montrose fc hall of fame dinner (19/01/14)
Tickets for the Montrose Football Club 135th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner to take place on Saturday 29th March at Montrose Town Hall are now on sale. The tickets are priced at £40.00 and include a three course meal supplied by The George Hotel.
Tickets are available from Graham Christieson (01674) 300004 or Glynis Crawford (01674) 673200 or by emailing email@example.com Tickets will also be on sale at Saturday’s home match against Albion Rovers from the club shop and in the Willie Johnston Lounge.
The evening will see five former players inducted into the Montrose Football Club Hall of Fame and former chairman Willie Johnston receive a Lifetime Achievement award.
Speakers on the night will be former Montrose FC player and manager John Sheran, the flying Dutchman Ivo Den Bieman who will be travelling over from his home in Holland to attend and comedian Pat Rolink who in keeping with the evening’s events is a director of Scottish Cup quarter finalists Albion Rovers.
With the evening being a night of nostalgia Montrose FC would love as many former players to attend and would like to here from any who would want to be there on the evening.
The club have managed to track down all players who have been nominated for the Hall of Fame apart from Jimmy McIntosh and Mark Craib and would be delighted to here from them.
MARK CRAIB (1992 to 2002 - 326 appearances, 11 goals)
Signed from Dundee where he had gained considerable first team experience, Mark went on to play in every position in the back four, as well as in midfield. Scored on his debut v East Stirling (his brother Stephen netted the other) and captained the side towards the end of his Links Park career. In those final seasons he was a model of reliability despite troubled times on the park and his efforts were regularly recognised with Player of the Year Awards.
RONNIE CROSS (1957 to 1967 - 278 appearances, 9 goals)
A product of the Aberdeen juniors, Ronnie was a player who was quite happy to stay out of the spotlight, but his contribution on the field of play and later off it, was much greater that would have been apparent to the casual observer. Although his favoured position was wing-half, he played in every outfield position bar centre-half in an era when the 2-3-5 formation was the accepted norm. Following a brief spell playing in the Highland League, he became a coach and scout for the club, and was responsible for bringing many of the great players of the 70s to Links Park, including in a literal sense, as the driver of the mini-bus bringing the north-based players to training.
HUGH DAVIDSON (2006 to 2011 - 164 appearances, 4 goals)
Fast forward 50 years and Hugh was possibly the modern day equivalent of Ronnie Cross. Never a showy player, he was nonetheless a great holding midfielder whose greatest skill was perhaps his ball winning ability. Indeed one of the goalkeepers he played with, observed how much better the defence played with "Scooby" sitting in front of them. A Scotland U-21 international whilst at Dundee United, he was signed from Arbroath and went on to become club captain and a fans' favourite. Decided to retire in 2011 and sadly have to go off injured after only 20 minutes of his final game at Hampden on the last day of the season.
ALLAN KENNEDY (1993 to 1996 - 104 appearances, 43 goals)
Was with Forfar West End when signed by John Holt in August 1993. Though 29 at the time, Allan proved to be an exceptional signing. His pace troubled many defences and he scored 15 times in his first season. For the following 94/95 campaign, Colin McGlashan was brought to the club and together they formed a deadly partnership which propelled the club to promotion (sadly, a feat never since repeated). Allan finished with 22 goals, two less than his strike partner. However he stunned Mo fans by signing for Arbroath over the summer, and though he was to return to Montrose just three months later, he struggled to make the same impact as previously and retired at the end of the season.
STEVE KERRIGAN (2001 to 2007 - 167 appearances, 28 goals)
Popular English centre-forward whose work brought him to Angus and in turn, a five year spell with Brechin from the mid 90s. Steve then had a season at East Fife before being brought to Montrose by John Sheran. Not stereotypical target-man, largely because he wasn't the tallest for his position, he had a broad skill-set, which latterly in his time here saw him used regularly in midfield and even in defence. Most would agree though that Steve's best position was up front and he was probably the best header of the ball seen at the club in recent decades, with remarkable spring and timing more than compensating for a slight lack of inches.
STEVIE KING (1987 to 1992 - 142 appearances, 11 goals)
For two seasons after signing from Rothes in May 1987, Stevie played understudy to Chic McLelland at left-back, before becoming a regular in the side in 89/90. He really blossomed under the joint-managership of McLelland and Doug Rougvie, when he moved firstly to centre-half and then into midfield. He proved a key member of the 90/91 promotion winning side and played his best football ever in Division One the following season. His combative style coupled with a new found goalscoring prowess and exuberant celebrations made him a great favourite with the fans. Sadly when Jim Leishman arrived as manager, he fell out of favour and left the club at the end of the season to join Peterhead.
INNES MacDONALD (1980 to 1998 (3 spells) - 247 appearances, 9 goals)
Released by Sheffield United, an 18 year-old Innes arrived at Links Park at a difficult time for the club and eventually moved on to Keith in 1983. Whilst there, he began to make a name for himself on the left-wing and Ian Stewart paid out a modest four figure fee to bring him back to Montrose in August 1986. Over the next 14 months, he was a star performer, tormenting numerous defences and attracting much interest from other clubs, before Airdrie paid £35,000 for his services. He went on to play in Italy and Malta, before returning to Scotland and re-signing for Montrose in 1994, helping the club to promotion in his first of four seasons before a short spell at Forfar prior to retirement.
JIMMY McINTOSH (1970 to 1979 (2 spells) - 82 appearances, 8 goals)
19 year-old right-winger Jimmy was Alec Stuart's first signing for the club, allegedly for just £20, in April 1970 from Arbroath Vics. Less than six months later (and after only 15 appearances in a Montrose jersey) he was sold to Notts Forest for a then club record fee of £19,000 - an amazing return on the initial investment. The transfer fee financed the installation of flood lights at Links Park and also provided manager Stuart with funds to re-invest in his squad and ultimately create the best Montrose team ever - his replacement for Jimmy was a certain Les Barr! After 7 seasons down south, he signed for Dundee United in the summer of 1977 but never played for them before returning to Montrose in November of that year, for the final season and a half of his career.
COLIN MAVER (1988 to 1993 - 190 appearances, 31 goals)
Like Innes MacDonald, Colin had been attracting rave reviews for his performances for Keith - in his case on the right-wing - when Ian Stewart brought him to Links Park in March 1988 He immediately became a fans’ favourite with a goal on his debut to secure a 1-0 victory at Brechin. Of modest stature, his gritty style coupled pace with impressive dribbling ability. Colin also contributed more than his fair share of goals in his early years at the club before being moved infield to a more central role under the Rougvie/McLelland partnership and was another key member of the 90-91 promotion side, before returning to Keith at the end of season 92-93.
BRUCE MORRISON (1988 to 1993 - 168 appearances, 1 goal)
Bruce was another Ian Stewart signing from the Highland League, in his case from Buckie Thistle. Extremely pacy, he proved a more than able replacement at right-back for a by then veteran Les Barr. Following his arrival in October 1988, Bruce rarely missed a match over four seasons and was another key member of the 1991 promotion winning side. Following a frustrating final season in 92/93, he left the club to return to the Highland League with Cove Rangers.
WILLIE NICOLL (1959 to 1962 - 103 appearances, 2 goals)
Willie had opportunities to sign for both Manchester United and Rangers as a youngster, but both moves fell through. Instead he made his name in the senior ranks with Arbroath in the fifties. He put pen to paper for Montrose in the summer of 1959, coinciding with a five year spell where the Gable Endies were regularly challenging for promotion to Division One. That was easily the most successful spell in the club’s history to that point and Willie’s commanding presence at centre-half helped to strengthen what had previously been a somewhat porous defence. A recurring back injury brought his career at Links Park to a premature end in 1962, though he played a few games for Brechin before retiring.
JOHN SHERAN (1979 to 1991 ( 3 spells) - 333 appearances, 22 goals)
A strong no-nonsense centre-back, there was nothing flash about John but he was a highly effective defender. It was therefore a major shock when Dennis D’Arcy decided to release him in 1983. Ian Stewart was clearly amongst those surprised by the decision, for when he was appointed manager six months later, he quickly brought John back to Links Park from Nairn County. It was an inspired move as in the 84-85 Championship season he contributed seven vital goals and was voted Player of the Year. He remained a regular until late 1987 when he quit for personal reasons before returning in 1989 for a year-long third spell. John returned to the club as assistant manager to Kevin Drinkell in October 1998 and took over from him two years later, before ultimately resigning in October 2004.
BRIAN THIRD (1971 to 1973 - 92 appearances, 50 goals)
Originally a full-back, whilst at Peterhead, Brian stood in as an emergency striker with phenomenal results, scoring seven goals in his first two games up front. He never looked back and in March 1971 Alec Stuart paid out a club record £2,000 for him. By the end of the following season, Brian had netted a respectable 17 goals in 43 appearances and Montrose fans were well aware of his powerful shooting ability and exceptional pace, but could never have anticipated his contribution in season 72-73. In all he scored 33 goals in 49 starts, still a club record in a single season and was justly voted Player of the Year. Unsurprisingly, this attracted the attentions of other clubs and in the summer of 1973 he moved to St Mirren for £10,000.
GORDON WALLACE (1962 to 1966 - 159 appearances, 86 goals)
Having previously been on Dundee's books, a 19 year-old Gordon was signed from Alyth United in December 1962 and by the end of the campaign had scored 13 goals. He went on to break the 20 goal mark in each of the next three seasons and after netting another 8 times in the first 15 matches of the 66/67 campaign, the club accepted a bid of £3,500 from Raith Rovers. Looking back, it seems a fairly miserly sum, which was well short of the club's record transfer at that time. Gordon continued to score goals at an astonishing rate at Raith, Dundee and Dundee United, such that he was the record scorer of all time in the Scottish Leagues until his tally was eventually surpassed by Ally McCoist.
KENNY WATSON (1973 to 1975 - 51 appearances, 5 goals)
Another product of Aberdeen juniors Sunnybank, Kenny made his debut at the age of 17, in September 1973 against Stranraer and by the end of the season had featured a further fifteen times. For one so young, his cultured performances in central midfield were quite exceptional and it seemed unlikely that the club would be able to hold on to Kenny for long. He did however see out the 74/75 season and the Division Two championship near miss, but in late August 1975, Rangers paid £30,000 for his signature. Still only 19, he became the club’s then record transfer. Kenny had five seasons at Ibrox, and then eight years with Partick before retiring.