Arthur Montford

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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. Although he was most associated with football, he covered a number of other sports for ITV, notably golf.[2]

Early life[edit]

Montford was raised in Greenock and was a lifelong supporter of local football club Greenock Morton.

Journalism[edit]

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.[2] In all, he hosted over 2,000 editions of the programme.[2] 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![3]

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).

Montford continued to comment on Scottish football after his retirement, both in the national press and in the matchday programme at Morton. In 1990 he narrated the film documentary Scotland: The World Cup Story.[4] In late 2010 Montford served as an occasional commentator on the Greenock Morton webcast.

In May 2010, Montford received the SPFA Special Merit award for his services to football broadcasting and journalism alongside fellow broadcaster Archie Macpherson.[5] He died aged 85 on 26 November 2014.[6]

Other positions[edit]

He served as a director of Greenock Morton[2] for several years under the chairmanship of his close friend Douglas Rae. After stepping down as a director, Montford continued his affiliation with the club as an Honorary Vice-President.

In 1974, Montford was elected as Rector of the University of Glasgow, the first sports journalist to receive the honour. He remained in the position until 1977.[2][7]

Montford wrote a column for Scottish golf magazine, Bunkered. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hannan, Martin (28 November 2014). "Obituary: Arthur Montford, broadcaster and journalist". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "STV Scotsport presenter Arthur Montford passes away aged 85". STV News. STV. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arthur Montford". theglasgowstory.com. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Scotland: The World Cup Story 1990". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Gers trio claim awards". Sky Sports. BSkyB. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Football broadcaster Arthur Montford dies, aged 85". BBC News. BBC. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Biography of Arthur Montford". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Reid
Rector of the University of Glasgow
1974–1977
Succeeded by
John L. Bell