LINKS PARK WELCOMES HMS MONTROSE
HMS Montrose made a fleeting visit to the town last weekend, and Montrose FC went out of its way to make the company of Royal Navy sailors welcome.
On Saturday morning, the crew’s football team took on the Montrose FC Amateurs at Broomfield in a friendly. Despite taking an early lead and striking the crossbar to almost make it 2 nil, the sailors eventually ran out of steam, succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.
After the match, both teams returned to Links Park for a light lunch before taking in the Montrose v St Johnstone game, which turned out to be thoroughly entertaining.
Facing tough opposition in the third of their Betfred Cup Group B games, the Gable Endies went toe to toe with the Premiership full timers from Perth. Despite going behind in the first half, Stewart Petrie’s men were not to be sunk, ending the game strongly and like the sailors earlier in the day ruing the crossbar when a thunderbolt long range effort from Martyn Fotheringham with only minutes remaining was set to earn a draw and lift the roof off the stand, until the woodwork came to the Saints rescue.
Accompanying the sailors to Links Park, and joining Directors from both clubs in the Boardroom was Lt Commander Chris Andrews, who kindly presented the Club with two bottles of HMS Montrose Gin.
In return, Chris was presented with a Montrose FC away strip, signed by last season’s SPFL Ladbrokes League Two winning squad.
Co Vice Chairman Peter Stuart said, “On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Chris and all the sailors for taking time out of their busy schedules to come along today and make the atmosphere really special.
“The town has a genuine affinity for the ship and the crew, and a pride in what they and the rest of our Armed Forces do each and every day.
“We were just delighted to be able to further strengthen this bond and we look forward to the ship’s next visit to the town.”
Our pics show, the Royal Navy football team, proudly holding the Ladbrokes League 2 trophy, Lt Commander Chris Andrews receiving the signed shirt from Co Vice Chairman David Laing with Peter Stuart holding a bottle of the HMS Montrose Gin, and Chris with Mo Boss Stewart Petrie.