About a year ago I linked to a film clip of what seemed to be the whole town of Greenock spontaneously bursting into "The Green Oak Tree" sometime in the mid 1970s. Turns out it was the finale of a 20-minute travelogue entitled "Sea City - Greenock" made in 1974. You can watch the whole thing here at the Scottish Screen Archive.
Today Dundee FC visit Cappielow. Dundee are currently second in the Championship, with the best goal difference and a pretty decent shot at promotion. Morton are tenth.
Can Morton still win the Championship? Mathematically, yes, they can. If the Ton were to win every remaining game including today's, they'd finish with 75 points, which is more than Inverness and Dunfermline needed to win the First Division in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Will Morton win the Championship? No. After 14 games they have 9 losses. 8 is the most loses any First Division champion has given up in the 21st Century. An eighth-place finish should be Morton's goal at this stage, so that they can enjoy the company of Rangers and Hearts next season.
[Dundee win 1 - 2. Morton goal by Imrie. Dundee take over first place.]
Following last week's Scottish Cup action, the domestic treble remains a possibility for Inverness, Aberdeen and St Johnstone.
US Boulogne visit the Stade de l'Aar in Schiltigheim, Alsace, to play SC Schiltigheim in Round Eight of the Coupe de France. [Boulogne win 0 - 1 and advance.]
The restoration of the King's Inner Hall at Stirling Castle in 2011 included the installation of replicas of the Stirling Heads, a group on oaken roundels depicting personages considered noteworthy in the time of James V. See here and here.
I sat for a while listening to a No[h] play; [ . . . ] extraordinarily slow, belching, hideous declamation and arioso, both solo and chorus, the very antithesis of the delicacy & poignancy of the text: like Papal Bulls and Papal Pigs roaring, squealing & grunting: and very beautiful snatches of a mad-scene flute; and those wooden hammers urging it on. It is almost unassimilable, would be quite, if it had not an authority of extreme technique & tradition.
The Diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, page 274 (entry for July 5th, 1961).
Morton travel to Inverness today for a Scottish Cup Fourth Round encounter with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
These two clubs last met February 5th, 2011, in the Fifth Round of that year's Scottish Cup. ICT won 5 - 1. ICT also knocked Morton out of the Third Round of the 2008-09 Scottish League Cup. The two clubs have played together in the First Division three seasons, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2009-10, ICT winning 9 of 12 games. The last time Morton beat Inverness at all was thirteen years ago last week.
Inverness have been swapping second and third place with Aberdeen in the Premiership, and appear to be bound for European competition next year. So a Morton win today would come close to the thrill of knocking Celtic out of the League Cup in September. A draw would necessitate a replay at Cappielow in the coming weeks. A loss would make this Morton's briefest Scottish Cup run since 2008-09, when Peterhead knocked them out.
Which club has eliminated Morton from the Scottish Cup most often? Rangers. Which SPFL clubs have never eliminated Morton from the Scottish Cup? Ross County, Dumbarton, Cowdenbeath, Brechin, Annan, Elgin, Berwick, Albion Rovers.
By strange coincidence both teams are playing under interim managers. Terry Butcher, Caley's manager since 2009, signed a three year deal with Hibernian three weeks ago, counterintuitively jumping from the top to the bottom half of the Premiership. Morton, having sacked Allan Moore after last week's 5 - 1 thumping by Livingston, bring their new interim manager David Hopkin, who was interim manager once before under similar circumstances in 2003.
Fraserburgh are the only surviving nonleague team in the competition.
[Inverness win 4 - 0. Morton are out. Fraserburgh are out too. Motherwell are knocked out by Albion Rovers!]
Champions League Tuesday it was Celtic 0 - 3 Milan. Celtic cannot advance to the final 16, but they still have one more meaningless humiliating game to play in Group H.
Yesterday US Boulogne visited Amiens FC on Championnat National business. Amiens in Picardy is Boulogne's nearest divisional neighbour apart from Dunkerque. [0 - 0.]