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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Then, at the age of 28, he was signed-up as an announcer with the new commercial broadcaster Scottish Television ahead of its launch on 31 August 1957. In all, he hosted over 2,000 editions of the programme that made him a household name across Scotland. Arthur belonged to the age of innocence in broadcasting, when you had only one or two games a week being televised by the BBC or STV in Scotland. Montford told the Academy rector, a 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. Scottish PFA chief Tony Higgins, who played in Arthur’s commentary heyday, said: “He was a giant of his time.

He would often read the evening Scottish news bulletin, announce the evening programmes and, on Wednesdays, present the midweek magazine programme, Scotsport.LEGENDARY broadcaster Montford died last week aged 85 and famous faces from the worlds of TV and football paid tribute to the "ultimate gentleman" at a church service this afternoon. A diligent rector, he was reckoned by students to be on their side, and at the height of his fame he helped all forms of charity no matter their background, lending his name to good causes such as the Simon Community and Talbot Association. Yet it is precisely Montford’s verbal style that he is loved for and his erudite expressions could enliven the most trying of sporting events. Voted in as Rector of Glasgow University in 1974, Montford had a tough act to follow in Jimmy Reid, the Clydeside shipyard union leader whose rectorial address in 1971 is one of the greatest Scottish speeches of all time.

Montford was raised in Greenock and was a lifelong supporter of local football club Greenock Morton. Jim White, who presented the show before me and after Arthur, told me Arthur told him it was a show to be looked after and cherished. 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. He was an actor, known for Charles Endell, Esq (1979), The Big Match (1968) and This Is Your Life (1955).Although he was most associated with football, he covered a number of other sports for ITV, notably golf. Greenock and the Academy gave him a lifelong love of the town’s club Morton FC, and his friend from schooldays, Douglas Rae, now owns the club. 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. 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.



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