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Arthur Montford (born 1934, Glasgow, Scotland) is a former television sports journalist, best known for his 32 year tenure as the presenter of Scotsport.

Montford was raised in Greenock. He is a lifelong supporter of local football club Greenock Morton, where he even served as a director for several years under close friend and Morton chairman Douglas Rae's tenure. Though no longer a director, Montford is still affiliated with the club as an Honorary Vice-President.

Montford worked as both a print journalist and radio broadcaster before joining Scottish Television in August 1957 as a continuity announcer. He was then chosen to present STV's new sports programme, Scotsport (originally Sports Desk), where he remained the anchorman until his retirement in 1989. In all, he hosted over 2,000 editions of the programme. During his time on Scotsport, Montford became famous for his trademark checkered pattern sports jackets, and some classic lines of football commentary, including What a stramash! and Disaster for Scotland![1]

In 1974, Montford was elected as Rector of the University of Glasgow, the first sports journalist to receive the honour. He remained in the position until 1977.[2]

Since his retirement, Montford has continued to comment on Scottish Football, both in the national press and in the matchday programme at Morton. In 1990 he narrated the film documentary Scotland: The World Cup Story.[3]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Reid
Rector of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
John L. Bell


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