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30 years ago

THERE was a sequel to the Montrose and Forfar derby encounter when, late last week, the clubs were involved in a player swap.

Mike Turnbull, who scored the Montrose goal, joined up at Station Park with Tom Downie going to Links Park.

Turnbull, who lives in Aberdeen, is a midfield or defensive player.

Mr Turnbull joined Montrose from the Banks O’ Dee two years ago.

Downie, an experienced campaigner, enjoyed spells with Stirling Albion, Meadowbank Thistle and Stenhousemuir, before joining up at Station Park in May of 1981.

It was in his last two seasons with the club he has been dogged by injury.

Cartilage trouble resulted in two operations for Downie which resulted in him being kept out on the side for a lengthy spell.

20 years ago

FORFAR West End edged closer to Tayport at the top of Division One on Saturday.

The Strathmore Park side defeated Kirrie Thistle 3-0.

The marksmen were Smith, Kennedy and Walker, who scored a penalty.

West End are now five points adrift of Tayport, who have played a game more.

Meanwhile, Kirriemuir have still to announce the successor to Alex Brash, who was dismissed before Christmas and the committee selected the side that played West End last week.

Forfar Albion’s game with Jeanfield Swifts was postponed on Saturday morning because the Pert side’s pitch was waterlogged.

Albion have not seen any competitive action since mid December.

10 years ago

A GUID new year to one and all!

It certainly was for all of the Forfar fans who made the short trip to Brechin City in atrocious conditions on January 1 and were entertained by a mesmerising derby joust that was able to produced a total of seven goals, Forfar winning 4-3.

There were thrills and spills all the way in a real roller-coaster of a game played in a mud bath as torrential rain battered the Glebe from the start of the match to the finish.

The fans harboured doubts of the match ever getting a start, but referee John Rowbotham gave the thumbs up after a light inspection – and it was hammer and tongs thereafter.

The spectators were just getting into their seats when the home side went and surged into the lead.

With about two minutes on the clock, Charlie King broke free on the right and crossed for Chris Templeton to turn and hook a shot past Ferrie in the Forfar goal.