Montrose v Stenhousemuir
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
MFC Nostalgia Day Set To Be A Big Hit
When Clyde visit the Gable Endies a week on Saturday a few familiar faces will also be returning to Links Park for the Club’s first ever Nostalgia Day. Fans will get the chance to enjoy an informal buffet lunch with a number of former players including Les Barr, Dennis D’Arcy, Brian Third, Martin Allan, Hugh Davidson, Kevin Tindal and making a special trip all the way from Holland is legend Ivo Den Bieman. Current Club Captain Paul Watson will also be around on the day to chat to supporters as injury is set to keep him sidelined for a few weeks yet.
Club Chairman Derek Sim said, “It will be great welcoming all our former players back to Links Park and I hope all the fans who are joining us in hospitality will have a great day mingling and chatting to their heroes from the past. We have had a lot of interest so far but limited spaces still remain.”
Montrose Youth 10's Hospitality
Montrose Youth 10's enjoyed a great day out at Links Park on Saturday with a special Hospitality package. Both kids and parents were treated to a pre-match meal before taking their seats in the stand to watch the first half.
At half time the kids got the chance to take the field and a goal challenge was set with players in turn given 6 seconds from 25 yards to attack the goal and try and score.
During the second half the boys had the job of selecting their Man of the Match and after the game they got the chance to meet the Montrose players and collect autographs.
Pictured right is Montrose Youth 10's Manager presenting Ryan Ferguson with his Man of the Match award, one that was chosen by the boys.
Aaron Celebrates Loan Extension With Record Breaking Goal
The 18 year old right back was initially signed on a short term emergency loan in December to help Manager Paul Hegarty cope with a number of key players being out injured.
Thrown straight into the first team, Aaron made his debut on December 15th against Annan at Links Park and helped the Mighty Mo earn their first point in six games.
Having played in every game since, the Saints full back went one better last Saturday when, playing in a re-shuffled midfield he popped up six minutes from time to score the winner against East Stirling.
Picking up the ball wide right, he cut inside and from the edge of the box curled a left foot effort into the far away top corner, leaving the keeper helpless and earning the Gable Endies their 900th win in SFL/SPFL history.
Assistant Manager John Holt congratulated Aaron on his loan extension and said he was delighted with how well the youngster had settled in and looked forward to seeing him develop even further over the coming months.
Mo Defender Returns To Juniors
Jordan Reoch has re-signed for Montrose Roselea after only 6 months with the Mighty Mo.
The 22 year old former Dundee United and Arbroath youth player had a strong start to his Links Park career, making 6 first team appearances including the opening rounds of the Petrofac Training Cup, League Cup and William Hill Scottish Cup.
When Manager Paul Hegarty settled on Matty Allan and Greg Pascazio as his preferred centre back pairing, Jordan found it difficult to force his way back into the team.
Club Chairman Derek Sim said, “We wish Jordan all the best on his return to Roselea. In the circumstances it is probably best for both parties. It may not have worked out on this occasion but we will continue to work closely with Roselea to monitor and develop emerging talent from the local junior ranks.”
Mo Bid Farewell To Scott
Scott joined the Club from East Stirling in 2011 and made 172 first team appearances scoring 17 goals, one of which was in the historic Pyramid Play Off victory against Brora Rangers back in May.
Renowned for his effort, commitment and determination, Scott has played in almost every position over the years with the only exceptions being centre half and goalkeeper.
A new life beckons for Scott now in London where he recently started a new job. Such is his dedication, for the last few weeks he has been commuting every weekend from down south to help the team out until the transfer window opened.
Manager Paul Hegarty described Scott as a great pro and said he would be sorely missed.
On presenting Scott with his farewell gifts Club Chairman Derek Sim thanked him for his years of service and wished him every success for the future.
Trio Extend Contracts At Links Park
Adrian Mallagaray, Sandy Wood and Adam Harwood have all extended their contracts with Montrose FC until the end of the season.
After a quiet start to his career with the Mo, Mallagaray has now made 14 first team appearances and the Spaniard has also netted twice, most recently at home against Stirling Albion.
Goalkeeper Wood initially returned to the Club as short term injury cover but with backup keeper Ross Salmon off to Buckie Thistle, manager Paul Hegarty was keen to extend the popular stoppers stay at Links Park.
Defender Harwood has made 8 appearances since singing a permanent deal in October. The youngster is in his second spell with the Club having made a dozen appearances last season when on loan from Dundee United.
Manager Hegarty has also confirmed that Gavin Malin has decided to return to Forfar Athletic, following the end of his half season loan deal.
Advice For Those Attending Links Park On Saturday
Police Scotland and local football clubs in Angus are looking forward to welcoming supporters and their families to the much anticipated matches on January 2nd.
Montrose, Arbroath, Forfar and Brechin football clubs have been working hard to ensure that everyone has a fantastic day at Links Park and Glebe Park on Saturday and officers will be supporting stewards to make sure that these events are safe for everyone attending.
Chief Inspector David McIntosh, Local Area Commander for Angus said,
“Angus has a well-supported football community and there are a number of young fans following these clubs, who will be looking forward to watching the matches this weekend.
“Along with the excitement of supporting your team and carried along with the recent celebrations of welcoming in the New Year, it is important to remind all those attending that although stewards and officers will be expecting good natured fun and a fantastic atmosphere, we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, disorder or the possession or use of any type of pyrotechnics.
“We will be focusing on supporting stewards to keep people safe before, during and after the game. Be in no doubt, we will be looking out for any signs of disorder, assisting stewards with searches and identifying prohibited items.
"Those found committing offences will be banned from future matches by the clubs and where appropriate, you may be arrested.
“Please do not think that if you are in a group and you cause disorder that you will not be traced. Anyone that we do not arrest on the day and that we identify as having committed offences, will be dealt with.
"We take violence and anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and will use all measures necessary to ensure the safety of everyone attending and provide reassurance to residents in our communities.
“Please come along to these matches to enjoy the game. We would remind you to act responsibly and proudly support your team.”
Montrose FC Chairman Derek Sim said,
"We look forward to welcoming Arbroath to Links Park on Saturday and I hope both sets of fans create a good sporting atmosphere.
“We take a very strong stance on anti-social behaviour and will fully support and cooperate with Police Scotland to maintain the safety and enjoyment of all our supporters."
Supporters are reminded that segregation will be in operation on Saturday at Links Park and will a large crowd expected fans are asked to arrive in ample time prior to kick off to allow safe entry to the ground.
Our young fans should also note that, on this occasion, drums will not be allowed in the Main Stand. Drums can be used on the terraces behind both goals and on the North Terrace opposite the Main Stand.
Scott Johnston Moves On
Today we host Arbroath in what is set to be a tight local derby. Home advantage has been key this season in these fixtures with one win each thus far. Let's hope this trend continues as we look to start 2016 in a positive fashion.
Sadly, this is set to be Scott Johnston's last game for Montrose as he leaves to follow a new career in London. Scott has been a great servant to the Club, making over 170 appearances and we wish him every success for the future. Would be fitting for Scott to bag the winner this afternoon.
Ross Salmon Joins Buckie
Montrose FC have agreed terms with Buckie Thistle for the permanent transfer of goalkeeper Ross Salmon.
Ross joined the club at the start of the season and made his debut in the League Cup against Hibernian at Easter Road.
The Club would like to thank Ross for his services and wish him every success with Buckie.
Kids Have A Ball At Links Park With Santa
Now in its third year, the annual MFC Kids Christmas Party is becoming an increasingly popular event, organised by the Gable Endies Fundraising Committee.
Following some fun activities and games, Santa’s arrival was the highlight of the day as he delivered gifts to all the children and as our photo shows the Mighty Mo fleeces and teddies were a huge hit.
Hegarty Signs Saints Full Back On Loan
Montrose FC have signed youngster Aaron Comrie on an emergency loan from St Johnstone until the middle of January.
The 18 year old right back has been part of the U20 Development Squad at McDiarmid Park since 2014, having previously spent 8 years in the Celtic youth system.
Manager Paul Hegarty is hoping Aaron can help his injury stricken side return to their early season form that seen them concede only 2 goals in 5 home wins.
The young Scot featured in the Saints pre season camp in Northern Ireland having been handed a first-team squad number (#39) in the summer by boss Tommy Wright.
Aaron featured for Montrose against Annan Athletic last night in a re-arranged league fixture at Links Park and he lined up alongside fellow loanee Jordan Millar, who returned to first team action last Saturday.
Mo Players On Road To Recovery
Ross McCord (right) resumed running this week following his knee injury and will hopefully be back before the end of the month. Terry Masson (centre), also recovering from a knee injury, underwent a fitness test last night and should be available for the Stirling Albion match on Saturday.
Captain Paul Watson's (left) return from groin surgery was delayed when diagnosed with osteitis pubis for which he had a cortisone injection on Monday. He is back doing bike work and will return to full training next week.
Goalkeeper Jordan Millar has resumed full training following his rib injury and is now fit and returned to the side on Saturday.
Finally, defender Andy Steeves who had the most serious knee injury should resume light running next week and be back available for selection by the end of January.
Free Mo Santa Hat For Young Fans
Christmas will kick-off in style this weekend at Links Park when Montrose FC take on Stirling Albion. Not only will there be a festive themed Hospitality on offer in the Bon Accord Lounge but the first 60 kids through the turnstiles will receive their very own Mighty Mo Santa hat. Players Ryan Kenneth, Matty Allan, Ross Campbell and Terry Masson were all keen to show off the hats during training this week as they prepare for Saturdays important game.
Club Chairman Derek Sim said, "I can't wait to see all these blue Santa hats in the crowd on Saturday. I hope our fans come out and support us as we enter the festive period. We are certainly glad to see the back of November, it was a very poor month for us given how well we started the season. But we are now looking forward to welcoming our friends from Stirling Albion for what will be a very tough game. The boys are in good spirits and our injured players are progressing well with their recoveries. We may even see a couple of them back and available for selection on Saturday."
Christmas Bonus For Lucky Number Winners
Based on the National Lottery draw, the scheme is run by the Montrose Football Supporters Group and raises funds for Montrose FC, Montrose Roselea JFC and Merpro AFC.
Administrator Stuart Robertson commented, “Ticket sales have been very good all year, and we have already paid out over £8,000 this year in prize money, but with the Jackpot currently sitting at a massive £5,000, we wanted to thank everyone for their contribution by offering a little extra reward this Christmas.”
Anyone therefore buying a ticket for the draws on the 19th and 26th of December will not only have the chance of winning a share of the Jackpot, they will also collect £20 should they correctly predict the Bonus Ball.
Tickets are available from the usual outlets, including The Home Dugout (Montrose FC), Alan Pirie (Montrose FC), Stuart Robertson (Roselea JFC) and Colin Duncan (Merpro AFC).
Stuart also indicated that further enhancements are planned for the scheme, and information on this will be communicated early in the New Year.
New League Cup format and TV deal
The SPFL has announced an exciting new format for the Scottish League Cup, including competitive group football in July, a ground-breaking bonus point system, a new broadcast partner bringing more live TV games and increased revenues for clubs, and the re-introduction of a winter break.
Taking effect from summer 2016, the new format will see eight groups of five teams play each other once each in a round-robin format across five July dates (16th, 20th, 23th, 27th & 30th).
New broadcast partner BT Sport will show six group stage games live, within a total of 13 matches to be broadcast from next season. This new 80-game group stage will involve all 38 teams not involved in UEFA qualifiers plus winners of this season’s Highland League and Lowland League.
The group stage uses the traditional three points for a win and one point for a draw model however, in another innovation, all drawn matches will go straight to a penalty shoot-out whereby the winner of the shoot-out will be awarded a bonus point, believed to be a first in world football.
The bonus-point system is designed to create greater excitement around every match as well as providing more points variations to increase the number of meaningful games throughout the group stages. The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to the second round, when they are joined by the four UEFA qualifying clubs and the competition reverts to traditional knock-out format.
The SPFL is delighted to announce that BT Sport will become the exclusive live TV broadcaster of the League Cup from summer 2016. BT Sport will screen six games from the group stage in July and a further seven games from the knock-out rounds for each of Seasons 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20. BT Sport’s new contract will increase the money available for all the clubs significantly.
Another benefit of the new format will be that it allows the re-introduction of a two-weekend winter break for Ladbrokes Premiership clubs during January 2017.
SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “The new format of the Scottish League Cup marks an exciting new chapter for the competition and sees Scottish football leading the way with a number of innovations.
“Fans, the media and clubs alike have expressed a desire for competitive summer football which will be delivered from next July while the ground-breaking bonus point system should add incentive to teams and excitement for supporters.
“We are delighted to welcome BT Sport as our exclusive League Cup TV broadcast partner and to have their support for the new format. Our agreement with BT Sport delivers a huge increase in the number of games being shown live as well as providing increased competition prizemoney for clubs.
“The new format has also enabled the re-introduction of a winter break for Ladbrokes Premiership clubs. We are consulting with Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 clubs to establish whether they also favour a winter break in their respective divisions.”
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is thrilled to deepen its connection to Scottish football through this new long-term deal. Our team looks forward to bringing fans an exciting and innovative new competition from July 2016. Today’s agreement expands our summer programming line-up while also giving Scottish football fans an exciting new summer football competition.”
The current Scottish League Cup format involves six rounds; the new format, scheduled to kick off on Saturday 16 July, 2015, involves four rounds plus the new group stage.