Montrose v Peterhead
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 30th June 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Final League 2 Table 2017/18
MO CHAIRMAN THANKS TRAVELLING SUPPORT
Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford was full of praise for the huge numbers of travelling fans that made the trip to Stenhousemuir on Saturday, and encouraged everyone to come along to Links Park this weekend for what will be a nail biting title decider.
Between buses, trains and cars, more than 600 Gable Endies took over the local pubs and clubs in Stenhousemuir before the vital Ladbrokes League 2 fixture.
Filling the enclosure behind the goal, SP’s Barmy Army then created an electric atmosphere inside Ochilview turning the tricky away tie into more of a home day for the league leaders who were hoping to clinch the title.
Despite winning comfortably with 2 early goals, a late strike by Peterhead up north means the Mighty Mo will have to take at least a point from Elgin on Saturday to secure their first league title since 1984/85.
John said, “On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to thank our fantastic fans for all their support this season. Our away numbers in recent games has been incredible and I know how much it has spurred the players on at some difficult grounds.
“For a town our size to take 5% of the population to Stenhousemuir is just brilliant and the atmosphere they created was unbelievable.
“The Management and players have put us in a great position and we now just need one more result against Elgin.
“Days like these don’t come along that often and I hope everyone will come along to Links Park on Saturday and create a great and memorable day.”
DILLO SHORTLISTED FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Sean Dillon, who has been nominated for the PFA League Two Player of the Year.
League 2 Player of the Year Nominations
Sean Dillon Montrose
Willie Gibson Peterhead
Rory McAllister Peterhead
Darren Smith Stirling Albion
Prolific Queen of the South hitman Stephen Dobbie finds himself back in amongst the nominations for this season’s Championship Player of the Year. He is joined on this year’s list by St Mirren’s title winning duo Lewis Morgan and Cammy Smith as well as Livingston’s centre half and skipper Craig Halkett.
Strikers feature prominently in the nominees for League 1 Player of the Year with Ayr United’s front pairing Lawrence Shankland and Michael Moffat up against each other alongside Raith Rovers Lewis Vaughan and Albion Rovers hitman Alan Trouten.
Peterhead’s Rory McAllister is aiming to clinch his fourth Player of the Year Award – having won it previously in 2010, 2011 and 2014. His competition includes Balmoor teammate Willie Gibson, Stirling Albion frontman Darren Smith and Montrose’s Sean Dillon.
The overall winners will be announced on Sunday 29th April at PFA Scotland’s annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
INFO FOR FANS HEADING TO STENNY
For those planning on traveling to Ochilview this Saturday, please see the following info from Stenhousemuir’s website, including a great offer for U16’s...
STENHOUSEMUIR FC v MONTROSE FC
Saturday 21st April 2018
Kick off 3pm
UNDER 16’s GO FREE
As this Saturday will be our last scheduled home game, all children from our Community programme and P6 and P7 in local schools have been invited to attend the game.
All away supporters will be accommodated in our West Terracing which is a standing terrace. The only exception to this will be disabled supporters. If any away disabled supporter requires a seat in the Main Stand, please contact the main office to reserve a seat.
All Under 16 (home and away support) will receive free entry into the game.
Prices for this game will be:
Under 16 Free Admission
Under 16 Free Admission
GABLE ENDIES APPOINT NEW CLUB AMBASSADOR
Montrose FC have unveiled former player and legend, David Larter as their new official Club Ambassador.
Larter played in goals for the Links Park side from 1984 to 1998 making a Club record 432 appearances.
A favourite with the fans, the keeper has remained a staunch supporter and regular visitor since his departure and was entered into the Gable Endies Hall of Fame in 2004.
Club Chairman, John Crawford said, “I am delighted to welcome David back to Links Park in his new official role. He is a true Mo Legend, a gentleman and I am personally very pleased to see him back representing our Club once more.”
Honorary President, John Paton added, “David and I go back a long way both as a player and part of the Management Team under John Sheran. He has been a fervent and loyal supporter of Montrose Football Club in a variety of ways over many years and I can think of no better person to represent us as a Club Ambassador."
David commented, “I was very humbled and flattered to receive the invitation to become Club Ambassador and it will be an honour and privilege to take up this position.
“I hope I can live up to the Club’s expectations, I look forward to starting my role and will endeavour to attend as many games as I can.”
Our photo shows David with John Crawford (left) and John Paton before the recent match against Berwick Rangers.
MIGHTY MO ANNOUNCE ‘FRIENDLY’ SEASON TICKET DEAL!
Montrose Football Club have announced that season ticket prices have been frozen for 2018/19 and will be available from Thursday, 19th April. Those quick off the mark can save up to 20% with a combined early bird discount offer and ‘Introduce a Friend’ deal.
Club Directors will welcome supporters in the Willie Johnston lounge at Links Park Stadium from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on , Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Friday 27th April.
Season tickets will be available for conventional ground entry as well as entry to the Willie Johnston Lounge, where members can enjoy a range of perks including pre and post match bar facilities, complimentary programme, teamlines and half time refreshments.
Ground entry tickets will once again allow entry of up to two accompanying U16s for just £2 each.
Early Bird Ground Prices: Adult £190, OAP/U16 £95, U12 £20
Early Bird Willie Johnston Lounge Prices: Adult £310, OAP £205, U16 £120, U12 £65
Existing season ticket holders can save a further 5% as part of the Club’s ‘Introduce a Friend’ scheme.
The above offer prices will be available until 31st May, after which the following normal prices will apply;
Standard Ground Prices: Adult £215, OAP/U16 £115, U12 £20
Standard Willie Johnston Lounge Prices: Adult £340, OAP £230, U16 £140, U12 £75
Chairman John Crawford said, “I would like to sincerely thank all those who have turned out to support us this season. We have had over 9,000 fans through the turnstiles at Links Park and I hope our great season ticket offer for next year will increase our crowds further and encourage even more of our supporters to come along.
“Our Manager Stewart Petrie, his coaching staff and all the players have done fantastically well this year and have guaranteed us an exciting few weeks as we reach the culmination of a long and hard campaign.
“I really hope the renewed optimism and positivity around the town will encourage more people to take advantage of our generous offers and join SP’s Barmy Army.
“Whichever league we find ourselves in next year, season ticket sales are very important to us at this time, providing a cash injection as we look to strengthen the squad over the summer.
Our photo shows Manager Stewart Petrie with his ticket for next season.
TOP PRIZE FOR MHAIRI
Congratulations to Mhairi Laing, who had a double win in last weekend’s Corporate Hospitality raffle.
After enjoying a first class meal and a great match, Mhairi’s name was pulled from the hat after the game, not once, but twice to win a ball and a Mo home shirt, both signed by the first team squad and presented by Club Vice Chairman, Pete Stuart.
Well done Mhairi!
GIN TASTING PROVES EDUCATIONAL TONIC
A group of teachers from Montrose Academy celebrated the start of their Easter break with a special Gin Tasting event at Links Park, organised by the Club’s Fundraising Committee.
Club Announcer (and fellow teacher), Ross Thomson, guided the group through the subtle differences between a range of different gin’s and what type of tonic was best to bring out the flavour of each spirit.
A great time was had by all, although some found this more testing than others, and rumour has it, it may become part of the curriculum next term...
MONTROSE FC SUMMER LUNCH
📆 Friday 29th June
⏰ 12.30pm to 4pm
📍 Apex Hotel, Dundee
🥘 2 Course Lunch
🎤 Q&A with Special Guest GRAEME SOUNESS
🎤 Comedy with Football Impersonator PAUL REID
🎫 Tickets £50pp or £500 for Table of 10, Plus VAT
🥂 VIP Tickets £70pp or £700 for Table of 10, Plus VAT
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MATCH POSTPONEDFollowing a 3pm pitch inspection, this evening's game v Cowdenbeath has been postponed.
The match has been rearranged for Tuesday April 10, kick-off 7.45pm
MIGHTY MO DIRECTOR JOINS BOARD OF EUROPE’S ELITE
Montrose FC Director Peter Davidson has been appointed to the Board of the European Football for Development Network (EFDN), further endorsing the great community work undertaken by the club together with its charitable arm, Links Park Community Trust (LPCT).
The vision of EFDN is to promote and use the connecting power of football as a tool for social development and a more social society, aimed at International, national and local community programmes for disadvantaged young people and adults in Europe.
The network consists of the most community focussed clubs, of all sizes, from throughout Europe with members including, Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, PSG, Rangers, Celtic, Benfica and Sparta Prague.
Montrose FC, recently crowned ‘Best Professional Club in the Community’ by the Scottish FA, have been members of the EFDN since 2016, represented by Peter as Chief Executive of LPCT.
Peter said, ‘’I am both honoured and excited to be joining the Board of the European Football for Development Network.
“Football has the ability, and with that an obligation to engage, inspire and support many, particularly those that are most disadvantaged in our communities.
“Membership of the network has allowed LPCT to access European funding, engage in pan-European projects with fellow members, but more importantly, learn and share best practice with regards the development and delivery of community benefitting programmes.
“I am delighted to now be taking our involvement to the next level, and I look forward to working alongside my fellow Board Members in supporting Hubert Rovers (EFDN CEO) and his team as they continue to expand the size, reach and impact of the organisation’’
Peter is pictured left with, fellow Board Members Balint Maté (Ferencvaros), Ton Strooband (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Wim Beerlaert (KAA Gent) and Jan Ryrlen (IF Elfsborg).
MIGHTY MO MAKE CRACKING OFFER TO KIDS
Montrose FC are shelling out to provide all their young fans with a free cream egg ahead of their Easter weekend fixture against Edinburgh City at Links Park.
Young players Matty Allan, Cammy Ballantyne and Lewis Milne were egg-cited to hear the news, which they first thought was a yoke!
Stewart Petrie’s side are pushing for promotion from Ladbrokes League 2 and the manager is urging the Mo faithful to turn out in numbers to support the boys.
Stewart said, “Our fans have been egg-celent this year and the players really appreciate the support. We hatched a plan back in August and we are egg-static with how things have panned out so far.
“The Easter egg giveaway on Saturday is a great gesture by the Club. I thought it was to everyone but the Chairman told me I was meringue, and that it was only our younger fans!.”
Club Mascot Monty Mole will be on hand just prior to kick off, in front of the Bryan Keith Stand to hand out the cream eggs to the kids.
TEMPS MAKES SPFL TEAM OF THE WEEKCongratulations to Chris Templeman, whose Man of the Match performance on Saturday has earned him a place in the SPFL Team of the Week.
CAVANAGH JOINS BROUGHTY ON LOAN
Montrose FC have loaned out Danny Cavanagh to Junior outfit Broughty Athletic until the end of the season.
The 23 year old arrived at Links Park last summer as one of Stewart Petrie’s first signings, but an injury blighted season has prevented the youngster from breaking into the first team.
Now fully fit again, Petrie hopes the loan spell to his former club will provide some much needed game time.