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13/05/24

MARQUIS RETIRES AFTER 35 YEARS AT LINKS PARK

Montrose FC marked a unique and special occasion recently with the retirement of their Groundsman and Kitman after 35 years of dedicated service.

For three and a half decades, Ronnie Marquis has been the beating heart behind the scenes at Links Park, diligently and meticulously attending to the preparation of everything and everyone for each and every matchday.

Down the years, Ronnie has become a well-known face and character up and down the leagues, making many lifelong friends with opposing kitmen and always willing to share opinions on the game with visiting linesmen and referees.

Manager Stewart Petrie said, “Ronnie has been an unbelievable servant to the football club and as soon as I came through the doors, he gave me all the support I could have wished for and it will certainly be a quieter place without him around – enjoy your retirement Ronton!”

Assistant Manager Ross Campbell added, “Thanks for all your support to the players and staff over multiple decades Ronnie. You have always been up sharp and at it, keeping me on my toes all the time, and one thing is for sure, the officials will certainly be celebrating your retirement! Happy retirement and look forward to seeing you at Links Park, getting to watch a full game (for a change) very soon.”

Talking on behalf of the current squad, Club Captain Paul Watson commented , “Ronnie, a massive thank you for everything you have done for us, you will be sorely missed by us all.  We have had some bad,  but mostly good times at the club in recent years and it wouldn’t have been possible without the job you have done for us. We will miss your support and passion for all things Montrose, when that whistle blew at 3pm, that was your time and your love for the team on the pitch shone through. I’m sure your friendly approach to the match officials will also be missed, not by them, but by us!! Enjoy your retirement Ron and thank you for everything. Mon the Mo!

Reminiscing from days gone by, Club Ambassador David Larter said, “I have known Ronnie over 35 years, and he has been an excellent member of the Club. I have lots of memories of Ronnie, but he used to take great delight with the old grass pitch of sanding the goalmouths, which I hated as it played havoc with my contact lenses – a great man whom I hope enjoys a long retirement!”

Good friend and former colleague Brian Leiper added, “it was great working with Ronnie, and I loved our long away days travelling all over the country. Had many a good time after games in our Bootroom with George Ferris and many opposition Kitmen and Directors – have a long and healthy retirement.”

Chief Executive Peter Stuart remarked, “Ronnie has been a fixture at this Club for as long as I can remember and has seen many ups and downs over the years. His constant presence in the stadium ensured that all visitors would see a smiling face to cheer the place up, and his equally constant presence in the dugouts on a matchday kept many a linesman on their toes!  He will be sorely missed by players, staff, directors, fans and visiting teams, but we wish him well in his retirement and look forward to welcoming him back to Links Park as a fan very soon.”

Finally, Club Chairman John Crawford added, “On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to sincerely thank Ronnie for all his years of incredible, dedicated service, and wish him a very long, happy, and healthy retirement, which is thoroughly deserved.

Our photo shows Peter and John presenting Ronnie with a retirement gift, which included a Certificate of Life Membership for Montrose FC.