- Published: Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:58
If so you could be the very person for a vacancy at Links Park as Montrose FC are looking for a new Monty Mole.
The Club’s popular mascot has been a tad shy lately, and rarely appears for matches or at Club functions.
Vice Chairman John Crawford explained, “Monty Mole arrived at Links Park four years ago and quickly became an ever present on matchdays, mingling with our guests in hospitality, entertaining our younger fans and posing for photos.
“We want to re-launch Monty this season and to do so we need someone with a larger than life character, who can give up a couple of hours every other Saturday.”
Lily Mutch, widow of the late Montrose FC stalwart Bob, presented cheques to The Adam Centre and to the Fairview unit at Dorward House.
Dorward House Manager Deborah Philips said, “On behalf of our residents I would like to thank the MFC Fundraising Committee for the very generous donation to Fairview.
“We strive to provide lots of meaningful activities for our residents so they can continue with any hobbies they have and are able to try out some new activity ideas.
“This money will be used to buy calming and relaxing sensory equipment, which reduces stress and anxiety, especially for someone with dementia.”
Irene Mitchell, The Adam Centre Manager added, “Thank you to Lily for choosing our Centre and thanks to the MFC Fundraising Committee for organising the charity football tournament.
“Our Centre provides social and personal care, we promote independence and enable people who can be socially isolated to interact with their own peer group.
“Your donation will go towards a television for our small sitting room.”
The Bob Mutch Memorial Fives took place last month with over 70 players taking part. Whilst the Red Devils ran out overall winners, the biggest success of the day was the £600 raised for charity.
Our photo shows Lily (centre) with Deborah (left) and Irene (right) receiving their cheques and some folks from The Adam Centre.
Montrose FC have signed defender Iain Campbell on a one month deal and the experienced full back is expected to feature in tonight’s Irn-Bru Cup tie against Lowland League outfit East Stirling at Ochilview.
Manager Paul Hegarty suffered a double defensive injury blow recently, losing both new signings Michael Bolochoweckyj and Chris Hegarty in the Betfred Cup match against Alloa Athletic.
Whilst Bolochoweckyj is likely to return in a few weeks from his badly bruised ankle, Hegarty’s fate remains uncertain due to his ruptured Achilles.
Campbell’s arrival will strengthen the Links Park side and the 31 year old will add much needed experience to the back four.
The Kirkcaldy born defender started his career in 2002 with Dunfermline Athletic where he made 36 appearances for the Fife side. In 2006, he moved to fellow SPL club Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee and during his time there spent loan spells with both Ross County and Clyde.
In 2008 Campbell had one season with Alloa Athletic before joining Forfar Athletic where he enjoyed five seasons, 148 appearances and 13 goals.
Briefly moving to Cowdenbeath in 2014, Iain returned to Station Park, initially on loan, before resigning for The Loons last term.
Campbell scored against Montrose in the first round of the Challenge Cup last season in the 1 - 0 win but was released when Forfar were relegated to League 2 back in May.
Son of Dick Campbell, Iain has played under his father twice, at Ross County and Forfar and now joins forces with his brother, Ross at Montrose.
Honorary President John Paton said, "We are obviously disappointed at Derek's decision but fully respect his wishes. I would like to thank Derek, both personally and on behalf of the Club, for everything he has done in his time in charge."
Taking the hot seat in 2010, Derek arrived as the Club was experiencing significant challenges and he very quickly brought financial stability to the fore before embarking on a journey that would shape both the Club's medium and long term future.
Through 2014-15 Derek orchestrated fundraising activities and secured grants to allow the replacement of the worn out artificial grass at Links Park with a state-of-the-art 4G surface and earlier this year Derek was instrumental in the negotiations to buy back the Stadium from Bon Accord Estates.
Derek also demonstrated strong leadership during Season 2014-15 as the team survived the inaugural Pyramid Play-Off Final and over the last few years he has provided great support to the youth teams through the development of Club Academy Scotland.
Vice President John Crawford added, "Derek has done a fantastic job for Montrose FC and he will be sadly missed around the place. He will always be welcome here and we look forward to seeing him back very soon."
On departing, Derek said, "I would like to thank the Board, staff, players and fans for all their support over the last few years and I wish them all the very best for the future.
"I have very much enjoyed my time as Chairman but the time is right for me to move on. I want to spend more time with my family and travelling overseas with my wife Kathleen, but I do plan to stay involved with the Links Park Community Trust so I will be popping back to Montrose from time to time."
The Club expect to announce Derek's replacement following their next Board meeting in early August.
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