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

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He also presented Radio Clyde’s version of Desert Island Discs as well as writing the Scotsport Annual among other books. His grandchildren Craig and Julie also gave an emotional joint reading with Craig telling how his grandad had bought him a full Greenock Morton kit as a boy in a bid to convert him from being a Rangers fan.

Montford began as a journalist and radio presenter before the opening of the STV studios at the Theatre Royal offered another opportunity. He also presented the Scottish version of World of Sport on STV and Grampian - with live coverage from England of events which were often not shown in their entirety due to the regional sporting events taking place in Scotland, Scotsport Special was also aired on Cup Final day, when the Scottish Cup Final was taking place on the same day as the Wembley event, with the Wrestling also being moved from its pre-lunchtime slot on Cup Final days back to the expected 16:00 slot in Scotland. Indeed, with Archie McPherson and others at the BBC, he was one of the pioneers of sports broadcasting in Scotland, his career covering the era of canned film of games that were rushed to the Glasgow studios to be broadcast to cathode ray tubes, up to the age of constant live satellite transmissions, electronic video machines and instant replays. STV were told by rivals BBC that there was no room for their cameras in the gantry in Hampden’s South Stand. And he said that during golf outings, when things were tight, Arthur would often start commentating to build the tension.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. He and I never had an argument, though that might have been down to Arthur’s good nature more than mine. 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. On his retirement at the age of 60 in 1989, he concentrated on playing golf at Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont.

Montford spent 32 years as the presenter of Scottish Television’s Scotsport programme where he was best known for his football coverage, although he was also covered a range of other sports, especially golf. Montford also commentated or presented items on many other sports, particularly ice hockey – a favourite of his – and golf, where his work for ITV brought him to the notice of a wider public.Montford was born on 25 May 1929 to the son of a journalist, Sid, who spent a long career at the Glasgow Evening News and Daily Record. He came up to me in his checked jacket and said ours was the only game on in Scotland and he’d be reporting on it. He served as a director of Greenock Morton [2] for several years under the chairmanship of his close friend Douglas Rae. His dramatic exclamations and phrases during match commentaries became part of Scottish popular culture, and included "what a stramash", "up go the heads", and (all too frequently) "Disaster for Scotland". 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.

With over 2000 episodes of Scotsport to his name, Arthur Montford’s voice is synonymous with Scottish football’s triumphs and tragedies. A packed Bearsden Cross Church, near Glasgow, heard how Arthur, who died last week aged 85, had still been writing his golfing column for Bunkered magazine until the final weeks of his life.

During the 1978 FIFA World Cup, a technical fault with the feed from Argentina prevented ITV from broadcasting Hugh Johns' commentary on the Scotland-Peru game, so Montford's commentary, originally only intended for Scottish viewers, was used on the entire network (the same fault affected the BBC in reverse, with Scottish viewers having to listen to David Coleman instead of Archie MacPherson). Montford's first audition in Maryhill Burgh Hall was dismal, but he was given another chance at the Theatre Royal and more than passed muster. 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. 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.

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