’Well off again on road to Hampden

Motherwell director Andrew Wilson
Motherwell director Andrew Wilson

Motherwell hope another cut-price matchday will boost the Fir Park crowd when they begin their Scottish Cup campaign.

The Fir Parkers are at home to Queen’s Park in a fourth round tie on Saturday with memories still fresh of last year’s cup run which culminated in a Hampden final against Celtic.

The normal SPL admission price has been slashed by 30 per cent to £15 for adults with concessions £10 and under-16s £5.

And a family ticket lets an adult bring in two children rather than the usual one.

It’s another attempt by ’Well to get more fans through the gate and follows price cuts for the SPL Friday night game against Hibs a month ago.

Club director Andrew Wilson said: “We’re trying to attract as many fans as we can and encourage people who don’t normally come along to give us a go.

“Queen’s Park are a great institution and it promises to be a great cup tie.

“The response to the Hibs experiment was terrific in that we got a crowd of more than 7,000, and despite the price cuts and a special offer for season ticket-holders we didn’t lose money.”

However, that night ended on a frustrating note with the game abandoned at half time due to a floodlight fire.

There was further bad news last week when high winds caused ’Well’s home game with Dunfermline to be postponed. That has been re-arranged for Tuesday, January 24.

Chief executive Leeann Dempster said: “We were desperate to get the game on, but there was significant structural damage to the ground which could have posed a risk to supporters.”

However, repair work has been done and this weekend’s game is not thought to be in danger.

’Well lost for the second time over the Christmas period when they were beaten 3-0 by Rangers at Ibrox on Monday. They remain third in the SPL, but are in need of a morale-boosting win and boss Stuart McCall will demand that on Saturday.

’Well face a Queen’s Park side very much in the Third Divison promotion reckoning. Gardner Speirs’s side began 2012 with a 2-1 win over Clyde and might fancy their chances of an upset against a ’Well team who haven’t won at home since September.

One player who won’t figure is midfielder Stephen Hughes who has left Fir Park after a second spell at the club.

Hughes signed a short term deal in November and was in the starting 11 against Rangers, but McCall has midfield cover and said:

“Stephen wants to play week in and week out, and we can’t guarantee him that. He missed a fair bit of football during 2011 and what he needs is somewhere he can get a regular spot, build his fitness and get back to his best.”