Raith Rovers v Montrose
Starks Park, Kirkaldy
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
Montrose 1 Queen's Park 2
MONTROSE fell to a second consecutive defeat despite a spirited performance against high-flying Queen's Park.
The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when, against the run of play, JOHN CARTER was sent clear of the home defence and slotted a low shot past Stuart McKenzie.
They doubled their advantage in the 36th minute when the unmarked PAUL WOODS headed home from Darren Miller's corner.
Montrose were given a lifeline in the 64th minute when Leighton McIntosh was tripped in the box by Bryan Wharton. GARRY WOOD stepped up to take the penalty, firing a low shot past William Muir.
Although they maintained their momentum for the remainder of the match, Montrose were unable to find an equaliser.
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East Fife 3 Montrose 0
Montrose Football Club failed to build on Tuesday night’s moral boosting victory over Berwick Rangers when they lost heavily to East Fife on Saturday.
This was a ground that Montrose have never faired at well in the past and after a good first half it looked as though they could take something from the match.
But they conceded a late first half goal and once that had happened their was going to be only one winner.
Montrose still only remain three points off a play off spot but this is more due to the dog eat dog situation in the league rather than any good Montrose performances.
George Shields side now face four tricky matches that could make or break their season with home visits by Queen’s Park and Elgin City and visits to Arbroath and Albion Rovers.
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"Moment In History"
SPFL clubs to support ‘Moment in History’ this weekend
All 42 SPFL clubs will join forces with teams across the UK this weekend (5-8 December) to commemorate the 1914 Christmas Truce football matches.
As part of ‘Football Remembers Week’, a series of programmes and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic matches from the First World War, Scottish clubs will show their support and create their own ‘Moment in History’ by holding a mixed team photograph before kick-off.
At each of the 21 SPFL fixtures across this weekend, all 22 starting players will pose together for a group photograph to celebrate the spirit of the unofficial ceasefire matches which took place during the first Christmas of the Great War.
Images from across the country will be uploaded to social media using the hashtag #FootballRemembers and fans will also be able to see all photographs at the official website FootballRemembers.com. As well as SPFL clubs, teams from all levels of the Scottish game are being encouraged to create their own ‘Moment in History’ and can find more details on how to take part on the Football Remembers Week website (URL above).
Speaking of the initiative, SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “The 1914 Christmas Truce matches demonstrated the unifying power of football and it’s important we use this opportunity to acknowledge and remember the spirit and humanity of those involved.
“Despite what was happening, these young people were able to put differences aside to enjoy a game of football and it’s pleasing to see clubs across the country coming together to commemorate one of the few bright moments in what was a very dark chapter of history.”
‘Football Remembers’ is a series of programmes and events being delivered jointly by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League, in partnership with the British Council, to commemorate the First World War. The SPFL has been asked to participate and give its support to the ‘Moment in History’ mixed team photograph activity across the weekend of 5-8 December 2014.
East Stirlingshire 4 Montrose 0Montrose Football Club continued their poor run of form against East Stirlingshire on Saturday when the home side ran out big winners with a scoreline few could have grudged them. It was the home side’s first win against the Gable Endies since January 2012.
Montrose have now failed to win any of their fixtures in league and cup stretching back to 23rd September and have only won two points in that run from two away fixtures at Berwick Rangers and Annan Athletic.
Amazingly enough despite slipping to second bottom in the table they are only two points off fourth spot.
Hopefully the side will return to winning ways in their next league fixture at home to Berwick Rangers on Tuesday 2nd December but it will have to be a big improvement on this fixture to achieve that.
Bingo DayMontrose Football Club are holding another of their popular Bingo Events at Links Park on Sunday 7th December. Just remember that this time it will be a daytime event starting at 2.00pm in the Bon Accord Lounge. No need to book - just come along and join the fun and hopefully win one of the many cash prizes.
Happy Birthday CharlieHappy 90th birthday wishes on Saturday 15 November to former Montrose FC player and life long fan Charlie Douglas from all family in Montrose and Edinburgh.
Charlie who still stays in the town hasn’t been at Links Park as often as he would like but he is still a great source of local knowledge and that certainly came to light when Steve Doyle featured some of this tails in the Time Tunnel feature in the programme. Charlie’s son Graham and grandson Murray have both kept up the family tradition by becoming Montrose fans and both contribute each week to the match programme.
Charlie is pictured left with his son & grandson.
Montrose 1 Arbroath 5MONTROSE slipped to their second derby defeat in the space of a fortnight, shipping five goals and having their goalkeeper sent off for the second successive match.
Arbroath went in to the half time break with a 1-0 lead thanks to a 17 minute strike from former Montrose youngster Simon Murray and Carreiro added a second shortly after the break. Garry Wood gave Montrose some hope of a fightback when he converted a penalty in the 56th minute, but Arbroath goalkeeper David Crawford extended the visitors lead again, scoring from a wind assisted free kick. Montrose's afternoon went from bad to worse six minutes from the end, Birnstingl shown a straight red card for a foul on McManus who converted the penalty then added a fifth two minutes into stoppage time.
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Youth Academy News17’s playing “For Real”
Since Club Academy Scotland has been established, all 11-a-side games for age groups U13 to U17 has been regarded as “Development” games with no points and no League tables. Having reviewed what has been happening in other European countries the SFA have decided to introduce a competitive element at the U17 age group, so from 9th November 2014 our U17’s will now be playing for points. The current U17 squad have a combination of 15 & 16 year olds who come from various locations stretching from Banff to Dundee and also includes 4 local players from Montrose. The highlight of the season so far was a great 3-1 victory away to Inverness Caley so we look forward to a successful league campaign and hope that our boys can provide many more upsets throughout the season.
New Loan SigningMontrose Manager George Shields has strengthened his squad following the signing of 19 year old Defender Adam Harwood who has joined on loan from Dundee United until January 23rd 2015. The defender had spells with Portadown and Glenavon in his native Northern Ireland before his move to Tannadice this summer. He has all the qualities required to become a top class defender – pace, aerial prowess, bravery and leadership.
Goalkeeper SuspensionGoalkeeper Stuart McKenzie sat out Saturday’s match as he served the second of his two match suspension. Stuart was sent off for the second time this season against Queen’s Park recently.
Berwick Rangers 2 Montrose 2
After looking dead and buried in the first half, Paul Watson was able to snatch an injury time winner for Montrose in the mid week match at Shielfield to grab what hopefully may prove to be a vital point in this seasons League 2 promotion race.
Berwick will be kicking themselves for not making the game safe in the first half when Montrose were well below par. It was a better second half but by no means vintage Montrose – yet, it was still a well won point in the end and one which might prove vital come next May.
On the plus side however Montrose did not cave into another five goal toasting at Berwick. At one point in the first half it looked to be heading that way but despite the lack of spark this eventually was a more resilient Montrose which nicked a point in a never say die second half performance.
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Lucas BirnstinglGoalkeeper Lucas Birnstingl has returned to Canada after his red card in the derby day defeat by Arbroath. Lucas was personally very upset by his performance in the defeat which not only included his sending off late in the match but which also saw the visitors goalkeeper ex Gable Endie David Crawford score with a wind assisted goal. Lucas who has had spells with Dundee, Clyde, Queen’s Park and Airdrie United has returned home to find a new club nearer his home. All at Links Park wish him the best in the future. In total Lucas made 4 + 1 substitute appearance during his short spell at Montrose.
135th Birthday Today! - 13th October 2014We can’t go any further back into the Tunnel this week but we can, and should go back to the very beginning to record what research tells us about the origins of our football club. We all know that the club was founded in 1879 and those of you who donated for a copy of ‘The Journey so far’ will also know the exact date was 13th October 1879. That book was a limited edition to 100 copies however and sold out very quickly so we should repeat as much as we know about the full story here in the Time Tunnel for posterity and all those in the future who would not get a copy of the book.
The inaugural meeting leading to the formation of Montrose Football Club as we know it today took place in Montrose Town Hall on Monday 13th October 1879. Football in the town was not a big deal in those days unlike Rugby Union and Golf so the meeting to discuss soccer style football was not front page or even back page news. It was however reported several pages in purely as a routine local news item in the Montrose Review. Here is the exact wording of the report :-
‘On Monday a meeting of Montrose Football Club was held in the Town Hall and it was agreed unanimously to change the rules of the club to those of the General Association. The following office bearers were appointed for the ensuing season:- G J Lindsay, Captain, D P Davidson, Secretary and Treasurer, and also on the Committee were Robert Johnstone, John Skene, John Smith, A Wadie and Thomas Johnstone.
The Johnstone brothers Robert and Thomas are largely credited with the idea of creating a soccer style football club in Montrose. They were rugby players and played for the local club which existed and played many games and for several years previous. Those games were almost always reported fully in the local newspapers and one of those newspapers suggested some time after October 1879 that it was rugby players who started to play training games by simply kicking the ball rather than handling it and using the lower section of the rugby posts as football goal posts. Soccer style football was already being played elsewhere in Scotland and Queen’s Park we founded in 1867 – even Arbroath were founded in 1878 so maybe those rugby players were just larking around in training or maybe those soccer style kick abouts were intended to be more meaningful. We will in all probability never know.
That inaugural meeting in October 1879 however said ‘it was agreed unanimously to change the rules of the club to those of the General Association.’ That was the significant starting point. It looks clear that some form of football club existed in the town before 13th October 1879 and the Montrose Review first mentioned such a thing by including a short reference to a game between Montrose and Arbroath Rovers on 6th January 1877 which Montrose won 1-0. They then also reported on another game against the same opposition which took place on 1st December 1877 and ended early in darkness at 0-0. Several other games were played in 1878 against already established sides visiting the area such as Kelvinside and a Windsor Xl but by changing to and adopting the General Association rules, meaning those of the Scottish Football Association Montrose could now get involved in playing other clubs from the local area and further afield and in a more organised manner. They would also have to play with a round ball, football style goal posts (without a net or crossbar in those days) and with eleven a side instead of fifteen. For ‘official’ games within Association Rules there would be a neutral ‘umpire’ assisted by goal line officials who would adjudicate in the event of a dispute regarding whether the ball had passed between the posts and also if it was too high. One assumes the latter became such a point of disagreement that eventually tape was used and strung across the top of the posts until more sensibly crossbars were introduced in 1875.
Anyway, back to football in Montrose which took off in great fashion after 1879 with huge crowds flocking to the Links for every game and even just to training sessions where the local lads reached stardom proportions. We all know I’m sure that the first official game was played against Arbroath Wanderers on 8th November 1879 although games after that against other teams were either not so regular or were not reported until the popularity of the game and the size of the crowds dictated that the local Press turned up to report what exactly was going on. By the mid 1880’s however full fixture lists of friendly games were constructed and Montrose were by then playing in the order of 50 games a season with a great deal of success and to quite huge vociferous crowds. By 1891 they had entered a formal league structure, the Northern League and those early seasons are currently being recorded in more detail in another feature article in each MFC programme.
Scotland v IrelandMontrose Football Club will be showing the Scotland v Ireland match on the big screen at Links Park on Friday 14th November
Montrose 1 Arbroath 3 aet
A hat trick from the experienced Paul McManus was enough to book Arbroath a place in the third round of the William Hill Scottish Cup and a home tie against Highland League Nairn County.
The teams battled it out over 210 minutes of cup football but in the end it was the clinical finishing of the striker that gave his side victory.
After going behind to another early goal Montrose recovered from the set back and equalised through Paul Harkins. It looked as though they would go on and win the tie but couldn’t find a way past David Crawford in 90 minutes and were made to pay in extra time when they again suffered the loss of an early goal.
Montrose must now look to put this behind them and look to get a good result when they visit Berwick Rangers in a re-arranged league 2 fixture on Wednesday night.
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Fixture AmmendmentWith Berwick Rangers playing Albion Rovers in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday 29th November our home fixture with them scheduled for that Saturday has been postponed. It will now take place on Tuesday 2nd December with a 7.45pm kick off. It will be the second times the sides have failed to play on the scheduled date due to the Scottish Cup.
Supporters Club Donations
Graham Christieson, Supporters Club Chairman recently presented Club Chairman Derek Sim with a cheque for £1,200 as sponsorship for kit for our new Under 14's youth team. Derek thanked the Supporters Club and said the kids would be so excited to receive their new kit.
The Supporters Club also recently presented the Club with a donation of over £200, raised from the sale of 50/50 Draw tickets. Reece is pictured handing over the cheque to Club Chairman Derek Sim who thanked the Supporters Club and said the money will go towards the purchase of a new ice machine as the current machine is coming to the end of its useful life.
New Keeper Signed on LoanMontrose have signed goalkeeper Joe McGovern on loan from Dundee United until January 19.
The 20-year-old, who was previously with Enniskillen Town, is the younger brother of Hamilton Accies No 1 Michael McGovern.
He makes the move to Links Park after Lucas Birnstingl left the League 2 club to return to Canada in the wake of last week's 5-1 defeat to Arbroath.
Away Travel - Annan AthleticAnnan Athletic 15th November Kick Off 3pm
Road: From the north on the M74, turn off at junction 20 and follow the signposts for Annan. After three miles, immediately on entering Annan, the club is on the right-hand side. From the south/east turn off at Gretna and follow the signposts for Annan. Head into the town centre and turn right at the traffic lights (At William Hills). After half mile the ground is on your left. From the west turn off the A75 following the signposts for Annan. Head into the town centre and turn left at the traffic lights (at William Hills). After half mile the ground is on your left.
Train: Annan Railway Station is located on the Carlisle to Dumfries line. The ground is about 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station. When exiting the train coming from Carlisle (if coming from Dumfries you don't have to cross the footbridge) cross over the footbridge and head straight down St Johns Road where you will come to a set of traffic lights. Go straight across the traffic lights and that's you on North Street (The shed pubs on your left and that's well worth a visit). Walk up North Street for 5-10mins and you'll come straight to Galabank Stadium.
Admission: Adults £10, Adult & Child (under 12 years) £10 (Accompanied Children U12 free entry) and Concessions £5 (Concession entry covers Senior Citizens (65+), Juniors under 16)
Sat Nav Code: DG12 5DQ