- Published: Saturday, 24 October 2015 14:22
Receiving their new strips at a recent photocall, both the Under 15’s and Under 17’s thanked Peter, and his wife Jane, for their very generous donation.
Celurca Investments, an Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas investment advisory firm, have also extended their sponsorship of the first team shorts for a further two seasons.
Peter said, “Youth development is very important to a club like Montrose and I am delighted to be able to help out and support in this way. I joined the Board of Directors here last year and I was amazed to learn of all the hard work that is required behind the scenes to run, not only the first team, but also our youth teams.”
“I would like to wish both teams all the very best for the coming season and I hope to see some of these talented players breaking into the first team in the near future.”
Montrose FC Supporters Club will be running a bus to the Scottish Cup tie against Lothian Thistle HV. Price is £10 for Supporters Club members and £15 for non-members. Contact Graham Christieson on the Supporters Club Facebook page to book a seat. The bus leaves Links Park at 10.30am on Saturday morning. There are still a very limited amount of seats left. Bus Now Fully Booked
Admission Prices for Saturday's Scottish Cup Second Round game are as follow;
£8 for adults and £3 for kids and OAP's
The Supporters Club have also been able to secure space in the Busy Bee pub on Saturday & the landlady has agreed to put some food on for everyone. They have a full size snooker table, darts & pool tables. All away fans are more than welcome & the pub is a 5 minute walk from the ground. The address is 34-38 Saughton Mains Gardens Edinburgh EH11 3QQ
For those fans driving to the game from Montrose, the route can be viewed on the RAC website at the following link http://www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/l/l6Oa
Some of the approaching roads will be affected by roadworks, although this should only affect drivers leaving Edinburgh to the South & West after 8pm.
The A90 and M90 south of the Forth Road Bridge will be shut, and the bridge will only be open for local access.
The section, which includes the M9 spur, will be shut from 20:00 on each Saturday until 06:00 on the Monday.
The closures will take place on 24 and 25 October; 31 October and 1 November; and 14 and 15 November.
‘IT’S ALL A BIT OF A SURPRISE TO MONTROSE’ read the headline on the inside cover of the matchday programme. Well it might have been to the outside world but not to those in the Montrose camp including the fans in that golden era for our club. To Rangers the game did not and still does not figure too highly in their illustrious history but to Montrose it did and still does because it was and still is the only major semi-final they have ever reached (if you exclude the Forfarshire Cups and the Qualifying Cup).
Most of Scotland expected an easy passage for Rangers into the final and those who were not at the game or listening to live commentary would only think by reading the final score that it was indeed a ‘walk in the park.’ Montrose had other ideas however and after disposing of Raith Rovers, St Mirren, East Fife and Hibernian on the way to the semi-final why would they suddenly collapse in the next challenge? Would they simply be overawed by the occasion – would Rangers overwhelm from the start or would they take it easy – after all they were playing a lower league side. All those sort of questions were answered in the first 45 minutes of the game by a very strong and extremely committed Montrose side astutely assembled by Manager Alex Stuart. Rangers might well have the likes of Peter McCloy, Sandy Jardine, John Greig, Tommy McLean, Derek Parlane and Derek Johnstone in their team but Montrose had Dave Gorman, Les Barr, Stuart Markland, Dennis D’Arcy, Harry Johnston, Charlie Guthrie, Ian Stewart, Kenny Cameron, Malcolm Lowe, Bobby Livingstone, Jimmy Cant and Jim Guyan in their ranks.
Without any sign of nerves at all no doubt down to the usual dressing room psychology from Alex Stuart, Montrose tore into Rangers from the off. It was no fluke that Montrose without a shadow of a doubt had the upper hand by half time yet only a slender 1-0 lead to show for it following a Les Barr penalty in the 44th minute. I recall Rangers fans beside me in the South Stand whistling for half time and I bet Manager Jock Wallace was pleased to get his team into the dressing room only one goal down. Rangers were clearly ‘up’ for the second half but still Montrose penned them back. Defensively they coped with everything and Bob Livingstone hovered out on the left hand touchline for all clearances. His job was to hold up play, distribute and allow the defence to keep their shape and concentration. Midway through the second half, still a goal up Bob Livingstone hit Peter McCloy’s right hand post with a daisy cutter. If that had gone in I doubt if Rangers would have come back. Indeed a couple of very disgruntled ‘Gers fans next to me shouted words I can not repeat here but effectively they meant that if Montrose scored again the ’Gers had no chance. As it happened at that moment the game completely turned on its head. The rebound off the post found its way out wide right where the speedy Derek Parlane took it right down the park and equalised. The Montrose resistance at the back was damaged and it did not take long for a now rampant Rangers to add more goals. To their credit Montrose kept plugging away and Bob Livingstone reminded me not so long ago (when I did a Time Tunnel article on him) that at 1-3 down he hit a shot which had McCloy beaten all ends up but hit our own centre half big Stuart Markland and deflected wide for a goal kick. Poor Stuart had gone up for a set piece and was still in the 6 yard box. A real ‘what if’ situation indeed.
So Montrose were finally defeated by a very harsh 5-1 scoreline due to two very late goals but the nation or at least those who were at the game knew how well the Mo had done and were within 30 or so minutes of a dramatic upset.
When yours truly got to Aunt Margaret’s house in Hamilton after the game she met me in the doorway and said come away in I’ve got dinner ready for you – at after 10.00pm at night. She, bless her was overjoyed that Montrose had beaten the mighty Rangers 1-0! You see she went into the kitchen to make my dinner when Montrose were still winning 1-0 well into the second half and assumed ……… If only.
It was a night to remember, a cup run to remember, that Les Barr goal against Hibernian in the quarter final to remember, that whole squad of Alex Stuart to remember. It was 40 years ago this month. Those of us who were there will never forget, those who were not should never stop believing – it happened and who’s to say ……
I for one was so proud of my team that unforgettable night.
Giles Marshall ‘Gil’ Gillett
Originally from Edinburgh, Giles Marshall ‘Gil’ Gillett played for Haddington FC before national service shortly after WW2, in the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine). Having impressed whilst playing for the BAOR, a number of Scottish clubs including Kilmarnock, were interested in his services, but he instead accepted an offer from South of the border, signing for English top flight side Middlesbrough as a 19-years-old shortly before being demobbed in April 1947.
Having impressed Middlesbrough manager David Jack, who tipped him to “become a star within two years”, Giles received an unfortunate knee injury during the last few minutes of the first practise match in August 1948, just days before the start of the 1948/49 season.
A short spell playing for Middlesbrough’s Reserve and ‘A’ sides followed, and Giles was joined for a short time by his brother George Gillett who in November 1948 also signed for the ‘A’ side. Their elder brother, Jack Gillett, acted as agent for both players in these deals.
These were successful times for the ‘Boro, flying high in the English First Division with a number of world-class players including George Hardwick and Wilf Mannion. The reserve squad were themselves very strong and played in front of thousands of supporters at their famous Ayresome Park Ground, winning the North Eastern League in ’48/49 (scoring 126 goals in 38 games), finishing third in 1949/50 with the best goal scoring record (124 goals in 38 games), and runners-up in 1950/51 (with 100 goals in 38 games). Giles was a key part of this free-scoring team, linking up well with veteran and ex-England cap Micky Fenton to create and score many goals.
Despite having a transfer fee placed on him by the Middlesbrough Directors, home-sickness and lack of first team opportunities led to a free transfer early in the 1950/51 season to Leith Athletic of the Scottish ‘C’ League. After playing well, Giles was retained by Leith for 1951/52, before leaving for Montrose in August 1952.
At Montrose, Giles was an important member of the first team throughout 1952/53, due to his ability to score and to create with both feet. As such, ‘Gil’ was used on the right and on the left side of the pitch in different matches, and records show he wore the number 6 and number 8 shirts for the Gable Endies.
After his time with Montrose, Giles returned to live in Middlesbrough. Adjusting his Football League registration from professional to amateur status in 1954, Giles took full-time employment at ICI and played for the works’ team, for whom he memorably netted 7 goals in a single game (final score…11-1!).
Also of interest to fans of football history is that fact that Giles’ nephew, David Gillett, was on the books of Hibernian, Crewe Alexandra, and Seattle Sounders, and played in the famous “Soccerbowl ’77” North American Soccer League 1977 championship final against a New York Cosmos side featuring the great Pele.
Settled in Middlesbrough, Giles had three children with wife Jeanne, and is today a Great-Grandfather.
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