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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.