Full of personality, steeped in tradition and only steps from a dozen pubs, that's The Falkirk Stadium. Photo by Richard Webb.
Morton make their first visit to Falkirk today. In their previous meeting, at Cappielow on August 25th, Falkirk defeated the Ton by a score of 1 - 2. This year Morton have had their worst moments against teams from the bottom half. Their two other loses were to Hamilton and Dumbarton, also at Cappielow. On the upside Morton are the only Scottish team left who have not lost an away game in league play.
Falkirk are not the team they were last year. You could say Falkirk and Morton have swapped roles in the division. The reason being money. Last year Falkirk were winning at a loss, now they're losing profitably by selling player contracts.
This week Allan Moore won his second Manager of the Month award of the season, for December.
This is the second weekend of the SPL's winter break. During the winter of 2010-11 a three-month break might have been about right, but over the course of this two-week break not one SFL fixture has been postponed. [Wrong. Arbroath v Alloa is off.] Though, any games scheduled for tomorrow might have fallen to that incoming storm front. The break did allow Celtic a breather. Their success in the Champions League has meant they've played 35 games so far.
[Morton win, 0 - 1! Goal by Hardie. Dunfermline and Partick both lose (Partick to now invincible Dumbarton), so Morton take over first place, three points clear. Airdrie become the sixth team to beat the division leader, defeating Dunfermline 1 - 3. Contrast last season when Ross County did not lose a match after August.]