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

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He was raised in Greenock and educated at Greenock Academy after the family moved there from Glasgow. 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. 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".

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. I met him on 2 January many years ago when I played junior football for Downfield Juniors in Dundee.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. These went well as a radio broadcaster, and, when BBC sports editor John Wilson joined Scottish Television in 1957, he asked Montford to join him in the new commercial visual age.

I just went up, did my ad-lib, did my wee bit to camera, did an interview and I thought no more about it.He chose a hymn - The Day Thou Gavest Lord, is Ended - because it was played at his mother Peggy’s funeral in 1977. On his retirement at the age of 60 in 1989, he concentrated on playing golf at Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont. While there he covered numerous sports, but it was football that became his main sport, and he was asked by the BBC's well-known producer Peter Thomson to do some match reports for radio.

His recollections of some of golf's greatest players, moments, and tournaments were popular with the magazine's readers and he was the title's longest-serving regular contributor. 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. You lived for these TV highlights, and the sometimes high-octane commentaries of Arthur or Archie Macpherson. 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.Born in Glasgow, Montford was raised in Greenock where he acquired a lifelong love for the local football team, Morton. The Maryhill Burgh Hall is an unlikely place to start your television career, but I was invited up there to do an audition because I was working at the Evening Times on the sports desk at the time.

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