The north door of St Edward's Church, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, flanked by centuries-old yew trees, is thought to have been Tolkien's inspiration for the Door of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Falkirk from Callendar Park in 1824. That's the Carron ironworks in the northeast, or upper left. Source.
The league season that began in August with Falkirk visiting Cappielow ends today with Morton at Falkirk Stadium. In order to show Rangers' last game on TV on Sunday, and keep to the rule about playing all games on the last day of the schedule simultaneously, the SPFL has moved every Championship match to today at 12:30 local time. I guess we know who's the favourite.
The situation for Morton: if Morton win they finish fifth. If they draw they can be knocked down to sixth by a winning Queen of the South. If they lose they can be knocked down to seventh by a winning Queen of the South and a winning St Mirren.
The situation for Falkirk: Falkirk and Hibs are tied at 67 points, but Falkirk are +3 on goal difference. The side that finishes higher gets a bye through to the second playoff round, so today's results are huge for both clubs. Morton are a stingy opponent, and have allowed only 41 goals all season. Hibernian's opponent QoS have allowed 54. So Hibs are more likely to run up the score.
If Falkirk and Hibs finish the day with equal points and an equal goal difference, the tie-breaker is goals scored, but that will also be equal because Falkirk enter the day with 60 and Hibs 57. In that case the tie-breaker is points in head-to-head play. Hibs have 6 to Falkirk's 3. Hibs would finish second and Falkirk third.
This is why you play the last week's games simultaneously: the out-of-town scoreboard is as nervewracking as the play on the pitch. (Oh, yeah, plus the whole match-fixing thing.)
While Hibs are a Premiership club currently slumming in the Championship, and Morton are a Championship club who are sometimes punished with a time out in League One, Falkirk are a yo-yo club equally at home in the top half of the Championship and the bottom half of the Premiership. 2001-02 is the last time the Bairns fell below that zone; 1994-95 is the last time they climbed above it.
Falkirk have lost only four league matches all season, fewer than Rangers. They deserve promotion. Too bad Morton are going to beat them today.
[Falkirk 1 - 0 Morton. Hibs beat QoS 2 - 0, so Falkirk earn second place. St Mirren 2 - 2 Rangers, so Morton finish in fifth place, St Mirren sixth and QoS seventh.]
How did Morton fare against the other Championship clubs this season?
Were any of our objectives for this season realized? Did Morton beat everyone at least once? No. Did they beat anyone four times? No. Did they fill the park? 7,392 for Rangers out of 11,539 capacity, so, no. Did they get on TV? Yes!
What were the high points of 2015-16 for Morton?
Sept 22: Morton 3 - 2 Motherwell
Dec 12: Rangers 2 - 2 Morton
Feb 24: Hibs 0 - 3 Morton
Which players scored multiple goals against Morton this season? Rangers' Martyn Waghorn had 4, including a hat trick on September 27th. Rangers' Kenny Miller had 4. Queen of the South's Derek Lyle, Raith's James Craigen, St Mirren's Lawrence Shankland, and Livingston's Jordan White [and Falkirk's Paul Watson] each scored 2.
How many matches did Morton play? 36 league + 4 Scottish Cup + 4 League Cup + 1 Challenge Cup = 45
Morton played in five scoreless draws this season. Six is the club record.
How many games have Morton played on May Day? Nine before today. The first was against Port Glasgow Athletic in 1897. Port Glasgow won 5 - 1. In 1965 Morton played Partick Thistle in the Summer Cup. Partick won 2 - 1. In fact Morton's only May Day win came in 2010 when they beat Ayr United 2 - 1 at Cappielow to secure eighth place and relegate the Honest Men on the last day of the schedule.
The second leg of the Round One of the League Two Play-Offs: