Montrose v Stenhousemuir
Links Park Stadium, Montrose
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2018/19
Mo Streghthen Defence with New Signing
Montrose FC have signed young ex-Dundee United defender Adam Harwood on a short term contract until January. The 20 year old Northern Irishman will provide cover for a defence that has been depleted recently by injury and suspension. Adam is no stranger to Links Park having spent much of last season with the Gable Endies on loan from the Tannadice club, making 11 appearances. He joined United’s U20’s in 2013 from Irish Premiership side Portadown FC and during his first season won 4 caps for his country in the U19’s European Championship Finals in Belgium. Having been released by United in the summer, Adam has been training with the Links Park outfit and Manager Paul Hegarty has clearly been impressed with the progress made by the youngster. Adam is pictured, being welcomed to the Club by Assistant Manager John Holt.
Celurca Supports Investment in Mo Youths
Receiving their new strips at a recent photocall, both the Under 15’s and Under 17’s thanked Peter, and his wife Jane, for their very generous donation.
Celurca Investments, an Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas investment advisory firm, have also extended their sponsorship of the first team shorts for a further two seasons.
Peter said, “Youth development is very important to a club like Montrose and I am delighted to be able to help out and support in this way. I joined the Board of Directors here last year and I was amazed to learn of all the hard work that is required behind the scenes to run, not only the first team, but also our youth teams.”
“I would like to wish both teams all the very best for the coming season and I hope to see some of these talented players breaking into the first team in the near future.”
Travel for Saturday's Scottish Cup Tie
Montrose FC Supporters Club will be running a bus to the Scottish Cup tie against Lothian Thistle HV. Price is £10 for Supporters Club members and £15 for non-members. Contact Graham Christieson on the Supporters Club Facebook page to book a seat. The bus leaves Links Park at 10.30am on Saturday morning. There are still a very limited amount of seats left. Bus Now Fully Booked
Admission Prices for Saturday's Scottish Cup Second Round game are as follow;
£8 for adults and £3 for kids and OAP's
The Supporters Club have also been able to secure space in the Busy Bee pub on Saturday & the landlady has agreed to put some food on for everyone. They have a full size snooker table, darts & pool tables. All away fans are more than welcome & the pub is a 5 minute walk from the ground. The address is 34-38 Saughton Mains Gardens Edinburgh EH11 3QQ
For those fans driving to the game from Montrose, the route can be viewed on the RAC website at the following link http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/l/l6Oa
Some of the approaching roads will be affected by roadworks, although this should only affect drivers leaving Edinburgh to the South & West after 8pm.
The A90 and M90 south of the Forth Road Bridge will be shut, and the bridge will only be open for local access.
The section, which includes the M9 spur, will be shut from 20:00 on each Saturday until 06:00 on the Monday.
The closures will take place on 24 and 25 October; 31 October and 1 November; and 14 and 15 November.
Montrose v Rangers League Cup Semi Final 40th Anniversary
Montrose v Rangers, Wednesday 8th October 1976
League Cup Semi-final at Hampden Park
‘IT’S ALL A BIT OF A SURPRISE TO MONTROSE’ read the headline on the inside cover of the matchday programme. Well it might have been to the outside world but not to those in the Montrose camp including the fans in that golden era for our club. To Rangers the game did not and still does not figure too highly in their illustrious history but to Montrose it did and still does because it was and still is the only major semi-final they have ever reached (if you exclude the Forfarshire Cups and the Qualifying Cup).
Most of Scotland expected an easy passage for Rangers into the final and those who were not at the game or listening to live commentary would only think by reading the final score that it was indeed a ‘walk in the park.’ Montrose had other ideas however and after disposing of Raith Rovers, St Mirren, East Fife and Hibernian on the way to the semi-final why would they suddenly collapse in the next challenge? Would they simply be overawed by the occasion – would Rangers overwhelm from the start or would they take it easy – after all they were playing a lower league side. All those sort of questions were answered in the first 45 minutes of the game by a very strong and extremely committed Montrose side astutely assembled by Manager Alex Stuart. Rangers might well have the likes of Peter McCloy, Sandy Jardine, John Greig, Tommy McLean, Derek Parlane and Derek Johnstone in their team but Montrose had Dave Gorman, Les Barr, Stuart Markland, Dennis D’Arcy, Harry Johnston, Charlie Guthrie, Ian Stewart, Kenny Cameron, Malcolm Lowe, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Cant and Jim Guyan in their ranks.
Without any sign of nerves at all no doubt down to the usual dressing room psychology from Alex Stuart, Montrose tore into Rangers from the off. It was no fluke that Montrose without a shadow of a doubt had the upper hand by half time yet only a slender 1-0 lead to show for it following a Les Barr penalty in the 44th minute. I recall Rangers fans beside me in the South Stand whistling for half time and I bet Manager Jock Wallace was pleased to get his team into the dressing room only one goal down. Rangers were clearly ‘up’ for the second half but still Montrose penned them back. Defensively they coped with everything and Bob Livingstone hovered out on the left hand touchline for all clearances. His job was to hold up play, distribute and allow the defence to keep their shape and concentration. Midway through the second half, still a goal up Bob Livingstone hit Peter McCloy’s right hand post with a daisy cutter. If that had gone in I doubt if Rangers would have come back. Indeed a couple of very disgruntled ‘Gers fans next to me shouted words I can not repeat here but effectively they meant that if Montrose scored again the ’Gers had no chance. As it happened at that moment the game completely turned on its head. The rebound off the post found its way out wide right where the speedy Derek Parlane took it right down the park and equalised. The Montrose resistance at the back was damaged and it did not take long for a now rampant Rangers to add more goals. To their credit Montrose kept plugging away and Bob Livingstone reminded me not so long ago (when I did a Time Tunnel article on him) that at 1-3 down he hit a shot which had McCloy beaten all ends up but hit our own centre half big Stuart Markland and deflected wide for a goal kick. Poor Stuart had gone up for a set piece and was still in the 6 yard box. A real ‘what if’ situation indeed.
So Montrose were finally defeated by a very harsh 5-1 scoreline due to two very late goals but the nation or at least those who were at the game knew how well the Mo had done and were within 30 or so minutes of a dramatic upset.
When yours truly got to Aunt Margaret’s house in Hamilton after the game she met me in the doorway and said come away in I’ve got dinner ready for you – at after 10.00pm at night. She, bless her was overjoyed that Montrose had beaten the mighty Rangers 1-0! You see she went into the kitchen to make my dinner when Montrose were still winning 1-0 well into the second half and assumed ……… If only.
It was a night to remember, a cup run to remember, that Les Barr goal against Hibernian in the quarter final to remember, that whole squad of Alex Stuart to remember. It was 40 years ago this month. Those of us who were there will never forget, those who were not should never stop believing – it happened and who’s to say ……
I for one was so proud of my team that unforgettable night.
Montrose FC Legend Giles Gillett
Giles Marshall ‘Gil’ Gillett
Originally from Edinburgh, Giles Marshall ‘Gil’ Gillett played for Haddington FC before national service shortly after WW2, in the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine). Having impressed whilst playing for the BAOR, a number of Scottish clubs including Kilmarnock, were interested in his services, but he instead accepted an offer from South of the border, signing for English top flight side Middlesbrough as a 19-years-old shortly before being demobbed in April 1947.
Having impressed Middlesbrough manager David Jack, who tipped him to “become a star within two years”, Giles received an unfortunate knee injury during the last few minutes of the first practise match in August 1948, just days before the start of the 1948/49 season.
A short spell playing for Middlesbrough’s Reserve and ‘A’ sides followed, and Giles was joined for a short time by his brother George Gillett who in November 1948 also signed for the ‘A’ side. Their elder brother, Jack Gillett, acted as agent for both players in these deals.
These were successful times for the ‘Boro, flying high in the English First Division with a number of world-class players including George Hardwick and Wilf Mannion. The reserve squad were themselves very strong and played in front of thousands of supporters at their famous Ayresome Park Ground, winning the North Eastern League in ’48/49 (scoring 126 goals in 38 games), finishing third in 1949/50 with the best goal scoring record (124 goals in 38 games), and runners-up in 1950/51 (with 100 goals in 38 games). Giles was a key part of this free-scoring team, linking up well with veteran and ex-England cap Micky Fenton to create and score many goals.
Despite having a transfer fee placed on him by the Middlesbrough Directors, home-sickness and lack of first team opportunities led to a free transfer early in the 1950/51 season to Leith Athletic of the Scottish ‘C’ League. After playing well, Giles was retained by Leith for 1951/52, before leaving for Montrose in August 1952.
At Montrose, Giles was an important member of the first team throughout 1952/53, due to his ability to score and to create with both feet. As such, ‘Gil’ was used on the right and on the left side of the pitch in different matches, and records show he wore the number 6 and number 8 shirts for the Gable Endies.
After his time with Montrose, Giles returned to live in Middlesbrough. Adjusting his Football League registration from professional to amateur status in 1954, Giles took full-time employment at ICI and played for the works’ team, for whom he memorably netted 7 goals in a single game (final score…11-1!).
Also of interest to fans of football history is that fact that Giles’ nephew, David Gillett, was on the books of Hibernian, Crewe Alexandra, and Seattle Sounders, and played in the famous “Soccerbowl ’77” North American Soccer League 1977 championship final against a New York Cosmos side featuring the great Pele.
Settled in Middlesbrough, Giles had three children with wife Jeanne, and is today a Great-Grandfather.
Gable Endies Want Fans To Select Goal Beats
The Club would like Mighty Mo supporters to suggest some suitable tunes and they will then get the players to select their favourite. In return, the owner of the winning entry will receive a football signed by the current Links Park squad.
Club Captain Paul Watson said, "There has been a really good atmosphere at Links Park this season, obviously winning games helps but the numbers have increased and the young fans turning out every week with their drums and singing throughout the 90 minutes has been excellent. Goal music would add to that atmosphere and hopefully continue to add to the positive feel at the club"
So get your thinking caps on. The music doesn’t last long after a goal is scored so it needs to be upbeat and catchy, one the fans will recognise and hopefully join in with.
Sandy Wood ReturnsMontrose Football Club are delighted to announce Sandy Wood has signed a pay and play contract until January 2016. Sandy rejoins the Mo having last played for Cove Rangers last season and due to business commitments is not available every week. With Jordan Miller currently unavailable due to injury Sandy's experience will be invaluable in the current weeks.
Montrose FC Pitch Sponsors
Montrose Football Club are grateful to the following companies and supporters’ for their pitch sponsorship:-
|6 YARD BOX – St Anne’s B & B, Bridge of Don Aberdeen|
|18 YARD BOXES – Celurca & Kenny Caithness|
|EAST END -|
|WEST END - Main Sponsor Colin & Alison Maver in conjuction with David Larter|
|18 YARD BOXES - Celurca Investments Ltd and Kenny Caithness|
|GOALMOUTH/NETS AREA - Andy Stirling – StirFresh|
|CORNER FLAG QUADRANTS - Torbraud Investments Pte Ltd (Jeff Ewen)|
|A3 - Willie Anderson|
|A6 – Iain Bridges||A7 - Paul Donaldson||A8 – Barry O'Neill|
|A10/11- Infinity automation, Ian Allan||A12- Bob Rose||A15 – Lloyd & Hazel Sim||A17 Brian Stuart|
|A20 – Hillside FC|
|B1 – Andy Campbell||B4 - Kathleen Sim||B6 – Malcolm Sim
||B18 – John Donachie|
|C6 – Green Park Garage||C10 – Jen Laing||C17 – Kevin Webster|
|D6 – Bob Mutch||D8 – Wm Mustard & Son||D9 – Jamie Stuart||D12 – Mark Barrett|
|D15 – Daz Paton|
|E7 – Charlie, Graham & Murray Douglas||E8 – Amie Kenny||E12 – Derek Sim||E16 – East Fife FC|
|E17 – David Laing|
|F5 – David Larter||F6- ERF (Jim & Betty Smith)||F7 – Balmoral Offshore Engineering||F9 – S. Anderson|
|F11 – Lottie Duncan||F16 – Robert Stansfeld|
|G5 – Mr Webster||G6 – Fraser Sim||G7- The Martins||G9 – Ian Lorimer|
|G11 – In Memory of Bob Mutch||G12 – Kevin Crawford||G13 – John Paton||G15 – Grant & Sarah Wallace|
|G17 – Dod Masson Joinery|
|H6- Calum Stuart||H7- The Martins||H10 – Neill McIntosh||H11 – Scott Agnew|
|H12 – Carly & Finley Davidson|
|I5 – Stan Brown||I6 – Mya & Ellish Lamb||I7 – Andrew Stephen||I16 - Ian Craik|
|I17 - Billy Walker|
|J5 – Montrose Rope & Sail||J6 The Goldschmidt Family||J9 – East Fife FC||J11 – Fred Park|
|J13 – John Crawford||J14 – John Henderson||J15 – Gregor Strachan||J16 – Catherine Hay|
|K5 – Montrose Rope & Sail||K6 – Tracy Park||K7 – Peter Steven||K8 – Ken McGinlay|
|K10 – Alj Kenny||K17 – Paul Paton|
|L3 – Margaret Barrett||L5- Montrose Rope & Sail||L8 – Dr John Adams||L9 Mr 7 Mrs Ian Balneaves In Memory of Duncan Balneaves|
|L10 – Murray Emslie||L12 – Ross Boyd||L15 – Ronnie Marquis||L19 – George Stansfeld|
|L21 Jim Dinnie & Family|
|M2 – In Memory of Jimmy Butchart||M3 – Fraser Thornton||M4 – Green Park Garage||M7 – Green Park Garage|
|M9 – Codie Petrie||M13 – Alan Boath||M14 – Argyll Thomson||M20- Montrose Youth FC|
To purchase your square please contact Tracy Park or Anne Kenny
Mighty Mo Donate Artificial Pitch to Local Youths
Bob McCombie, Chairman of Montrose Youth said, “We are extremely grateful for this very kind donation by Montrose FC and it will go a long way to improving the facilities we provide for our youngsters. We are a very active club and with 13 teams at ages from 8 to 17 years, including 3 girls teams, we are one of the biggest youth setups on the east coast of Scotland. The demand for floodlit winter training is therefore high and at present we only have a grass surface under the lights at Kenny Park, which can quickly become unplayable. Converting this to an all weather surface will make a huge difference to so many of our kids.
Derek Sim, Chairman of Montrose FC added, “We are delighted to see our old pitch go to such a worthy cause. We had been trying to sell it on, but it was proving both impractical and time consuming so instead we decided to make the offer to Montrose Youth. In the end it made sense that our turf should support the development of grass roots football in the town.
“We already have a good relationship with the club as not only do they use Links Park for some of their training and matches, they also provide us with Ball Boys and Girls for all our home games.
“I am sure our local residents will be delighted too, as the rolls of turf and bags of infill have become a bit of an eyesore in our car park since the pitch was lifted back in June.”
Our photo shows MFC Chairman Derek Sim (left) and MYFC Chairman Bob McCombie (right) with some of the kids getting a feel for their new training surface.
Montrose v East Fife Goals
Videos by Mark West
Captain Recovering After Groin Surgery
Club Captain Paul Watson underwent surgery last week to repair the groin injury that has kept him out of action recently.
Paul said "The operation last Thursday, for the condition known as Gilmour's Groin, was fairly straight forward and went well. I was out of hospital the following morning and since then I have been at home recovering and starting my rehab exercises."
Overall recovery is expected to be around a month and Paul hopes to be running again by next week, building back up to full fitness and being ready for selection again by mid-October.
It goes without saying that all at the Club wish him a speedy recovery.
In the absence of Jordan Millar due to shoulder injury which might take a further four weeks to heal, Montrose have called upon a couple of trialist keepers in the last two matches. On the bench against Elgin City was Sandy Wood a familiar face at Links Park having three spells with the club prior to his departure to Arbroath in January 2014. Last season Sandy played for Cove Rangers in the Highland League. With Sandy unavailable against Stirling Albion it was the turn of another former Arbroath goalkeeper Scott Morrison to take his seat on the bench. Scott is currently playing for amateur side Drymen United.
Montrose 1 East Stirlingshire 0
Montrose 2 East Stirlingshire 0
Videos by Mark West
Gable Endies Go Continental With Latest Signing
The 22 year old midfielder previously played for Spanish 3rd National Division side Cultural Durango and Hegarty admits to having been impressed with what he’s seen so far of the youngster. Paul said, “Adrian has looked good in training and comes with the natural ability you expect from a kid who has grown up within Spanish football. He played in a friendly match recently and acquitted himself very well both in a wide role and in central midfield. He will be a great addition to the squad.”
Before moving to Durango in 2011, Adrian spent two years with Athletic Bilbao U19's during which time he won the Cup of Spain. Last season he scored nine goals for Durango, who reached the promotion play-offs.
Adrian has come to the UK to improve his English and further his studying in Business Management. His new Links Park team mates aim to have him speaking proper English in no time!
The Grass Really Is Greener For The Mighty Mo!
With the previous pitch having come to the end of its natural life the League 2 side were faced with financing a new state of the art surface during the close season.
Club Chairman Derek Sim (pictured left) explained, "We are delighted to have secured this grant and very grateful that the Scottish Football Partnership are prepared to support our Club.
In handing over the cheque, Stuart McCaffrey, Chief Operating Officer said, "We are about supporting football at all levels in Scotland and we look to help professional clubs with projects that are linked to National Club Licensing.
"We were more than keen to support the project here at Links Park as not only does it help the first team but it also helps with the great work they do in the community.
"I hope the new surface serves the Club well and delivers huge benefits."
The new pitch, which in total cost the Club over £100,000 uses the latest technologies and was provided and laid by German sports company Polytan, one of the leading international suppliers of synthetic turf. The Ligaturf RS+ Coolplus 240 World Cup Edition surface has a 40mm pile with over 100,000 blades per square metre and the green infill is the same as that used in the Bern Stadium.
“The pitch really has given the club a new lease of life. It looks great, it plays great and we have started the season with three home wins. Attendances are up so our fans must be enjoying the new pitch too which is all helping to create a positive and buoyant atmosphere."