Montrose v Annan Athletic
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
DOUBLE SUCCESS FOR MIGHTY MO IN MONTHLY AWARDS
Montrose FC’s current run of good form has been recognised with the award of both League 2 Manager and Player of the month for November by league sponsors, Ladbrokes.
Manager Stewart Petrie receives his first award since taking the helm at Links Park just over a year ago, when the Gable Endies were languishing at the bottom of the table.
Building on a solid start to this season, November saw Petrie take his side to top spot for the first time in over 3 years with two impressive away wins and a home draw. He also had enough time to squeeze in two attempts at a Championship scalp in the William Hill Scottish Cup, taking Queen of the South to a nail biting replay.
Defender Cammy Ballantyne completes the double for the Mighty Mo collecting his first Player of the Month trophy. The 20 year old is enjoying his second loan spell at Links Park from Dundee United and has made over 50 appearances for the Club.
Cammy’s solid defensive displays are arguably getting better with every game and he clearly enjoys going forward too, a combination that earned him two Man of the Match awards in the month.
Additionally, he delivered a pin point driven cross for Graham Webster to score what was voted the goal of the third round of the Scottish Cup, was instrumental in Chris Templeman’s goal that earned us a point against Annan and finally, from his cross, last months Ladbrokes player of the month, Craig Johnston secured a 3-1 away win at Cowdenbeath that got the Gable Endies month off to such a good start.
Many congratulations and well done to both Cammy and Stewart. Let’s hope there are many more of these to come...
BOLO LOAN EXTENDED WITH SHIRE
Montrose FC have extended, until the New Year their short term loan of defender Michael Bolochoweckyj to Lowland League outfit East Stirlingshire.
The 33 year old damaged his Achilles back in April against Forfar Athletic and joined The Shire on a initial short term loan in early November as part of his rehabilitation.
Bolo said, “I am on a return to play strategy, which began with me playing 45 mins for Montrose in a friendly against Forfar West End, then I played 60 mins in my first loan match against Edusport Academy in the league.
“Having got through those two games fine, I played my first full game against Civil Service Strollers and got another 90 mins under my belt against Kelty Hearts in a friendly on Saturday.
“We have won both league games since I arrived at The Shire and the team are doing well. My fitness has improved to a good level again, and we felt that to maintain that and get even sharper, another few games would be beneficial, so the loan has been extended to the end of the year.
“The Shire are a great wee club with great lads, so I was more than happy to return for another few weeks. I will be even happier though when I pull the Mo top back on in the New Year.”
CAITLIN SCOOPS FULL HOUSE CASHCaitlin MacLean was our latest Bingo winner recently, walking away with not only the £60 top cash prize but also as an added bonus, the chance to win £200 and many other prizes in the MFC Supporters Club Festive Raffle.
We would like to wish all our 2017 Bingo goers a very Merry Christmas and look forward to our first Eyes Down of the New Year on Fri 5th January.
DRAM’ATIC END TO EVERY GAME GUARENTEED AT LINKS PARK
Fettercairn, meaning ‘foot of the mountain’ is one of the oldest licenced distilleries in Scotland and those visiting the area will understand the foresight of the person who named the village.
From ice-clear Grampian mountain spring water to barley grown from fertile soil, this is perfect whisky country and these natural qualities have been harnessed to produce a stunningly pure malt.
Distillery Manager Stewart Walker said, “We are really delighted to have joined forces with Montrose FC. There is real positivity at the Club right now and we wish the team every success for the rest of the season.”
Club Chairman John Crawford added, “On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Stewart and everyone at Fettercairn Distillery for their support. We have been working really hard behind the scenes this season to support the ambitions of our Manager and the addition of every sponsor takes us one step closer to our goal.
“The complimentary Fettercairn Fior Malt in the Boardroom has also been warmly received by many a visiting Director at the end of a game.”
Our photo shows John Crawford (left) with Stewart Walker.
FROM BOTTOM TO TOP - SP ‘ONE YEAR ON’
On the 4th December last year Stewart Petrie walked into Links Park with the Gable Endies propping up the League 2 table.
One year on and things couldn’t be any different, with SP’s Barmy Army enjoying watching a side that now sits proudly at the top of the pile.
A solid defence, marshalled by Sean Dillon has made the Mighty Mo difficult to beat this season with only 2 league defeats to date.
Petrie has also enjoyed tackling teams from higher divisions with cup wins over Alloa, Ayr Utd and a narrow replay defeat to Championship outfit Queen of the South.
The new Boss’s reign began last December with the Club’s first home win of the season against Clyde that led to a 4 game unbeaten run and started a steady climb up the table.
The season ended with a nail biting finale that secured a promotion play off place for the first time in 9 years.
A valiant home draw against League 1 Peterhead in the semi final first leg couldn’t be matched at Balmoor but the Mo faithful headed off for their summer holidays encouraged by a new sense of optimism at Links Park
This season started with tough defeats to Hibs and Ross County in the Betfred Cup but Petrie’s priority was always to make a positive League start and he has done just that with a 28 point return from his first 14 games.
Overall, Petrie’s league record in the last 12 months reads 19 wins, 10 draws and only 7 defeats.
Impressive stats indeed for the first time Manager who will undoubtedly be looking to build further on his sides great form in the second half of the season and deliver something the Gable Endies haven’t enjoyed for over 20 years....promotion!
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MATCHDAY HOSPITALITY WITH MONTROSE FC
Winter blues already setting in? Why not give yourself something to look forward to with a first class day out enjoying the Links Park experience.
Limited spaces are available for our full hospitality package in December and over the festive period:
9th December v Berwick Rangers
16th December v Elgin City ***FULLY BOOKED***
30th December v Peterhead
2nd January v Cowdenbeath
So don't delay, book today to avoid missing out!
WEBBIE HITS 150 MO MILESTONE
The 24 year old arrived at Links Park in July 2013 from Dundee FC and made over 35 appearances in his first season. A combination of pace and aerial ability has seen the midfielder used mainly on the right wing, but has also turned his hand to both central midfield and full back roles when required.
A favourite with the Gable Endie faithful, Webster has netted 25 times, including an impressive double figure haul in season 2015/16. His most recent goal came last week in the William Hill Scottish Cup replay against Queen of the South that almost led to a cup upset.
Presenting Graham with his trophy, Club Co Vice Chairman Peter Stuart said, “I would like to congratulate Graham on reaching his 150th appearance. He is a real asset and not many players show that level of commitment to one club these days. It speaks volumes that he was one of the first to be signed up in the summer for a further 2 seasons by Mo Boss Stewart Petrie.”
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR McFADDEN
When the Doonhamers visited Links Park last month in the IRN BRU Cup, James was kind enough to sign a special canvas that hangs in our Bon Accord Lounge.
The image captures one of the strikers career highlights, scoring for Scotland from 30 yards in the Parc Des Princes in September 2007 to beat France in an incredible Euro 2008 qualifier.
Do you remember that night, or were you even there?
MIGHTY MO SUPPORT RAINBOW LACES CAMPAIGN
The campaign aims to make sport more inclusive for LGBT fans and players by raising awareness of anti-LGBT abuse and by asking clubs to show their support for the LGBT community.
Organised by Stonewall, the charity has developed a range of measures to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.
They have developed a sports toolkit for grassroots and community sport teams to build awareness and understanding of the issues affecting LGBT people, and how they can help ensure all sports offer an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.
Our photo shows Connor McLaren and Kerr Hay with the rainbow laces that will be worn by he first team on Saturday.
TOP PRIZE FOR ALAN
After enjoying a first class meal and a great match, Alan’s name was pulled from the hat after the game to win a Mo home shirt, signed by the first team squad and presented by Club Chairman, John Crawford.
Well done Alan!
BOB’S CHARITY MONEY SET TO SAVE LIVES
Money raised at a recent charity football competition in memory of late Montrose FC stalwart Bob Mutch has been shared between two local good causes. Each receiving half of the £500 is the Montrose Stroke Club and Save A Life Montrose.
A totally self-supporting group, the Stroke Club plan to put the money towards a specially adapted bus with a lift for wheelchairs to allow members to enjoy organised outings.
Save A Life Montrose have been raising money to provide public access defibrillators for the local area and recently announced plans to go ahead with the purchase and installation of the first 5 units.
The charities were selected by Bob’s wife Lily, who presented the money to Tracy Park (left) from Save A Life and Isabel Byers (right) from the Montrose Stroke Club.
SCOTT ENJOYS NOSTALGIC DAY OUT
The 34 year old had two spells with the Gable Endies between 2003 and 2007. The prolific front man scored 16 goals in his first season, when Henry Hall brought him to the Club on loan from Aberdeen.
Signing for Peterhead the following year, Scott continued his good form netting 23 times for the Blue Toon before John Sheran convinced him to return to Links Park in 2006, where he made over 30 further appearances, bagging another 8 goals in the process.
Injury unfortunately cut the Aberdeen born strikers career short, but that was all forgotten at the weekend as he caught up with ex-team mate Jim Butter and other familiar faces from around the Club – just a pity he wasn’t able to make a final appearance on the pitch second half to nab a vital winner against Annan!
GABLE ENDIES GOALIE LOAN EXTENDED
Montrose FC have extended the loan of Jordan Millar to McBookie.com Junior outfit Lochee United until the end of the year.
The 20 year old goalkeeper, who has made 49 appearances for the Mighty Mo, joined George Shields team on an initial one month loan in October. Since arriving the youngster has done really well, keeping 4 clean sheets to date and getting plenty of game time.
We look forward to his return early in the new year.
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 Dave Salberg (left) and Lt James Young made the long trip north from their current base at Plymouth to be part of the Armistice Parade on Sunday and took time out to visit Links Park and meet our Boss.
The ship is due to visit the town next October and we hope this coincides with a home match so we can invite the whole crew to join our Barmy Army.
JAGS TIE IN PROSPECT
Should we emerge victorious from Palmerston Park tomorrow night our reward will be a 4th Round Scottish Cup meeting with Partick Thistle at Links Park.
GRAND END TO ARMISTICE AUCTION
With bids being placed on Facebook all week for our specially commissioned top reaching almost £300, the auction then went live post match in a busy Corporate Hospitality and after some tense bidding the hammer came down at a fabulous £1,100 in favour of Carnegie Fuels.
Many thanks to all bidders for making this a special event with the money going to a great cause.
Collecting the framed top on behalf of Carnegie Fuels was Graeme Smith and Rosie Carnegie and presenting the top on behalf of the Legion was Vice Chairman Ally Hutchison, flanked by Lt Dave Salberg (left) and Lt James Young from HMS Montrose.
CUP REPLAY PRICE DETAILS
Admission prices for tomorrow nights replay will be £13 Adults,
£7 Concessions (Over 65's, Full time students, U22s)
Disabled prices will be £6 Adult Disabled, £4 Concession Disabled, £2 Under 16 Disabled (free carer where require).
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets must be bought in advance from the Ticket Office at the ground and segregation will be in place with Mo fans occupying the Rosefield Salvage Stand.