Berwick Rangers v Montrose
Shielfield Park, Berwick upon Tweed
Saturday 21st November 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
MIGHTY MO RECEIVE GRAND GESTURE FROM FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE
The small group of volunteers always seem to have something on the go and are keen to improve on last years takings.
Committee Member Brenda Petrie said, “Last season we raised well over £6,000 for the Club through the 20+ events we organised. We try and cater for as many groups as possible from our regular Bingo sessions to our kids Christmas Parties, from Race Nights and Candle Parties to Wine Tasting evenings.”
On receiving the cheque Club Chairman John Crawford said, “We are once again very grateful to the Fundraising Committee for their donation. They do a power of work behind the scenes and all the Directors are very grateful for their efforts.
“A small provincial Club like ours cannot survive on matchday income alone which is why donations like this are so important to us.”
Upcoming events include a Mad Hatters Tea Party on Sep 17th, Bingo on Sep 30th and Ladies Day on Nov 5th, details of which can be found on the Clubs website and social media pages.
Our photo shows John Crawford receiving the cheque from Fundraising Committee members Anne Kenny (left) and Brenda Petrie (right)
JOHN CRAWFORD TO TAKE INTERIM CHARGE AT LINKS PARK
Following Derek Sim’s decision last week to step down as Chairman and Director, the Club have moved quickly to fill the seat at the helm.
John Crawford explained, “The Board of Directors had a lengthy discussion last night regarding Derek’s replacement and we felt we shouldn’t rush into making a permanent appointment for what is a very important position for the Club.
“To give us time to reflect and consider our options, I have agreed, as current Vice Chairman, to take on the role of Interim Chairman for the immediate future.
As a local businessman, John is well known around the town and has a long and deep rooted history with the Club having been on the board for over 20 years.
Honorary President John Paton added, “This is an excellent appointment for the Club. John will bring great experience and stability at a crucial time with the season just started and the transfer window deadline looming.
“As a Board it is important we stay focussed on matters on the pitch and provide our management team with as much support as possible and John’s interim appointment will allow us to do just that.”
Fans will be given the opportunity to meet with the Chairman and members of the Board in the next few weeks.
John is expected to be in post for the remainder of the season.
PLEASE DONATE YOUR OLD/UNUSED BOOTS & STRIPS!!!
Our 'Tackling Carbon' project will involve a range of activities which aims to reduce our carbon footprint locally, such as a new 'Links Park Environmental Trail' education project for pupils in P6.
Another key feature of the initiative will be a 'BOOT & STRIP BANK' and we are now appealing for children and adults alike to donate their used and/or unwanted football boots and strips to Links Park Community Trust.
We hope to reduce the number of such items being sent to landfill, and in doing so, provide local participants of all ages with the opportunity to acquire second-hand football boots and/or strips for a small charitable donation.
Should you be able and willing to donate, please hand in your boots/strips to any of our programmes, or pop into our office at Links Park Stadium.
Montrose Football Club players (and LPCT Ambassadors) Paul Watson and Gary Fraser have kicked-off our 'Tackling Carbon' project by handing over their unwanted boots to our Project Officer Logan Cruickshank.
Supporters Club News
MFCSC Memberships are now available. Prices have remained the same for another year at £8 for Adults, £4 OAP’s and £4 for Under 16’s.
Below you will find an order form which has memberships available on it along with other merchandise that we sell.
However, there are plenty of other ways to purchase your membership. You can visit our website at www.mfcsc.co.uk. There you can click the Paypal link and buy the required membership there. You can also download and print the members form if you prefer to send a cheque. If you are sending a cheque please send it to;
56 Provost Mitchell Road
Other ways to buy membership are by visiting eBid;
For Adult Memberships go here; http://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/montrose-fc-supporters-club-adult-membership-150175397.htm
For OAP Memberships go here; http://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/montrose-fc-supporters-club-oap-membership-150175398.htm
For Under 16 Memberships go here; http://www.ebid.net/uk/for-sale/montrose-fc-supporters-club-junior-membership-150175399.htm
You can also pay straight from your mobile by using Paypal.Me
For Adult Memberships use this link; paypal.me/cdsmith15/8
For OAP’s and Under 16’S use this link; paypal.me/cdsmith15/4
Lastly, I would like to let you know about our away day buses. This season we will run buses at the popular away days, so if you are interested in going to an away day please ask and we will let you know if we will be running one. Also, this season, to guarantee your seat on the bus payment will be required at the time of booking. Members will receive a discount.
Thanks and here’s to a successful season,
Chris- Membership Secretary
With league football just around the corner, excitement is building ahead of SPFL Season 2016/17 kicking off on the 6th of August. We’ve got loads of great content to tell you about so we’d love to keep you informed by sending you emails like these.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his first Old Firm match on the 10th of September as they host Mark Warburton’s newly promoted Rangers side.
Both sides have added real quality this summer. It will be interesting to see how the likes of Joey Barton, Kolo Toure, Nico Kranjcar and Moussa Dembele get on in Scotland.
Aberdeen will be looking to build on their second place finish last season when they pushed the Hoops all the way. The Dons have brought in former England squad keeper Joe Lewis and have added attacking guile in Jayden Stockley and Wes Burns.
Hearts have strengthened up top also. Bringing in the likes of Tony Watt and Connor Sammon will add real threat to Robbie Neilson’s side.
In the Ladbrokes Championship, new Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has added experienced striker Grant Holt, whilst Falkirk have pulled off one of the signings of the summer by bringing keeper Danny Rogers back on loan from Aberdeen.
Ray McKinnon has completely rebuilt the Dundee United squad. The Terrors have already shown that they mean business with some excellent attacking play during the Betfred Cup Group Stage.
Alloa Athletic are favourites with the bookies to win Ladbrokes League 1, with manager Jack Ross having made a number of impressive signings, including Jim Goodwin and Greig Spence. The Wasps will face strong competition from Livingston, Peterhead and Stranraer.
It looks like being a highly-competitive season in Ladbrokes League 2, with most of the division harbouring hopes of a top-four finish. Clyde boss Barry Ferguson has brought in several new faces, including experienced striker Peter MacDonald, and the Bully Wee are favourites with the bookmakers to take the title.
Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to screen matches live from the Ladbrokes Premiership. Betfred Cup matches will be brought to you exclusively live on BT Sport. BBC Alba, Premier Sports and S4C will bring you matches live from the IRN-BRU Cup.
You’ll be able to watch every Ladbrokes Premiership goal, along with the best bits from the Championship, League 1 and League 2 on the SPFL YouTube channel.
Supporters should follow the SPFL on Twitter for all the latest news and stats from the league. SPFL Facebook will be the place to be for fantastic archive video content from days gone by in Scottish football.
Cove Rangers v Montrose – Betfred Cup Match Details
Cove Rangers will play host to Montrose at Station Park on Wednesday 27th July in Group D of the Betfred Cup.
The kick-off is at 7.45p.m.
Admission charges are a s follows;-
Ground £10 Concessions £5
Stand £11 Concessions £6
Cove Rangers and Forfar Athletic season tickets are not valid for this fixture.
The Refreshment Kiosk within the ground will be open as usual.
The 1984 Lounge situated at the west end(rear) of the main stand will be open from 6.30p.m. till kick-off.
Supporters of both sides welcome to enjoy a pre-match refreshment.
Match Referee – Mike Taylor
REMINDER FOR THOSE ATTENDING LINKS PARK ON SATURDAY
Supporters are reminded that segregation will be in operation on Saturday at Links Park and with a large crowd expected fans are asked to arrive in ample time prior to kick off to allow safe entry to the ground.
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS PLEASE NOTE...
The Club would like to remind all fans that Season Tickets are NOT valid for Saturday's BETFRED League Cup match against Alloa Athletic.
Season Tickets are only valid for the first home tie in each cup competition.
For those with Ground Entry tickets, normal admission prices will apply, which are £12 Adult and £6 OAP/Under 16's.
WJ members will be required to pay the following on entering the stadium, £15 Adult, £10 OAP, £5 Under 16's.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
GABLE ENDIES SEARCH FOR NEW MASCOT - ARE YOU A BUDDING MONTY?
If so you could be the very person for a vacancy at Links Park as Montrose FC are looking for a new Monty Mole.
The Club’s popular mascot has been a tad shy lately, and rarely appears for matches or at Club functions.
Vice Chairman John Crawford explained, “Monty Mole arrived at Links Park four years ago and quickly became an ever present on matchdays, mingling with our guests in hospitality, entertaining our younger fans and posing for photos.
“We want to re-launch Monty this season and to do so we need someone with a larger than life character, who can give up a couple of hours every other Saturday.”
BOB MUTCH FIVES RAISES OVER £550 FOR CHARITY
Bob, a familiar and well loved face around Links Park, was a lifelong fan, servant and ambassador of Montrose FC who sadly passed away after a short illness last summer.
A group stage round robin format with 11 teams led to the following play off finals.
The Cup final was won by the Red Devils, who edged out last years winners Merpro 3-2. LPCT beat GSK 5-1 in the Trophy final and the Shield final was won by the Pokemon Masters 2-1 against St Cyrus. Completing events, Lochside got the better of Banterlona, narrowly winning the Plate final 3-2.
Trophies and medals were presented by Bob's widow Lily Mutch and the £556 raised will go to the Dementia units at the Montrose Day Care Centre and Dorward House, local good causes selected by Lily.
Lily said, "A huge thanks to all those who turned up today. Bob would have loved to have seen everyone enjoying themselves and playing on his beloved Links Park."
DONATION ‘MUTCH’ APPRECIATED BY LOCAL DEMENTIA CENTRES
Lily Mutch, widow of the late Montrose FC stalwart Bob, presented cheques to The Adam Centre and to the Fairview unit at Dorward House.
Dorward House Manager Deborah Philips said, “On behalf of our residents I would like to thank the MFC Fundraising Committee for the very generous donation to Fairview.
“We strive to provide lots of meaningful activities for our residents so they can continue with any hobbies they have and are able to try out some new activity ideas.
“This money will be used to buy calming and relaxing sensory equipment, which reduces stress and anxiety, especially for someone with dementia.”
Irene Mitchell, The Adam Centre Manager added, “Thank you to Lily for choosing our Centre and thanks to the MFC Fundraising Committee for organising the charity football tournament.
“Our Centre provides social and personal care, we promote independence and enable people who can be socially isolated to interact with their own peer group.
“Your donation will go towards a television for our small sitting room.”
The Bob Mutch Memorial Fives took place last month with over 70 players taking part. Whilst the Red Devils ran out overall winners, the biggest success of the day was the £600 raised for charity.
Our photo shows Lily (centre) with Deborah (left) and Irene (right) receiving their cheques and some folks from The Adam Centre.
FLURRY OF SIGNINGS AT LINKS PARK
Paul Watson returns for another year after an injury riddled 2015/16 season. Captaining the Gable Endies at the start of last term the 30 year old picked up a groin injury after only 6 games that required two separate operations and the remainder of the campaign to clear up. Always keen to retain the midfielder, Manager Paul Hegarty just required Watson to prove his fitness during pre-season training, which he has now successfully done to the delight of everyone associated with the Club.
Watson said, “I am delighted to be able to put my injury behind me and get back playing football again. The squad is shaping up nicely and I am really looking forward to the season ahead.”
Making a return to the Mighty Mo is former fans favourite, Chris Hegarty, who has signed a one year deal. The 31 year spent over 3 years at the Club from 2008-11, making 90 appearances and scoring 6 goals. The experienced fullback began his career at Dundee as a youth before spells at Peterhead and Arbroath. Leaving Links Park in 2011, Chris moved to Forfar Athletic and most recently spent time at Highland League outfit Buckie Thistle. And if the name didn’t give it away, the family resemblance most definitely will, meaning Chris will be taking orders from the dugout from his father Paul.
Blending youth with experience, Hegarty has also signed two youngsters from the Junior ranks, both on 6 month deals. 20 year old midfielder Ross Lennie joins from Bathgate Thistle, having previously been on the books at East Fife and 21 year old defender Gregor Anderson joins from Tayport. Gregor, who won Young Player of the Year with Dalbeattie Star in 2015, left the Lowland League outfit last summer when he moved away to begin studying at Abertay University.
The Club have also confirmed that Ross McCord, who signed from Alloa Athletic in 2013, will not be offered a new contract and Jamie Clarke, who signed from Arbroath on a contract until next summer has left the Club due to new work commitments. The Club thank both players for their services and wish them the very best for the future.
This brings Hegarty's squad for the coming season to 20 following the recent signing of goalkeeper Jordan Millar and the departure of Jamie Clarke.
Our photo shows Ross Lennie, Paul Watson and Chris Hegarty with Assistant Manager John Holt.
GABLE ENDIES ADD EXPERIENCE TO DEFENSE
Montrose FC have signed defender Iain Campbell on a one month deal and the experienced full back is expected to feature in tonight’s Irn-Bru Cup tie against Lowland League outfit East Stirling at Ochilview.
Manager Paul Hegarty suffered a double defensive injury blow recently, losing both new signings Michael Bolochoweckyj and Chris Hegarty in the Betfred Cup match against Alloa Athletic.
Whilst Bolochoweckyj is likely to return in a few weeks from his badly bruised ankle, Hegarty’s fate remains uncertain due to his ruptured Achilles.
Campbell’s arrival will strengthen the Links Park side and the 31 year old will add much needed experience to the back four.
The Kirkcaldy born defender started his career in 2002 with Dunfermline Athletic where he made 36 appearances for the Fife side. In 2006, he moved to fellow SPL club Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee and during his time there spent loan spells with both Ross County and Clyde.
In 2008 Campbell had one season with Alloa Athletic before joining Forfar Athletic where he enjoyed five seasons, 148 appearances and 13 goals.
Briefly moving to Cowdenbeath in 2014, Iain returned to Station Park, initially on loan, before resigning for The Loons last term.
Campbell scored against Montrose in the first round of the Challenge Cup last season in the 1 - 0 win but was released when Forfar were relegated to League 2 back in May.
Son of Dick Campbell, Iain has played under his father twice, at Ross County and Forfar and now joins forces with his brother, Ross at Montrose.
YOUR SUPPORTERS CLUB NEEDS YOU!!!
The Montrose FC Supporters Club AGM will be held this Friday, 8th July at 7.30pm in he WJ Lounge at Links Park and all Mighty Mo supporters are invited to attend.
What would you like to see the Supporters Club doing and what would be done differently if you had a say?
Well here is your chance to get involved as fresh ideas and new committee members are always welcome and all posts will be up for election including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman.
This is YOUR chance to get closer to your beloved Club and make a real difference in the process.
CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN AT LINKS PARK
Honorary President John Paton said, "We are obviously disappointed at Derek's decision but fully respect his wishes. I would like to thank Derek, both personally and on behalf of the Club, for everything he has done in his time in charge."
Taking the hot seat in 2010, Derek arrived as the Club was experiencing significant challenges and he very quickly brought financial stability to the fore before embarking on a journey that would shape both the Club's medium and long term future.
Through 2014-15 Derek orchestrated fundraising activities and secured grants to allow the replacement of the worn out artificial grass at Links Park with a state-of-the-art 4G surface and earlier this year Derek was instrumental in the negotiations to buy back the Stadium from Bon Accord Estates.
Derek also demonstrated strong leadership during Season 2014-15 as the team survived the inaugural Pyramid Play-Off Final and over the last few years he has provided great support to the youth teams through the development of Club Academy Scotland.
Vice President John Crawford added, "Derek has done a fantastic job for Montrose FC and he will be sadly missed around the place. He will always be welcome here and we look forward to seeing him back very soon."
On departing, Derek said, "I would like to thank the Board, staff, players and fans for all their support over the last few years and I wish them all the very best for the future.
"I have very much enjoyed my time as Chairman but the time is right for me to move on. I want to spend more time with my family and travelling overseas with my wife Kathleen, but I do plan to stay involved with the Links Park Community Trust so I will be popping back to Montrose from time to time."
The Club expect to announce Derek's replacement following their next Board meeting in early August.
COUNTDOWN TO NEW LEAGUE CAMPAIGN
Following last weeks Irn-Bru Cup draw, we now have a confirmed set of fixtures for the Mighty Mo in the build up to the start of the new campaign at Clyde on August 6th.
The Club would also like to remind fans of the benefits of purchasing their Season Tickets early and have announced three further evening sessions to allow discounts of up to 15% to be snapped up.
Tickets will be on sale prior to both friendlies from the Club Office from 6:30pm and the discount offer will come to an end on Friday 15th July with tickets available from the WJ Lounge from 7pm to 8pm.
Pre-league fixture details are as follows;
Fri 1st July v Deveronvale (HOME) - KO 7:45pm (Season Tickets Valid)
Tue 5th July v Peterhead (HOME) - KO 7:30pm (Season Tickets Valid)
BETFRED LEAGUE CUP
Sat 16th July v Ross County (HOME) - KO 3:00pm (Season Tickets Valid)
Tue 19th July v Raith Rovers (AWAY) - KO 7:45pm
Sat 23rd July v Alloa Athletic (HOME) - KO 3:00pm
Wed 27th July v Cove Rangers (STATION PARK) - KO 7:45pm
Tue 2nd August v East Stirlingshire (AWAY) - KO 7:45pm
Admission prices for friendlies will be Adults £5, OAP/U16's £3
Admission for both HOME League Cup games will be Adults £12, OAP/U16's £6