Bring Me the Sports Jacket of Arthur Montford: An Adventure Through Scottish Football

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Bring Me the Sports Jacket of Arthur Montford: An Adventure Through Scottish Football

Bring Me the Sports Jacket of Arthur Montford: An Adventure Through Scottish Football

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She said she had had a “wonderful” father whose only cross word with her had been to tell her it was cold outside as she stepped out as a teenage wearing a mini skirt and platform shoes. I met him on 2 January many years ago when I played junior football for Downfield Juniors in Dundee.

In May, 2010, he and his friend and fellow broadcaster Archie Mcpherson were awarded the SPFA Special Merit award for services to football broadcasting and journalism. Whilst at school he was one of a band of rebels who tried — unsuccessfully — to introduce soccer to the rugby-playing school. Arthur Montford (25 May 1929 – 26 November 2014) [1] was a Scottish Television sports journalist, best known for his 32-year tenure as the presenter of Scottish Television's Scotsport.

In 1974, Montford was elected as Rector of the University of Glasgow, [14] the first sports journalist to receive the honour. Arthur Montford (1929–2014) was a Scottish broadcaster, best-known for his 32-year tenure as the presenter of Scottish Television's Scotsport. For a man who reckoned he had failed his television audition, Arthur Montford proved to be an unmitigated success in the medium in Scotland, presiding over STV’s Scotsport for 32 years, during which he became part of the fabric of the nation. He said that, undeterred, they set up in the North Stand and ended up winning the local battle for viewers. Montford’s audition in Maryhill Burgh Hall was dismal, but he was given another chance at the Theatre Royal and more than passed muster.

He soon concentrated on the latter, however, and one of the feats he personally claimed was to thwart the BBC’s attempt to have exclusive coverage of the famous Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt European Cup Final at Hampden in 1960 – Montford and the STV crew marched in front of the North Stand and stayed there. He also presented Radio Clyde’s version of Desert Island Discs (billed as Montford's Meeting Place) where he interviewed many famous people who dropped by for a chat with the STV legend that was an unmissable sample of Clyde's weekend schedule in the 1970s and 1980s as well as writing the Scotsport Annual among other books.In May 2010, Montford received the SPFA Special Merit award for his services to football broadcasting and journalism alongside fellow broadcaster Archie Macpherson. Throughout a long and hectic career, He interviewed all the greats from Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player to name amongst a few famous sport players whom Montford had the pleasure of meeting over time. It was a golden era in Scottish football, and Montford was at the heart of it from the late 1950s through the glory days of the 1960s, the 1970s and all the way through to the late 1980s, always finding something positive to say about the game – even in Argentina in 1978. Montford told the academy rector, Mr William Dewar, that he would become a journalist and, after national service in the army, he joined the News as an office boy, before making the graduation through the ranks to reporter, working for the News, then the Daily Record before joining the sports desk of the Evening Times. A couple of weeks later I thought no more about it, but he invited me back to the Theatre Royal: really to make the numbers up for someone whom they had in mind, but at the last minute he decided he didn't want the job.

He became a sports journalist and radio broadcaster before joining Scottish Television in 1957 to present its new sports programme, Scotsport. He was raised in Greenock and educated at Greenock Academy after the family moved there from Glasgow. He also presented Radio Clyde’s version of Desert Island Discs as well as writing the Scotsport Annual among other books. He tackled the controversy quietly, preferring to show by example that a Christian need not take sides.After retiring from television at the age of 60, Montford left STV and continued to comment on Scottish football, both in the national press and in the matchday programme at Morton, he also concentrated on playing golf at Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont. Golfing friend Ken Wallace said Arthur had insisted his funeral should be on a Monday or Wednesday, so as not to clash with the pair’s outings on a Tuesday and Thursday at Glasgow Golf Club where Arthur was a member for 42 years. Although he was most associated with football, he covered a number of other sports for ITV, notably golf.



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