Unexpected Good News for Montrose from African Cup of Nations

Last updated : 31 January 2006 By Simon Reynolds

The Montrose F.C. treasurer was overjoyed yesterday as the match ball from the recent derby match with Arbroath was recovered. Egypt midfielder Mido spotted the ball during the cup loss to Ivory Coast, as it flew over the stadium in Cairo. Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was left bewildered, as all reports had indicated that the ball had in fact left the earth’s atmosphere after Beckham-wanabee Martyn Fotheringham had handed the opposition a well deserved win over 12-man Montrose.

The ball was found in the desert by local lad Hojn Nshera who proceeded to punt the ball back to Montrose and score what would have been an equaliser had it not been three weeks late. Arbroath returned home to worry about some real opposition and get rid of Hugh Davidson. Rumour has it Davidson will make the switch to Montrose if Egyptian lad Nshera fails to get international clearance to make the switch to Links Park. Nshera has been getting lessons on a good first touch from Davidson and on commitment from Andy Cargill.

Moving in the other direction is Martyn Fotheringham as the Egyptian government have summoned him to appear in court, as apparently no permission was granted to use Egyptian airspace. Fotheringham is currently in talks with fans of Cowdenbeath F.C., who have surpassed anyone else in Scotland in excuse-making. As we go to press, Fotheringham’s defense is that the Arbroath player who gave him the ball prior to the penalty kick may have chucked the ball at him with more than a smidgen of force, bordering on assault. However, Cowden fans may not be all that helpful as they claim that the wayward penalty was an attempt to take Marcus Paatelainen out of their game against East Fife, in which they were defeated.