Forfar Athletic v Montrose
Station Park, Forfar
Saturday 15th December 2018
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONNIE
Everyone at the Club would like to wish Ronnie Marquis a Happy 60th Birthday!!
Having been at Links Park for almost 30 years, Ronnie has done a remarkable job as Groundsman and Kitman, making many friends along the way and his passion and enthusiasm for the Club can be clearly seen through his animated behaviour on the sidelines every Saturday.
Following training tonight, players, management, Directors and staff staged a surprise reception for the Birthday Boy where he received a number of gifts including a special cake in the shape of a mucky home shirt and a framed, signed Celtic top, Ronnie’s second favourite team.
Many happy returns Ronaldo!!!
KIDS TURN OUT IN NUMBERS TO CELEBRATE WITH THE MO!
When Jamie Redman scored the winner against Stenhousemuir on Saturday, the loudest cheer of the season went up at Links Park thanks to a bumper 1,182 crowd.
Hundreds of local youngsters enjoyed free entry as a thank you from Links Park Community Trust for helping the Club achieve the Best Professional Club in the Community award recently from the SFA.
LPCT Chief Executive Peter Davidson said, “I would like to thank everyone who turned out today to help us celebrate winning this prestigious award.
“To be recognised as the best out of the 42 Professional clubs in Scotland is a real achievement, and something the whole community should be proud of.
“The icing on the cake was seeing Stewart Petrie’s side secure another vital 3 points in a nail biting win to extend our lead at the top to 6 points. Hopefully some of those attending today will be encouraged to come back again and cheer on the Mighty Mo!
Our photo shows Peter pre-match, with the SFA trophy in front of the expectant crowd.
MASSON MAKES 250th APPEARANCE FOR GABLE ENDIES
In taking to the field last weekend at Balmoor, Terry Masson reached a remarkable milestone in the modern game, making his 250th appearance for Montrose FC.
Now in his eighth season at Links Park, Terry is the longest serving player at the club after joining in June 2010 from junior side Carnoustie Panmure.
He quickly endeared himself to fans with his energy and tough tackling in midfield and has been a vital part of boss, Stewart Petrie’s side that currently sit proudly top of Ladbrokes League Two.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, “On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to sincerely congratulate Terry on reaching this significant milestone.
“He has shown outstanding dedication and commitment over the past 8 years and his attitude and professionalism has been a great example to our younger players.“
Terry played for both Dundee and Dundee United before the 29 year old moved to his home town side Arbroath. He spent two seasons at Gayfield making 4 starts and 16 substitute appearances before moving to Carnoustie Panmure.
Brechin City brought Masson on loan for the final stages of season 2009/10 and Masson was a regular off the bench as the Glebe Park side reached the Play-Off Final.
He has featured over 20 times this season for the Gable Endies and has scored 26 goals in his Links Park career.
Stewart Petrie added, “Terry has been great since I arrived and he should be righty proud of his achievement, something very few players in today’s game will come anywhere close to.
“Although, according to the boys in the dressing room, he could have reached 250 games months ago if he hadn’t been so intent in his early days of giving his name and number to the officials!”
Our photos show John Crawford presenting Terry with a specially embroidered shirt signed by all his teammates and Vice Chairman Peter Stuart presenting Terry with his award.
FREE MONTROSE FC MATCH TICKETS!
Links Park is set to see the largest crowd of the season on Saturday with hundreds of local school kids having received free tickets from Montrose Football Club.
Having won the coveted award last year from the SFA of ‘Best Professional Club in the Community’ Montrose FC wanted to say thank you in return to the younger members of the local area, all of whom engage with Links Park Community Trust.
Peter Davidson, Chief Executive of Links Park Community Trust explained, “We have issued, on behalf of MFC, every Primary school child with a ticket that entitles both them and an accompanying adult free entry on Saturday to our match against Stenhousemuir.
“The team, under Manager Stewart Petrie are doing fantastically well, sitting 4 points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League Two.
“We want to make Saturday a celebration of our success in winning the award from the SFA and in turn we hope the boosted numbers will cheer the boys on to another vital 3 points.”
Our photo shows Peter with the free tickets in the stand where he hopes to be joined on Saturday by hundreds of local youngsters.
YOUNG KIERAN JOINS ‘LEA ON LOAN
Montrose FC youngster Kieran Thomson has joined local Junior side Montrose Roselea on a short term one month loan.
The 17 year old enjoyed a great start to the season at Links Park making 6 appearances including his debut off the bench in the BETFRED Cup tie away to Hibernian and starting the Club’s first Ladbrokes League Two fixture away to Edinburgh City.
However, since Mo Boss Stewart Petrie’s squad returned to full strength, Kieran has found it difficult to break back into a team enjoying their best season for many years, currently sitting proudly at the top of the table.
Petrie said, “Back in the summer Kieran did fantastically well, stepping in to help us out when we were depleted through injuries and holidays. Since then we have kept a close eye on his development with our U17’s and I believe this short term loan is the perfect move for him at this moment in time.
“We look forward to seeing his progress over the coming weeks.”
FFIT START DATE ANNOUNCED!
Links Park Community Trust have announced that this year's Football Fans In Training (FFIT) programme will be launched in February. The men’s programme will be kicking off on Monday 19th if February, with the women’s programme beginning on Wednesday 21st February.
FFIT is described as a "healthy living and weight loss programme" and is fully funded by the Scottish Government, using the latest scientific approaches to combat weight issues across Scotland, through the power of football.
The FREE 13 week programme is specifically designed to cater for both men and women aged 35-65 years of age, with a waist size of at least 38 inches, and/or a BMI of 28 or greater, and is run in partnership with The SPFL Trust through Scottish Government funding, and Montrose Football Club.
Participants will take part in a weekly 90 minute session, delivered by fully trained club coaches, where they will be guided through a 45 minute classroom based session, before taking part in various types of physical activity on the pitch at Links Park Stadium.
Since 2015 LPCT has engaged with 96 participants, losing a combined total of over 400kg in weight, and losing over 500cm off their waists. To put that into perspective, the 400kg in weight lost, is the equivalent weight of 1000 footballs!! And the 500cm lost from the participants waists, is the equivalent of the length of a Volkswagen Beetle!
The programme clearly has undoubted success, and any potential FFIT participants don't need any football playing experience. They don't even need to like football, all they need is a keen interest in becoming healthier.
If you have already signed up but haven’t yet received confirmation of the start dates, then please get in contact via the above email address.
All at Montrose FC were saddened to hear of the passing of John McGlashan earlier this month and with his funeral taking place today, our thoughts and condolences are with Johns family at this difficult time.
As a mark of respect to the great man, a minutes applause was held on Saturday ahead of our home match against Stirling Albion, made even more emotional with the presence of a number of John’s former team mates.
John started his Senior football career at Links Park as a 21-year-old in 1988 and quickly established himself as a player who would go far in the senior game.
His strong powerful running from the centre of the park and his goalscoring exploits saw him make 68 appearances and net 10 times for the Gable Endies before being snapped up by Millwall in 1990 for a five-figure fee where he became team mate of a certain Manchester United striker, Teddy Sheringham!
John enjoyed a successful spell in English football playing for Peterborough United and Rotherham United as well as loan spells with Fulham and Cambridge United.
On returning north of the border in 1997 he went on to play for his home town team Dundee and then had a two-year spell with Ross County before finishing his Senior playing career with Angus neighbours Arbroath.
Overall John scored 57 Senior goals mostly (25) for Arbroath for whom he made 120 appearances and for whom he also managed from 2005 to 2009.
Ex-team mate Gary Murray said, “John and I became friends pretty much immediately when he arrived at Links Park. We always kept in touch during his successful playing days down south and more recently we met weekly to talk football over coffee. John was determined and dedicated as a professional, he had a great influence on my son Simon and was always positive and cheerful.
“I will truly miss my friend.”
Les Barr added, “I will always remember John as an honest lad, not only in football but as a human being. He was great with kids wanting to be footballers and it was so sad to hear the news.
“Heaven has another Angel.”
Alan Lyons said, “Big John was an immediate hit with his teammates when he arrived at Links Park. He was very unassuming and just wanted to play. As a box to box midfielder he was fantastic for the Mo and went on to have a fantastic career.
“A great teammate, true gentleman and sorely missed.”
David Larter added, “John was a big raw Junior when he joined us at Montrose but he soon established himself as a box to box midfielder who could score goals. He quickly became both a players and fans favourite with his passion and dedication to Montrose.
“Whilst in London I met John a couple of times and on one occasion advised him to take the new contract that MillwallManager Bruce Rioch had offered him.
“John was not only a great footballer but a great lad whotouched many lives in his lifetime and will be fondly remembered by us all.”
MIDFIELD DUO HEAD WEST ON LOAN
Montrose FC players Ryan Ferguson and Danny Cavanagh have both joined local Junior side Forfar West End on a short term one month loan deal aimed at giving the midfielders some much needed game time.
Ferguson, now in his third season with the club following his move from Brechin City has struggled on and off with injury this term, making only 5 appearances from the bench but is now back to full fitness and keen to break back into the first team.
Cavanagh, who re-joined the Gable Endies in the summer from Broughty Athletic started the season on the treatment table and, like Ryan has just returned to full fitness.
Manager Stewart Petrie has made good use of short term loan deals this season, speeding up the return to the first team of both Gary Fraser after a spell at Arbroath and Michael Bolochoweckyj after 2 months at East Stirlingshire.
Petrie said, “It has been a frustrating season for Danny and Ryan and I hope this opportunity works out for them both. I have a lot of faith in the boys as Ryan was the first player whose contract I extended and Danny was one of the first new faces I brought to the Club, so I am as keen as they are to see them be successful here.
“Getting game time will improve their sharpness and we look forward to welcoming them back in a few weeks.”
DEFENSIVE CONTRACT EXTENSIONS AT LINKS PARK
Gable Endies rear guard Allan Fleming, Iain Campbell and Jordan Millar have all signed contract extensions with the Club keeping them at Links Park until summer 2019.
Keeper Fleming made the move from Angus neighbours Arbroath in 2016 and recently made his 50th appearance for Stewart Petrie’s side. An ever present since the start of September, the 33 year old stopper has been a key factor in this seasons strong start, keeping 12 league clean sheets to date and only missing out last Saturday due to flu.
Having left Forfar Athletic in the summer of 2016, Campbell was brought to Links Park at the start of the following season by then boss Paul Hegarty, initially to provide short term injury cover. However the experienced and versatile defender went on to make 22 appearances for the Gable Endies before leaving the Club last season.
When new boss Petrie faced similar defensive injuries at the start of this term, Campbell returned to provide cover and once again established himself as an ever present in the 25 games since his arrival, interrupted only recently due to a groin strain.
The 32 year old has also proved a dead ball specialist, scored 4 goals this term, one from the penalty spot and 3 direct from free kicks.
20 year old Millar made the permanent move to Links Park in 2016 after completing a season long loan spell from St Johnstone. The stopper has recently returned from a 2 month loan spell with Junior side Lochee Utd and made his 50th appearance for the Gable Endies last Saturday.
Petrie said, “Our defensive record this season has been outstanding and both Allan and Iain have played a massive part in that. They bring great experience and professionalism to the dressing room and it speaks volumes for where the Club is right now that they are prepared to commit their long term futures here.
“Jordan has had to be patient this season due to Fleming’s form and it is great to see him return from loan desperate to fight for his place.
“Overall I am delighted to add all 3 to our ever growing squad for next season, which will give us real stability over the coming months.”
Our pictures show Petrie with Campbell and Goalkeeping Coach Jim Butter with Fleming and separately with Millar.
Enjoy the Links Park experience with a special 3 course buffet for the match v Edinburgh City on 31st March.
At £40 + VAT per person, tickets are selling fast, so book now to secure your table!
TALKING WITH BOLO
Having returned to first team action, we caught up with Michael Bolochoweckyj following his long injury layoff and recent loan spell.
He said: “I have been lucky generally with injuries through my career, with the Achilles injury back in April being my first serious one. So I didn’t know what it would be like. At the start it is tough, as you can’t do anything, but once I was on the rehab stage, I focussed totally on that, and doing it properly has got me back to where I am.
“In terms of the loan move, myself and the coaching staff thought I needed to get game time before attempting to get back into the Mo team. I felt the same way, and spoke to people at the Shire. It’s a club close to my heart so was happy to help them. On the plus side, I came back more match fit and I hope they benefited from my experience.”
Bolo not only featured in our last match against Edinburgh City, he also managed to grab his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win.
He beamed: “The goal was a great feeling, especially as the game was in Edinburgh, even more so because my two boys told me which celebration to do. I tried my best!
“The game itself was one of an open nature. I don’t think we played as well on the day as we have done in some of the games leading up to that one. However, we did manage to get the three points and that’s the key thing at this stage of the season.”
“I think the teams that are near the top of the league are the ones you would have expected to be there at the start of the season. I am sure a few fans and other people outside the club are surprised that we are where we are, but we knew that the squad the manager and the coaches had built was one that has quality and it would do well in this league.
“There is still a long way to go, though, so lets not get carried away just yet.”
Read the full and exclusive interview in tomorrows official match day programme The Gable Ender...
GABLE ENDIES ADD FIREPOWER TO PROMOTION PUSH
Montrose FC have signed in demand striker Martin Rennie from Junior side Lochgelly Albert until the summer of 2019 as Manager Stewart Petrie looks to add more goals to his promotion run in.
The 23 year old, who joined the McBookie.com East Region outfit in 2016 from Kirkcaldy YM Amateurs has scored 17 goals this season playing both as a front man and in behind a front two, bringing him to the attention of a number of professional clubs.
The Links Park side currently sit top of Ladbrokes League 2 with title chasing Peterhead breathing down their necks, only one point behind but with 2 games in hand.
Petrie said, “Our priority, coming into the transfer window was to increase our options up front and I am delighted Martin has chosen to join us. Our form this season has been excellent and the squad we have is very strong, but we are always looking to improve.
“Having trained with us recently, we were able to get a good look at Martin and we have been very impressed. He comes highly rated, full of confidence, carrying a real threat from set pieces and a good goal scoring record.”
Rennie will go straight into the squad for the Gable Endies home game against Clyde tomorrow.
BOLO MAKES SPFL TEAM OF THE WEEKCongratulations to Michael Bolochoweckyj whose performance and goal on Saturday against Edinburgh City has earned him a place in this week’s SPFL Team of the Week...
MONTROSE FC SUPPORTERS' CLUB DINNER
Join the Montrose FC Supporters' Club for a dinner evening with guest speakers Stewart Petrie and Dennis D'Arcy at the George Hotel on Saturday 3rd March 2018.
NEW DATE FOR BUSINESS CLUB EVENT
The next Club 1879 event, with guest speaker Seán Dillon, will now take place on Friday 9th March.