Montrose v Elgin City
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 16th December 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
PETRIE SECURES EXPERIENCED DEFENDER FOR ANOTHER YEAR
The experienced Kirkcaldy born defender had been on a short term contract with the Gable Endies since the start of the season, providing cover for Stewart Petrie’s injury stricken squad.
Unbeaten in his 5 games, Campbell has helped bring a solidity to the defence, gelling well at centre half with new signing Sean Dillon and even scoring a peach of free kick in the recent away win at Edinburgh City.
The 32 year old first arrived at Links Park a year ago from Forfar, ironically being brought in then to also provide short term injury cover, before going on to secure a season long contract, making a total of 22 appearances.
Petrie said, “Iain is a hugely experienced defender and great professional. He will be a real asset for us and will feature again today as we face what will be a tough challenge away to Annan Athletic.”
Campbell 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 in 2015.
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MO EXTEND McLAREN STAY AT LINKS PARK
Singing initially on a one month deal, the 20 year old made his Gable Endies debut 4 weeks ago against Arbroath in the BETFRED Cup.
Impressing Manager Stewart Petrie, the striker has gone on to make 5 further appearances and also scored in the league opening victory at Edinburgh City.
Connor left St Johnstone in the summer after 3 years with the Perth outfit that included loan spells at Elgin City and Stirling Albion.
Stewart said, "Connor's performances have been very encouraging, he has fitted in really well and gives us another dimension to our attacking options. Extending his contract was an easy decision to make."
MAN OF THE MATCH
Sponsored by Fotheringham Property Developments, Liam received this weeks bottle of bubbly and award from Kevin Young from The Golf Inn.
SUPPORTERS' CLUB DONATIONSMONTROSE FC Supporters' Club has made donations totaling more than £3,500 to the club over the past few months.
More than £2,000 was donated to the club during the 2016/17 season via contributions from the MFCSC 50/50 half time draw, player sponsorship and hospitality uptake.
The supporters' club has also advanced the Links Park side £1,500 for this season, as prepayment for 50/50 contributions.
Following a season when Montrose's strong performances under Stewart Petrie saw them reach the promotion playoffs, the Montrose FC Supporters' Club has grown in size. The club's committee is keen to continue its successful fundraising efforts in 2017/18, with a number of social events planned for the coming season.
Supporters' club chairman Graham Christieson said: "We had a tremendous response from the fans as the club progressed to the playoffs, with several home gates exceeding 1,200, and more than 500 travelling to the semi-final match at Peterhead.
"We hope to tap into that enthusiasm this season and encourage the fans to continue turning out in good numbers."
In addition to its planned fundraising activities, the supporters' club has also launched a travel club to provide affordable travel packages to Montrose's away fixtures around Scotland over the coming season.
MIGHTY MO LOOK TO CREATE EDGE WITH SPORTS SCIENTIST
Stuart MacFarlane joins the League Two outfit on a one year contract and will bring expertise across a range of services.
Manager Stewart Petrie explained, “It is really tough for our players to balance their day jobs with playing football in terms of proper preparation, diet and recovery. It is therefore vital we make the best use of the limited time we have with the boys at training and on a match day.
“Stuart comes highly recommended and I am really looking forward to working with him as we change a number of things that have been routine here for a long, long time.”
MacFarlane is currently Youth Academy Head of Sports Science at St Johnstone FC, a role he progressed into whilst completing his Masters in Strength and Conditioning Research at Edinburgh University. This followed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Stirling University.
Stuart will be responsible for, amongst other things, strength, conditioning and injury prevention programmes aimed at optimising performance and keeping players fit and healthy – something the Gable Endies boss would die for right now given his current injury list.
Monitoring the players physical and mental wellbeing will be undertaken using smartphone technology as well as the integration of sports science within technical and tactical sessions.
MacFarlane said, “I'm looking forward to working with the boys, this is a new challenge for me and my first experience of working within first team senior football. I'm hopeful the support I provide will have a positive impact and will help towards a successful season where we can challenge for promotion.”
Petrie added, “The league will be extremely tight again this year and we are just doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance of success.”
MO LOAN PROMISING YOUNGSTERS TO HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Both youngsters featured in the recent Betfred Cup Group Stage for the Gable Endies and Boss Stewart Petrie is keen for them to get more game time under their belts.
Stewart said, “Kyle and Matty have acquitted themselves really well in recent matches. It has been a tough period for us with injuries and holidays and the number of games we have had. I have relied on all the youngsters more than I would have wanted, but they have certainly not let me down, and both Kyle and Matty have shown real potential.
Both players are fruits of the Clubs youth academy, with Willox joining in 2014 from Albion Boys. The 19 year old spent the first half of last season on loan to Inverurie Locos before moving to Deveronvale in January.
The defender made his debut for the Gable Endies as a sub against East Stirlingshire in thefirst round of the Irn Bru Cup last season and made his full debut two weeks later in the second round away to Turriff United. This season, Kyle has played three matches in the Betfred Cup including starting against Ross County.
Matty started his career at Aberdeen in 2008 aged 10 before joining Montrose in 2013. The 19 year old has spent the last two seasons on loan to Aberdeen Junior side Hall Russell United. The midfielder has also played three times in the Betfred Cup, making his full debut against Ross County before coming on as a substitute against Arbroath and starting against Alloa Athletic.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH - JULYRob Lee presenting Kieran Thomson with his POTM trophy for July. Well deserved and great to see a local lad making an impact at the club. Hearing about a picture Ronnie has in the kit room that Kieran drew a few years back. Thanks to Michael Mcfarlane for taking the picture.
Montrose 1 Montrose Roselea 2
An entertaining and competitive game to celebrate the Testimonials of Roy Gill and Callum Rae as well as competing for the first time for the Jock Skinner shield.
Fotheringham squandered the chance to put the Mo in front from the spot after Hay was fouled but he blasted well over the bar.
However, he made up for it soon after when he played a 40 yard pass which was well taken by McLaren who finished well.
The Lea levelled before the break when a good run and cutback by Greig was tapped in from a yard out by Aitken.
Whilst The Mo had the better of the first half, The Lea came more into the game after half time and deservedly won the match 10 mins from the end when Beedie's shot from outside the box was touched in at the back post by Duncan.
Congratulations to Roy and Callum and The Lea's name becomes the first to be etched on the Jock Skinner shield in what will now become an annual challenge fixture.
IRN-BRU Cup 2nd ROUND DRAW
The draw for the second round of the IRN-BRU Cup was made at the Falkirk Wheel this afternoon and resulted as follows;
Sligo Rovers v Falkirk
Elgin City v Bray Wanderers
Crusaders v Motherwell Colts
Albion Rovers or Spartans** v Linfield
The New Saints v Livingston
Dumbarton v Connah's Quay Nomads
Peterhead v Annan Athletic
Dundee United v Alloa Athletic
Berwick Rangers v Queen of the South
St Mirren v Heart of Midlothian Colts
Hamilton Academical Colts v Cove Rangers
Aberdeen Colts v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Ayr United v MONTROSE
Stranraer v Partick Thistle Colts
Buckie Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic
Raith Rovers v Ross County Colts
Ties to be played on September 2/3, subject to TV selections
** Disciplinary proceedings have commenced against Albion Rovers, who fielded an ineligible player in the game against Spartans on Tuesday, which Albion Rovers won on penalties.
ERIC WATSON TESTIMONIAL MATCH
Eric Watson, who celebrates ten successful years at Cove Rangers FC has been awarded a testimonial by the club. Eric has do far had a Dinner & Race Night and the last part will be a Testimonial Match. Eric's testimonial game will be played at Links Park, Montrose on Sunday 6th August at 2pm against a Tayside Legends side which includes amongst others, Dave Bowman, Ian Jenkins, Barry Smith, Barry Sellars, Stewart Petrie, Darren Dodds and Steven Tweed.
Eric has generously agreed to donate 50% of the proceeds from the match to Cancer Research. Hospitality will be available on the day with 60 spaces available. This will include:⚽️2 pre or post match drinks, Buffet lunch, Halftime refreshments
We can accommodate individuals or groups and will be on a strictly first come basis and places are selling quick. The price for this package is £40 per person. There are also opprtunites to take Programme Advertising
Soccerworld Aberdeen have kindly sponsored the kit for the game and Eric is seen here accepting the kit along with Kevin Tindal and Lee Wilkie who is organising the Legends side.
IRN-BRU CUP DRAW DETAILS
Having progressed last night against Stirling Albion, we are delighted to bring you details of the draw for the Second Round of the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup.
The draw will be made at the Falkirk Wheel at 1.00pm this Thursday, August 17, and will be streamed live on the SPFL Facebook page.
The 24 first-round winners will be joined by Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk, along with Linfield and Crusaders from Northern Ireland; Welsh clubs The New Saints and Connah’s Quay Nomads; and Sligo Wanderers and Bray Wanderers from the Republic of Ireland.
The draw is unseeded but the six non-Scottish clubs will be kept apart – one team from each country will be drawn at home and one away. In the case of Northern Ireland, Linfield will be allocated an away tie due to the unavailability of Windsor Park and Crusaders will be allocated a home tie.
Second-round ties are due to be played on the weekend of September 2/3
MO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EX-SAINTS STRIKER
The 20 year old Scot left St Johnstone in the summer after 3 years with the Perth outfit that included loan spells at Elgin City and Stirling Albion.
Connor played for the Gable Endies as a trialist in their final pre-season friendly against Aberdeen and played both on the wing and up front during the match.
Manager Stewart Petrie said, “Connor was really impressive against the Dons so we are keen to see a bit more of him before we make a final decision.”
McLaren will go straight into the squad for the Links Park men’s third Betfred Cup group match against Arbroath tomorrow.
SUMMER HOSPITALITY SPECIALS AT LINKS PARK
LOUNGE OPEN TO PUBLIC FOR ROSS COUNTY MATCH
Both sets of supporters are invited to enjoy a pre-match cash bar in the Bon Accord Lounge on Tuesday night from 6:15pm ahead of our BETFRED Cup match against Ross County Football Club
Entry will be via the second glass door in the Bryan Keith Stand and normal admission prices apply (Adult £12, OAP/U16 £6). Lounge only open pre-match.
As the first home tie in the BETFRED Cup, Season Tickets are VALID.
The Willie J Lounge will be open for members as normal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Sponsored by Fotheringham Property Developments, Liam received his bottle of bubbly and award from Graeme Smith of Carnegie Fuels.
PITCH HIRE SLOTS AVAILABLE
- Monday 9pm to 10pm - Full Pitch
- Tuesday 8:30pm to 10pm - Full Pitch
- Wed 8:30pm to 10pm - Half Pitch
- Thursday 9pm to 10pm - Full Pitch
- Friday 8pm to 9:30pm - Half Pitch
Bookings can be for either quarter, half or full pitch.
BALLANTYNE RETURNS FOR SECOND LOAN SPELL
Montrose FC have signed Dundee United defender Cammy Ballantyne on a season long loan, bringing the youngster back to Links Park for a second spell.
The 20 year old first joined the Gable Endies on transfer deadline day last August and made 33 appearances, quickly becoming a fans favourite. Brought in by then boss Paul Hegarty, Cammy's performances kicked on and flourished further with the arrival of Stewart Petrie in December, culminating in a call up to the Scotland Under 21 squad in March against Estonia.
Petrie said, "I am absolutely delighted to have secured Cammy,s services for another year. He was a breath of fresh air around the place last year and has great potential.
"Since Dean Brett left the Club, we have been on the lookout for a right back and Cammy is the perfect fit."
Ballantyne left Links Park at the end of last season with both the Young Player of the Year and Supporters Club Player of the Year awards under his arm.
So far this term, Cammy has made all four of Ray McKinnon's BETFRED Cup squads, featuring briefly towards the end of the tangerines tie against Cowdenbeath.
This leaves Petrie missing only another striker to complete his ideal squad with 3 weeks of the transfer window remaining.