Five players into Hall of Fame

Willie Johnston's three daughters and his grandson pick up his Montrose FC lifetime achievement award.
Willie Johnston's three daughters and his grandson pick up his Montrose FC lifetime achievement award.

Five more former football players have been inaugurated into the Montrose FC Hall of Fame.

Hugh Davidson, Willie Nicoll, John Sheran, Brian Third and Colin Maver are the latest ex-players to be recognised.

Hugh Davidson (2006 - 2011) was possibly the modern day equivalent of Ronnie Cross. Never a showy player, he was nonetheless a great holding midfielder whose greatest skill was perhaps his ball winning ability.

Colin Maver (1988 - 1993), who immediately became a fans’ favourite with a goal on his debut to secure a 1-0 victory at Brechin.

Willie Nicoll (1959 - 1962), who had opportunities to sign for both Manchester United and Rangers as a youngster and put pen to paper for Montrose in the summer of 1959.

John Sheran (1979 - 1991) was a strong no-nonsense centre-back and when Dennis D’Arcy decided to release him in 1983 there was a major shock from fans, but when Ian Stewart was appointed manager six months later, he quickly brought John back to Links Park from Nairn County.

Brian Third (1971 - 1973) stood in as an emergency striker with phenomenal results, scoring seven goals in his first two games up front and in March 1971 Alec Stuart paid out a club record £2,000 for him.

Former club chairman Willie Johnston’s family receive a painting in recognition of him receiving a lifetime achievement award posthumously. Willie’s grandson thanked the club and said that the family were “delighted” to have been given the award in his honour.

The evening also saw former players Dutchman Ivo Den Bieman, who had travelled over from his home in Holland to be their on the night, and John Sheran tell stories on their times at Links Park.

Den Bieman also received his Hall of Fame award from 2004.

The evening was brought to a close by comedian Pat Rolink.