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Arbroath Football Club
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HibernianVSArbroath
25 Jul 2017 - 19:45Easter Road, Edinburgh

Ball Boys Have a Ball

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Yesterday we had 4 guest Ball Boys helping the club in our local derby against Montrose. Holidaymakers Cameron Neill, Brandon Bryce and Jack Monaghan were joined by local youngster and Arbroath Lads Club player Rory Cargill. The boys had a great time and even managed to get a photo in the dugout with Arbroath FC star Colin Hamilton.

Hibernian vs Arbroath – Ticket Information

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Hibernian vs Arbroath – Ticket Information
 
Tuesday 25th July – Easter Road, Edinburgh – 7.45pm kick off.
 
Arbroath supporters who are traveling to Easter Road on Tuesday night for our 3rd match in Group D in the Betfred Cup should read these details.
 
Arbroath supporters will be accommodated in the South Stand.
 
This is located at the end of Albion Road and it is the same stand that we were accommodated in for our Scottish Cup tie fixture 3 seasons ago.
 
Please purchase a ticket from the South Stand Ticket Pod then proceed to turnstiles 5 & 6. It would be advised to take cash.
 
Wheelchair users and attendants have an acceptable entry gate at the South Stand.
 
Admission is set at £15 for Adults and £10 for Concessions (concessions may be asked for proof of identity to confirm eligibility).
 
Please arrive in plenty of time to make sure you have your seat before kick off at 7.45pm
 
Easter Road is a no smoking stadium and this includes the use of e cigarettes and vaping.
 
Flags will be permitted after they have been presented to Stewards and checked on camera by Control Room Staff.
 
Travel
 
Travel by Road: The postcode for sat nav used is EH7 5QG.
Edinburgh is notoriously busy and with the traffic and possible roadworks please allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
 
Edinburgh City Council have also introduced new 20mph speed limits throughout the city and several around the Easter Road and Leith area in particular. Cameras are in use for the new speed limits.
 
Parking
 
Car parking is available on-street outwith any restricted areas. Please check signs and cones. Edinburgh parking attendants are known for issuing tickets and this area is well patrolled on match days.
 
We hope to see you there cheering on the Lichties!
 
Images courtesy of Google Maps.

Angus Nairn

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Angus Nairn
 
It is with deep regret that we pass on the sad news that devoted Lichtie Angus Nairn has passed away.
 
Everyone associated with Arbroath FC would like to pass on their deepest sympathies and regards to Angus’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this terribly sad time.
 
One of Angus’s closest friends Dave Ramsay has written this wonderful tribute.
 
As a lad of five years old, Angus was inducted to Gayfield Stadium, where for the next 77 years he devoted his loyalty to his “Lichties” and latterly his star player, Ricky Little.
 
Gladly, Angus was able to attend all three pre – season friendlies, and his last attendance was at the Bolton Wanderer’s game last Tuesday.
 
Sadly, Angus passed away peacefully and at home with his family on Wednesday, and today at Gayfield where we beat Montrose 4 – 0, we kept his seat vacant, and an AFC football scarf tied to the barrier to his memory.
 
Many supporters today, came and paid their respects to Angus, to Stewart, Charlie and myself, his close football pals.
 
On Wednesday this coming week, the day of his funeral, AFC have decided to fly the AFC flag at half – mast as a mark of loyalty and respect for the family, and the funeral cortege will drive past Gayfield and the flag, as Angus passes Gayfield for his very last time.
 
A silver Quaich will soon be donated to AFC as “The Angus Nairn Memorial Trophy” a trophy to be presented annually, for “The best newcomer to the Team” from the best, loyal, long – serving “Lichtie.”
 
This decision will be that of the Manager and Directors, and will serve to keep the memory of Angus Nairn alive, for many, many years to come.
 
Charlie Wood his friend, is also going to sponsor a match day football in August, in memory of Angus.
 
Angus is pictured at his last game at Gayfield in fantastic spirits at the match against Bolton Wanderers with Arbroath Chairman Mike Caird, dear friend Dave Ramsay and Facilities and Kit Manager Louise Walker.  A huge smile and raising his glass to us all! Two days later at the end of season dinner for the Arbroath Chest Heart and Stoke Association at the Meadowbank inn, Angus has received a letter from the Head Office CHS Scotland, commending him on the work he has done for the Thursday Club.
 
Rest in Peace Angus. You are in our thoughts.

“Hats the Way to Do It” say’s Kathie

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Before yesterdays game Arbroath supporter Kathie Murdoch presented Arbroath FC Manager Dick Campbell with one of her hand knitted Arbroath FC “Tammies”. Kathie who is originally from Methil and now stays in London has knitted “Tammies” for a number of Arbroath FC supporters. Picture shows Kathie and her son Duncan and Dick modelling his new AFC “Tammie”.

Arbroath 4 – 0 Montrose

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Arbroath thumped local rivals Montrose this afternoon at a soaking wet Gayfield to move into second in Group D in the Betfred Cup.

David Gold opened the scoring in the 31st minute before second half substitute Danny Denholm scored twice in 5 minutes before Steven Doris netted the Lichtie’s 4th goal in the 90th minute after good play from Kane Hester.

Arbroath sit in 2nd place with 5 points, 3 points behind leaders Ross County and 1 point above Hibernian.  However the Lichties travel to Easter Road on Tuesday to face Neil Lennon’s side before we welcome Ross County to Gayfield on Saturday 29th July.

New Signing – David Hutton

David Hutton

New Signing – David Hutton

Arbroath FC are delighted to announce the signing of Goalkeeper David Hutton.

The 32 year old keeper moves to Gayfield having spent the last two seasons at East End Park with Dunfermline Athletic and was in goal when we played our Betfred Cup tie there last season.

David started his career with Aberdeen, before a short spell with Junior side Petershill in his native Glasgow. A move to Clyde followed where he made just under 100 appearances.

In the 2006-2007 season when Clyde were in the Scottish First Division (Now Championship) he kept 11 clean sheets as Clyde finished with the best defensive record in the league.

A move to Queen of the South followed in 2009 after Clyde were hit with financial problems and David made over 50 appearances at Palmerston before seasons at Hamilton Academical and Greenock Morton.

From 2013 to 2015 David was at Ayr United making over 70 appearances before Allan Johnston snapped him up for Dunfermline Athletic.

Now David starts a new chapter in his footballing career as he moves to Gayfield.

Welcome to Arbroath!

Matchday Programme

Issue one

We are delighted to be working again with JJ Sports Promotions for the production of our Matchday Programme.

The programme is a footballing ritual and still very collectable for many supporters up and down the country.

Tomorrow we launch our first programme for the new season and it is a double issue for our Betfred Cup matches against Montrose and Ross County.

Summer signing Danny Denholm is the cover star for Issue 1!
The programme also includes a note from assistant manager Ian Campbell, the thoughts of skipper Mark Whatley, a double page poster spread of celebration highlights from Stirling, an autograph page with poster of Blair Yule, a full fixture list, photographs from recent friendlies and an in depth look at our summer signings.

Our programmes are another way that the club can raise funds through advertising and from sales. We appreciate every copy that is sold and hope that you will continue to back our matchday programme.

If you have any features you would like to see, or any stories, photographs, announcements or other famous Arbroath exploits please contact Programme Editor Andrew at – andyppoole@aol.com

Remember to pick up a copy!

C’mon the Lichties!

Latest News

Arbroath Football Club - Official added 30 new photos to the album: Hibernian 3 - 1 Arbroath - Flashback — with JJulie Watson and 2 others at Hibernian Football Stadium.

Scottish Cup 5th Round - Saturday 7th February 2015

As we travel down to the Capital tomorrow evening to play Neil Lennon's Hibernian in the Betfred Cup we have a quick look back to the last time we met in February 2015 in the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup.

Ricky Little, Mark Whatley and Bobby Linn are the sole survivors of that Lichties side and then a 22 year old Simon Murray was in his debut season for the Lichties!

Arbroath had taken the lead through Keiran Stewart in the 17th minute and remained in the lead until the 42nd minute when David Gray set up Franck Dja Djedje.

A Jason Cummings drive sliced off Liam Gordon to beat Marc McCallum in goals in the 60th minute in a cruel blow for the Lichties.

Substitute Dylan McGeouch put the tie beyond Arbroath's reach with a fine solo goal in the 68th minute.

It was a great afternoon for the Lichties where they performed well against Allan Stubb's Hibernian and there was a traveling support of 774 Lichties who cheered on the team!

Were you there?

Hibernian

1 - Mark Oxley
2 - David Gray
4 - Paul Hanlon
5 - Liam Fontaine
16 - Lewis Stevenson
8 - Scott Robertson
20 - Scott Allan (Stanton 77)
22 - Fraser Fyvie
10 - Liam Craig (c) (McGeouch 59)
29 - Franck Dja Djedje
35 - Jason Cummings

Substitutes

6 - Jordan Forster
11 - Sam Stanton - 20; 77th
19 - Danny Handling
27 - Lewis Allan
30 - Tomas Cerny
39 - Scott Martin
23 - Dylan McGeouch - 10; 59th

Goals - Dja Djedje 42, Gordon 60 (og), McGeouch 68

Arbroath

1 - Marc McCallum
2 - Liam Rowan
3 - Johnny Lindsay
4 - Ricky Little
5 - Liam Gordon
6 - Mark Whatley
7 - Dylan Carreiro (Lowdon 88)
8 - Adam Hunter (c) (Linn 59)
9 - Paul McManus
10 - Simon Murray (Buchan 78)
11 - Keiran Stewart

Substitutes

12 - Bobby Linn - 8; 59th
14 - Kevin Buchan - 10; 78th
15 - Jordan Lowdon - 7; 88th
16 - Jack Smith
17 - Craig Johnstone
21 - Lenny Wilson (GK)

Booked - Hunter 28, McManus 42, Whatley 56, Lindsay 63, Carreiro 73,

Goal - Stewart 17

Ref - Andrew Dallas

Attendance - 9065
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Scottish Cup 5th Round - Saturday 7th February 2015

As we travel down to the Capital tomorrow evening to play Neil Lennons Hibernian in the Betfred Cup we have a quick look back to the last time we met in February 2015 in the 5th Round of the Scottish Cup.

Ricky Little, Mark Whatley and Bobby Linn are the sole survivors of that Lichties side and then a 22 year old Simon Murray was in his debut season for the Lichties! 

Arbroath had taken the lead through Keiran Stewart in the 17th minute and remained in the lead until the 42nd minute when David Gray set up Franck Dja Djedje.

A Jason Cummings drive sliced off Liam Gordon to beat Marc McCallum in goals in the 60th minute in a cruel blow for the Lichties. 

Substitute Dylan McGeouch put the tie beyond Arbroaths reach with a fine solo goal in the 68th minute.

It was a great afternoon for the Lichties where they performed well against Allan Stubbs Hibernian and there was a traveling support of  774 Lichties who cheered on the team!

Were you there?

Hibernian

1 - Mark Oxley
2 - David Gray
4 - Paul Hanlon
5 - Liam Fontaine
16 - Lewis Stevenson
8 - Scott Robertson
20 - Scott Allan (Stanton 77)
22 - Fraser Fyvie
10 - Liam Craig (c) (McGeouch 59)
29 - Franck Dja Djedje
35 - Jason Cummings

Substitutes
 
6 - Jordan Forster
11 - Sam Stanton - 20; 77th
19 - Danny Handling
27 - Lewis Allan
30 - Tomas Cerny
39 - Scott Martin
23 - Dylan McGeouch - 10; 59th

Goals - Dja Djedje 42, Gordon 60 (og), McGeouch 68

Arbroath

1 - Marc McCallum
2 - Liam Rowan
3 - Johnny Lindsay
4 - Ricky Little
5 - Liam Gordon
6 - Mark Whatley 
7 - Dylan Carreiro (Lowdon 88)
8 - Adam Hunter (c) (Linn 59)
9 - Paul McManus
10 - Simon Murray (Buchan 78)
11 - Keiran Stewart

Substitutes

12 - Bobby Linn - 8; 59th
14 - Kevin Buchan - 10; 78th
15 - Jordan Lowdon - 7; 88th
16 - Jack Smith
17 - Craig Johnstone
21 - Lenny Wilson (GK) 

Booked - Hunter 28, McManus 42, Whatley 56, Lindsay 63, Carreiro 73,

Goal - Stewart 17

Ref - Andrew Dallas

Attendance - 9065

Arbroath 4 - 0 Montrose - Match Report

Betfred Cup Group D - Match 2 - Season 2017 / 2018

Saturday 22nd July 2017, Gayfield Park, 3.00pm kick off

Arbroath welcomed Stewart Petrie’s Montrose to Gayfield for our first competitive home game of the season on Saturday. It was a typical Scottish Summer’s day with a strong wind and heavy rain throughout.

Manager Dick Campbell made 6 changes to the side that faced Alloa Athletic. Ricky Gomes who was still recovering from a bad knock to his teeth dropped to the bench alongside Colin Hamilton, Jamie Henry, Steven Doris, Bobby Linn and Danny Denholm.

New signing David Hutton replaced the injured Gomes in goal and Gavin Malin, Mark Whatley, Josh Skelly, Bryan Prunty and Ryan McCord came into the starting eleven.

Arbroath lined up in a 4-4-2 with; Hutton in goal and Malin starting at right back. David Gold switched over to play left back with Ricky Little and Thomas O’Brien as the centre backs. Josh Skelly started on the right wing and Omar Kader on the left with skipper Mark Whatley and Blair Yule in the middle of the midfield with Ryan McCord playing in behind Bryan Prunty up front.

The Lichties named a strong bench with Henry, Hester, Hamilton, Doris, Denholm, Linn and Ricky Gomes. Gavin Swankie returns from his honeymoon tomorrow hopefully giving Dick Campbell a full squad for our trip to Easter Road on Tuesday.

Arbroath kicked off and were shooting towards the Harbour, as Montrose with the wind at their backs attacked the pleasure land end.

After a series of headers back and forth it was Martyn Fotheringham who robbed Ryan McCord allowing Montrose to lay the ball back to former Lichtie Liam Callaghan.

His cross evaded everyone with the ball breaking to Craig Johnston right in front of the Arbroath goal but he rushed his strike and if he had left the ball Chris Templeman was waiting behind him to knock it into the Arbroath net.

Montrose were fortunate to escape any colour of card after Terry Masson dived in on Thomas O’Brien leaving the Arbroath man needing treatment. However Masson himself was soon down requiring the trainer after also picking up an injury from the tackle, before a few minutes later signalling to the bench he could no longer play on and he was replaced by Matthew Wallace in the 16th minute.

Arbroath’s first half chance came from Ryan McCord who pulled a left foot shot wide of goal after a take down on the edge of the crowded 18 yard box.

In the 17th minute an Omar Kader corner allowed Bryan Prunty to attack the ball with a header but his powerful effort went wide and high.

However Prunty was just finding his range and minutes later another Kader cross from the left, which took a deflection was again met by Prunty but his header was just an inch over the bar with former Arbroath keeper Allan Fleming taking no chances as he stretched to cover.

The Lichties did take the lead through and it came in the 31st minute. A Kader corner was half cleared by the Montrose defence and Ryan McCord touched the ball into the path of David Gold who smashed the ball past a ruck of players into the bottom corner of the net.

The visitors did try and come back into it and the experience of Templeman was on show as he held of the Arbroath defence to find Johnston who played a neat ball across the middle for Connor McLaren but he was too far away and Hutton made an easy catch.

A quick throw in from Gavin Malin found Mark Whatley who escaped his marker into the box before pulling back for McCord but his right foot shot was just over the bar as the Lichties pushed for another goal.

Both David Gold and Gavin Malin who are traditionally midfielders were offering great support up the wings every time Arbroath were in possession and Malin almost got himself on the scoresheet. A long headed clearance by O’Brien was laid into the path of Josh Skelly by McCord who in turn found Malin who was in yards of space. Malin ran into the box and pulled the trigger but his powerful shot was blocked by Fotheringham for a corner.

On the stroke of half time a Montrose corner found Templeman at the back post but his bullet header came off the thigh of O’Brien before Gold could launch the ball upfield.

Half Time - Arbroath 1 - 0 Montrose

Forfar brought on striker Kerr Hay for Craig Johnston at the half time break.

Perhaps due to the rigours of a heavy pre-season or both teams still trying to get all of their players match fit but this match certainly hadn’t been played at the frantic pace of a normal derby game.

It was David Gold again who popped up this time in the 55th minute after McCord had won back possession before Whatley and Yule combined to find Gold who unleashed a powerful right foot strike from 24 yards out forcing Fleming to palm the ball away.

The depth in quality in the Arbroath squad was on display when Arbroath took off Josh Skelly and Bryan Prunty and introduced Danny Denholm and Steven Doris in the 61st minute.

Denholm’s pace was too much for the tiring Montrose defence and danger should have been noted as a warning when McCord threaded a delightful ball through and Denholm’s rasping shot forced Fleming into another good save in the 66th minute.

Ryan McCord who was making his first start of the pre-season showed no signs of cobwebs as he picked the ball up on the half way line and ran at the Montrose goal before forcing Fleming into tipping his fierce drive over for a corner kick.

Kane Hester was introduced in the 68th minute for skipper Mark Whatley as Arbroath pushed for the killer second goal.

The goal came from the second corner kick. A whipped in ball from McCord was met by Denholm who caught out his markers by making a near post run for the ball and his flashing header flew into the back of the net.

Montrose made their final change as they brought on Gary Fraser for Kieran Thomson in the 70th minute.

The Lichties could smell blood and after nice link up play between Doris and Kader, Hester pulled the ball for Malin but his left foot shot was blocked from 20 yards out.

Another fine move from Gold and Denholm allowed Yule to shoot, but again his shot was blocked before Kader unleashed a shot from the loose ball but it was high over Fleming’s goal.

Arbroath’s 3rd goal was a joy to watch as McCord found Denholm just inside the Montrose half. Denholm raced at goal before taking on one defender. He played a touch to Hester who slotted the ball into space behind the defence and as Denholm continued his run he calmly fired past Fleming to add his second goal in 5 minutes.

As Montrose kicked off Hester and Kader went running into the Montrose half chasing down the ball pressuring the tiring defence. Kader won possession and ran at goal before laying off to McCord who found Denholm who crossed back into the box where Kader was extremely unlucky as his strike came back off the post.

The pace and attacking options for Arbroath were starting to show what they are capable of and another quick move down the field again found Kader and his low cross was cleared for a corner just as Malin and Hester were ready to pounce.

From the resulting corner Denholm’s high ball found O’Brien who won the ball and headed it down at goal but Fleming was there to match the effort and saved for Montrose.

Arbroath’s final goal came after a long series of a string of passes with Hester taking delivery at the edge of the Montrose box. With Steeves and Dillion in close proximity he shook off Steeves before playing a pass off Denholm before getting the ball back and playing into across goal where Steven Doris slotted past Fleming for Arbroath’s 4th goal.

Full Time - Arbroath 4 - 0 Montrose

It was a fantastic result and performance for Arbroath. A debut for David Hutton who had very little to do and run outs for Mark Whatley and Ryan McCord with great performances all round but especially O’Brien and Gold with Denholm and Hester making a big impact from the bench.

Arbroath are sitting in 2nd place in Group D with 5 points and look at worst to finish in 3rd place. A tough trip to Easter Road awaits on Tuesday night with Dick Campbell already indicating he will again shuffle his squad when his team comes up against former Lichtie and favourite Simon Murray.

C’mon the Lichties!

Stats

Possession - Arbroath 55% - 45% Montrose
Total Shots - Arbroath 19 - 1 Montrose
On Target - Arbroath 8 - 0 Montrose
Off Target - Arbroath 6 - 0 Montrose
Blocked - Arbroath 5 - 1 Montrose
Corners - Arbroath 9 - 3 Montrose
Fouls Committed - Arbroath 7 - 8 Montrose

Arbroath

1 - David Hutton
2 - Gavin Malin
3 - David Gold
4 - Ricky Little
5 - Thomas O’Brien
6 - Mark Whatley (c) (Hester 68)
7 - Josh Skelly (Denholm 61)
8 - Blair Yule
9 - Bryan Prunty (Doris 61)
10 - Ryan McCord
11 - Omar Kader

Substitutes

12 - Jamie Henry
14 - Kane Hester - 6; 68th
15 - Colin Hamilton
16 - Steven Doris - 9; 61st
17 - Danny Denholm - 7; 61st
18 - Bobby Linn
21 - Ricky Gomes (GK)

Goals - Gold 31, Denholm 69, 74, Doris 90+1

Montrose

1 - Allan Fleming
2 - Graham Webster
3 - Liam Callaghan
4 - Martyn Fotheringham (Hay 46)
5 - Seán Dillon
6 - Andrew Steeves
7 - Craig Johnston
8 - Kieran Thomson (Fraser 70)
9 - Connor McLaren
10 - Chris Templeman
11 - Terry Masson (c) (Wallace 16)

Substitutes

12 - Gary Fraser - 8; 70th
14 - Kyle Willox
15 - Kerr Hay - 4; 46th
16 - Matthew Wallace - 11; 16th
21 - Jordan Millar (GK)

Attendance - 817

Referee - David Lowe
Assistant Referee 1 - Gavin Harris
Assistant Referee 2 - Harry Bruce
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Arbroath 4 - 0 Montrose - Match Report

Betfred Cup Group D - Match 2 - Season 2017 / 2018

Saturday 22nd July 2017, Gayfield Park, 3.00pm kick off

Arbroath welcomed Stewart Petrie’s Montrose to Gayfield for our first competitive home game of the season on Saturday.  It was a typical Scottish Summer’s day with a strong wind and heavy rain throughout.

Manager Dick Campbell made 6 changes to the side that faced Alloa Athletic.  Ricky Gomes who was still recovering from a bad knock to his teeth dropped to the bench alongside Colin Hamilton, Jamie Henry, Steven Doris, Bobby Linn and Danny Denholm.

New signing David Hutton replaced the injured Gomes in goal and Gavin Malin, Mark Whatley, Josh Skelly, Bryan Prunty and Ryan McCord came into the starting eleven.

Arbroath lined up in a 4-4-2 with; Hutton in goal and Malin starting at right back.  David Gold switched over to play left back with Ricky Little and Thomas O’Brien as the centre backs.  Josh Skelly started on the right wing and Omar Kader on the left with skipper Mark Whatley and Blair Yule in the middle of the midfield with Ryan McCord playing in behind Bryan Prunty up front.

The Lichties named a strong bench with Henry, Hester, Hamilton, Doris, Denholm, Linn and Ricky Gomes.  Gavin Swankie returns from his honeymoon tomorrow hopefully giving Dick Campbell a full squad for our trip to Easter Road on Tuesday.  

Arbroath kicked off and were shooting towards the Harbour, as Montrose with the wind at their backs attacked the pleasure land end.   

After a series of headers back and forth it was Martyn Fotheringham who robbed Ryan McCord allowing Montrose to lay the ball back to former Lichtie Liam Callaghan.  

His cross evaded everyone with the ball breaking to Craig Johnston right in front of the Arbroath goal but he rushed his strike and if he had left the ball Chris Templeman was waiting behind him to knock it into the Arbroath net.

Montrose were fortunate to escape any colour of card after Terry Masson dived in on Thomas O’Brien leaving the Arbroath man needing treatment.   However Masson himself was soon down requiring the trainer after also picking up an injury from the tackle, before a few minutes later signalling to the bench he could no longer play on and he was replaced by Matthew Wallace in the 16th minute.

Arbroath’s first half chance came from Ryan McCord who pulled a left foot shot wide of goal after a take down on the edge of the crowded 18 yard box.  

In the 17th minute an Omar Kader corner allowed Bryan Prunty to attack the ball with a header but his powerful effort went wide and high.

However Prunty was just finding his range and minutes later another Kader cross from the left, which took a deflection was again met by Prunty but his header was just an inch over the bar with former Arbroath keeper Allan Fleming taking no chances as he stretched to cover.

The Lichties did take the lead through and it came in the 31st minute.   A Kader corner was half cleared by the Montrose defence and Ryan McCord touched the ball into the path of David Gold who smashed the ball past a ruck of players into the bottom corner of the net.

The visitors did try and come back into it and the experience of Templeman was on show as he held of the Arbroath defence to find Johnston who played a neat ball across the middle for Connor McLaren but he was too far away and Hutton made an easy catch.

A quick throw in from Gavin Malin found Mark Whatley who escaped his marker into the box before pulling back for McCord but his right foot shot was just over the bar as the Lichties pushed for another goal.

Both David Gold and Gavin Malin who are traditionally midfielders were offering great support up the wings every time Arbroath were in possession and Malin almost got himself on the scoresheet.  A long headed clearance by O’Brien was laid into the path of Josh Skelly by McCord who in turn found Malin who was in yards of space.   Malin ran into the box and pulled the trigger but his powerful shot was blocked by Fotheringham for a corner.

On the stroke of half time a Montrose corner found Templeman at the back post but his bullet header came off the thigh of O’Brien before Gold could launch the ball upfield.

Half Time - Arbroath 1 - 0 Montrose

Forfar brought on striker Kerr Hay for Craig Johnston at the half time break.

Perhaps due to the rigours of a heavy pre-season or both teams still trying to get all of their players match fit but this match certainly hadn’t been played at the frantic pace of a normal derby game.

It was David Gold again who popped up this time in the 55th minute after McCord had won back possession before Whatley and Yule combined to find Gold who unleashed a powerful right foot strike from 24 yards out forcing Fleming to palm the ball away.

The depth in quality in the Arbroath squad was on display when Arbroath took off Josh Skelly and Bryan Prunty and introduced Danny Denholm and Steven Doris in the 61st minute.

Denholm’s pace was too much for the tiring Montrose defence and danger should have been noted as a warning when McCord threaded a delightful ball through and Denholm’s rasping shot forced Fleming into another good save in the 66th minute.

Ryan McCord who was making his first start of the pre-season showed no signs of cobwebs as he picked the ball up on the half way line and ran at the Montrose goal before forcing Fleming into tipping his fierce drive over for a corner kick.

Kane Hester was introduced in the 68th minute for skipper Mark Whatley as Arbroath pushed for the killer second goal.

The goal came from the second corner kick.  A whipped in ball from McCord was met by Denholm who caught out his markers by making a near post run for the ball and his flashing header flew into the back of the net.

Montrose made their final change as they brought on Gary Fraser for Kieran Thomson in the 70th minute.

The Lichties could smell blood and after nice link up play between Doris and Kader, Hester pulled the ball for Malin but his left foot shot was blocked from 20 yards out.  

Another fine move from Gold and Denholm allowed Yule to shoot, but again his shot was blocked before Kader unleashed a shot from the loose ball but it was high over Fleming’s goal.

Arbroath’s 3rd goal was a joy to watch as McCord found Denholm just inside the Montrose half.   Denholm raced at goal before taking on one defender.  He played a touch to Hester who slotted the ball into space behind the defence and as Denholm continued his run he calmly fired past Fleming to add his second goal in 5 minutes.

As Montrose kicked off Hester and Kader went running into the Montrose half chasing down the ball pressuring the tiring defence.   Kader won possession and ran at goal before laying off to McCord who found Denholm who crossed back into the box where Kader was extremely unlucky as his strike came back off the post.

The pace and attacking options for Arbroath were starting to show what they are capable of and another quick move down the field again found Kader and his low cross was cleared for a corner just as Malin and Hester were ready to pounce.

From the resulting corner Denholm’s high ball found O’Brien who won the ball and headed it down at goal but Fleming was there to match the effort and saved for Montrose.

Arbroath’s final goal came after a long series of a string of passes with Hester taking delivery at the edge of the Montrose box.  With Steeves and Dillion in close proximity he shook off Steeves before playing a pass off Denholm before getting the ball back and playing into across goal where Steven Doris slotted past Fleming for Arbroath’s 4th goal.

Full Time - Arbroath 4 - 0 Montrose
  
It was a fantastic result and performance for Arbroath.  A debut for David Hutton who had very little to do and run outs for Mark Whatley and Ryan McCord with great performances all round but especially O’Brien and Gold with Denholm and Hester making a big impact from the bench.

Arbroath are sitting in 2nd place in Group D with 5 points and look at worst to finish in 3rd place.   A tough trip to Easter Road awaits on Tuesday night with Dick Campbell already indicating he will again shuffle his squad when his team comes up against former Lichtie and favourite Simon Murray.

C’mon the Lichties!

Stats

Possession - Arbroath 55% - 45% Montrose
Total Shots - Arbroath 19 - 1 Montrose
On Target - Arbroath 8 - 0 Montrose
Off Target - Arbroath 6 - 0 Montrose
Blocked - Arbroath 5 - 1 Montrose
Corners - Arbroath 9 - 3 Montrose
Fouls Committed - Arbroath 7 - 8 Montrose

Arbroath

1 - David Hutton
2 - Gavin Malin
3 - David Gold
4 - Ricky Little
5 - Thomas O’Brien
6 - Mark Whatley (c) (Hester 68)
7 - Josh Skelly (Denholm 61)
8 - Blair Yule
9 - Bryan Prunty (Doris 61)
10 - Ryan McCord
11 - Omar Kader

Substitutes

12 - Jamie Henry
14 - Kane Hester - 6; 68th
15 - Colin Hamilton
16 - Steven Doris - 9; 61st
17 - Danny Denholm - 7; 61st
18 - Bobby Linn
21 - Ricky Gomes (GK)

Goals - Gold 31, Denholm 69, 74, Doris 90+1

Montrose

1 - Allan Fleming
2 - Graham Webster
3 - Liam Callaghan
4 - Martyn Fotheringham (Hay 46)
5 - Seán Dillon 
6 - Andrew Steeves
7 - Craig Johnston
8 - Kieran Thomson (Fraser 70)
9 - Connor McLaren
10 - Chris Templeman 
11 - Terry Masson (c) (Wallace 16)

Substitutes

12 - Gary Fraser - 8; 70th
14 - Kyle Willox
15 - Kerr Hay - 4; 46th
16 - Matthew Wallace - 11; 16th
21 - Jordan Millar (GK)

Attendance - 817

Referee - David Lowe
Assistant Referee 1 - Gavin Harris
Assistant Referee 2 - Harry Bruce

Helping Hands

Yesterday we had 4 guest Ball Boys helping the club in our local derby against Montrose.

Holidaymakers Cameron Neill, Brandon Bryce and Jack Monaghan were joined by local youngster and Arbroath Lads Club player Rory Cargill.

The boys had a great time and even managed to get a photo in the dugout with Arbroath FC star Colin Hamilton.
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Helping Hands

Yesterday we had 4 guest Ball Boys helping the club in our local derby against Montrose. 

Holidaymakers Cameron Neill, Brandon Bryce and Jack Monaghan were joined by local youngster and Arbroath Lads Club player Rory Cargill. 

The boys had a great time and even managed to get a photo in the dugout with Arbroath FC star Colin Hamilton.

Ball Boys Have a Ball

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Yesterday we had 4 guest Ball Boys helping the club in our local derby against Montrose. Holidaymakers Cameron Neill, Brandon Bryce and Jack Monaghan were joined by local youngster and Arbroath Lads Club player Rory Cargill. The boys had a great time and even managed to get a photo in the dugout with Arbroath FC star Colin Hamilton.

Hibernian vs Arbroath – Ticket Information

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Hibernian vs Arbroath – Ticket Information
 
Tuesday 25th July – Easter Road, Edinburgh – 7.45pm kick off.
 
Arbroath supporters who are traveling to Easter Road on Tuesday night for our 3rd match in Group D in the Betfred Cup should read these details.
 
Arbroath supporters will be accommodated in the South Stand.
 
This is located at the end of Albion Road and it is the same stand that we were accommodated in for our Scottish Cup tie fixture 3 seasons ago.
 
Please purchase a ticket from the South Stand Ticket Pod then proceed to turnstiles 5 & 6. It would be advised to take cash.
 
Wheelchair users and attendants have an acceptable entry gate at the South Stand.
 
Admission is set at £15 for Adults and £10 for Concessions (concessions may be asked for proof of identity to confirm eligibility).
 
Please arrive in plenty of time to make sure you have your seat before kick off at 7.45pm
 
Easter Road is a no smoking stadium and this includes the use of e cigarettes and vaping.
 
Flags will be permitted after they have been presented to Stewards and checked on camera by Control Room Staff.
 
Travel
 
Travel by Road: The postcode for sat nav used is EH7 5QG.
Edinburgh is notoriously busy and with the traffic and possible roadworks please allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
 
Edinburgh City Council have also introduced new 20mph speed limits throughout the city and several around the Easter Road and Leith area in particular. Cameras are in use for the new speed limits.
 
Parking
 
Car parking is available on-street outwith any restricted areas. Please check signs and cones. Edinburgh parking attendants are known for issuing tickets and this area is well patrolled on match days.
 
We hope to see you there cheering on the Lichties!
 
Images courtesy of Google Maps.

Angus Nairn

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Angus Nairn
 
It is with deep regret that we pass on the sad news that devoted Lichtie Angus Nairn has passed away.
 
Everyone associated with Arbroath FC would like to pass on their deepest sympathies and regards to Angus’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them at this terribly sad time.
 
One of Angus’s closest friends Dave Ramsay has written this wonderful tribute.
 
As a lad of five years old, Angus was inducted to Gayfield Stadium, where for the next 77 years he devoted his loyalty to his “Lichties” and latterly his star player, Ricky Little.
 
Gladly, Angus was able to attend all three pre – season friendlies, and his last attendance was at the Bolton Wanderer’s game last Tuesday.
 
Sadly, Angus passed away peacefully and at home with his family on Wednesday, and today at Gayfield where we beat Montrose 4 – 0, we kept his seat vacant, and an AFC football scarf tied to the barrier to his memory.
 
Many supporters today, came and paid their respects to Angus, to Stewart, Charlie and myself, his close football pals.
 
On Wednesday this coming week, the day of his funeral, AFC have decided to fly the AFC flag at half – mast as a mark of loyalty and respect for the family, and the funeral cortege will drive past Gayfield and the flag, as Angus passes Gayfield for his very last time.
 
A silver Quaich will soon be donated to AFC as “The Angus Nairn Memorial Trophy” a trophy to be presented annually, for “The best newcomer to the Team” from the best, loyal, long – serving “Lichtie.”
 
This decision will be that of the Manager and Directors, and will serve to keep the memory of Angus Nairn alive, for many, many years to come.
 
Charlie Wood his friend, is also going to sponsor a match day football in August, in memory of Angus.
 
Angus is pictured at his last game at Gayfield in fantastic spirits at the match against Bolton Wanderers with Arbroath Chairman Mike Caird, dear friend Dave Ramsay and Facilities and Kit Manager Louise Walker.  A huge smile and raising his glass to us all! Two days later at the end of season dinner for the Arbroath Chest Heart and Stoke Association at the Meadowbank inn, Angus has received a letter from the Head Office CHS Scotland, commending him on the work he has done for the Thursday Club.
 
Rest in Peace Angus. You are in our thoughts.

“Hats the Way to Do It” say’s Kathie

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Before yesterdays game Arbroath supporter Kathie Murdoch presented Arbroath FC Manager Dick Campbell with one of her hand knitted Arbroath FC “Tammies”. Kathie who is originally from Methil and now stays in London has knitted “Tammies” for a number of Arbroath FC supporters. Picture shows Kathie and her son Duncan and Dick modelling his new AFC “Tammie”.

Arbroath 4 – 0 Montrose

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Arbroath thumped local rivals Montrose this afternoon at a soaking wet Gayfield to move into second in Group D in the Betfred Cup.

David Gold opened the scoring in the 31st minute before second half substitute Danny Denholm scored twice in 5 minutes before Steven Doris netted the Lichtie’s 4th goal in the 90th minute after good play from Kane Hester.

Arbroath sit in 2nd place with 5 points, 3 points behind leaders Ross County and 1 point above Hibernian.  However the Lichties travel to Easter Road on Tuesday to face Neil Lennon’s side before we welcome Ross County to Gayfield on Saturday 29th July.

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