Motherwell FC News – May 1996
Motherwell FC News
29.5.96 A report in one of this morning’s papers claims that Coventry City are set to sign Paul Lambert when his contract expires next month. It would appear that Lambert has decided not to sign a new contract with Motherwell, and now feels that his future lies in the English Premiership. The report also states that Coventry would be prepared to go to a transfer tribunal where they would hope to sign Lambert for a cut-price fee.
There have been no developments yet involving either Billy Davies or Rob McKinnon, but McKinnon has stated that it is "unlikely" he will be re-signing for Motherwell. Aberdeen are still the favourites to sign him, but Wolves and Leicester City are also rumoured to be interested.
21.5.96 Aberdeen have again been linked with a move for Rob McKinnon and it would appear to be only a matter of time before they make Motherwell an offer for the player. Motherwell value McKinnon at around 750,000 pounds.
17.5.96 It looks likely that Billy Davies will be leaving the club under freedom-of-contract. He was reportedly furious with the new offer made to him by Alex McLeish.
The following five players have been released by Motherwell : Alan Shields, David Williamson, Ally Wilson, Derek Rae and Martin Hicks. Meanwhile, the club are hoping to organise a pre-season tour abroad before facing Porto at Fir Park on August 3.
13.5.96 This morning’s newspapers are suggesting that Paul Lambert could be signing for FC Linz of Austria in a deal worth #100,000 a year, while another report suggests that Wolverhampton Wanderers have made an enquiry about Rob McKinnon.
10.5.96 Season Ticket prices for season 96/97 have been announced :
East Stand : 160 pounds (80 pounds juv/OAP)
Davie Cooper Stand : 175 pounds (95 pounds)
Main Stand, members : 190 pounds (105 pounds)
Season Tickets go on sale next Tuesday, with a 10% discount off those purchased by Sat July 6th.
Motherwell lost 4-3 on penalties to Airdrie in the final of the Lanarkshire Cup at Fir Park on Wednesday night.
7.5.96 The new home strip was shown to the fans at half time on Saturday. It is similar to the Blackburn Rovers’ strip, with one half of the top claret and the other amber. The new away strip is believed to be another all black affair.
Saturday’s result means that Motherwell finish the season in 8th place in the league, comfortably clear of relegation.
2.5.96 Motherwell have major selection problems for Saturday’s match against Hearts. Rob McKinnon, Eddie May, Billy Davies and Tommy Coyne are struggling with injuries, while Chris McCart, Dougie Arnott and Alex Burns are all suspended.
Motherwell are on course to set another couple of club Premier League records this season. Their total of just 27 league goals scored is four fewer than the previous lowest, 31 in season 1983-84, while they have conceded only 38 goals, five less than their lowest total of 43 in season 1993-94. Top league goalscorer Willie Falconer is set to become the club’s lowest Premier top scorer with only five goals.
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