Raith Rovers v Montrose
Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
FINAL FRIENDLY DETAILS
Our friendly programme completes on Saturday as we welcome Cove Rangers to Links Park. Admission will be £6 Adults, £3 OAP/U16’s, £7 Family.
The Bon Accord Lounge will be open to the public from 1:30pm with a cash bar and draught lager available.
The WJ Lounge will be open as normal to members with guest entry £10.
Season Tickets are valid for this game.
PETRIE LANDS EXPERIENCED IRISH MIDFIELDER
Montrose FC have signed former Falkirk, Hibernian and St Johnstone midfielder Patrick Cregg on a 1 year deal, bringing both quality and experience to the Ladbrokes League 1 newcomers.
Manager Stewart Petrie successfully kept the nucleus of his League 2 winning side together over the summer, but knows he must bolster his squad ahead of what will be an exciting and challenging campaign for the Gable Endies.
Petrie said, “I am delighted Paddy has agreed to join us. He was in high demand with other offers on the table. He is exactly the kind of player we will need in League 1, bringing calmness and control in the middle of the park as well as a wealth of experience working with the players both on and off the pitch.”
The 32 year old Irishman came through the youth academies at Manchester United and Arsenal, making his senior debut for the Gunners in November 2004 in a 3–1 victory against Everton in the League Cup.
As a youngster Paddy also represented the Republic of Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level.
In January 2006, Cregg joined then Scottish Premier League club Falkirk, making over 100 appearances, netting 8 times and featuring in the narrow 1-0 defeat to Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final in 2009.
The following season, Paddy followed Manager John Hughes to Hibernian where he made 15 appearances for the Easter Road side.
Short spells followed at St Mirren and Bury before Cregg secured a 2 year stint at Premiership outfit St Johnstone, featuring 44 times for the McDiarmid Park men.
Returning to his homeland in 2014, Paddy signed for League of Ireland side Shamrock Rovers where he made 65 appearances before joining Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic.
In August last year Cregg returned to Scotland, signing for Angus neighbours Forfar Athletic, where he made 7 appearances before being released in January this year.
This brings Petrie’s squad size for the coming season back to 18 following the recent loss of Lewis Milne to full-time football at Raith Rovers.
UPDATE: IRN BRU CUP FIXTUREOur first round tie has been confirmed as Wednesday 15th August with a 7:45 KO at Cove’s brand new ground the Balmoral Stadium.
SOUNESS STARS AT SUMMER LUNCHA massive thanks to everyone who made our inaugural Summer Lunch a huge success and fantastic event yesterday at the Apex Hotel in Dundee. First class entertainment was provided by Graeme Souness and Paul Reid in front of a crowd of over 200.
ALL SQUARE IN FIFE FOR MO' 16's
Fife Elite U'16's versus Montrose FC U'16's
Sunday 24th June
Montrose U16s travelled to the Michael Woods Sport Centre in Glenrothes to play Fife Elite on Sunday for what was their the last game before the Summer break.
Our squad went into the game in good form with nine wins, one draw and just one loss in their previous Club Academy Scotland fixtures.
Fife Elite are the second Performance Level team - as part of the new Project Brave league structure - to play against our 16's, and we were well prepared for what was to be a very stern test.
Fife Elite started strongly and opened the scoring in 5 mins with a ball in behind and a clinical finish. Minutes later a similar attack lead to another Fife goal and we found ourselves 2-0 down in 9 minutes.
Arguably against the run of play Montrose had an attack which broke down and Fife played the ball out to the midfield. McDonald won the ball from the Fife Elite midfield and drove forward unleashing a great 35 yard strike low to the keepers right, to take the scoreline to 2-1 after 19 minutes.
Montrose were enjoying more possession, and successive attacks down the flanks finally resulted into a good cross into the box, with the ball falling to Stockton who swept home in the 24th min to make it 2-2.
The balance of the game was now even and flowing end to end, and a lapse in concentration in the 44th min lead to Fife Elite going into the break 3-2 ahead.
As the Mo' chased an equaliser, Walker hit the post, following a through ball from Stockton, and Garnham and Innes both had chances to no avail.
With the game now into added-time, a corner for the away side was headed powerfully into the net, past the Fife keeper, by Cooper who rose above his marker to equalise for the Mighty Mo!
TROPHY TOUR 🏆🏆🏆Our Ladbrokes League 2 trophy was in safe hands recently as it paid a visit to the Montrose Police Station. Our photo shows PC Roy Buggins, PS Colin Cunningham and PC Ally Hutchison.
PRE-AUCTION BIDS INVITED...
‘HOT’ ICE HOCKEY PRIZE!
We are just two days away from our Summer Lunch at the Apex Hotel, where attendees will be entertained by our special guests Graeme Souness and Paul Reid.
In addition to some excellent raffle prizes, we also have an impressive line up of auction items up for grabs!
We are keeping most of them under wraps, with only those in attendance eligible to bid for and win...but we have selected a few items which we would like to invite Facebook bids for, should anyone who is unable to make the event be keen on securing!
The highest FB bid will then become the starting bid on the day...and should it be good enough to win, we’ll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize!
To bid on the following item, please place your bid in the comments section below, and keep an eye on our FB page for the other prizes:
NEW Connor McDavid Ice Hockey Strip & 4 Tickets to a Dundee Stars League or Challenge Cup.
Connor McDavid is a Canadian International Ice Hockey Player, is Captain of Edmonton Oilers and is touted as the ‘Hottest Property’ in the NHL.
MFC Vice Chairman Pete Stuart was at an Oilers match in Edmonton recently, and was presented with the strip by his host.
Dundee Stars have kindly complimented this prize with the addition of 4 tickets to a future match.
MFC YOUNG 'STARS' RECORD 4-1 WIN
Montrose FC U'16's versus Livingston FC U'16’s
Sunday 17th June
Our U16's hosted Livingston FC under 16’s at Forfar Community Campus on Sunday 17th June, with Livi going into the game as the only team to have defeated our boys in the Club Academy Scotland campaign this season.
The Mighty Mo were keen to make amends for the 6-1 defeat a few weeks ago, and the squad went into the game full of confidence following convincing back to back wins against Elgin City FC and Dundee FC respectively.
Well worked goals from Garnham and Lyle saw MFC lead 2-0 within 15 minutes, with the defence performing well too, thwarting the efforts of Livi who created two very good chances.
Livingston did pull a goal back before the break with the half-time score seeing Montrose leading 2-1.
Into the second half, and Montrose saw a penalty appeal waved away by the referee, but shortly after, strikers Stockton and Garnham combined twice, with each scoring, on 75 minutes and 77 minutes respectively, to stretch the lead to 4-1.
We were able to see out the game, recording an impressive 4-1 victory, a result which means our 16's have now managed to defeat all teams in their section, with just one defeat the only blip in their 2018 Club Academy Scotland campaign thus far.
IRN-BRU CUP FIRST ROUND DRAWY
Montrose have been drawn away from home against Cove Rangers in the first round of the Irn Bru Cup.
Ties are due to be played in the midweek of August 14/15.
The 24 first-round winners will be joined in round two on the weekend of September 8/9 by Sutton United, Boreham Wood, Coleraine, Crusaders, The New Saints, Connah's Quay Nomads, Bohemians and Bray Wanderers.
IRN-BRU Cup 1st Round Draw
LIVINGSTON COLTS v FORFAR ATHLETIC
DUNDEE COLTS v HIBERNIAN COLTS
INVERURIE LOCO WORKS or FRASERBURGH v FORMARTINE UNITED
PETERHEAD v BRECHIN CITY
INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE v DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC
HEART OF MIDLOTHIAN COLTS v ROSS COUNTY
ELGIN CITY v ARBROATH
DUNDEE UNITED v ST. JOHNSTONE COLTS
RAITH ROVERS v ABERDEEN COLTS
ALLOA ATHLETIC v STIRLING ALBION
COVE RANGERS v MONTROSE
COWDENBEATH v EAST FIFE
EAST KILBRIDE v SPARTANS
QUEEN’S PARK v AYR UNITED
STENHOUSEMUIR v QUEEN OF THE SOUTH
HAMILTON ACADEMICAL COLTS v CLYDE
KILMARNOCK COLTS v ST. MIRREN COLTS
BSC GLASGOW or EAST STIRLINGSHIRE v MOTHERWELL COLTS
ANNAN ATHLETIC v CELTIC COLTS
EDINBURGH CITY v ALBION ROVERS
STRANRAER v PARTICK THISTLE
DUMBARTON v MORTON
BERWICK RANGERS v AIRDRIEONIANS
RANGERS COLTS v FALKIRK
Ties to be played on the midweek of August 14/15
FAMILY FUN DAY A HUGE SUCCESS - THANK YOU
The club would like to sincerely thank all those who turned up last weekend to make our Family Fun Day a huge success and a truly memorable occasion.
Not sure who was more chuffed, our young supporters or the players...
SPFL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
The SPFL today revealed the 2018/19 fixture lists for the Ladbrokes Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2.
Montrose are back in League 1 for the first time in more than 20 years and start with a big derby against local rivals Arbroath at Links Park.
Read more at https://spfl.co.uk/news/article/spfl-fixture-list-for-201819/#89jyLmEqj13vDhMr.99
MASSIVE 35% DISCOUNT OFFER ENDS SUNDAY - DON’T MISS OUT!!
With new Ladbrokes League 1 gate prices announced last week, our Season Ticket Early Bird offer is now an incredible deal, offering up to 35% discount over paying at the turnstiles.
Already extended, this offer must end on Sunday, so please contact the office to secure your ticket or pop down to our Family Fun Day on Sunday.
MAKING TRAVEL PLANS FOR LEAGUE 1
Ahead of the SPFL fixtures being announced tomorrow, here is our updated travel map for the new season.
Helped by 12 Angus derbies, our annual mileage has dropped by over 1,100 miles from last season, meaning we will spend 20 hours less on the team bus.
Which away days are you most looking forward to?
BETFRED CUP HOSPITALITY
Montrose FC's first hospitality event of 2018/19 has been confirmed as Saturday 21st July for the Betfred Cup fixture v St Johnstone.
We've been inundated with requests for advance bookings during the closed season, so get in touch now to book your tickets before they sell out!