Montaño in 2015
|Full name||Cristian Alexis Montaño Castillo|
|Date of birth||11 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Cali, Colombia|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Winger; forward; left-back|
|2002–2010||West Ham United|
|2010–2012||West Ham United||0||(0)|
|2011||→ Notts County (loan)||11||(4)|
|2011||→ Swindon Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|2011–2012||→ Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||10||(3)|
|2012||→ Notts County (loan)||4||(0)|
|2012||→ Oxford United (loan)||9||(2)|
|2014–2015||América de Cali||9||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 October 2018 (UTC)|
Cristian Alexis Montaño Castillo (born 11 December 1991) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for EFL League Two club Port Vale. A versatile player, he is able to play at left-back or as a forward, though his preferred position is as a winger; he is known for his pace.
Born in Cali, Colombia, he emigrated to London at a young age and joined the West Ham United Academy. He never played a first team game for the club, but did play on loan at Notts County, Swindon Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, and Oxford United. He was signed by Oldham Athletic in August 2012, but was sacked in December 2013 after being arrested for spot-fixing and rape. All charges were later dropped and he returned to his hometown in Colombia to play for América de Cali. He returned to England and joined Bristol Rovers in July 2015. He helped the club to win promotion out of League Two in 2015–16, before he moved on to Port Vale in June 2017.
Born in Cali, Colombia, Montaño moved to London as a child and holds nationality of both Colombia and the United Kingdom. He later recalled that he "always heard gun shots growing up in Colombia", before moving to England at the age of ten to join his mother, who had emigrated four years previously.
West Ham United
Montaño joined West Ham United as an under-12 player, before he signed his first professional contract in June 2010. In August 2011, he signed a one-month loan deal with League One side Notts County, making his debut on 9 August in a League Cup game against Nottingham Forest, which Notts County lost on penalties after the game had finished 3–3. He scored on his league debut four days later in a 2–1 defeat to Charlton Athletic at Meadow Lane. His loan with the "Magpies" was extended until 9 October, after which he returned to West Ham. Manager Martin Allen said that "he's a fantastic player and what a lovely lad. He's humble, hard-working and dedicated".
Soon after leaving Notts County, Montaño signed a one-month loan deal with Swindon Town of League Two. He made his debut for the "Robins" on 15 October, scoring the second goal in a 2–0 away win against Accrington Stanley. His loan was cut short in November and he returned to the Boleyn Ground having scored one goal in four appearances. Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio said that "I don't know if he feels part of Swindon Town. He didn't prove this to me." Days after leaving Swindon, Montaño signed a one-month loan deal with League Two rivals Dagenham & Redbridge. He scored on his debut for the "Daggers" in a 3–2 defeat to Southend United at Victoria Road on 19 November. Montaño's loan was twice extended as manager John Still felt that "it gives us a player who has done very well for a little bit longer."
Montaño again joined Notts County on loan in February 2012. However he played only four games in his second spell and the loan was not extended and he returned to West Ham in March. On 16 March, Montaño returned to League Two when he joined Oxford United on loan as a replacement for ex-loanee Lee Holmes. His first goal for the "U's" came on 7 April in a 2–1 away defeat to Northampton Town. Manager Chris Wilder decided to extend the loan spell after finding that striker Tom Craddock would not recover from his injury before the end of the season. In total he scored ten goals in 39 appearances for four different clubs across five separate loan spells during the 2011–12 season.
In August 2012, Montaño signed a two-year contract with Oldham Athletic, with the option of a third year, for an undisclosed fee (reported as being £50,000). Manager Paul Dickov said that: "I gather he could have stayed at West Ham, but he was keen to move because of his wish to play football rather than being a squad player." He scored two goals in 33 games in the 2012–13 campaign after missing two months with a torn thigh muscle. He scored twice in 15 games in the first half of the 2013–14 season.
He was sacked by the club in December 2013 on the grounds of gross misconduct relating to alleged spot-fixing in relation to the 2013 English match fixing scandal. He said he was preparing to head to Manchester to speak to manager Lee Johnson when a club director rang to ask his location, the director then informed the police, who came to his location and arrested him, and the club announced that they had sacked Montaño whilst he was at the police station; he said "no-one from Oldham spoke to me about it. ... they were turning against me, I was left on my own". In November 2014, having been released from bail but with investigation still ongoing by the National Crime Agency, Montaño announced his intention to sue Oldham Athletic for unlawful dismissal and loss of earnings; this would be the remaining £39,000 of his £1,500 a week wages and compensation of £76,500. The spot-fixing charges were dropped in January 2015.
América de Cali
Following his dismissal by Oldham Athletic, Montaño returned to his hometown to play for América de Cali in the Categoría Primera B. He scored one goal in nine league games in the 2014 season to help the "Scarlets" to a fifth-place finish, and also made seven appearances in the Copa Colombia. He featured twice at the Estadio Olímpico Pascual Guerrero in the 2015 season before returning to England.
Montaño joined Bristol Rovers in July 2015; manager Darrell Clarke stated that "he comes with quite a lot of baggage [but] I know that he is desperate for another opportunity to play league football and I'm a firm believer in giving everyone a second chance". He scored two goals in 31 appearances as the "Gas" secured automatic promotion out of League Two in 2015–16. He signed a contract extension of an undisclosed length in June 2016. He played 31 games in the 2016–17 campaign before he was released in April 2017. Clarke said that "Montaño was a very tough decision, it was borderline really. But there has to be a freshness and a bigger freshness than we've had in the last couple of seasons".
Montaño signed a two-year contract with newly relegated League Two side Port Vale in June 2017. Manager Michael Brown stated that "hopefully he will be an exciting player for us. We have someone who has to put the ball in the box – to feed the Pope!" Montaño impressed in pre-season, however struggled at the start of the 2017–18 season after picking up a troublesome hamstring injury. The injury developed into a tear in early September, ruling him out of action for two months. He returned to action as a late substitute on 17 October, when he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win at Morecambe. He went on to establish himself in the first team and scored three goals within the space of four days at the start of December. He was sent off after giving away a penalty in an FA Cup match at Yeovil Town on 12 December, but was defended by manager Neil Aspin, who claimed it was a "soft" penalty. Montaño became unpopular with some supporters, but was praised by Aspin after filling in at left-back in February. He excelled in his new role, and was one of the "Valiants" most in-form players until he was sidelined with a hamstring injury in mid-April. Aspin handed him a new two-year contract the following month and told the press that "I felt it was imperative to what we want to do next season that we got him signed".
He struggled with injury at the start of the 2018–19 season, missing most of September with a knee injury and then breaking down upon his return to action at home to Milton Keynes Dons on 2 October, leaving the team to go down to ten men after leaving the pitch 20 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.
Style of play
Montaño is an extremely pacey left-sided attacker; Bristol Post reporter Jack Vittles said that "he has a decent left foot but sometimes his final delivery wasn't quite there", and that he is "an out-and-out winger" who prefers to beat defenders with pace and skill to reach the byline to put in a cross.
In December 2013, Montaño and two friends were charged with the rape of a woman in Romford, London. He appeared in court in March 2014, and admitted to having sex with the woman but maintained it was entirely consensual. No verdict was returned by the jury and the case was dropped by the prosecution. Speaking in July 2018, he stated that "My missus is English [and] my two kids were born in England".
|Club||Season||Division||League||National Cup[a]||EFL Cup||Other||Total|
|West Ham United||2010–11||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Notts County (loan)||2011–12||League One||15||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||16||4|
|Swindon Town (loan)||2011–12||League Two||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
|Dagenham & Redbridge (loan)||2011–12||League Two||10||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||3|
|Oxford United (loan)||2011–12||League Two||9||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||2|
|Oldham Athletic||2012–13||League One||30||1||2||1||0||0||1[b]||0||33||2|
|América de Cali||2014||Categoría Primera B||9||1||7||0||–||–||0||0||16||1|
|2015||Categoría Primera B||0||0||1||0||–||–||1[c]||0||2||0|
|Bristol Rovers||2015–16||League Two||28||2||0||0||1||0||2[b]||0||31||2|
|2016–17||EFL League One||25||1||3||0||1||0||2[b]||0||31||1|
|Port Vale||2017–18||EFL League Two||30||4||2||0||0||0||3[b]||2[b]||35||6|
|2018–19||EFL League Two||6||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||7||0|
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