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TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR McFADDEN

  TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR McFADDEN This weekend sees us face Championship outfit Queen of the South for the second time in 6 weeks and on the team bus…

TOP PRIZE FOR ALAN

  TOP PRIZE FOR ALAN Congratulations to Alan Wilson of Premier Cement Ltd, who walked off with first prize in last weekend’s Corporate Hospitality raffle. After enjoying a first class…

CUP PRICES CONFIRMED

  CUP PRICES CONFIRMED Having not met for a number of years, we face Queens for the second time in just 6 weeks on Saturday, details below. Please note Season…

SCOTT ENJOYS NOSTALGIC DAY OUT

  SCOTT ENJOYS NOSTALGIC DAY OUT Ex-Montrose player Scott Michie returned to Links Park on Saturday to enjoy a day out in Corporate Hospitality. The 34 year old had two…

NEW RECRUITS FOR SP’s BARMY ARMY

  NEW RECRUITS FOR SP’s BARMY ARMY We were privileged on a Saturday to be joined by two members of the Royal Navy from our namesake vessel, HMS Montrose. Lt…

GRAND END TO ARMISTICE AUCTION

  GRAND END TO ARMISTICE AUCTION An emotional day yesterday was brought to a dramatic close with an incredible culmination to our special auction on behalf of the Montrose Branch…

MAN OF THE MATCH

  MAN OF THE MATCH Craig Johnston secured his second Man of the Match award in consecutive home games after scoring the all important goal on Saturday to secure 3…

TON UP FOR STEEVES’EE

  TON UP FOR STEEVES’EE Andrew Steeves reached the impressive milestone recently of playing his 100th game for the Mighty Mo. The 22 year old arrived at Links Park in…

Sunday Youth Fixtures

  Sunday Youth Fixtures Greenock Morton U15s v Montrose U15sSunday 12th November 2017ParkleaKick Off - 2.00pm Greenock Morton U16/17s v Montrose U 16/17sSunday 12th November 2017ParkleaKick Off - 2.00pm   

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Queen of the South v Montrose
William Hill Scottish Cup
Third Round Replay
Palmerston Park, Dumfries

Tuesday 21st November 2017
Kick Off 7.45pm

League 2 Table 2017/18

Team   P 
Pts
Stirling Albion
12 26
MONTROSE
12 24
Peterhead
12 22
Stenhousemuir
12 22
Elgin City
12
20
Berwick Rangers
12 17
Annan Athletic
13 16
Clyde
12 10
Edinburgh City
12 7
Cowdenbeath
13 6

Links Park Legends - Bobby Kemp

 

Bobby KempA few weeks ago the featured player was goal-scoring legend, Jimmy Kemp and this week our Links Park Legend player is his brother Bobby.
Like Jimmy, Bobby played for Forfar West End but, shortly after manager Norman Christie signed his brother for Montrose, he joined Forfar Celtic.
Before long, reports of the ability of this pacy winger with a flair for scoring goals reached manager Christie and he signed Bobby. (In fact Norman Christie later signed their brother David for Montrose although he never quite enjoyed the success of Jimmy and Bobby.)
Before long, Jimmy and Bobby formed an important part of the side's strike force, scoring freely in the process.
Bobby says that the team from this era, with players such as Frank Sandeman, Jimmy Kilgannon, Willie Nicoll and of course his brother, was probably one of the finest in Montrose's history. Although the team were certainly good enough to be promoted they always seemed to fail at the final hurdle.
Season 1959-60 had seen the team on the verge of going up and for the early part of the following season they were again among the promotion challengers. They were sitting proudly on top of the Second Division in January 1961 when they were knocked off their perch, losing by a single goal to Brechin City at Links Park before a crowd of over 3,000. Changed days indeed.
In the Scottish Cup that year they defeated Albion Rovers by three goals to one at Links Park with Bobby scoring twice and Jimmy getting the other.
They were then drawn against Celtic and travelled with high hopes of bringing off a shock result. Represented by; Grieve, Russell, Ogilvie, Cross, Nicoll, McCorquodale, Dunn, Sandeman, Riddle, J Kemp & R Kemp, the team didn't enjoy the best of luck on the day and they lost by six goals to nil. The heavy defeat set them back considerably and they appeared to lose heart, finishing in seventh spot in the League after their bright start.
The Celtic game apart, the team was certainly capable of playing a fine brand of football. Bobby's part in the side's success hadn't gone unnoticed and by the end of season 1961-62 he had been transferred to St Johnstone for a 'substantial fee.' He remained at Muirton until 1967 before being transferred to Hearts where he spent a further two years.
After leaving Hearts Bobby went to South Africa to play as a part timer. It was a wonderful experience but unfortunately his spell there was cut short by a broken leg.
Bobby returned to Scotland and to Edinburgh where he has lived for the last thirty years. Once he retired from the game he admits that football was never the same for him although he still recalls his time at Links Park with affection.
Today, Bobby reckons that too many young players are obsessed with money and he recalls, "Playing for any senior club in those days was the height of a player's ambition. We would have played for nothing!".

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