper stand has extended opening hours for Christmas. It will be open 10am-4pm from Monday to Sunday next week and until 5pm the following week. It will also be open for late night shopping on Thursdays December 12 and 19 until 8pm.
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