Raith Rovers v Montrose
Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
PETRIE SNAPS UP SKELLY AS FIRST NEW SUMMER SIGNINGMontrose FC have signed striker Josh Skelly on a 1 year deal as Manager Stewart Petrie’s first new face arrives at Links Park. Skelly, a product of the Dundee FC Youth Academy enjoyed 2 loan spells at Angus neighbours Arbroath, before signing a permanent deal with Dick Campbell’s side in the summer of 2016. The 21 year old made over 20 appearances and scored 5 goals in that season that resulted in the Red Lichties winning the league on the last day of the season. The Dundee born front man left Gayfield earlier this month and Petrie wasted no time in bringing him to Links Park. Petrie said, “With big Chris Templeman hanging up his boots, we obviously need to strengthen up front. Josh has a lot of potential and we are really excited to be bringing him to the Club."
TOP SCORER MILNE SIGNS TWO YEAR DEALLewis Milne has agreed terms with the club to keep him at Links Park until the summer of 2020. The 23 year old joined the Gable Endies from Angus neighbours Forfar Athletic in this year’s January transfer window and played a vital role in Stewart Petrie’s championship winning side. Lewis brings pace in forward areas, creativity in midfield and constant danger from his dead ball delivery. His 11 goals in 16 appearances was an outstanding conversion rate and seen him end last year as joint top scorer with veteran striker Chris Templeman. Milne will be keen to continue this form next season in League 1.
MASSON MAKES IT 9 SEASONS AT LINKS PARKTerry Masson has agreed a new deal to keep him at Links Park for an incredible 9th year. Since arriving from Junior side Carnoustie Panmure in 2010, Masson has endeared himself to the Mo faithful with his energy, passion and iconic tackling. The loyalty to the club of the 29 year old is a rarity in the modern game, one which makes Terry the longest serving player currently and saw him reach the incredible milestone of 250 appearances earlier this year.
FOXY SIGNS FOR A SECOND SEASONMartyn Fotheringham has agreed terms with the Gable Endies to keep him at Links Park until the end of next season. The 34 year old arrived back from Angus neighbours Forfar Athletic in May last year for his second spell at the club and instantly brought a calmness and class to Stewart Petrie’s midfield. An asset to any side, Foxy’s experience brings creativity and a range of passing that can unlock the meanest of defences.
REDMAN COMMITS UNTIL 2019Jamie Redman has signed a new 1 year contract with Montrose FC. The tough, no nonsense midfielder arrived last summer from title chasing Peterhead and ironically delivered the vital goal on the last day of the season to secure the championship trophy for his new employers. Despite missing the start of the season with a broken jaw, the 30 year old made 34 appearances and netted a total of 3 times.
CJ SIGNS FOR A SECOND SEASONCraig Johnston has pledged his future to the Gable Endies for a further season, keeping him at Links Park until the summer of 2019. Arriving at Links Park last summer from Cowdenbeath, the young striker took a while to settle in to Stewart Petrie’s side, but a run of 5 goals in 4 games saw him win the Ladbrokes League 2 Player of the Month in October. Craig featured 34 times last term and his raw enthusiasm, pace, and energy take fans to the edge of their seats.
WATSON EXTENDS STAY AT LPPaul Watson has agreed terms to extend his stay at Links Park for another 12 months. The 31 year old will enter his 7th season with the club and has made over 190 appearances and bagged an impressive 27 goals. As well as being a true professional and inspirational Captain for the last 2 seasons, Paul has been Mr Versatile over the years, playing almost every position bar goalkeeper. He is also one of the few players to have made the emotional journey from the Brora victory in 2015 to proudly lifting the Ladbrokes League 2 trophy just 3 years later.
BOLO SIGNS NEW 1 YEAR DEALMichael Bolochoweckyj has extended his stay at Links Park until the summer of 2019. The 33 year old joined the Gable Endies from Clyde in 2016 and was an ever present in the side that reached the promotion play-offs. However, the big defender missed the end of that season and the first half of last term after rupturing his Achilles against Forfar. Returning to the side in January, Michael brought great experience to a formidable back line that was instrumental in securing the Ladbrokes League 2 title.
FAMOUS FIVE MAKE TEAM OF THE YEAR
Many congratulations to Dillo, Steevsee, Cammy, Matty and Flem for all making the SPFL League 2 Team of the Year, thoroughly deserved.
⚽️ Check out our Ladbrokes League 2 Team of the Season!
Head to our website to read about why each player was selected! 👉 https://spfl.co.uk/…/article/league-2-team-of-the-season-51/
Stay tuned for our Team of the Season video! 🎥
Team in full:
GK - Allan Fleming - Montrose Football Club
RB - Cammy Ballantyne - Montrose Football Club
DC - Sean Dillon - Montrose Football Club
DC - Matty Allan - Montrose Football Club
LB - Andrew Steeves - Montrose Football Club
MID - Harry Paton - Stenhousemuir Football Club
MID - Thomas Reilly - Elgin City Football Club
MID - Willie Gibson - Peterhead Football Club
FC - Darren Smith - Stirling Albion FC
FC - Mark McGuigan - Stenhousemuir Football-Club
FC - Rory McAllister - Peterhead Football Club
STEP UP INTO LEAGUE 1 WITH THE MIGHTY MO!
Have your name immortalised at Links Park and support your club by joining the newly sponsored steps in the Bryan D Keith stand. A great gift idea for the Mo fan in your life!
COME AND WATCH THE WINNERS!!!
What better time to snap up a bargain and grab your Season Tickets for next year, with Early Bird discounts still available.
Tickets can be purchased through Regan in the Club office.
MO BOSS ‘MOVES CLOSER’ TO LEGEND STATUS
Montrose Manager Stewart Petrie came face to face last week with Club Legend Ian Stewart, the only other man to bring Championship glory to Links Park.
For those with short memories, that was 33 years ago, back in 1985 when Phyllis Nelson topped the charts with Move Closer, Maggie ran the UK, Ronnie the USA and films such as Back to the Future and View to a Kill were box office hits.
In football, England saw Howard Kendall’s Everton do a League and Cup Winners Cup double, whilst in Scotland Sir Alex was edging out Celtic for his third title with Aberdeen – the last time a team out with the Old Firm has won the top honour.
Ian came to the Gable Endies in 1983 with the club bottom of the old Division Two. Within two seasons his astute signings, new fitness regimes and lots of motivation saw Montrose make history, piping Alloa Athletic to top spot in May 1985.
Déjà vu indeed then as when Stewart Petrie took charge in December 2016, the club was again bottom of the table but with signings such as Sean Dillon, the introduction of a Sports Scientist and positivity and optimism by the bucket load, just 16 months later and title success has returned to the small Angus town for only the second time.
Comparing the stats between the two sides shows amazing similarities, but what makes Petrie’s Class of ’18 all the more impressive is the number of long standing club records that have been matched or broken this term, such as;
- 12 away wins is a new club record
- 23 wins equals the best ever set in 74/5
- 2.14 average points per game slightly betters the previous best of 2.11 per game in 74/5 (adjusted up to 3 for a win)
- 77 points in a season betters the previous best of 76 in 74/5 (having upgraded that year to 3 for a win)
- 5 defeats in total betters the previous best of 8 in 84/5, 74/5 and 75/6.
- Least number of away defeats, 2 betters previous best of 4 in 94/5.
- Least number of goals against in away games, 13 betters previous best of 14 in 2007/8.
…and no red cards in 36 league games
Little wonder then that Petrie was awarded Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Year last week, something he was quick to attribute to all those around him, saying, “This has been a fabulous season and I would like to thank everyone at the club for all their support.
“This is a special place from the Board to the supporters, from the backroom staff to the sponsors, but especially the players – they have been a magnificent group of lads and are a pleasure to work with!
“It was great meeting Ian and I was delighted he was here to see us lifting the trophy. I used his team of ’85 as motivation for our boys to go out and get the point we needed against Elgin.
“We have created a new chapter in the club’s history and let’s hope we can create more very soon.”
Next season, Ladbrokes League 1 will be an all Angus affair, with Brechin, Forfar and Arbroath all joining Montrose in the same division for the first time since 1992/93
DOUBLE WIN FOR GABLE ENDIES AFTER TITLE SUCCESS
Just days after lifting the Ladbrokes League Two title, Montrose FC have received more silverware, with Stewart Petrie and Sean Dillon being announced as the sponsors League Two Manager and Player of the Year.
Sean joined the Club last summer from Dundee United as both Player and First Team Coach. His influence both on and off the park led the Links Park side to having the meanest defence last year, conceding on average less than a goal a game including 18 clean sheets.
With the Angus side bottom of the league, Stewart took up his first senior management role in Dec 2016, determined to bring success back to a club that had languished in the bottom tier for 22 years.
After just 5 months in the job, Petrie secured a promotion play-off place with a draw against Clyde in the last game of the season and whilst, ironically, Peterhead were to prove too strong in the play-offs, belief had been reborn.
This season, Stewart has guided his side to their first title in 33 years and only their second in their almost 140 year history. The level of consistency he achieved with his squad has seen many long standing club records broken, winning 23 games, losing only 5, spending 20 weeks at the top of the table and clocking up 77 points (only Rangers, with 83 points, have won the league with more).
Pre-season favourites Peterhead pushed the Gable Endies all the way, but a second half strike on Saturday from Jamie Redman proved to be a historic goal for the Angus side and secure a well-deserved and long awaited title for the 2,380 fans crammed into Links Park.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, "I would like to congratulate both Stewart and Sean on winning these thoroughly deserved awards. Stewart has completely turned the Club around since walking through the door with his infectious optimism and positivity. I am sure this went a long way to convincing Sean to join us in what was seen as a marque signing at the time, but nobody could have imagined the true influence he would have and the historic season that lay ahead.
"We have a great positivity at the club right now and everyone has played their part in our overall success, all of which I would like to sincerely thank.
"It is through this team effort, both on and off the park that accolades like this are won and I would once again like to congratulate both Stewart and Sean on winning these awards."
LEGENDS PRESENT RAFFLE PRIZES AFTER HISTORIC WIN
After the excitement of winning the league title on Saturday following a nail biting draw against Elgin, Barry Edwards and Jenny Clark’s day got even better.
Not only did their names get pulled from the hat in the Corporate Hospitality raffle, but their prizes were presented by Club Legends Ivo den Beiman and David Larter.
Jenny won a football and Barry a home shirt, both signed by the newly crowned Championship winning side, making them even more special!
Well done to you both.