WILLIE JOHNSTON – MBE
(Lifetime Achievement - awarded in 2014)
Born in Orange Lane in 1912, Willie first worked as a message boy and then as a van man with McFarlane the Grocers. In later life, he and his wife Jean ran the newsagents shop in Murray Street, before retiring in1968.
Willie always had a tremendous interest in local football and was one of the leading members of the Supporters Club before the War. When the Supporters Club was reformed after that conflict he was appointed Chairman. That role led him to be appointed to the Board of the Football Club as the Supporters Club representative in 1949, before being elected Chairman in 1955.
In 1945 he stood for the Montrose Town Council and topped the poll. He held various council offices and was elected as Provost, a position he would hold for four three-year terms, a council record. In 1969 his services to local government were recognised when he was made a freeman of the Burgh and awarded with an MBE.
Willie served Montrose FC as chairman for thirty years, before taking on the less onerous role of Club President. He always had the team’s best interests at heart and he was responsible for bringing many of the managers and players to the Club, most notably manager Alec Stuart.
During his time in the game he was also Chairman of the Forfarshire Football Association and a member of the Scottish Football Association. His reputation in the game was legendary, and he was known throughout Scottish football, not just for his love of football, but also for his fund of funny stories and, of course, playing the moothie.
To many he will simply
always be, ‘Mr Montrose’