Dundee's neo-gothic Royal Arch, built 1849-53 in honour of Queen Victoria's visit, found itself in the way of a new bridge in 1964 and was dynamited and thrown into the harbour as landfill. Watch an unapologetic newsreel.
Morton visit Dundee United at Tannadice. This is the first meeting of these two clubs since Tuesday, when Morton knocked the Tangerines out of the League Cup. Dundee United are in fifth place with 8 points from 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. Morton are seventh with 6 points from 1 win, 3 draws and 2 losses.
Morton have 6 goals after six games, which would work out to 36 by season's end. That's cutting it close in terms of avoiding relegation. At the end of the 2000-01 season Morton had tallied 34, and finished ninth. At the end of 2013-14 they had 32, and finished 10th. To win the division you need about two goals per game.
What was Dundee United's best result against Morton? 7 - 0, November 17th, 1984. What was Morton's best result against Dundee United? 7 - 0, March 2nd, 1957.
Morton can end the afternoon as high as fifth place, or as low as ninth.
Morton have signed midfielder Andy Murdoch, formerly of Rangers, Cowdenbeath and Queen of the South.
How often have Dundee United played the other Championship clubs, and when were they previously in the same division?
Hibernian: 203 games (2013-14)
Dunfermline: 159 games (2011-12)
St Mirren: 149 games (2014-15)
Morton: 107 games (1995-96)
Falkirk: 95 games (2009-10)
Ayr United: 91 games (1977-78)
Dumbarton: 89 games (1995-96)
Raith: 52 games (1996-97)
Queen of the South: 33 games (1963-64)
[United win 2 - 1.]
1898-99. Kilmarnock FC visited Morton at Cappielow and won 1 - 2.
Kilmarnock's 1898 kit was pretty much as it is today, minus the shirt sponsor.
After six league games in the 1898-99 season Morton had two wins and four losses for four points (three point wins had not been thought of yet), and a goal difference of -6.
It's Round One of the Scottish Cup. The winners of Preliminary Round Two meet the bulk of the clubs of the Highland and Lowland Leagues. New rule: teams are allowed a fourth substitution in extra time. Matches of consuming interest are:
Beith Juniors vs Strathspey Thistle
Beith eliminated Auchinleck Talbot in the last round. They mean business.
[Beith win 6 - 0]
Keith vs Banks O'Dee
To the best of my ability, here is Keith's Scottish Cup record:
1925-26 R1 Peebles Rovers 7 - 3 Keith
1927-28 R1 Keith 5 - 2 Dalbeattie Star
R2 Keith 1 - 6 Celtic
1929-30 R1 Clyde 7 - 0 Keith
1933-34 R1 Galston 8 - 2 Keith
1936-37 R1 Dumbarton 3 - 1 Keith
1948-49 R1 Cowdenbeath 6 - 2 Keith
1954-55 R1 Gala Fairydean 5 - 3 Keith
1955-56 R1 Wigtown & Bladnoch 0 - 7 Keith
R2 Keith 2 - 0 Elgin City
R3 Keith 2 - 4 East Stirlingshire
1956-57 R1 Forres Mechanics 6 - 1 Keith
1959-60 R1 Keith 3 - 0 Hamilton Academical
R2 Motherwell 6 - 0 Keith
1960-61 R1 Keith 1 - 2 East Fife
1962-63 R1 Gala Fairydean 4 - 0 Keith
1964-65 PR2 Keith 1 - 1 Ayr United
Ayr United 4 - 2 Keith
1967-68 PR2 Keith 1 - 3 East Stirlingshire
1975-76 R2 Stranraer 2 - 3 Keith
R3 Dumbarton 2 - 0 Keith
1978-79 R1 Falkirk 2 - 0 Keith
1979-80 R2 Threave Rovers 2 - 3 Keith
R3 Hamilton Academical 2 - 3 Keith
R4 Keith 1 - 2 Berwick Rangers
1980-81 R1 Brechin City 2 - 1 Keith
1984-85 R2 Keith 2 - 0 Brora Rangers
R3 Ayr United 3 - 1 Keith
1987-88 R2 Stranraer 6 - 2 Keith
1994-95 R2 Keith 2 - 2 Huntly
Huntly 3 - 1 Keith
1995-96 R2 Deveronvale 0 - 0 Keith
Keith 2 - 0 Deveronvale
R3 Keith 1 - 10 Rangers
1998-99 R2 Keith 0 - 0 Brechin City
Brechin City 3 - 1 Keith
2000-01 R2 Montrose 1 - 1 Keith
Keith 0 - 1 Montrose
2002-03 R2 Keith 1 - 3 Cowdenbeath
2004-05 R1 Inverurie Loco Works 1 - 2 Keith
R2 Keith 0 - 1 Montrose
2006-07 R1 Edinburgh University 2 - 1 Keith
2007-08 R2 Cove Rangers 3 - 0 Keith
2008-09 R2 Forres Mechanics 1 - 1 Keith
Keith 1 - 1 Forres Mechanics (Forres win on PKs)
2009-10 R1 Dalbeattie Star 2 - 4 Keith
R2 Vale of Leithen 1 - 3 Keith
R3 Edinburgh City 3 - 1 Keith
2010-11 R1 Vale of Leithen 1 - 3 Keith
R2 Keth 0 - 3 Spartans
2011-12 R1 St Cuthbert Wanderers 0 - 2 Keith
R2 Wick Academy 0 - 1 Keith
R3 Keith 0 - 1 Arbroath
2012-13 PR Keith 0 - 1 St Cuthbert Wanderers
2013-14 R1 Forres Mechanics 4 - 5 Keith
R2 Keith 0 - 4 Elgin City
2014-15 R1 Keith 1 - 3 Formartine United
2015-16 R1 Keith 1 - 5 Inverurie Loco Works
Sources: Wikipedia, LondonHearts.com
[Keith 0 - 1 Banks O'Dee]
Leith Athletic vs Cumbernauld Colts
2015-16 East of Scotland League champions vs current second-place club in the Lowland League.
[Leith 0 - 0 Cumbernauld]
Girvan vs Huntly
Junior club vs the current 15th-place club in the Highland League.
[Girvan 1 - 2 Huntly]
Selkirk vs Linlithgow Rose
Current 15th-place club in the Lowland League vs the junior club that made the final 16 of the Scottish Cup last year
[Selkirk 0 - 3 Linlithgow Rose]
East Kilbride vs Vale of Leithen
This is East Kilbride's third year in the Scottish Cup. Here's how they've fared so far:
2014-15 R1 Lothian Thistle HV 0 - 1 East Kilbride
R2 Spartans 3 - 3 East Kilbride
East Kilbride 1 - 5 Spartans
2015-16 R2 East Kilbride 1 - 1 Forres Mechanics
Forres Mechanics 2 - 3 East Kilbride
R3 Stenhousemuir 2 - 2 East Kilbride
East Kilbride 2 - 1 Stenhousemuir
R4 East Kilbride 2 - 0 Lothian Thistle HV
R5 East Kilbride 0 - 2 Celtic
[East Kilbride 9 - 1 Vale of Leithen]
Turriff United vs Bonnyrigg Rose
Let us pause for a moment to consider the awesomeness of Bonnyrigg Rose FC. In the first preliminary round they demolished Glasgow University 2 - 8. In PR2 they burnt Burntisland Shipyard 14 - 0. They are +20 on the tournament. Forward Wayne McIntosh has seven goals (all from the Burntisland match), and Sean Jamieson has six. The top scorer in last year's Scottish Cup was Peter Weatherson of Annan, who scored five.
[Turriff 1 - 1 Bonnyrigg]
I would like to see a Scottish Cup match between any two of Beith, Keith and Leith.
It's also Round One of the Scottish Junior Cup. Let's watch:
Largs Thistle [0 - 1] Blantyre Victoria
Port Glasgow [5 - 0] Whitehills
Whitletts Victoria [5 - 2] Buckie Rovers
How is the Estonian Esiliiga like the Scottish Championship?
Similarities. Estonia is a small country. The greatest distance between two Esiliiga stadia is 164 km (Tallinn to Tartu). They play a 36-game schedule. There are promotion playoffs. Differences. It's a summer league. Four of the ten teams are reserve squads. Average stadium capacity is just 2,638. Of the six non-reserve sides, there are only two old clubs: Tallinn Kalev, founded 1911; and Tulevik, 1912. The rest were founded after the Soviet Union broke up. The average club age is 44 years.
The Rolling Stones filmed the video for their song "Streets of Love" in Ottawa in 2005. The concert footage was shot at Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Byward Market. Intercut with that are scenes of a guy wandering the darkened streets of love, which were also filmed in Ottawa.
This is the Somerset Street Bridge. Compare the skyline and the railings to this screen capture from Google Street View:
Domestic Foods is at 595 Gladstone Avenue.
W.O. Stinson and Son own a chain of gas stations in Eastern Ontario. This seems to be the one at 435 Gladstone, which closed in 2010 to make way for condos.
The lonely dude collides with a taxi in front of the Chateau Lafayette House, as so many have done before.
The Mitsubishi bench during the 58th Emperor's Cup final, January 1st, 1979.
It's Round Three. Continuing to pull for a northern winner, let's follow:
Match No. 66, Vissel Kobe [3 - 3] Montedio Yamagata [Kobe win on penalty kicks.]
Match No. 67, Albirex Niigata [1 - 0] Renofa Yamaguchi
Match No. 70, Grulla Morioka [1 - 2] Honda FC [Two red cards for Grulla.]
What was the best showing in past Emperor's Cups of each of our remaining northern clubs? Montedio Yamagata made it to the final two years ago. Albirex Niigata made the quarter-finals in 2009. Round Three this year is the farthest Grulla Morioka have ever been.
We've followed Montedio Yamagata and Grulla Morioka in past seasons. What about Albirex Niigata?
About Albirex Niigata. This club was formed in 1955 as Niigata Eleven SC, joined the JFL in 1998, J2 the next year, and J1 in 2004, where they have been ever since. They play at the 42,300-seat Denka Big Swan Stadium. The club's logo also features a white swan. Team colours are orange and blue. They have not yet won the league, league cup or Emperor's Cup, or represented Japan abroad.
This year Albirex finished 13th in Stage One of the J1 season, and are 14th in Stage Two after ten games (update).
Niigata Prefecture is on the Sea of Japan, just were the country would put its hands and say, "Oh, my aching back!" if it were a person. The place is out of the way now, but in the days of the Japanese overseas empire the boat from Niigata to Rason, North Korea was the shortest route to Manchuria.
In J League news, JFL sides Vanraure Hachinohe, Nara Club and Azul Claro Numazu have been awarded J3 licenses for 2017. But only Numazu Azul Claro is high enough in the standings to qualify for promotion.
Yesterday in Sweden it was Östersund [0 - 2] Norrköping.
East Hamilton Street in the rain. No, wait, it's the Greenock Cut waterfall above Loch Thom. Source.
Morton host Dundee United in a League Cup quarter-final match. This is the third time in four years that Morton have made the final eight of the League Cup.
This is the first reunion of these two clubs since Sept 23rd, 2003, when the Tangerines knocked Morton out of Round Two of the League Cup of that year. Previous to that their last encounter was in Division One 1995-96, when Dundee United took two wins, with two draws. Their next meeting is Saturday.
Apart from the 2003 game, Morton and Dundee United have met in eight League Cup matches, all of them in the group stage. Of these, Morton won five, United one, with two draws. This past weekend, in league play, Morton won and Dundee United lost.
Dundee United won back-to-back League Cups in 1979-80 and 1980-81, and they have been runners-up on eight other occasions, most recently 2014-15. This year they swept Group C with victories over Arbroath, Cowdenbeath, Inverness and Dunfermline, after which they knocked Partick out of the Round of 16. Dundee United and Morton have each beaten two Premiership clubs in 2016-17. The Tangerines have now made it to ten League Cup quarter-finals in a row. (2006-07 they went out in R3.)
If Morton win today they will go to the League Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1979-80.
Today's referee is Andrew Dallas. Last season he officiated three Morton games, a win, a draw and a loss. So I guess he'll do.
[MORTON WIN 2 - 1. Goals by Quitongo and O'Ware. Morton move on to the semi-finals. Match report.]
The Greenock and Port Glasgow Tramways Company, Horsecar No. 3, 1898. Source.
Dunfermline Athletic visit Cappielow.
The Pars finished atop League One last season, following in the footsteps of Morton (2014-15), Rangers (2013-14), and Queen of the South (2012-13). To win your division you pretty much have to assemble a team that can compete in the division above it, so then the question becomes, can you keep that squad together? The Pars' top scorers last season were Faissal El Bakhtaoui (30 goals), Joe Cardle (15), Michael Moffat (15), and Ryan Wallace (10). El Bakhtaoui went to Dundee, Wallace to Albion Rovers. Dunfermline have signed former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui. El Alagui has also played for Falkirk and Dundee United.
Currently Dunfermline are 8th, with a win and four losses for 3 points. They are out of the League Cup, but still in the Challenge Cup.
Morton are ninth, with three draws and two losses, for 3 points. Both Morton and Dunfermline have a goal difference of -5, but Dunfermline have more goals for. Morton have four goals in five games.
Depending on other results, Morton can finish the day anywhere from sixth to tenth.
What years did Morton go farthest into the calendar before gaining a win in league play? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
Oct. 28, 1972 Finished 12th of 18
Oct. 26, 1901 Finished 10th of 10
Oct. 21, 1939* Finished 5th of 16
*There was no league play between Sept. 2 and Oct. 21, 1939.
Oct. 20, 1973 Finished 14th of 18
Oct. 18, 1975 Finished 11th of 14
Oct. 18, 2008 Finished 6th of 10
Oct. 8, 1960 Finished 19th of 19
Sept. 29, 1990 Finished 9th of 14
Sept. 26, 1925 Finished 15th of 20
Sept. 22, 1924 Finished 14th of 20
What were the results of Morton's first five league matches each year this century? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
2000-01 LLWWL = 6 pts 9th (relegated)
2001-02 WDDDL = 6 pts 10th (relegated)
2002-03 DWLWD = 8pts 1st (promoted)
2003-04 WWDWW = 12 pts 4th
2004-05 LWWLW = 9 pts 3rd
2005-06 WWWDL = 10 pts 2nd
2006-07 WWDWW = 12 pts 1st (promoted)
2007-08 WWDLL = 7 pts 8th
2008-09 DDLLL = 2 pts 6th
2009-10 LLWLL = 3pts 8th
2010-11 DLWLL = 4 pts 7th
2011-12 DWDWW = 11 pts 8th
2012-13 DDLWW = 8 pts 2nd
2013-14 WLLDD = 5 pts 10th (relegated)
2014-15 LWWLW = 9 pts 1st (promoted)
2015-16 DLDWW = 8 pts 5th
2016-17 DDDLL = 3 pts
Conclusion: It's lower-middle or bottom for Morton this year.
[But Morton win 2 - 1, with goals by Oliver and Quitongo. Morton move up to seventh place. Match summary.]
1898-99. On this date in 1898 Morton travelled the two miles to Port Glasgow Athletic's Clune Park, and lost 7 - 3.
Port Glasgow Athletic's kit was a white shirt with blue knickerbockers and socks.
How is the Austrian Erste Liga like the Scottish Championship?
Both are winter leagues with 36-games schedules. The Erste Liga includes a reserve team, FC Liefering, the farm club for Red Bull Salzburg of the Bundesliga. There are no reserve teams in the four SPFL divisions. The greatest travel distance, as the crow flies, is 509 km from Lustenau to Vienna. The oldest club is 117, the youngest 8, with an average of 72. Average stadium capacity is 10,747. There are no playoffs.
Austria plans to go over to first and second tiers of 12 and 16 teams in 2018-19.
UEFA Champions League Group C: Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic. Five more games.
Prior to this match Celtic and Barcelona had met twelve times in UEFA competition, Barca taking 7 wins, Celtic 2, with 3 draws. And they played that friendly on July 30th. Listen to the Champions League Theme.