Clyde v Montrose
Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld
Saturday 24th March 2018
Kick Off - 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
FORMER PLAYERS DAY - JANUARY 2018
Following on from the success of last season's event, tickets are selling fast for what is set to be another great day out for fans and former players.
William Hill Scottish Cup Draw
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round Draw
William Hill Scottish Cup Third Round draw
Airdrieonians v Cove Rangers
Arbroath v Berwick Rangers
Banks O'Dee v Ayr United
Buckie Thistle v Brechin City
Clyde v East Fife
Dumbarton v Elgin City
East Kilbride v Albion Rovers
Formartine United v Forfar Athletic
Livingston v Glenafton Athletic
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale v St Mirren
MONTROSE v Queen of the South
Peterhead v Raith Rovers
Queen's Park v Dunfermline Athletic
Spartans v Fraserburgh
Stenhousemuir v Alloa Athletic
Stranraer v Brora Rangers
Ties to be played the weekend of 18 November 2017
FLEM MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEK
A string of fabulous saves on Saturday in what was a heroic team performance against Queen of the South has earned Allan Fleming a place in the SPFL's Team of the Week. Well done Allan, thoroughly deserved.
LINKS PARK TO HOST SCOTTISH CUP DRAW
The 3rd Round draw for the William Hill Scottish Cup will be broadcast live from Links Park on Saturday as the culmination of a week of special events focussed on the Montrose v University of Stirling 2nd Round tie.
The Scottish FA are selecting a Feature Match in each of the first three rounds to further promote the competition.
Fans will watch their teams enter the field on a carpet, under an archway and past the Scottish Cup trophy that will be on display pre-match with fans getting the chance to have their photo taken with it.
Mascots Scotty Cup and Monty Mole will also be on hand to keep the younger supporters amused.
The 3rd Round draw will be streamed live on the Scottish Cup Facebook page and its here you will find ‘Keep it Off the Deck’ videos with both teams facing a skills challenge at training ahead of the big match.
Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford said, “We are delighted to have been chosen as the Feature Match for this round. It will be the first time a cup draw has been streamed live from Links Park and we hope overall the added focus will bring a healthy crowd along on Saturday.
“As a further encouragement we are offering free admission to Under 16’s (U12’s to be accompanied by an adult) and as a gesture to our opponents we will also allow Students in for free."
Adult admission will be £10, OAP's £5 and Season Tickets will be valid.
NEW DINO'MO SPONSOR WANTS PIZZA THE ACTION
Montrose FC have joined forces with local business Dino Pizza and Kebab house, for the supply of after match meals for the rest of the season, a signing that has gone down particularly well with the players.
Dino’s love tasty food and since 2002 have been on a mission to make it easier to discover great food and get it delivered straight to your front door. They offer a richly-varied menu of high quality ingredients, wholesome sauces and house spice used in both popular and some unique starters, side orders, kebabs, pizzas, burgers and pasta.
Owner Mr Eroglu said, "We are delighted to be associated with Montrose FC. It is a fine Club, with real ambition and the town should be proud of what they are achieving. We are also keen to develop our relationship further and find other ways to support the Mighty Mo!"
Club Chairman John Crawford said, "On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Mr Erolglu and everyone at Dino's for their valuable support. As you can imagine the players love getting freshly made pizza after each game and we are also receiving equally positive comments from our visiting teams."
Our Photo shows Mr Eroglu with the players after their recent league victory over Clyde.
Show Racism the Red Card - Fortnight of Action
Welcome to Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Fortnight of Action. Many of you will have seen the campaign within football for many years; the Scottish FA, SPFL, SJFA and its member clubs have been supporting the campaign since it started in Scotland.
In addition to increasing the awareness of SRtRC’s work in Scotland, the Fortnight of Action from 6th – 20th October shows commitment at the highest level of Scottish football to eradicate racism and discrimination of any form from our game.
We believe that it is vital to highlight the anti-racism message at this time of year as it runs alongside Football Against Racism in Europe’s (FARE) Football People Weeks.
All professional clubs will show their support over one weekend on Friday 13th October and Saturday 14th October. Clubs will be united in calling for an end to racism in football and society. Players in over 40 European Countries are involved in similar events as part of FARE network against racism and discrimination.
Show Racism the Red Card has received excellent support from football clubs, football authorities and football fans the length and breadth of Scotland – we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all. We have heard of many instances where supporters have been proactive in promoting the anti-racism message, making it clear that racism and discrimination are not welcome at their club. We urge fans to continue to support the anti-racism message; it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that it is carried out beyond the Fortnight of Action and beyond the terraces.
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL said “Football is a powerful medium to break down barriers and promote tolerance. Our clubs have supported Show Racism the Red Card since season 2003/04 and once again, this united action in support of the campaign sends out the positive message that football is a game to be enjoyed by all."
Montrose FC captain Paul Watson added "Myself and all the players at Montrose FC are fully behind the work of the charity. Their is no place for racism in today's society and we are delighted to be able to use football to show our support and promote the campaign."
The campaign will continue to speak to all football clubs, the football authorities and the police to eradicate all forms of racist behaviour.
The Scottish FA, SPFL, SJFA and its clubs deplore all forms of racism and any racist behaviour will not be tolerated at Scottish FA, SPFL or SJFA matches.
Over the past year Show Racism the Red Card has faced major funding difficulties but we strive to continue our work. We are working with grassroots football, community groups, schools, the police and prison service to ensure that going forward Scottish society and Scottish football is fair and inclusive for all.
Football is a sport that is followed by people across the world and football matches should be an enjoyable experience for all, whatever their background. We all have a part to play in challenging racism in football and society.
Show your support for tackling racism:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.