We are pleased to announce that this years fans’ game will be held on 4th of September on the hallowed turf of Cappielow. This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of your heroes and play on the famous surface and get a real match day experience including a team talk and warm up from managers. You will also get to keep the special edition kits worn on the day. The format of the day is as follows:
11.45 – Report at Cappielow
12.00 – Changed and warm up
12.45 – Team talks
1.00 – Kick off
2.45 – Motm award
3.00 – Buffet and drinks for players
This day is also welcome to friends, family and all Morton supporters to come along and join in the fun. Bidding is now open and you can submit your bid by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Bids start at £80 and bidding £200 will secure your place (as a special treat you’ll also get your name on the top). When bidding please include the following details:
Team: Home or Away:
Shirt Number: 1-16 (excluding 13 with 1 being the goalkeeper)
Bids close on 24th August at 8pm so make sure you don’t miss out! We’ll let you know how to check on current bid status over the next few days.
Please note that, although we will email if you have been outbid during the bidding period, on the final day of bidding this isn’t possible due to the volume of emails coming in so you should refresh the bids page to keep an eye on how you are getting on.
The GMST Fans’ Game 2015 was the most successful yet with £4000 being raised for the Morton Youth Academy. Firstly we’d like to thank Peter McLellan of McLellan and Bence for his sponsorship of the event. Peter, a lifelong Morton fan, who took his family along for the day and commented:
“ We were delighted to sponsor this season’s Fans Game and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Both teams showed great spirit in battling against each other – and the weather! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in making it a highly memorable occasion – staff, players (new and old) and fans alike. It was great to see real team-work in action.
McLellan and Bence Consultants Limited look forward to continued association and support of Greenock Morton and Greenock Morton Supporters Trust in the seasons to come.”
We’d also like to thank everyone else who worked with us on the day:
Greenock Morton for the use of Cappielow
Mark Farrell for keeping the park in great condition for the 70th match on it of the season
Jax Snacks for the catering. The feedback from all involved was great and some had several helpings of curry!
St Andrews First Aid for the cover on the day
AKC Events for providing stewards
Greenock Telegraph for the event reports
Smiths of Greenock for the limited edition kits
Trophy Shop for the man of the match award
Jim Duffy and Craig McPherson for managing the teams
Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to thank all of the players involved whose bids are going towards the Academy and will be a great help for the future of Morton. Everyone had a great day despite the rain and we hope to see you all again next time! We’ve sent out a mail requesting feedback from all the players to help improve things for next year so if anyone else has comments please feel free to get in touch by emailing our secretary email@example.com.
Now on to the match itself. With both teams turning out in limited edition kits, the home side in 1960s style pinstripes and away in blue and yellow hoops, the game kicked off in testing weather conditions which thankfully improved over the course of the day. It is testament to Mark Farrell that after 70 games in a season, heavy rain and a game earlier that day, the pitch was still in great condition. With the away side shooting in to the Wee Dublin End they took an early lead which set the tone for the rest of the match which ended in a resounding away win. James Binnie in goal for the home side, must be credited for a fine performance despite his side being on the backfoot for most of the game.
With the match underway the Morton Legends made an appearance from the bench to a great reception from the friends and family in the stands. Warren Hawke was composed playing at the back for the away side and was joined by Michael Tidser at half time who provided a touch of class to the midfield and got his first goal at Cappielow since returning to the club from a spell away. Derek Lilley and Derek Anderson had a calming influence in the middle of the park for the home side and all showed why they had such a big impact at their various clubs during their careers by talking their teammates through the game. All involved will agree the legends on both teams were great to play with and, despite being familiar with the Cappielow turf, took the game as seriously as the fans playing so another big thanks goes to the four who joined us.
With the full time whistle coming just as the rain began to fall again, the man of the match was awarded to Martin Leitch who had a great game in midfield for the away team. Martin was chosen by our matchday sponsor, Peter, and was delighted to receive the honour and now has to find a place for his trophy.
Following the match the teams we given their post match analysis by the respective managers, Jim Duffy (home) and Craig McPherson (away). Jim in particular had a lot of talking to do and showed his winning mentality with the disappointment shown at being part of the losing side. This bears well for the full Morton team as it shows how driven a character he is.
To round of the day all involved had use of the hospitality lounge and enjoyed a curry provided by Jax Snacks while getting to analyse the match themselves with their team mates and opposition.
With the winning bids all finalised for the fans game we would like to thank Peter McLellan for his sponsorship of the event. Peter is a lifelong Morton fan and had this to say about why he supports the event which is to raise money for the youth academy:
“First and foremost, I am Greenock born and bred and a lifelong Morton supporter. Additionally, I turned out for Greenock Morton Supporters Club from aged 14 to 18 and wore the jersey! Notwithstanding this, what I have learned down the years is that success in life and business is directly related to the creation of a framework for opportunity to thrive, and the youth development scheme at Greenock Morton is a perfect example of this. I wish that I had the benefit of experiencing such an environment many years ago.
At McLellan and Bence, our core values are shaped by our moral obligation to invest in the twin goals of carbon reduction and mitigating the effects of climate change on our environment, both nationally and internationally . But ….what I have learned down the years is that in order to progress towards attainment of these goals, we must encourage, create and nurture a framework to support the opportunity to invest in a sustainable future and that initiative begins at home, at the “grass-roots” level.
In that respect, our goals are perfectly aligned with yours.”
Peter McLellan has 25 years’ experience in the international energy sector, and 20 years’ experience in wind energy. He has held many senior positions fulfilling both executive and non-executive roles in the capacity of developer, contractor, advisor and director of Renewable UK. His Company, McLellan and Bence Consultants Limited is an internationally recognised consultancy business specialising in renewable energy. They have a client base that has extended across the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, USA, and Australia and offer expert advice on business development, due diligence, project finance, and contract and project management, in particular for the growing offshore wind energy sector.