Forfar Athletic v Montrose
Station Park, Forfar
Saturday 27th April 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
BINGO RETURNSWith over 30 in attendance last Friday and more than £260 paid out in prizes including the top prize of £100, here are the details of our next Bingo Night.
JEAN’S FULL HOUSE WINS 3-FIGURE SUM AT BINGOJean Findlay dabbed her way to a Flyer win of a huge £100 on Friday night, part of a £265 prize pot that made the evening both enjoyable and profitable for many of those who came along.
MONTROSE FOOTBALL CLUB 2019 SUMMER LUNCH!
📆 Friday 28th June
⏰ 12noon to 5pm (SPONSORS/VIP TICKETS)
⏰ 1pm to 5pm
📍 Apex Hotel, Dundee
🥘 2 Course Lunch
🎤 With Master of Ceremonies ROSS THOMSON
🎤 Q&A with Special Guest GORDON STRACHAN
🎤 Comedy with TAM COWAN
🎫 Tickets £55pp or £500 for Table of 10, Plus VAT
🥂 VIP Tickets £75pp or £700 for Table of 10, Plus VAT
❌ VIP Tickets are now SOLD OUT!
🍾 SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES ⬇
⚽ CHAIRMAN’S TABLE:
As one of our two MAIN SPONSORS, you will join our VIP RECEPTION, and be accompanied at your table of 8 by Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford and our Special Guest Gordon Strachan!
⚽ MANAGER’S TABLE:
As one of our two MAIN SPONSORS, you will join our VIP RECEPTION, and be accompanied at your table of 8 by Montrose FC Manager Stewart Petrie and our Guest Speaker Tam Cowan!
📞 To enquire about the availability and price for our two SPONSOR PACKAGES/TABLES, please contact us.
End the Summer Term in style, and join your friends, family, colleagues and/or clients for an afternoon of food and football entertainment.
BOOK NOW via:
📞 01674 673200
OUR BOARDROOM SPONSOR TOPS WHISKY LIST
Congratulations to Fettercairn Whisky whose 50 year old was chosen by Whisky Unplugged as the best release of 2018.
Visiting Directors continue to enjoy a complimentary dram of the Fettercairn Fior Malt on a Matchday.
COMPETITION TIME - WHO’S THE TALLEST?Our transfer window signings made their home debuts on Saturday and whilst we all knew what Lewis Milne was capable of, Russell McLean also made a big impression - all 6’ 5” of him.
MO LADIES TO BENEFIT FROM TOM’S AUCTION WIN
After winning a signed ball in Saturday’s Hospitality Raffle, Brian McKay kindly asked for it to be auctioned off to raise money for Montrose Ladies FC.
Tom Hutchison’s final bid of £100 won the day and Head Coach Kenny Gammie (centre) was grateful for the generosity of both Brian (right) and Tom.
A HUGE THANKS TO THE MO FAITHFUL
With the dust now settled following the excitement of the Cup, the Club would like to sincerely thank the 3,604 who turned out to show their support last weekend when Links Park witnessed the biggest crowd in Tayside.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “It was such a big day for the Club and it was fantastic that almost 1,500 Montrose fans came along.
“Our support base, both home and away has been steadily growing over the last few years, which is truly appreciated by the players, management and the Board.
“We had all hoped for a closer game last Saturday. I thought our boys gave a good account of themselves, but we were simply undone by a very professional United performance.
“For now it’s back to league business and I hope our fans continue to turn out in numbers in the coming weeks as we look to consolidate our position.
“I would also like to acknowledge the large United support, who helped us reach our biggest crowd since the visit of Rangers back in 2013.”
FOOTBALL FANS IN TRAINING START DATE ANNOUNCED!
The transfer window may have slammed shut last week but we are still looking for new signings to join the life changing programme, Football Fans in Training (FFIT) as it returns for 2019 and we are delighted to announce the official start date of the programme.
Both our Men’s and Women’s FFIT programmes will launch on Tuesday 19th of February. We ask that our female participants arrive at Links Park Stadium in the Willie Johnston Lounge for a 6.30pm start, and our male participants to arrive for a 7.30pm start.
The SPFL Trust course runs for 13 weeks and differs to the normal “weight loss” programmes out there, offering advice and practical ways to make changes to your lifestyle, all whilst going behind the scenes at Montrose Football Club.
From good ideas about what and how much to eat, tips on changing your lifestyle, or introducing simple opportunities to exercise everyone can be a winner at FFIT.
The main aims of the programme are to:
· Feel better about yourself
· Become more active
· Lose weight
· Develop a healthier lifestyle
· Get fitter
If you are a man or woman aged between 35-65 with a waist size of 38 inches or more, FFIT may be just the ticket to help you kick-off a healthier lifestyle.
Every 90-minute session contains a different topic, which includes understanding food labels, balancing your diet, and even managing your alcohol intake. There is also a physical component to each session. This can be anything from a gentle walk, a circuit session with our trained coaching staff, football related activities, or even a visit to the local gym, to name a few.
FFIT is open to anyone so long as you meet the above criteria. You don’t need to support Montrose or even like football, just have a desire to make changes to their health.
TITLE WINNING MILNE RETURNS TO LINKS PARK
Montrose FC have agreed terms with Raith Rovers for the transfer of Lewis Milne in an 18 month deal that will see the midfielder return to Links Park until the summer of 2020.
The 24 year old first joined the Gable Endies from Angus neighbours Forfar Athletic in last year’s January transfer window and went on to play a vital role in an historic league run-in for Stewart Petrie’s side, scoring 11 goals from his 16 appearances.
Unsurprisingly, with this outstanding conversion rate, the chance of full time football came calling and Petrie reluctantly allowed the youngster to move to Stark’s Park in the summer.
Unable to establish himself in John McGlynn’s setup, having made only 5 starts this term, Petrie has moved quickly to lure Milne back to further strengthen his plans to establish the Angus Club as a League 1 side.
Petrie said, “We are delighted to have got this deal over the line. Lewis brings pace in forward areas, creativity in midfield and is a constant danger from his dead ball delivery.”
Milne will go straight into the squad for the Ladbrokes League 1 match at Dumbarton on Saturday.
PETRIE SHOWS FAITH IN SKELLY WITH LOAN AND CONTRACT EXTENSION
Montrose FC striker Josh Skelly has joined Junior side Broughty Athletic on loan until the end of the season as the injury stricken Gable Endie searches for match fitness.
A product of the Dundee FC Youth Academy, Skelly arrived at Links Park in the summer after leaving Angus neighbours Arbroath. After 2 loan spells, the 21-year old signed a permanent deal with Dick Campbell in the summer of 2016 becoming part of the Red Lichties league winning side, making over 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals.
The following season, injury prevented the Dundee born front man from establishing himself in the Gayfield side, prompting the move to Links Park for a fresh start.
Featuring only a handful of times at the start of the season for Stewart Petrie’s Ladbrokes League 1 newcomers, Skelly went out on loan to Cowdenbeath last October in search of game time, returning at the start of the year.
Stewart said, “Josh is a great lad, who has been very unlucky with injuries of late, but I still believe in him. What he needs right now is game time and plenty of it, which I am sure he will get at Broughty.
“We have agreed a contract extension with Josh, so hopefully he can come back pre-season fighting fit and make a fresh start as that’s what he deserves.”
Skelly’s new contract will see him remain at Links Park until the summer of 2020.
BIG MATCH RAFFLE WINNERS
With Hospitality being run both at the Club and in the Park Hotel for last Saturday’s big game, we had two sets of raffle winners.
Park Hotel: Robert Cerertti (shirt), Alexandria Hay (ball) and Elliot Hughes (wine).
Club: Graeme Davies (shirt), Ken Pirie (ball) and Holly Anderson (wine).
CAPTAIN MAKES TEAM OF THE WEEKCongratulations to Paul Watson whose brace on Saturday in the Angus Derby has earned him a place in the SPFL Team of the Week.
FERGIE AND CAVANAGH DEPART LINKS PARK
Ryan Ferguson and Danny Cavanagh have been released from their contracts with Montrose FC by mutual consent.
24 year old Ryan joined the Gable Endies in 2015 from Angus neighbours Brechin City and made 75 appearances, scoring 4 goals.
Despite coming off the bench 5 times for last season’s Ladbrokes League 2 Champions, Ryan has spent much of the last 2 years out on loan.
Cavanagh arrived in 2017 from Broughty Athletic, but his first season was blighted by injury and despite 14 appearances and 2 goals this term, he has found it increasingly difficult to break into the starting 11 in recent months.
Everyone at the Club wishes both Ryan and Danny all the very best for the future.
THANKS TO SATURDAY’S PRE-MATCH TEAMOur boys fantastic performance on the park on Saturday was all thanks to a great team effort behind the scenes over the last few days that ensured the pitch was playable. Thanks in particular to Power Washer Services and Montrose Rope and Sail, who helped us thaw out the worst areas of the park, as well as a frozen Groundsman Ronnie Marquis.
EX-MO MAN ENJOYS BIG DAY OUT
Grant Johnson returned to Links Park on Saturday to enjoy Hospitality before the big cup tie.
Grant played for United in the ‘90s before spending 2 seasons with us from 2001-2003, making 52 appearances and netting 4 goals.
Always great to welcome back familiar faces.
GAME ONAfter a quick check this morning Links Park is good to go for toaday's match v Brechin City.
Two familiar faces were distinguished guests at our Corporate Hospitality at the Park Hotel on Saturday.
Both Legends and now Ambassadors for their respective Clubs, it was great to welcome back Paul Hegarty and David Larter. — with David Larter.
GABLE ENDIES ADD FIREPOWER ON DEADLINE DAY
Montrose FC have agreed terms with Peterhead for the transfer of striker Russell McLean, who joins the Gable Endies on a short term contract until the end of the season.
The 20 year old is a former Hearts youngster, who joined the Blue Toon in 2017, scoring 17 goals in his 45 appearances last season and netting 6 times this term so far.
Manager Stewart Petrie said, “I am delighted to have gotten this over the line on Deadline Day. Russell will be a great addition for us, he is a real handful to play against and has always impressed me.
“We tried to bring him in the summer, but the timing wasn’t right and sometimes you have to be patient. I am excited to see what his height and goal scoring threat can do for us going forward.”
Due to continued demand, Terrace Tickets will be on sale today (Saturday) at the club from 10am-12pm.
This is an ALL TICKET MATCH. There will be NO CASH TURNSTILE. This is your LAST CHANCE to buy a ticket. Don’t miss out.
Adults £18, Concessions £9
MO KEEPER MILLAR MOVES ON
Montrose FC have agreed terms with Lochee Utd for the transfer of goalkeeper Jordan Millar to the McBookie.com Super League outfit.
A fans favourite at Links Park, Millar made his debut against Forfar Athletic in the Petrofac Cup in July 2015 whilst on a season long loan from St Johnstone.
After being released by the Premiership side the following year, the Fife based player made a permanent move to Links Park and has since made over 60 appearances.
The 21-year old was part of Stewart Petrie’s Ladbrokes League 2 winning squad last season but the continued good form of Allan Fleming has prevented him from getting regular game time.
Everyone at the Club wishes Jordan all the very best for the future.