Montrose v Clyde
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 20th January 2018
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
SPEAKING WITH FERGIE
The Mo moved back up to third in the table last weekend and winger Ryan Ferguson believes the win over Clyde was vital to keep the momentum going following the Gable Endies’ excellent start to the season.
He said: “The result on Saturday was massive, especially coming off the back of two defeats on the bounce. The boys played really well. The first half was excellent and we showed what we can do as a squad.”
“It was important to give us confidence going into both cup games [IRN BRU Cup – Queen of the South and Scottish Cup – University of Stirling]. We wanted to go into the cup games with a win. I hope we can get a good run in the cups this year, and as you said, the previous few years we’ve been unlucky with draws. We have Queen of the South tomorrow, and they will be favourites. But anything can happen and we are all really looking forward to it.
“We’ve got nothing to lose. Ayr were favourites last round and we more than matched them. A draw was a fair result and anything can happen on penalties, but we are playing well again and there is no reason why we cannot do the same against Queen of the South. I am feeling confident going into the match, absolutely.”
Read the full and exclusive interview in tomorrow’s official matchday programme, The Gable Ender.
MGMT DRIVE BOARD OFF COURSE
Four matches were played over the 18 holes with pairings swapped at the half-way point.
The word ‘humped’ comes to mind as Stewart, Ross, Jim and Sean won 4&3, 4&3, 3&2, and 1-up.
Let’s hope they can continue their success on the park on Saturday.
BOYS IMPRESSED WITH NEW STRIP DESIGN
Despite scoring from the spot during the 3-2 win over Clyde, Iain Campbell felt the pressure even more when asked to judge the winner. Risking being dropped for next week, he by-passed the Managers girlfriend and instead chose Vicki Middleton as the recipient of the bottle of vino!
LOUNGE OPEN TO HOME SUPPORT FOR QUEEN OF THE SOUTH MATCH
Entry will be via the second glass door in the Bryan D Keith Stand. The bar will be open from 1.00pm - 2.50pm.
Prices for match entry and food are as follows:
Adults £15, Concessions £9
As this is the first home tie in the Irn Bru Cup, Season Tickets are valid. Season ticket holder entry price will be £2 per person.
The Willie J Lounge will be open for members as normal.
TICKET PRICES FOR IRN BRU CUP
Admission prices for our clash with Championship side Queen of the South on Saturday in Round 3 of the IRN BRU Cup will be Adults £13 and OAP/ U16's £7. A £16 Family ticket (1 Adult and 1 U16) is also available.
Season Tickets will be VALID as this is our first home tie in this competition.
The Willie Johnstone Lounge will be open to members as normal.
NUMBERS ADD UP FOR GABLE ENDIES SHIRT SPONSOR
A proactive and enthusiastic firm of chartered certified accountants and business advisers based in Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee, Murray Taylor get a real ‘buzz’ from working with profit-focussed business owners and entrepreneurs, helping them plan the financial side of their lives with effective tax and wealth protection strategies.
Director Andrew Stirling said, “We are proud to be a local company and we do everything we can to support the communities in which we are based. We have been involved with Montrose FC for a number of years now and are delighted to be able to extend our support, particularly at this exciting time for the club.”
Club Captain, Paul Watson said, “On behalf of the Club I would like to sincerely thank Andrew and everyone at Murray Taylor for their continued support. As a group of players it is great to know so many local businesses believe in what we are trying to achieve and are prepared to back us as we strive for success.”
Our picture shows Paul Watson with Andrew Stirling.
TOP DRAW FOR BOB IN MATCHDAY RAFFLE
Enjoying another busy Corporate Hospitality, Bob's day was topped off when his name was drawn out of the hat as winner of a home shirt, signed by the first team squad and presented by Club Vice Chairman Peter Stuart.
Many thanks to Bob and all those who continue to support our very popular Matchday Hospitality offerings.
In fact the atmosphere is set to be even more special this weekend as we welcome over 50 women to our annual Ladies Day.
SUPPORTER INFO FOR SATURDAY
CHARITY FIVES RAISES £500 IN MEMORY OF BOB
Now in its third year and aimed at keeping alive the memory of Montrose FC stalwart Bob Mutch, the nine teams who took part helped raise an impressive £500 on the night.
After a league format, four separate finals were played, with St Trinnians winning the Plate final, Hillside FC scoring a golden goal to lift the Shield and Friday Night Fitba Allstars winning the Trophy final.
In thanking everyone, Bob's wife Lily announced the money raised would be split between the Montrose Stroke Club and the Save A Life Montrose group who are looking to provide public access defibrillators.
Montrose FC Manager Stewart Petrie took time out ahead of his weekend fixture to help Lily present the trophies.
Thanks also go to the Montrose FC Fundraising Committee for organising the event.
IRN-BRU Cup 3rd Round Draw
The draw for the third round of the IRN-BRU Cup was made at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow this afternoon and resulted as follows......
The New Saints v Elgin City
St Mirren v Raith Rovers
MONTROSE v Queen of the South
Falkirk v Dunfermline Athletic
Dundee United v Linfield
Cove Rangers v Crusaders
Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Peterhead
Dumbarton v Stranraer
Ties to be played on the weekend of October 7/8, subject to TV selections
MONTROSE FC WIN BEST CLUB IN THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Small in size they may be, but the Mighty Mo have outperformed all other 41 clubs in Scotland, scooping the 2017 Best Professional Club in the Community trophy at the Grass Roots Awards ceremony last night in Glasgow.
The Scottish FA event recognises the outstanding contribution that football clubs, coaches and volunteers make to their communities and there to collect the award from Kenny Dalglish was Peter Davidson (Links Park Community Trust CEO) and John Crawford (Montrose FC Chairman)
Peter said, “I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award. It is fantastic recognition for all the hard work and dedication from everyone associated with both Links Park Community Trust (LPCT) and Montrose FC.
“When we created the Trust as the charitable arm of the football club just 5 years ago, we simply couldn’t have imagined being considered the best setup in the country so soon. It is overwhelming to be honest.”
LPCT use the facilities at Links Park to deliver an extensive range of community-benefitting programmes, with participants as young as 18 months right through to 94 years of age. Under the strands of Community Sport, Education & Training and Health & Wellbeing the Trust currently engage with over 1,400 local people each week, 12% of the town’s population, with almost an even split between males and females.
John Crawford added, “I would like to thank and congratulate Peter and his team for what they have achieved and brought to Montrose FC. We are now so much more than just a football club and we recognise the role we can play together in supporting the lives, and in particular the wellbeing of those in our community.
Stewart Regan, SFA Chief Executive remarked, “The work of Montrose FC and LPCT is really inspirational, and I commend them for leading the way.”
This prestigious award completes an impressive treble with LPCT having recently been crowned Social Impact Business of the Year (Dundee Courier Business Awards) and, in association with Montrose FC, Community Project of the Year (SPFL Trust).
Peter added, “We are often guilty, as a nation, of immersing ourselves in the negativity that surrounds Scottish football, but there are some fantastic examples of good practice at clubs throughout the country where football is put to very good use, and I am delighted that Montrose FC - and LPCT - have been recognised as the best of such this year.
“We will shamelessly make full use of this fabulous accolade to further promote our work in the hope we can bring benefit to even more people, young and old in our community.”
Our photo shows, from left to right, Peter Stuart (MFC Vice Chairman), Adam McWilliam (LPCT Club Development Officer), Peter Davidson, Logan Cruickshank (LPCT Project Officer) and John Crawford.
JIMMY ENJOYS TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
Jimmy played inside forward for the Gable Endies from 1959 until he was transferred to East Stirlingshire in 1962. He returned to Montrose a few years later and was rightly named Player of the Year in 1968.
Jimmy was our leading scorer in those days and had a knack of being in the right place at the right time. His brother Bobby also played on the wing and together they formed an incredible partnership.
It was a great pleasure to see Jimmy and we hope he had a great day.
NEW DATE SET FOR BOBWith the weather having put paid to this in July, we are delighted to announce a new date for Bob's charity 5's, details below...
MIGHTY MO ANNOUNCE LATEST SPONSOR
Millard Consulting are a local company who provide engineering consultancy and design services for development projects. Their services include structural design, infrastructure works, transportation, environmental assessment and flood risk assessment.
Ken Pirie, Managing Director said, “Over the past few years, we have developed a very close working relationship with John D Crawford Architects helping to successfully deliver a full range of projects, from house extensions to new commercial developments in Montrose, across Angus and Aberdeenshire.
“We were very pleased to be given the opportunity to grow this relationship by supporting Montrose FC and look forward to playing our part in the continued success of the club.”
Our picture shows from left to right, Ken Pirie (Managing Director), Paul Watson (Club Captain) and Mark Pirrie (Director)
1879 BUSINESS CLUB NEWS
Norman said "It's great to support the Mo by being part of Club 1879 - I'm looking forward to hearing from Montrose manager Stewart Petire and promoting my business to the other members at the first member networking evening on Friday 22nd September"
Beattie Automation offer a full range of services from servicing garage doors and carrying out repairs, to supplying and installing manual or automated garage doors including roller, sectional and one piece retractable doors.
They also service and maintain industrial sectional doors along with automatic entrance shop doors and disabled access doors. Other services offered include intercom entry systems and security locking devices.
FRASER JOINS NEIGHBOURS ON SHORT TERM LOAN
Gary Fraser has joined Arbroath FC on a one month emergency loan.
The Gable Endies top scorer for the past 2 seasons, Fraser has missed the start of the league campaign having picked up an injury in the BETFRED Cup match against Alloa Athletic in July.
Mo Boss Stewart Petrie said, "Gary has just returned to fitness and Arbroath came calling looking for short term cover for Steven Doris, who got injured last week. Given the current good form of our team it made sense to get Gary some game time, so he can return to us fitter and sharper in a few weeks time."
PENALTY STATS ALL SQUARE
The excitement of Tuesday night’s victory at Ayr United was our 6th encounter with the dreaded spot kicks and our first for 8 years. In the same competition back in 2009/10, we lost out at Inverness after a 1-1 draw. Sixteen years before that we had mixed fortunes, winning at home against Stranraer after a 0-0 draw before losing in the next round away to Meadowbank following a 1-1 draw.
Our other two penalty shoot outs came in the League Cup and both in 1994/95. We won at Berwick after a 0-0 draw then lost in the next round away at Falkirk after a 1-1 draw.
Does anyone remember these eventful nights?
SPEAKING WITH SEÁN
New signing Seán Dillon signed for the club in the summer following his departure from Championship side Dundee Utd.
The Irish defender chose Montrose before a host of other clubs and that was down to the chat he had with the Mo gaffer, Stewart Petrie, and he’s really enjoyed his time at the Gable Endies so far.
He said: “I spoke to a few clubs and pretty much all of them were part-time. So, I had my head around going part-time. The only person I spoke to before joining was the manager and he was the main reason I joined the club.
“I have enjoyed it so far. Everyone has been really welcoming and we have a good group of guys here, and I know everyone says that. I have to say, everyone at the club has been really good with me so I have definitely enjoyed it.”
Dillon is a big-name signing for the club but he said he’s not felt any added pressure – only the pressure he puts on himself. He also spoke on how the standard of the league has been so far.
“It’s a really good standard. It hasn’t been easy. I haven’t been treating games any differently; it’s been tough.
“I don’t see it that way [on him being a big name]. The lads have been brilliant with me so far. I always put pressure on myself – on how I play and how I train.
“I haven’t changed my approach to the way I train or play. Yes, it’s been different with us only training two times per week but it certainly hasn’t changed my attitude to the way I want to train or perform on a matchday.”
Catch the full and exclusive interview in tomorrow's official matchday programme, The Gable Ender.