Love Your Club: Andrew Steeves – Montrose

Montrose had a disastrous campaign last season, finishing bottom of League Two and surviving after a play-off win over Brora Rangers.

The 21-year-old joined the Gable Endies last term and he talks pitch invasions and legendary kitmen.

Why do you love Montrose?

The way you get treated here. From the manager, to the assistant, to the physio, to the chairman. It’s very close knit, everyone knows everyone. This year the manager has kept a lot of the boys fromlast season, who were part of the play-off success, which adds to the family feel at the club.

What’s the vibe like in the changing room?

It’s a good changing room. There’s a good mix of senior boys who bring a lot of experience and different types of humour to the younger boys.

Paul Watson is in charge of the tunes. There’s a lot of heavy R ‘n’ B in there. A few of the boys seem to like it but it’s not really for me before a game. I’d like to play a bit of dance, some house to get us hyped up before the game.

Walking out on the pitch is incomparable to any other line of work. You forget how lucky you are that come a Saturday it’s your job and it’s fantastic.

Describe the fans and what they mean to the club

When we won the play-off game last year, the kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes just to get all our fans in. It just shows how much it means to them. We won the game and there was a massive pitch invasion. It was the first one I’ve been involved in. It was hectic! But it was a great experience, one kid jumped the barrier and then everyone else was on the pitch!

Can you name a Montrose backroom hero?

Ronnie Marquis, the kitman. The club means a lot to him. You can see on matchdays he gets nervous. The play-off games and the derbies mean so much to him. He’s good with the boys, they have a bit of banter with him. He absolutely loves the club and that’s why we love him as well.

What’s the best thing about being a Montrose footballer?

I grew up in a football family, my dad and brother loved the game. I went to games every Saturday which was great. The competitive side of it is the main thing. There’s nothing better than all contributing and grinding a result out, the feeling in the changing room after is fantastic. The banter in the changing room is great. You have to remember a lot of people are getting up and going to an office job but we get to do this.

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.