Montrose v Clyde
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 20th January 2018
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
EGG’CELLENT OFFER BY THE MIGHTY MO!
Club Mascot Monty Mole will become an Easter Bunny for the day and hand out Creme Eggs to younger fans before kickoff – an offer that can’t be beaten!
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “Our fans have been brilliant this year, both young and old and I hope Monty’s offer will encourage even more kids to come and cheer on the team. There is a real sense of excitement and optimism around the place right now and it would be great to see our crowds increase as we push for the final promotion play-off place.
Our photo shows Kieran McWalter, Graham Webster and Ryan Ferguson getting egg’cited about the game.
MLFC RECORD FIRST WIN!
A terrific team performance resulted in a high scoreline but credit must be given to Edinburgh South who never gave up throughout the entire game.
We would also like to wish their goalkeeper well and hope that the injury she suffered doesn't turn out to be too serious.
Line up: Gray/Watson/Hendry/Andrew/Clark/Reid/Boyack/Culley(C)/Lamont/Gammie/Anderson
COUNTRY CALL UP FOR CAMMY
The 19 year old defender has played 25 games for the Gable Endies this season and has flourished since the arrival of Manager Stewart Petrie back in December.
Cammy said, "When I got the phone call on Friday night I couldn't believe it, I was absolutely buzzing!"
The Dundee United loanee has already represented his country at U17 level, but this is his first involvement with the U21's.
Petrie said, "This is great news for the lad and everyone at the Club is delighted for him and we wish him all the best. He has done brilliantly since I came, is improving with every game and thoroughly deserves this chance."
Ballantyne, who was substituted at half time yesterday as a precautionary measure after picking up a knock in the first half, left Gayfield to head straight to Edinburgh to meet up with the rest of the Scotland squad.
SUPPORTER INFO FOR SATURDAY
Supporters are advised to arrive at the Stadium in good time as a larger than normal crowd is expected to attend the game which has a 3pm kick off.
To ensure that all supporters can enjoy the game in a safe and family friendly environment, full segregation of supporters will be in place with the Arbroath FC supporters occupying the Harbour end of the ground and Montrose FC supporters being allocated the Pleasureland end of Gayfield.
Supporters are reminded that no form of pyrotechnic device is permitted within Gayfield. These items are potentially very dangerous and additional Stewards will be in place to ensure that none are brought into the Stadium.
Both teams are enjoying a period of good form at present and supporters of both teams are encouraged to come along in numbers to enjoy what promises to be an excellent and competitive match.
It is with great sadness that Montrose Football Club announce the loss of former Montrose FC Director and Chairman Bill Henderson who passed away recently at the age of 98.
Bill was involved in the club for many years, initially as a member of the Supporters Club, followed by a lengthy period of over 30 years as a Director which also included a spell at the helm as the club's Chairman in the mid 1980's
Originally a native of Glasgow, Bill moved to Montrose in the 1940's where he was originally employed at Chivers factory as a Principle Chemist, finishing his career there as Manager in 1981.
Bill was also a long standing member of the SFA committee and would often attend local matches as a guest of Queen's Park Football Club.
Bill will not only be remembered as a great servant the club but also to Scottish Football in general, and everyone at Montrose Football Club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Bill's wife Betty, family & friends.
A MESSAGE TO ALL FANS
On behalf of both Clubs, ahead of our Angus Derby on Saturday, we wish to encourage all our fans and supporters to come along to Links Park and enjoy what is set to be a great game of football.
Supporters are advised to arrive at the Stadium in good time as a larger than normal crowd is expected to attend the game which has a 3pm kick off.
To ensure all supporters can enjoy the game in a safe and family friendly environment, full segregation will be in place with Arbroath supporters entering the ground via the Union Row end and Montrose supporters entering via the Wellington Street end.
Supporters are reminded that no form of Pyrotechnic device is permitted within Links Park. These items are potentially very dangerous and additional Stewards will be in place to ensure that none are brought into the Stadium.
Both Teams are enjoying a period of good form at present and Supporters of both teams are encouraged to come along in numbers to enjoy what promises to be an excellent and competitive match.
GABLE ENDIES APPOINT NEW DIRECTOR
No stranger to Links Park, Peter is the Chief Executive of Links Park Community Trust (LPCT), the charitable arm of Montrose FC. The 36 year old was instrumental in the creation of the Trust back in 2012 and has played a pivotal role since in both its growth and success.
Peter, a former Montrose Academy pupil, went on to become a Lecturer in Sport, Health and Exercise at both Angus College and Inverness College respectively before assuming a coaching role at Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. Peter then joined Dundee United FC as part of Craig Brewster's management team, before undertaking a second spell at ICT as their Head of Sports Science.
Peter said, “I was honoured to receive, and only too delighted to accept an invitation to join the Board at the tail end of last year. Football has played a big part in my personal and professional life, and I take great pride in putting it to very good use in our community through the work of LPCT, who operate on behalf of the club.
“My appointment will further strengthen the links between the club and the Trust, but I also look forward to supporting the existing Board with both football and commercial operations.”
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “I am delighted to welcome Peter onto the Board. His experience within the game and extensive business skills will be a real asset to the Club. Peter has been the driving force behind the LPCT success story in recent years and I am excited about working with Peter on how we can harness this and bring the Trust and the football club even closer together going forward."
GABLE ENDIES STRIKE DEADLINE DAY DEAL FOR LOONS FORWARD
Montrose FC have completed their January window dealings with the Deadline Day transfer of Kerr Hay from Forfar FC on an 18 month deal.
The 21 year old forward is a product of the Station Park youth system and was a member of their successful 2014/2015 Under 20s Development League side. Breaking into the first team, Kerr made his debut against Ayr United in May 2015 in SPFL League One and scored his first senior goal in the Championship Playoff Semi Final against Stranraer in the same season.
Having spent the first half of this season on loan to Junior outfit Broughty United, Kerr returned to The Loons at Christmas, but has failed to force his way into Gary Bollan’s plans.
Mo Manager Stewart Petrie said, “I worked with Kerr at Broughty and Forfar and was impressed with both his ability and potential, so when I heard he was available it was an easy decision to make a bid for him.
“I am delighted with the 5 players we have brought to Links Park during the transfer window and I am excited by the strength in depth we now have in all areas.”
DEE DEFENDER RETURNS TO LINKS PARK
Montrose FC have secured the return of defender Matty Allan on loan from Dundee FC until the end of the season.
The 21 year old spent the first half of last season at Links Park, featuring 15 times for Paul Hegarty’s side, and only returned to Dens Park due to injury.
Allan is a product of the Dundee youth academy who has regularly impressed in the Development League. Yet to make his competitive Dundee debut, the defender has featured on the bench a number of times and came on a substitute for the first team during the Dens Park sides pre-season win over Dumbarton in the summer.
Mo Manager Stewart Petrie was delighted with the signing, saying, “It’s great to see Matty return to Links Park. I have heard many good things about him since I arrived, both from Dundee and from the supporters and staff here.
“I am delighted with the way the squad is looking now and Matty will fit straight in.”
This brings Petrie’s January signings to 4 and with only one day of the transfer window left the Gable Endies boss has intimated he may not be finished yet.
GABLE ENDIES BOSS DRIVEN TO SUCCEED
Local businesses Pert Bruce and Green Park Garage have come together to provide the Links Park boss with a Peugeot 2008 Active.
Craig Bruce, Director of Pert Bruce said, “We are delighted to be able to support 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.”
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.
Green Park Garage are a local, family run business, established in 1971, 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.
Club Chairman John Crawford added, “I would like to thank both Pert Bruce and Arthur Forsyth from Green Park Garage for providing the car for our Manager. Since his arrival back in December, Stewart has brought an infectious positive attitude to the Club and so many good things have already fallen into place.
"This is just another great example of how the town and local community are really getting behind us right now and we look forward to Stewart and the team delivering continued success on the park.”
Our photo shows from left to right, Arthur, Stewart, Craig and John.
GRAB YOUR MIGHTY MO SOUVENIR PROGRAMME THIS WEEKEND
And they are likely to be in high demand, as all Primary school kids across Montrose have been given a Complimentary Ticket for the match against Berwick Rangers, thanks to the Links Park Community Trust
Trust Chief Executive Peter Davidson explained, "As a thank you to all those who participate in our regular programmes, young and old, we have handed out Complimentary Tickets and we would really like to see as many as possible take up the offer."
"We ran a similar offer last season and managed to boost the crowd to over 900. This time we want to do even better and take the attendance to over 1,000 fans cheering on the Mighty Mo!."
If you attend any of Links Park Community Trust programmes and have not yet received a ticket, you can arrange to collect one by phoning LPCT on 01674 677582.
Our photo shows Andrew Stephen, MFC Programme Editor (back left) and Peter Davidson, with young Taylor and Ryan Davidson proudly holding the autograph sheet.
MO DEFENDER JOINS TAYPORT ON LOAN
Montrose FC have confirmed that young defender Gregor Anderson has returned to Junior side Tayport on loan until the end of the season.
Gregor joined the Gable Endies last August from the McBookie.com outfit, initially on a half season deal that was later extended until this summer.
Having made almost 20 appearances for the club, the 22 year old clearly impressed when Manager Stewart Petrie first arrived, but more recently has found it hard to force his way into the starting line up.
PETRIE BRINGS ANOTHER NEW FACE TO LINKS PARK
The 22 year old from Kelty came through the youth ranks at Cowdenbeath during which time he trialled at Birmingham City. Eventually breaking into the Blue Brazil first team, Liam made 26 appearances before moving to Gayfield last summer.
Despite featuring 13 times this season for our Angus neighbours, most of these were from the bench and when Mo boss Stewart Petrie came calling, Dick Campbell was persuaded to give the youngster a chance at Links Park.
Manager Stewart Petrie said, "Liam will be a great asset to our squad. He is naturally left sided and can play both in defence and across midfield.
"He also comes from a family with a strong footballing pedigree with his father Willie having played for Montrose in the 90's, his grandfather Willie Snr having played for Scotland in the 60's and his fathers uncle, Tommy having played for Celtic in the 70's.
Liam will begin his Gable Endies career against a club he knows well, when Cowdenbeath visit Links Park on Saturday.
The Club also confirmed that Ross Lennie has left the club at the end of his contract and signed for Fife Junior outfit Dundonald Bluebell.
We wish Ross the very best of luck for the future.
PETRIE APPOINTS CAMPBELL AS LINKS PARK ASSISTANT
Montrose FC Manager Stewart Petrie has completed his coaching team by appointing Ross Campbell as his assistant until the end of the season.
Ross has been with the Gable Endies as a player since joining in 2015 from East Fife and has made 19 appearances this season.
The 33 year old, delighted at the opportunity to break into management so young will have no shortage of family advice with his dad, Dick and uncle, Ian both well known faces in the game and currently in charge at Gayfield.
Ross said, “I have really enjoyed supporting Stewart since his arrival and I am very pleased to continue this role until the end of the season. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Montrose FC, there is a good buzz around the club at the moment and I hope that collectively, from players to the staff, from the board to the supporters, that we can build on this momentum for the remainder of the season.”
Stewart said, “I am delighted Ross has accepted this role. As one of the senior players in the squad, he has been a great help and positive influence with the boys since I arrived. I am convinced his future lies in following his father into management as he has all the right attributes.”
LOAN DEALS SECURED FOR MO YOUNGSTERS
McLeod rejoined the Gable Endies at the turn of the year having enjoyed earlier loan spells with Forfar Albion and Montrose Roselea.
Hester joined McBookie.com North Division junior outfit Arbroath Vics in September on a half season loan and returned to Links Park earlier this month.
The Lea has this season moved from the Tayside region to the North region and are hopeful of gaining promotion to the McBookie.com Super League.
Mo Manager Stewart Petrie is clearly keen to continue the development of the young talent by ensuring they get much needed game time as he strengthens the current first team squad with new signings.
The Club also confirmed that youngster Jonny Court has returned to Raith Rovers following his short loan spell in which he made 12 appearances and scored 2 goals.
We wish Jonny the very best for the future.
THANKS TO BALL SPONSOR
Although the final score was disappointing, our performance was very encouraging, highlighted by the composure shown by the Dundee Utd loanee to slot the ball past The Red Lichties keeper into the bottom corner.
Let's hope there are many more to come...
Clyde v Montrose Postponed
Following a pitch inspection at 10.45am, today's Ladbrokes League 2 match against Montrose has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
No new date for the match has been confirmed yet.
NEIL "TATTIE" TAYLOR
The minutes applause on Saturday before the game was immaculately respected by both home and away fans and was an emotional and fitting tribute to one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.
You will be sadly missed Tattie...