Match programme takes runners-up spot

Match programme takes runners-up spot
by Jonathan Mitchell

We were thrilled to learn our official matchday magazine was recently named as runner-up for the Ladbrokes Championship in the annual Programme Monthly honours list.

League champions Hibernian topped the pile when it came to best programme, with Morton in second and Dundee United in third.

The review states:

In second place Morton provide a delightful, packed A5 issue at Cappielow. Using its size to good advantage, their programme provides a series of close-written articles concentrating on past and present alike.

A particular delight is the player interview, ‘You are my Morton’, and that stands alongside ‘Six of the Best …’ and the generally photographic coverage of recent matches.

It’s the sort of programme that bridges the gap between corporate and supporter very well.

Programme editor Niall McGilp said: “It’s been my privelege to take on the role of editor for one of Morton’s best seasons in recent years and I hope we managed to reflect that in the 21 editions.

“The programme is written and researched by a group of Morton fans who volunteer their time and effort, and I am incredibly grateful to the team.

“Sandra Macgregor for the ‘Big Interview’ with current players; Gareth Ewing, who writes the ‘You are my Morton’ column while in exile in Halifax; Gilbert McCracken for dilligently researching and reporting on over 60 memory matches this year.

“Iain McGilp for his detailed reviews of the opposition prior to each home game; David Grant for the cracking ‘Six of the Best’ series, and David Smith, who has contributed regularly with his ‘View from the South’.

“Sincere thanks are also due to club photographer David Bell, known to many as Tontastic, and Gary Bradley and Ross Cameron for their photographs of the Under-20s games.

“I must also thank the talented Lewis Graham at J Thomson Colour Printers for his design and input, and for going the extra mile when asked.

“To Alistair Wyllie and the programme sellers for getting the matchday programmes out to the supporters every home game come rain or shine.

“All of this would not have been possible without the continuous support of the club, via chief executive Warren Hawke and media and communications officer Jonathan Mitchell.

“We were all delighted when Programme Monthly awarded our matchday magazine the silver medal in its review of the Scottish Championship and we’re looking to improve the programme further for next season.”

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Silver medal … Programme editor Niall McGilp with his player sponsor Mark Russell          © Ross Cameron

Jonathan Mitchell added: “Niall and his team deserve tremendous credit for their efforts in producing a fantastic matchday programme over the course of the past season.

“The Programme Monthly recognition they have received is richly deserved and something they and the club as a whole can be proud of.”