President’s praise at annual meeting

Montrose Roselea Junior Football Club held their annual general meeting at The Golf Inn’s lounge, on Wednesday.

President Bryce Whyte welcomed all to the meeting and praised the players and management team of Ralph Brand and assistant Steve Kerrigan for the fantastic achievement of staying up.

After a slow start they finished the season well picking up points against all the top five sides to set up a last day game which saw them need a point to be safe away to Arniston Rangers. Trailing 3-0 at half-time and with results elsewhere meaning they were staring relegation on the face the team somehow made an amazing comeback with Calum Watson’s last minute goal securing Premier League status.

Off the pitch the club held some very successful hospitality days at their Broomfield Park lounge and the 10th annual Sportsman’s Dinner, which had to be moved to a new venue at the Town Hall, was a resounding success.

With nine sides from the Lothians in the Premier League buses were a major expense costing in excess of £5,000. However, there are only four Lothian sides this season which will help.

The Committee remained as per this season with the following re-elected: president - Bryce Whyte; vice-president and treasurer- Stuart Roberston; secretary - Alan Simpson; general manager - Roy Gill; general committee - Allan Reoch, Garry Marr, Derek Muir and Henry Hall.

Mr Whyte praised the hard working committee but also served a warning that the numbers are critical with only seven to cover all the work “we are at a critical stage as far as numbers go and although we currently manage at present it can be a strain when we have a home match and anyone is absent. We really need some new blood and anyone interested would be most welcome to come on board and enjoy being part of a successful junior club”.