Our History

MFC through the years

The club was founded. On the 8th November they played their first game of Association Football in Montrose against the Arbroath Wanderers

The club, encouraged by the support it was receiving, rented its own pitch which they named Links Park. This was situated to the east of Dorward House in the North side of what is now Dorward Road.
The first match was played at Links Park on 19th September against Lochee Athletic. Montrose won 11-1

Montrose FC joined the Scottish Football Association. The club moved to its present Links Park location.

The first game on the new pitch was a friendly game against Caledonia Rangers, Perth. Montrose won 6-3.


R.W Mackie was the first Montrose player to become a pro. He signed for Newcastle West End soon after the start of the 1890-91 season.
Mackie was also the first Montrose player to play in a representative match, being chosen to play for Forfarshire against Sterlingshire in 1887 at 17 years of age.

In March 1891, Sandy Keillor was selected in the Scottish team to play Wales.

Keillor was born and bred in the town and made his debut for Montrose in 1884. The following year Keillor again represented his country, this time against Ireland and he opened the scoring in a 3-2 victory.


In January, Montrose took on East End (Dundee) at West Craigie Park Dundee in the final of the Forfarshire Cup, scoring five goals to their opponents three to win the Cup.
A large crowd welcomed the teams return at the Caledonian Station and special licences were granted to the Black Horse Inn and Commercial Hotel to allow for proper celebrations.
The team adopted their current team colours of Royal Blue, prior to which they had played in black and white stripes.

Shortly after turning professional, the team was admitted into Division 3 of the Scottish Football League.
Montrose won the Scottish Qualifying Cup

Brian Third scored the most league goals for Montrose in season 1972/73 (including six in one match at Stranraer). He also scored 5 cup goals that season for a total of 33.

The largest crowd to watch Montrose at Links Park was 8,983 for the 1973 Scottish Cup tie against Dundee.

Years later, regulations reduced the capacity of Links Park to 3,500 but safety upgrade works in 2012 for the league visit of Rangers raised the capacity again to 4,906.


Record win of 12 – 0 against Vale of Leithen in the Scottish Cup during the 1974/75 season at Links Park.

This season also saw 15 consecutive games unbeaten.

Gary Murray became a record transfer for the Club when he was sold to Hibernian for £60,000, a figure that has not been broken since. Gary was inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame in 2004.


Montrose FC win the 84/85 Scottish Second Division

The team also record 7 consecutive wins during the  season.

The seater stand is built into the stadium seating 1,294 fans.
Les Barr, David Larter, Dennis D’Arcy, Bobby Livingstone, Alec Stuart, Gary Murray, Colin McGlashan, Ian Stewart, Ivo Den Bieman, Martin Allan, Harry Johnston were all inducted into the Hall of Fame
The laying of the first 3G artificial surface.
Martin Boyle won the Ginger Boot in season 2011/12 after hitting 22 goals to finish as Scotland’s top league goal scorer.
In 2012, Links Park Community Trust (now Montrose CT) was founded as the clubs charitable arm, using the power and widespread appeal of football to inspire change.
In December 2012, the league fixture with Rangers was televised live on ESPN.
Lifetime Achievement awarded to Willie Johnston MBE
The First Pyramid Play-off match. In May 2015, Brora Rangers were beaten 3-2 over two legs in the inaugural Pyramid Play-Off Final to prevent Montrose dropping into the Highland League.
Ladbrokes League 2 Champions 2017/18
The appointment of Stewart Petrie as Manager in December 2016 proved a masterstroke as within 16 months he led us to only our second league title.

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