Meet Vanuatu’s latest fan of Central Coast Mariners

Nick “Monty” Montgomery now has a lifelong fan in Vanuatu – meet cute bub Monty named after the Central Coast Mariners great and clearly now a fan of Paul Okon’s Mariners side.

Championship winner Montgomery, who retired from Hyundai A-League at the end of last season after 116 appearances for the club over five years, revealed on Facebook today that baby Monty had been named after him.

The 35-year-old former EPL midfielder described it as humbling to have the baby named after him.

Montgomery’s link with Vanuatu goes back to 2016. Central Coast Mariners teamed up with local lad Danny Barton to deliver boxes full of Mariners’ merchandise and football equipment to villages in Vanuatu that were devastated by Cyclone Pam.

Barton, who is a close friend of Montgomery’s, grew up in Vanuatu and has been flying back and forward from the South Pacific undertaking selfless acts of aid well before the Mariners offered their support.

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Barton even flew the three villagers from Vanuatu to the Central Coast to stay with him for an entire month. Montgomery has been lucky enough to spend time with his newest friends during their stay on the Central Coast.

PHOTO: Damage from Cyclone Pam is still evident in Imafen village. (ABC: Liam Fox)

“It’s a great story really, Danny grew up in Vanuatu and last year when they had the big storms a lot of the villages were damaged so he’s spent time over there rebuilding,” Montgomery told the club’s website last year.

“They’re like his big family and I’ve become close to them as well through football.” And now, that link is even stronger now that baby Monty has arrived in the world.

Source: Hyundai A-League

A bit on Central Coast Mariners Football Club

Central Coast Stadium, home ground of Central Coast Mariners

Central Coast Mariners Football Club is an Australian professional soccer club based in Gosford, on the Central Coast of New South Wales and competes in the A-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia (FFA).

The Mariners was founded in 2004 as one of the eight original A-League teams.

It was the first professional sports club from the Gosford region to compete in a national competition and despite being considered one of the smallest-market clubs in the league, Central Coast Mariners has claimed one A-League Championship from four Grand Final appearances and topped the table to win the A-League Premiership twice.

The club has also appeared in the AFC Champions League four times.

Montgomery backs ‘ambitious’ Wollongong Wolves for A-League

The veteran midfielder announced his professional retirement at the Mariners Medal presentation night but hasn’t hung up his boots just yet

Former Central Coast Mariners captain Nick Montgomery is relishing a new role with Wollongong Wolves and has thrown his support behind the NPL NSW club’s A-League ambitions.

The 35-year-old midfielder made his Wollongong debut in a 2-0 win over Rockdale City Suns at WIN Stadium on Sunday and was pleased with his performance after only meeting the rest of the Wolves squad at training the night before.

Having previously played at WIN Stadium while involved with the A-League All Stars squad of 2014, Montgomery believes it’s “a real shame” the 23,000-capacity venue isn’t being utilised for top tier football.

The Wolves – who were part of the NSL for the majority of its 28 seasons – have publically declared they want to be part of the A-League when it expands to 12 teams in the coming years.

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“No doubt, [WIN Stadium is] worthy for A-League standard,” Montgomery told Goal.

“For me, playing in the A-League for five years, the one thing it needs is a few more teams and I wouldn’t have joined the Wolves if I didn’t feel it was an ambitious place and somewhere that I’d like to help out any way I can.”

Nick Montgomery, Central Coast Mariners

Montgomery announced his retirement from professional football on Friday night at the Mariners Medal presentation, with the former Sheffield United midfielder set to become Central Coast’s Head of Football and Elite Performance.

He ends his A-League career with 116 appearances for the Mariners and an A-League champions medal from his first season in 2012-13.

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“I’ve had a good career up to now and, you know, I could have played on in the A-League or gone to Asia for another season but a new role at the Mariners came up – a head of football role – and I just thought it’s a good time to step down from the pro game on my own terms after having a good season,” Montgomery said.

The Wolves have secured Montgomery’s services for the final 13 rounds of the 2017 NPL NSW season, although the veteran midfielder reckons he has at least one more year of semi-pro football left in him beyond that.

Nick Montgomery, Wollongong Wolves (Pedro Garcia)

Having been impressed by the likes of ex-Leeds United youth player Patrick Antelmi and former Western Sydney Wanderers striker Josh Macdonald against Rockdale, Montgomery is looking forward to “mentoring young players”.

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“I just needed to get in there and provide a bit of leadership and talking to the boys on the field, and I felt I did that well yesterday,” he said.

“The boys performed really well and worked hard for each other, and we got a 2-0 win, which was more than deserved.”

Wollongong, who are coached by former Sydney FC defender Jacob Timpano, sit eighth in the NPL NSW table.

Source: Goal.com