Montrose v Peterhead
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 30th June 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Final League 2 Table 2017/18
Montrose FC 1994/95 Reunion 18th April
Montrose Football Club's promotion winning squad of season 1994/95 will be in attendance at Saturday's home match against Elgin City when they will be celebrating 20 years since that successful season. The side clinched promotion from the third division with a 4 - 0 success over Cowdenbeath at Central Park on 6th May thanks to a hat trick from the late Allan Kennedy and Colin McGlashan.
Those players so far lined up to attend the day organised by goalkeeper David Larter who himself celebrated three promotions with the Gable Endies are - Colin McGlashan, Craig Mailer, Kevin Tindal, Craig Cooper, Shaun Smith, Neil McAvoy, Paul Masson, Ally Ferrie and Levi Stephen.
East Stirlingshire 0 Montrose 1Montrose Football Club picked up three points on their travels for the first time since late September but it wasn’t enough to stop the team being confirmed in bottom position in the league table with three matches remaining. Berwick Rangers draw with Clyde saw them move ten points clear of Paul Hegarty’s side with three matches remaining. The first time the side have finished bottom of the pile since season 2009/10.
The side now face a pyramid play off two legged match against Brora Rangers or Edinburgh City to retain their League Two status for next season.
This was a good performance from the side who took the early lead against East Stirlingshire and managed to hold onto the lead and grind out a much welcome victory to follow on from the 2 – 2 draw with Queen’s Park.
Ross Campbell was the Montrose marksman in a battling performance with five more of these required before the end of the season.
Time Tunnel - The Class of 1959/60
The mid to late 1950’s were I suppose the years which made the greatest impression on me and probably what made me the Mo fan I am today. Sure there have been other golden eras between then and now, in fact the 1950’s maybe were not even a golden era but in terms relative to the club’s history, they were. I was a fan before this club re-entered the B Division of the SFL in 1955 but that year saw Montrose FC ‘hit’ the football map again. Their results were on Sports Report, in the national newspapers, and we were on the pools coupons! Yes, it was a big deal for the town but the team out on the park struggled for a few years to adjust until the great, late Norman Christie put together a side which ignored normal protocol and started beating teams we had previously been cannon fodder for. That season was 1959/60 and although we only finished in 7th place it was a vast improvement and for most of the season we were up there with a serious shout for promotion to the top flight. That would not have been very popular the big boys who very much did not want small town teams in the top division.
So here are a few notes to identify just who were the squad of 1959/60 who quite frankly shook and worried the Scottish League as well as the other clubs, none of whom fancied Montrose mixing it with the big guns. Firstly there was Phil Grieve in goal. He was a fixture for several seasons, not a great ‘keeper but a very reliable one especially with a good defence in front of him. Phil signed towards the end of the 1958/9 season from Junior club Thornton Hibs. Full backs were George Russell who was signed from Aberdeen Mugiemoss also towards the end of the 58/9 season, and Ian Steven who was in his third season at Links Park having signed from Forfar Celtic. There were three half backs in those days and usually in 59/60 they were Jim Kilgannon on the right, Max Smyth at centre and Ronnie Cross on the left. Jim was team captain and very much a leader by example with his commanding personality and statue to match. Max was another signed from Forfar Celtic and was in his fourth season at Links Park. Ronnie signed from another Junior side Aberdeen Sunnybank and was to become a Montrose legend for many years both on and off the field as he more or less did the Assistant Manager’s job late in his career. Ronnie is credited with bringing the great Brian Third to Links Park. Brian of course was rightly voted into our Hall of Fame in 2014 and quite honestly Ronnie should be there as well but present day fans/voters don’t really remember back to his halcyon days.
Up front there were five forwards (those were the days) and our regular line up was the legendary Ally Riddle who signed from Arbroath Lads Club then Jimmy Kemp who in my opinion was one of the greatest ever Montrose players and came to us from Forfar West End. Alongside Jimmy was bustling Billy Birse who was a great personality. Not great in height but barrel chested and quite frankly a nightmare for opposition defences. If we had records to show how many goals he scored for us he would be near or at the very top. I’ve just mentioned at least three players who would be in our Hall of Fame if they were remembered by more of our present day fans. Here is another who is in that Hall of Fame and rightly so, Frank Sandeman who signed from Dundee St Josephs and went on to play for Montrose for many years before playing at a higher level. Completing our usual line up was left winger Jimmy Campbell a very tricky typical Scottish winger of the sort our game sadly lacks these days. He signed from Lanarkshire club Royal Albert who if memory serves me correctly were based in Larkhall. Jimmy had the canny knack of chipping in with a steady stream of goals as did his opposite winger Ally Riddle.
Looking back at a few old programmes from that season I came across one issued for an away game at Queen of the South (very handy game for me). In the bit about Montrose the writer said the cup game away at Montrose recently was the first game he had missed for quite a while. Queens were having a great season and the writer was certain of a good result but devastated to find later that Queens had lost. His actual words were ‘the shock of learning that Montrose had triumphed was electric.’ That he added gave the present game added interest. Not sure why he was surprised at the cup result as Montrose themselves were having a terrific season and were third off top at the time. As I said earlier however Montrose had a reputation as a very poor side up until that 1959/60 season when we surprised many teams, not just Queens. Unfortunately they were ready for us and beat us 3-1 at Palmerston that day. I remember it well.
In singing the praises of many in that 59/60 team I honestly do not exaggerate – how much would those lads be worth these days?
© Steve Doyle (Sassmo)
Scottish Cup Heroes Night
In a change to the normal Sportsmans Dinner format, Montrose FC invited three Scottish Cup Winners to an informal Q&A evening at the George Hotel. Hosted by MC Pat Rolink, Willie Henderson (ex-Rangers), Joe Miller (ex-Celtic) and Stevie Kirk (ex-Motherwell) shared a range of interesting and humorous stories from their careers to entertain the audience before the evening was rounded off by funny man Garry Little.
Pictured from left to right, back row are; Pete Stuart, John Crawford, Ronnie Marquis, Bob Mutch, David Laing, Alan Kenny, Andrew Stephen and Barry O’Neill. Front row, John Paton, John Donachie, Gary Little (comedian), Pat Rolink (MC), Derek Sim, Willie Henderson (ex Rangers), Joe Miller (ex-Celtic), Stevie Kirk (ex-Motherwell) and Malcolm Watters.
50 Day 5K Challenge
Spring Soccer School
Live Stand Up Comedy
Montrose 0 Berwick Rangers 2Montrose Football Club failed to take three points off Berwick Rangers in a must win fixture and now lie eight points behind their opponents at the bottom of the League 2 table with six huge games left to play.
After the highs of the last home fixture and 3 – 0 derby victory over Arbroath it was back to the normal performance by Paul Hegarty’s side on Saturday as they now face a massive battle to claw back anything with time running out on what has been a highly disappointing and poor season.
Berwick Rangers deserved the victory in a match between two poor sides but it wasn’t until the 72nd minute ordering off that the match changed in their favour and a quick one two put the afternoon to bed for Colin Cameron’s side.
Montrose head to East Fife on Saturday looking to take the points from a side who have comprehensively beaten them three times aleady this season.
Lineups Report Photos
Albion Rovers 3 Montrose 0League leaders Albion Rovers proved to be too strong for Montrose Football Club on Saturday as Paul Hegarty’s side failed to build on their derby success over Arbroath the previous week.
The result leaves the Gable Endies five points behind second bottom Berwick Rangers whom they meet in a crucial fixture on Saturday at Links Park.
This was always going to be a difficult fixture on a heavy pitch as Montrose looked to contain their opponents for the opening half but once the home side going a fortunate opening goal close to half time there was only going to be one winner.
CongratulationsGraham Douglas a lifelong Montrose fan and programme contributer for many years will be 60 on 15th March. Congratulations and happy birthday from all your family and friends. As part of his celebrations Graham will be travelling to watch his “other” team Spurs play Manchester United next Sunday.
MascotSaturday’s mascot was Noah Watson who was born on 26th February 2008, making him 7 on his birthday the week before the match.
He is in Primary 2 at Lochside Primary School. Noah is very sporty and enjoys playing football, tennis and golf. He particularly loves his football with Links Park Community Trust on both a Saturday morning at Links Park and a Monday evening at school. He is a keen Montrose supporter and has been to quite a few of the home games with his Grandad.
His football hero is Lionel Messi.
InjuriesStephen Day has been given the all clear to resume light training after his broken ankle while Leighton McIntosh with a knee injury and Bryan Deasley with a torn ankle ligament will both be out of the side on Saturday.
SuspensionsEwan Moyes was absent again from the side on Saturday as he served the final match of his ban occurred after his red card against Elgin City recently.
Terry Masson as now received six bookings this season after his yellow card at Clyde last week and will miss the match at Coatbridge on Saturday.
Montrose 3 Arbroath 0Montrose Football Club gave themselves and their fans a massive boost when they defeated derby rivals Arbroath at Links Park on Saturday – and it was no more than they desersved.
The Gable Endies were up for it from the start and took the match too their great rivals from the start. They were defensively solid, well organised and played the match at a great tempo which the Arbroath defence just couldn’t cope with. Arbroath had a few chances of their own which they blew and once Montrose had grabbed a three goal lead early in the second half there was only going to be one winner.
The victory didn’t move Montrose off the bottom but it certainly gave them hope for their remaining eight fixtures of what has been a difficult season.
Lineups Report Photos
‘Loons’ left sided defender Andrew Steeves has joined Montrose for the remainder of the campaign on a temporary transfer.
The twenty year old Scone based player moved to Station Park last close season, after being released by St. Johnstone. However his first team opportunities have been limited, two fairly lengthy spells out injured having not helped his cause.
Andrew had a month on loan prior to Christmas at Downfield Juniors, before returning to the Athies ranks.
He will now however be part of a ‘Gable Endies’ squad under former Forfar manager Paul Hegarty who have a major fight on their hands to avoid participation in the first ever end of season Pyramid Play-Off.