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Arthur Montford (born 1934, Glasgow, Scotland) is a former Scottish television sports journalist, best known for his 32-year tenure as the presenter of Scottish Television's Scotsport. Although he was most associated with football, he covered a number of other sports for ITV, notably golf.
Montford worked as both a print journalist and radio broadcaster before joining Scottish Television in August 1957 as a continuity announcer. He was then chosen to present STV's new sports programme, Scotsport (originally Sports Desk), where he remained the anchorman until his retirement in 1989. In all, he hosted over 2,000 editions of the programme. 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! and Disaster for Scotland!.
During the 1978 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).
Since his retirement, Montford has continued to comment on Scottish Football, both in the national press and in the matchday programme at Morton. In 1990 he narrated the film documentary Scotland: The World Cup Story. In late 2010 Montford served as an occasional commentator on the Greenock Morton webcast.
He served as a director of Greenock Morton for several years under the chairmanship of his close friend Douglas Rae. Though no longer a director, Montford is still affiliated with the club as an Honorary Vice-President.
Since 1996, Montford has written a column for Scottish golf magazine, bunkered. His recollections of some of golf's greatest players, moments, and tournaments have proven immensely popular with the magazine's readers and he remains the title's longest-serving regular contributor.
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