Forfar Athletic v Montrose
Station Park, Forfar
Saturday 15th December 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
STAT UPDATEAhead of our tricky clash tomorrow, here is a look back at one of our best performances of the season that took us to within 3 points of the play off places.
DILLO MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEKCongratulations to Sean Dillon, whose solid performance during Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win at Bayview has earned him a place in this week’s SPFL Team of the week.
FROM LEAGUE 2 TO LEAGUE 1 - SP ‘TWO YEARS ON’
On the 4th December 2016, Stewart Petrie walked into Links Park with the Gable Endies propping up the League 2 table.
In just two short years the first time boss has created history, not only securing promotion for the Angus side, but doing it in style by winning the Ladbrokes League 2 last season in what was a nail biting, helicopter Saturday climax.
Fittingly, (as our photo shows) the gaffer got the chance to share the moment with former Montrose boss, Ian Stewart, the only other man in the Club’s 140 year history to bring a league trophy to Links Park, back in 1984-85.
Petrie’s impact in December 2016 was instant with a home win against Clyde that started a 4 game unbeaten run and a steady climb up the table that went on to secure a promotion play off place for the first time in 9 years.
Despite a semi-final defeat to the then League 1 side Peterhead, SP’s Blue and White Army sensed the tide was turning and by the time the Manager reached his first anniversary in post, the Gable Endies sat proudly at the top of the table.
With many long standing Club records falling along the way, Stewart saw his side go on to amass an incredible 40 points in the second half of last season, with only 2 defeats in 18 games, culminating in that historic draw at home to Elgin on April 28th, ensuring the Mighty Mo would start this campaign in League 1, the first time in 22 years.
Competing at this higher level, as expected has been tough, but Petrie and his backroom staff are certainly up for the challenge and they currently sit 7th in league, only 3 points off a play-off place.
Cup runs, noticeably sparse in recent years, have also been on the Managers radar and this season a win at Falkirk and narrow defeat at home to St Johnstone in the Betfred Cup, coupled with a third round Irn-Bru exit at Dingwall were all commendable performances against top class opposition.
However, having overcome Annan Athletic last week in a 7 goal, 3rd Round reply thriller, the Gable Endies now face the prospect of a mouth-watering, 4th Round Scottish Cup tie, their first for 8 years, at home to Dundee United on Saturday 19th January.
Impressive stats indeed for the first time boss who not only lifted the Ladbrokes League 2 Manager of the Year last term, but ensured himself of Legend status at the Club and who will undoubtedly be looking to build further on his sides success.
MIGHTY MO ANNOUNCE SALE OF HALF SEASON TICKETS
Half Season Tickets for Montrose FC go on sale this coming Saturday and the Club are encouraging fans to join SP’s Blue and White Army as the season heads towards its climax.
A special price has been set for Main Ground Entry tickets of Adult £90, OAP/U16 £45 and U12 £10.
Additionally, those snapping up their tickets before Saturday 22nd December will gain admission to the Stenhousemuir match free as an additional bonus match.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “Our support this year has been fantastic both home and away and the players have really appreciated the backing and encouragement they get from the stand and terraces.
“Our Manager Stewart Petrie has progressively built on last year’s title success and I’m sure the second half of the season has more excitement in store”
JOURNEY CONTINUES FOR MO BOSS WITH EXTENDED SPONSORSHIP
Montrose FC Manager Stewart Petrie has taken delivery of a new company car, courtesy of joint sponsorship from Pert-Bruce Construction and GPG Montrose Ltd.
The local firms began their sponsorship of the Boss’s car at the start of last season, and the latest arrival at Links Park signals an extension of that deal for a further 18 months.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “We are again extremely grateful to Craig and everyone at Pert-Bruce along with Grant and Laura from GPG Montrose Ltd for their continued support. We have come a long way as a Club since Stewart arrived, and aside from the success last season on the pitch, I have been most pleased with how the local community and businesses have rallied round to collectively get behind their team.”
Pert-Bruce Construction Ltd are a local company with a heritage dating back to 1871. Providing a broad range of services and solutions that meet the diverse demands of any client, both commercial and domestic, they undertake new build projects, extensions, refurbishment, conservation and general alterations works.
GPG Montrose Ltd are a local, family run business, serving Montrose and the surrounding area with quality and reliable car servicing, repairs, breakdown and recovery through a team of qualified and experienced motor mechanics.
Craig Bruce, Managing Director of Pert Bruce said, “We are delighted to be able to continue our support of Montrose FC in this way. As a Montrose based company we are always keen to give something back and play a role in the local community.”
Our photo shows Manager Stewart Petrie, receiving the keys to his new car from Jack Bruce (Pert-Bruce’s Sponsorship Ambassador) in exchange for a ball, signed by the first team squad.
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Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) have changed their name to MONTROSE COMMUNITY TRUST!
Since launching in 2012, Links Park Community Trust have put the power and widespread appeal of sport, and in particular football, to very good use, in and around Montrose.
Through an extensive range of innovative programmes, within the areas of Community Sport, Education & Training, and Health & Wellbeing, LPCT now engage with over 10% of the local population, each end every week.
Using the facilities on offer at Links Park Stadium, the home of Montrose Football Club, and school and community facilities throughout Montrose and the Mearns, LPCT strives to support people of all ages, with their youngest participant aged 1, and their eldest in their nineties.
There is a particular focus towards supporting those most in need, with projects on offer to assist those who are unemployed, living in social isolation, living with dementia, recovering from an addiction, disengaged from the mainstream school curriculum, living with a disability, or suffering from poor mental health, to name just a few areas of work.
The charity, who in recent years have been crowned ‘Social Impact Business of the Year’ by the Dundee Courier, ‘Community Project of the Year’ by the Scottish Professional Football League Trust and, in association with Montrose FC, ‘Best Professional Club in the Community’ by the Scottish Football Association, have taken the decision to rename and rebrand, as explained by Chief Executive Peter Davidson;
“We feel that our new name reflects, to a greater extent, who we are, and what we stand for. We hope it will help people understand what we do and what we want to achieve, and we hope that more people will engage in our programmes, and/or support our work, as we strive to transform lives and the community.
Our name has changed, but our core purpose remains. We will continue to work with an increasing number and range of public, private and voluntary organisations in the development and delivery of community-benefitting programmes.
Sport, and in particular football, sets the context for the large majority of our initiatives, such is its ability to reach, engage and influence people...but we do, and will continue to do, so much more than football.”
Montrose Community Trust (MCT), formerly LPCT, are now working in association with the YM Montrose, supporting them in increasing the number and range of activities on offer within their town centre Community Hub.
MCT are also putting finishing touches to ‘Montrose United’ – a new, ambitious, multi-agency strategic plan which sets out their mission, vision, aims and objectives for the next 5 years, and this will be launched in the coming weeks.
MONTROSE COMMUNITY TRUST – More Than Football
PERFECT STOCKING FILLER
At only £5 this commemorative programme is the ideal wee gift for that Mo fan in your life with 36 pages packed with stats, pics and memories of our BEST season in over 33 years.
Available from the Club or Henry Hogg Newsagents on the High Street.
MIGHTY MO ARE CLUB 50 TO GET ‘ON THE BALL’
Montrose FC have joined the #OnTheBall campaign, which aims to increase visibility and inclusion for female football fans and highlight and combat the issue of period poverty throughout Scotland.
With 1 in 10 women in Scotland having at one time or another been unable to afford sanitary products, the Club have committed to provide these items free to all those who use Links Park.
Montrose FC Operations Manager, Davey Byrne said, “I am delighted we have been able to join this campaign and are the 50th club to do so. Montrose FC are a forward thinking, progressive football club, who aim to meet the needs of ALL of our supporters. We want to promote inclusion for women and girls in football and break down the barriers of periods in what's historically been a predominantly male environment. It shouldn't be a taboo subject. We want to highlight the plight of period poverty as a wider issue as we don't feel women and girls should have to pay for these essential items.”
Erin Slaven, from #OnTheBall said, "We are absolutely delighted to have Montrose FC on board, providing free period products for their fans at Links Park. Montrose are setting a great example for other teams across Scotland, demonstrating that they are forward-thinking and inclusive. The Gable Endies are definitely deserving of their 2017 SFA's Best Club in the Community title. Well done to Davey Byrne for getting the ball rolling with this initiative and to all at the Club who helped make it a reality for their fans."
MO FEATURE IN FOOTBALL FOCUS MAG
Mo Director and LPCT Chief Exec Peter Davidson was interviewed recently for a feature in Football Focus magazine.
TRAVELLING DYNAMO EFFORT WELL REWARDED
A huge thank you to the hardy band of travelling Mo' fans who made the long journey to Annan last night. They were rewarded with an absolute barnstormer of a game (and a bit of squeaky bum time) which saw Montrose progress to the 4th Round of the Scottish Cup.
Your efforts were absolutely incredible, and it was fantastic to hear you in full voice throughout.
We'll see you at Links Park for the game against Dundee United Football Club
WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP
Montrose Football Club is delighted to be showing our support for lesbian, gay, bi and trans players and fans by wearing Rainbow Laces at our Ladbrokes SPFL League One match against East Fife on 1 December.
Rainbow Laces is Stonewall Scotland’s campaign to change attitudes in sport and make sure that LGBT people are welcomed and accepted at all levels of the game. Sadly, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have a poor experience in sport and have experienced discrimination because of who they are. Research shows that almost half of LGBT people think that public sporting events, such as football matches, aren’t a welcoming space for them.
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “We are delighted that SPFL clubs are supporting our Rainbow Laces campaign, and by doing so, standing with LGBT football fans across Scotland. We want to see fans make similar commitments and become active allies to LGBT people by creating a welcoming environment and challenging abuse. Many LGBT people want to take part in football, either as players or fans, but abuse from a small minority makes many people feel unsafe. We look forward to working alongside the SPFL and clubs across Scotland to help make football everyone’s game.”
We can only stop homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour and language from happening in football by showing that it is not acceptable, at every level of the game. We are dedicated to eradicating any forms of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic behaviour and making sure Montrose FC is a place where LGBT fans can be safe and accepted. We need you to stand with us as allies to LGBT people.
Find out more at www.stonewall.org.uk/rainbowlaces
FRANK’S LAWGreat to see another FRANK’S LAW t shirt on its way home....
Our friend Montrose FC Ambassador, Stephen presenting Alan Irving, Secretary of Annan Athletic with the t shirt signed by the Annan Athletic first team, which will now hang proudly at their ground to show they are part of our footballing family who support FRANK’S LAW...
CURRY & A PINT SOLD OUT
Due to a flurry of deadline day activity, our Curry & a Pint offer is now SOLD OUT!
What a fantastic response. Missed out this time? Let's hope that the Mighty Mo' make it through to Round 4 of the cup so we can do it all again!
LEGION HITS THE BACK OF THE NET
As part of our commemoration of remembrance, Montrose FC auctioned of a signed ball in aid of the Montrose branch Legion Scotland.
In a feisty contest during our sold out Ladies Day hospitality, joint bidders Anna Ronan and Caroline Urquhart emerged victorious with a winning bid of £125!
Anna and Caroline are pictured here with stadium announcer Ross Thomson (in THAT suit) and club captain Paul Watson.