DOUBLE WIN FOR GABLE ENDIES AFTER TITLE SUCCESS
Just days after lifting the Ladbrokes League Two title, Montrose FC have received more silverware, with Stewart Petrie and Sean Dillon being announced as the sponsors League Two Manager and Player of the Year.
Sean joined the Club last summer from Dundee United as both Player and First Team Coach. His influence both on and off the park led the Links Park side to having the meanest defence last year, conceding on average less than a goal a game including 18 clean sheets.
With the Angus side bottom of the league, Stewart took up his first senior management role in Dec 2016, determined to bring success back to a club that had languished in the bottom tier for 22 years.
After just 5 months in the job, Petrie secured a promotion play-off place with a draw against Clyde in the last game of the season and whilst, ironically, Peterhead were to prove too strong in the play-offs, belief had been reborn.
This season, Stewart has guided his side to their first title in 33 years and only their second in their almost 140 year history. The level of consistency he achieved with his squad has seen many long standing club records broken, winning 23 games, losing only 5, spending 20 weeks at the top of the table and clocking up 77 points (only Rangers, with 83 points, have won the league with more).
Pre-season favourites Peterhead pushed the Gable Endies all the way, but a second half strike on Saturday from Jamie Redman proved to be a historic goal for the Angus side and secure a well-deserved and long awaited title for the 2,380 fans crammed into Links Park.
Club Chairman John Crawford said, "I would like to congratulate both Stewart and Sean on winning these thoroughly deserved awards. Stewart has completely turned the Club around since walking through the door with his infectious optimism and positivity. I am sure this went a long way to convincing Sean to join us in what was seen as a marque signing at the time, but nobody could have imagined the true influence he would have and the historic season that lay ahead.
"We have a great positivity at the club right now and everyone has played their part in our overall success, all of which I would like to sincerely thank.
"It is through this team effort, both on and off the park that accolades like this are won and I would once again like to congratulate both Stewart and Sean on winning these awards."