Berwick Rangers v Montrose
Shielfield Park, Berwick upon Tweed
Saturday 21st November 2017
Kick Off 3.00pm
League 2 Table 2017/18
EARLY INJURY BLOW TO SP's NEW BOY
A disappointing start to his Links Park career as he will miss the whole of the BETFRED group stage, the first round of the IRN BRU Challenge Cup and at least 2 league matches.
We all wish Jamie a speedy recovery.
UNITED LEGENDS PEDAL FOR CHARITY
Starting at Tannadice to Gayfield, then Links Park, Glebe Park, Station Park then returning to Tannadice, the 10 men are covering the 5 clubs and 75 miles all to raise money for the MAGGIES Centre at Ninewells Hospital.
Paul Hegarty, John Holt, Hamish McAlpine, David Narey, Dave Bowmen, Jim McInally, Ray McKinnon, Ray Stewart and Billy Kirkwood all swapped their boots for cycling shorts to do their bit for charity.
To donate, simply text DUFC99 with your amount to 70070
GABLE ENDIES LAND EX-TANGERINE CAPTAIN DILLON
Since ending his 10 year stint with the Tangerines a month ago, a string of clubs including Peterhead, Arbroath, Forfar, Alloa and East Fife have all reportedly been chasing the 33 year old defender.
Mo Boss Stewart Petrie was obviously thrilled at landing such a marque signing for his League 2 side, “I am absolutely delighted Sean has agreed to join the Club. His reputation goes before him and as soon as I spoke with him a couple of weeks ago, I just knew he was the real deal.”
The Dublin born Irishman will not only have a playing role at Links Park, he will also become First Team Coach, joining Petrie’s backroom staff of Ross Campbell (Assistant Manager) and Jim Butter (Goalkeeping Coach).
Petrie added, “Sean will not only bring experience on the park as a player, he will also be a fabulous influence on the rest of the squad, both at training and in the dressing room. He is a great professional and his fitness levels are up there with the best.”
Before joining United, Dillon played for Irish teams Longford Town and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland and also represented the Republic of Ireland at U16, U21 and B international level.
Moving to Scotland in January 2007, Sean became Craig Levein’s first signing and went on to make 346 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals and memorably lifting the Scottish Cup in 2010 after beating Ross County 3–0.
Sean said, “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. I had such a great time at Tannadice but it was the right time for me to move on. I have been so impressed with Stewart and the setup he has here at Montrose.
“Stewart brought promotion play-off football in his first season and I know first-hand how disappointing that can be when it doesn’t go your way but I believe we have a great chance of bringing success to this Club in the near future and I will be doing everything I can to help make that happen.”
Dillon, who will feature in the Club’s first pre-season friendly tonight at Links Park against Cove Rangers (KO 7:45pm), is pictured with co-Vice Chairmen David Laing and Peter Stuart.
The Club also confirmed that recent signing Dean Brett was to leave the Club by mutual consent.
Stewart explained, “Unfortunately Dean has found the excessive travelling is having too much of an impact on his family and so reluctantly he has requested to leave the Club.
“We completely understand Dean’s position and whilst obviously disappointed in losing such a talented player, family must always come first and we wish him all the very best for the future.”
IN MEMORY OF AULD BOBOnce again we would like to pay tribute to our good friend and Club stalwart, Bob Mutch with our annual Charity 5-a-side tournament, details below...
1879 Business Club News!
Based in Montrose and covering the North East, Hillside Slaters provide roofing, plastering, stone masonry and building services, specialising in the conservation of historic buildings.
Hillside Slaters are regulars around Links Park, with Mark also being a long term season ticket holder.
Mark said "As a lifelong supporter of Montrose FC myself, I'm delighted that Hillside Slaters are continuing to support the club and look forward to attending the events for Club 1879 members over the coming season"
NEW HORIZON DIRECT
Our very own Monty Mole will be making a special guest appearance at the opening of the new Horizon Direct Montrose branch in Montrose this Saturday.
The event starts at 11am with nibbles and competitions for the kids and bubbly for the adults.
Pop along to meet the branch staff and say hello to Monty...
Anyone interested in taking on the role of Monty for the coming season can also speak to the Main Mole himself to find out more!
NEW FRIENDLY IS 'CHAMPION'
We are delighted to announce a pre-season friendly against Brechin City at Links Park on Sat 8th July, KO 3pm.
Our Angus neighbours gained promotion to the Championship last year and will provide a stiff challenge to SP's new outfit.
This brings our pre-season schedule to 3 games along with Aberdeen and Cove and we hope to announce a fourth very shortly.
IRN-BRU Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round of the IRN-BRU Cup took place this morning at Summerlee Museum, Coatbridge and saw Montrose drawn away to Stirling Albion.
The result of the draw is as follows…
Aberdeen U20 v St Johnstone U20
Buckie Thistle v Brechin City
Dundee U20 v Alloa Athletic
Dundee United v Cowdenbeath
Dunfermline Athletic v Arbroath
East Fife v Peterhead
Formartine United v Hearts U20
Hibernian U20 v Elgin City
Raith Rovers v Brora Rangers
Ross County U20 v Forfar Athletic
Stenhousemuir v Cove Rangers
Stirling Albion v MONTROSE
Albion Rovers v Spartans
Annan Athletic v Celtic U20
Clyde v Stranraer
Dumbarton v Rangers U20
East Stirlingshire v Ayr United
Greenock Morton v Livingston
Hamilton Accies U20 v Edinburgh City
Kilmarnock U20 v Berwick Rangers
Motherwell U20 v Queen's Park
Partick Thistle U20 v Stirling University
Queen of the South v Airdrieonians
St Mirren v East Kilbride
Fixtures will be played on either Tuesday 15th August or Wednesday 16th August
BLUE TOON MIDFIELDER JOINS MIGHTY MO
Montrose FC have signed midfielder Jamie Redman on a 1 year deal. The experienced 30 year old left Peterhead last month, having been with the Blue Toon for the past 6 years.
Jamie celebrated his first season at Balmoor by winning player of the year and was a stalwart in their league winning side of 2013-14. Last season he made 32 appearances for Jim McInally’s side including both legs of the promotion play off semi-final against the Gable Endies.
Having captained the Scottish Universities' side when a student at Edinburgh University, then boss Steven Tweed tried to bring Redman to Links Park in 2009, but the youngster chose instead to join Arbroath, then Brechin before heading north in 2011.
Assistant Manager Ross Campbell said, "I have known Jamie since 2003 when he was at University. Jamie is not only a very good player but an excellent professional which is the type of person we are keen to bring to the club. He will complement the group that we have and make the team better so is a signing we are very pleased to make."
Jamie added, "I am delighted to sign for Montrose and excited to get the season started. I saw the character of the team first hand in the play offs and as soon as I knew they were interested in signing me I was very pleased."
This brings the number of newbies in the Montrose squad for next season to 6, following hard on the heels of the signing earlier today of Dean Brett.
MONTY MOLE NEEDS YOU!!!
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 was out and about much more frequently last season, and he is keen to keep this up as we head into season 2017-18.
PETRIE STENGTHENS DEFENSIVE OPTIONS
Stewart Petrie said, “This is fantastic news for us and I am delighted Dean has agreed to join. He has had a difficult last couple of years personally, but his ability on the park has never been in question and I consider him one of the best right backs in our division.”
Edinburgh born Brett began his career at Cowdenbeath in 2009 and played 149 games for The Blue Brazil, scoring 9 goals.
However, in February this year the Central Park side sacked Dean after he was found guilty by the SFA of gambling on football matches.
The 24 year old admitted to having a long term gambling addiction, made worse during a traumatic few years in his personal life, with his 22-year-old wife having died of cancer in January 2015, four months after their daughter Mollie, who was born prematurely, had died.
Since leaving Cowdenbeath, the defender has been receiving professional help and played out the remainder of the season with Junior outfit Bonnyrigg Ross Athletic.
Petrie added, “Dean knows what he did in the past was wrong. He has accepted his punishment, is receiving help for his problems and I am more than happy to give the boy a second chance.”
This brings the Montrose squad for next season to 17 and the Gable Endies gaffer says he is still looking to add one or two more names to the list before too long.
THE LEGEND RETURNS
Mitre, match ball of choice for the Scottish Professional Football League, is ready to make history again with the return of its iconic Delta trademark. Redesigned, reinvented and rejuvenated, the Delta is back as Mitre’s new official match ball for the EFL, SPFL and WPL, engineered for optimal control, accuracy and power.
Instantly recognisable thanks to its heritage, the Delta holds a unique place at the heart of British football and over the years has been treasured by players and fans alike. Last seen on Scottish football pitches in 2001, its return means that a new generation of players can now have their first football experiences with a brand new ball with the same legendary trademark. This season the Delta returns – resigned, reinvented and rejuvenated – wearing the classic fluo and silver colourway which makes the SPFL ball unique.
This, the most advanced football from Mitre, features brand new technology including a textured surface for instinctive aerodynamic control. The added embossed grooves provide up to 400% more stability at speeds of 30 – 45 mph as well as greater accuracy vs a flat panel construction of the same ball¹.
A distinctive 14 panel design with innovative Hyperseam™ technology ensures optimum energy dissipation and a super accurate flight. Combining the benefits of bonded and stitched seams guarantees superb speed and pin-point accuracy with a consistent feel, almost zero water uptake² and superior durability. A laminated bladder combined with a rubber sheet constructed in between two layers of foam backing give explosive power coupled with improved control.
Mark Upshall, Head of Category at Mitre Sports International, says; “We’re really proud of the Delta trademark and its iconic heritage so can’t wait to bring it back. Our new Delta ball has been updated with brand new technology to make it our most innovative football yet. We hope its return will inspire new moments of football brilliance among future generations – the same way it has with players in the past”.
The Delta (RRP £115), Delta Replica (RRP £12) and Delta Replica Mini (RRP £7) will be available for purchase from 1st June exclusively through Mitre.com. From 15th June onwards, the range will be widely available at all key retailers.
Source: Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, 2017
²Source: Accredited FIFA Testing, January 2017
FRIENDLY PRICES CONFIRMED
The Cove Rangers fixture will be Adults £5, OAP/U16 £3.
The remaining fixtures against Premiership/Championship opposition will be Adults £10, OAP/U16 £5.
SEASON TICKETS are valid for ALL these fixtures.
IRN-BRU CUP WELCOMES LEAGUE OF IRELAND PARTICIPANTS
The SPFL is pleased to announce a further expansion of the IRN-BRU Cup with the introduction of two League of Ireland representatives to the competition next season.
The announcement follows the success of a new format in 2016/17, which saw two teams each from Northern Ireland and Wales, additional clubs from the Highland and Lowland Leagues and all Ladbrokes Premiership under-20 Colt teams taking part for the first time.
Now, following UEFA approval, Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers – as the League of Ireland’s highest-ranked non-European participants in 2016 – will join the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup along with the Northern Irish and Welsh teams (Crusaders, Linfield, The New Saints and Gap Connah’s Quay) at the Second Round stage. The First Round Draw for the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup, which will be competed for by 56 teams in total, will take place on Tuesday, 27 June. Full competition format details will be announced in due course.
Last season’s new format and new participants also led to a new sponsor with soft drink brand IRN-BRU showing its continued support for Scottish football with a three-year sponsorship of the Scottish Challenge Cup, now the IRN-BRU Cup. The second season of their backing will see IRN-BRU Cup holders Dundee United, who beat St Mirren 2-1 in this year’s Fir Park final, defend the trophy with two new rivals added to the mix.
SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “We are thrilled to be working with our friends at the League of Ireland and offer both Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers a warm welcome to the IRN-BRU Cup following a very successful first year under the new format.
“Scottish football is leading the way with innovation around cross-border football which is likely to be a key part of the footballing landscape in the coming years. We developed strong and positive relationships with our counterparts in Northern Ireland and Wales last season, alongside our iconic and innovative sponsor, IRN-BRU, and look forward to doing the same with the League of Ireland, Bray Wanderers and Sligo Rovers in 2017/18.”
Welcoming League of Ireland clubs Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers into the competition, Adrian Troy, Marketing Director at IRN-BRU, said: “The revamped IRN-BRU Cup competition has proven to be a real hit with players, managers and supporters who last season enjoyed the exciting experience of being able to compete against different opposition, as well as travelling down to Wales and over to Northern Ireland.
“We’re really pleased to welcome Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers from the League of Ireland this season as the decision to extend the cross-border element is an innovative and unique approach for British and Irish football. As the football sponsor with balls we’ll continue to bring new ideas and personality to the cup while playing our part in connecting supporters to the competition on the road to the IRN-BRU Cup Final.”
FAI Director of Competitions, Fran Gavin added: “The Football Association of Ireland were delighted to receive the invitation for two SSE Airtricity Premier Division teams to participate in the IRN-BRU Cup. I know both Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers are relishing the opportunity to play against new opposition and will be looking to advance as far as possible in the competition. Both clubs have full time professional squads and have a reputation for playing an exciting brand of football which we hope will enhance the IRN-BRU Cup.
“We have watched the competition grow with the inclusion of clubs from Wales and Northern Ireland last season and we are delighted to be participating in the 2017/18 IRN-BRU Cup.”
The Scottish Challenge Cup was established for season 1990/91 to mark the Scottish Football League’s centenary and has been run every year since (with the exception of 1998/99).
ELLIE WINS BIG ON LUCKY NUMBER
Congratulations to Ellie Louise Stephen, who not only won the Flyer game at our last Bingo night, netting the £50 top cash prize, but she also shouted house on our lucky number, 69, winning a Meal for 2 Voucher, courtesy of The George Hotel.
Many thanks to all those who came along and our next Bingo will be Friday 7th July at 7:30pm.
BetFred Cup Fixtures
BOLO'S 'BITS AFF' DAY
The big defender ruptured his Achilles against Forfar back in April and has worn the boot all summer. Relieved to be bootless, Bolo now begins an intensive period of physio and hopes to be back playing around Sep/Oct time.
DANDY FRIENDLY DATE
We are delighted to announce our first two friendly dates as part of our pre-season programme.
We will welcome Aberdeen to Links Park on Tuesday 11th July, KO 7:00pm and on Friday 30th June we face Cove Rangers, also at Links Park, KO 7:45pm.
REMEMBER, Season Tickets are valid for all friendlies, so all the more reason now to snap up an early bird bargain.
FINAL FRIENDLY FIXTURE
We are delighted to announce our final pre-season friendly against Dundee United at Links Park on Tuesday 4th July with a 7:30pm KO.
This completes an exciting and challenging line up that will provide a still test ahead of our first competitive game in the Betfred Cup away to Hibernian on Saturday 15th July.