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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He was an actor, known for Charles Endell, Esq (1979), The Big Match (1968) and This Is Your Life (1955). He remained as anchorman for 32 years, hosting more than 2,000 editions of Scotsport, during which time he became famous for his trademark checkered pattern sports jackets, and some classic lines of football commentary, including "What a Stramash! But his big break which made him a household name in Scotland came when he was chosen to present Scotsport (originally known as Sports Desk), which became the world’s longest-running sports programme. And as I was leaving, Archie McCulloch who was one of the 'heid yins' in the Theatre Royal at the time along with Rai Purdy and Jim Coulthard and others, he said to me "would you like to work full time here" I said well, I said, "I'm making thirteen pounds and ten shillings at the Evening Times, what's the money? 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).

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. 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.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. During his time on Scotsport, Montford became famous for his trademark checkered pattern sports jackets, and some classic lines of football commentary, including What a Stramash! 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. 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".

He said that, undeterred, they set up in the North Stand and ended up winning the local battle for viewers.

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. Arthur Montford died at his home on 26 November 2014 at the age 85, after battling illness intermittently over a couple of years. 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. In 1974, Montford was elected as Rector of the University of Glasgow, [14] the first sports journalist to receive the honour.

My father told me that no matter how poor the game was, whether you were writing it, describing it on radio, or commentating on it, you must look for something worthwhile to talk about and do not be negative.

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.



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