Montrose v Stranraer
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 17th November 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
PETRIE ADDS TO LOAN SIGNINGS WITH ATTACKING YOUNG DON
Montrose FC have once again been busy in the transfer market, this time signing Aberdeen talented youngster Chris Antoniazzi on a season long loan deal.
The 18 year old attacking midfielder is a product of the SFA Performance School at Hazlehead and has featured for the Dons U17’s and U20’s, including a 3-0 victory as recently as Tuesday night in the Aberdeenshire Cup against Buckie Thistle.
The Scottish Youth internationalist also spent a couple of years on Celtic’s books but returned to Pittodrie last season where he joined the first team squad in a mid-season training camp in Dubai making his first team debut in the process.
Mo Boss Stewart Petrie said, “Chris is being talked about a lot at Aberdeen and I am delighted to be able to bring him to Links Park. He will bring an exciting youthfulness to our midfield options and completes a very productive week for us as we continue to strengthen our team ahead of the start of the league campaign against Arbroath at home tomorrow.”
This brings Petrie’s squad size for the coming season to 20 following the addition earlier in the week of talented young Hearts striker Euan Henderson, on loan until January next year.
PROGRAMME SELLERS WANTED
With a bumper crowd expected on Saturday we are looking for extra volunteers to help sell our official matchday programme, The Gable Ender.
Please message our FB page if interested (min age 12 yrs old).
SUPPORTERS INFO FOR DERBY MATCH
For the first time in 25 years all 4 Angus clubs compete in the same division, meaning a mouthwatering 24 Derby Days for supporters across the county to enjoy.
The first one of these takes place on Saturday at Links Park as we welcome Arbroath.
With a bumper crowd expected, segregation will be in place, details of which are shown below.
Arbroath fans will occupy the East Terrace along with two sections of the Bryan Keith Stand.
Admission will be £15 Adult, £8 OAP/U16 and £18 Family.
Please arrive in plenty time to allow safe entry to the Stadium and fans are reminded of the clubs Unacceptable Conduct Policy, which can be found on our website.
We hope both sets of supporters witness a highly competitive game and have a thoroughly enjoyable and safe afternoon.
CAPTAINS PHOTOCALLClub Captain Paul Watson attended a Ladbrokes promotional photo shoot today at Hampden ahead of the season start on Saturday.
FAIR PLAY TO MIGHTY MO FOR COMING TOP AGAIN
Having secured an historic trophy win last season, Stewart Petrie’s side have now picked up another award – the SFA League 2 Fair Play Award for the 2017/18 season.
Montrose finished top of the Fair Play table with the best disciplinary record of all the SPFL Ladbrokes League 2 sides, with Elgin runners-up and fellow promoted side Stenhousemuir third in the table.
In 9 of Montrose’s league and cup games last season, they were issued with no cautions and impressively went the entire season without a single red card.
This is made all the more impressive given the intensity of challenge laid down by Peterhead, which saw the Gable Endies clinch the title on a nail-biting last day of the season by just a single point.
Montrose played 46 competitive matches across the League, Scottish Cup, League Cup and Challenge Cup, winning 27, drawing 9 and losing 10.
GABLE ENDIES AGREE LOAN MOVE FOR YOUNG HEARTS STRIKER
Montrose FC have signed Euan Henderson on loan from Hearts until January 2019 as Boss Stewart Petrie looks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of his first campaign in League 1.
The highly-regarded 18 year old forward joined Hearts at Under-15 level from Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale, and made his first team debut against Celtic in May 2017.
Henderson went on to make a further 11 Premiership appearances last season for Craig Levein’s side and remains part of the Reserve team at Tynecastle.
Petrie said, “I am delighted to welcome Euan to Links Park. He comes highly recommended and I am excited to see what he can bring to our side as we begin our new challenge in League 1.”
Euan will go straight into the Gable Endies squad for their first League 1 fixture in 22 years, against Angus rivals Arbroath at home on Saturday, where the SPFL Ladbrokes League 2 Championship flag will be unfurled before kick-off.
LINKS PARK WELCOMES HMS MONTROSE
HMS Montrose made a fleeting visit to the town last weekend, and Montrose FC went out of its way to make the company of Royal Navy sailors welcome.
On Saturday morning, the crew’s football team took on the Montrose FC Amateurs at Broomfield in a friendly. Despite taking an early lead and striking the crossbar to almost make it 2 nil, the sailors eventually ran out of steam, succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.
After the match, both teams returned to Links Park for a light lunch before taking in the Montrose v St Johnstone game, which turned out to be thoroughly entertaining.
Facing tough opposition in the third of their Betfred Cup Group B games, the Gable Endies went toe to toe with the Premiership full timers from Perth. Despite going behind in the first half, Stewart Petrie’s men were not to be sunk, ending the game strongly and like the sailors earlier in the day ruing the crossbar when a thunderbolt long range effort from Martyn Fotheringham with only minutes remaining was set to earn a draw and lift the roof off the stand, until the woodwork came to the Saints rescue.
Accompanying the sailors to Links Park, and joining Directors from both clubs in the Boardroom was Lt Commander Chris Andrews, who kindly presented the Club with two bottles of HMS Montrose Gin.
In return, Chris was presented with a Montrose FC away strip, signed by last season’s SPFL Ladbrokes League Two winning squad.
Co Vice Chairman Peter Stuart said, “On behalf of the Club I would like to thank Chris and all the sailors for taking time out of their busy schedules to come along today and make the atmosphere really special.
“The town has a genuine affinity for the ship and the crew, and a pride in what they and the rest of our Armed Forces do each and every day.
“We were just delighted to be able to further strengthen this bond and we look forward to the ship’s next visit to the town.”
Our pics show, the Royal Navy football team, proudly holding the Ladbrokes League 2 trophy, Lt Commander Chris Andrews receiving the signed shirt from Co Vice Chairman David Laing with Peter Stuart holding a bottle of the HMS Montrose Gin, and Chris with Mo Boss Stewart Petrie.
LINKS PARK FLAG DAY WILL CELEBRATE LEGENDS
A summer of celebration for Montrose FC will culminate on Saturday with the unfurling of the SPFL Ladbrokes League 2 Champions flag ahead of the first Angus Derby of the new campaign against Arbroath.
The Gable Endies secured only their second ever league title back in April, on an enthralling helicopter Saturday, when a dramatic and nail-biting draw against Elgin on the last day of the season was just enough to edge out fellow title chasing Peterhead.
For many of the young Mo faithful, this was indeed a unique experience, given the Clubs only other league win came some 33 years ago back in 1984-85.
Club Chairman John Crawford explained, “I hope our fans will once again turn out in numbers on Saturday to witness what will be a very proud and historic day for everyone associated with Montrose FC.
“Our Manager Stewart Petrie, his staff and the players did an incredible job last season, writing an unbelievable chapter in the Clubs history that will become legendary and relived over and over again in the years and decades to come.
“Whilst our priority now is the upcoming League 1 campaign, for one more time before kick-off on Saturday we should rightly celebrate this great achievement.”
ADMISSION PRICES FOR ST JOHNSTONE MATCH
Prices for our Betfred match on Saturday will be Adults £15, OAP/U16 £8 and Family £18 (1 Adult and 1 U16).
Season Tickets are NOT VALID for this match.
The WJ Lounge will be open with entry Adult £20, OAP £15 and U16 £10.
Segregation will not be in place so both home and away support will enter via Wellington Street turnstiles.
With a larger than normal crowd expected fans are asked to arrive in plenty of time.
MIGHTY GESTURE AS MO GIFT SEASON TICKETS TO YOUTHS
Montrose FC have made a grand gesture ahead of their SPFL Ladbrokes League 1 campaign by gifting Season Tickets to their younger counterparts at Montrose Youth FC.
Each of the near 300 players will receive a ticket for Links Park to come along and watch Stewart Petrie’s successful side compete at this higher level for the first time in 22 years.
Dave Grant, Chairman of Montrose Youth FC said, “ I would like to thank Stewart and Montrose FC once again for this fantastic gesture. The club kindly gave us half season tickets as a Christmas gift back in December which our boys and girls and their parents greatly appreciated and it continues to strengthen the bond between the two clubs.”
Montrose FC Chairman John Crawford added, “We are delighted to be able to once again offer these tickets to the kids within Montrose Youth FC. Dave and his club are great supporters of the club through their extensive use and hire of our facilities and with them working under the umbrella of Links Park Community Trust, we continually look for opportunities to strengthen this relationship.
“Attracting fans of the future is a constant challenge these days so we hope this will encourage a few more to come along and add to what will be another very exciting season.”
Our photo shows Dave with a selection of Montrose Youth players receiving their tickets from the Mo Boss.
All other Season Tickets remain on sale for what is set to be a cracking year ahead with all four Angus clubs in the same division for the first time in 25 years and which kicks off this Saturday when Arbroath visit Links Park.
ADMISSION PRICES FOR EAST FIFE
Prices for our Betfred match on Tuesday will be Adults £10, OAP/U16 £5 and Family £12 (1 Adult and 1 U16).
The WJ Lounge will be open as normal to members with Guest entry Adult £15 and OAP/U16 £10.
Season Tickets are VALID for this match.
CHAMPIONSHIP FLAG DAYFor the first time in 33 years a Championship flag will be unfurled at Links Park on Saturday- don’t miss it!
WISHING BROWN WELLEveryone associated with Montrose FC would like to wish @CoveRangersFC player @JordonBrown28 a speedy recovery following his head injury earlier today. Jordon, we hope to see you back to full health, & in action, as soon as reasonably possible. Best wishes!
3RD PLACE SECURED IN BETFRED CUP
Despite a poor performance on Wed night against Forfar, we have secured our best ever placing in the Betfred Group stage.
Well done to the boys and now we turn our attention to league business next Saturday.
EVERYONE A WINNER AT SOUNESS LUNCHMany thanks and congratulations to all those who won raffle or auction prizes at our Summer Lunch recently, where football legend Graeme Souness was the star attraction.
GABLE ENDIES SECURE RENNIE ON 2 YEAR DEAL
Montrose FC have extended the contract of Martin Rennie for a further year, keeping the much talked about young striker at Links Park until the summer of 2020.
The 24 year old arrived from Junior side Lochgelly Albert back in January and was initially seen as a long term development prospect, but the highly sought after goal scorer grabbed his chance with both hands.
Quickly becoming a fans favourite, Rennie made 10 appearances and netted 4 times last term and his strength and determination was instrumental in setting up Jamie Redman’s equaliser against Elgin on the last day of the season to secure the SPFL Ladbrokes League 2 title for Stewart Petrie’s men.
With experienced veteran Chris Templeman hanging up his boots in the summer the Mo faithful were cautious over who would lead their charge into League 1 but it appears Martin is ready to step up to the challenge.
His performances this season including the winner against Falkirk on the opening weekend of the Betfred Cup has led to a number of early enquiries from other clubs, which makes the Mo Boss even more delighted over the strikers decision to extend his stay at Links Park.
Petrie said, “I am super pleased that Martin has agreed to extend his contract with us. He has done really well and has risen to every challenge we have set him.
“He has good ability, fabulous potential and undoubtedly a bright future in the game but most importantly the lad has a great attitude and temperament and he will be a big, big player for us this year.”
Our photo shows Martin with Assistant Manager Ross Campbell.
MORE COVE ACTION AT LINKS PARKCove Rangers will host Falkirk at Links Park tomorrow (Mon) night in a pre-season friendly with a 7:30pm KO. Adult £5 and OAP/U16 £2
SUPPORTERS CLUB DONATE £2K TO MIGHTY MO
Montrose FC Supporters Club have donated £2,000 to Montrose FC to help the Gable Endies get off to a flying start in League 1.
With the team’s success on the field last season, lifting the SPFL Ladbrokes League 2 trophy for the first time in 33 years, the fundraising efforts of the Supporters Club have been boosted from the resulting increased crowds and media attention.
Chairman of the Supporters Club, Graham Christieson said, “It’s with great pleasure we are in a position to donate money to the club. This is through increased sales of our half time draws and fund raising efforts of our committee. After last season’s success we hope this helps with the upcoming League 1 campaign.”
Receiving the cheque, Honorary President John Paton added, “On behalf of the Club I would like to sincerely thank the Supporters Club for this donation and their continued support.
“The start of a season is always a critical time financially for clubs like ours with new squads being built and player budgets being set, but this year is all the more important for us as we look to compete in a new and higher league.”
Our photo shows John Paton (third left) receiving the cheque from Graham Christieson accompanied by fellow Supporter Club Committee Members (left to right), Mark Stewart, Chris Smith and Mark Watson.
FINAL FRIENDLY DETAILS
Our friendly programme completes on Saturday as we welcome Cove Rangers to Links Park. Admission will be £6 Adults, £3 OAP/U16’s, £7 Family.
The Bon Accord Lounge will be open to the public from 1:30pm with a cash bar and draught lager available.
The WJ Lounge will be open as normal to members with guest entry £10.
Season Tickets are valid for this game.