A Meiji-era map of Yokohama, housed in the McLean Museum, Greenock. Source.
Morton host Dunfermline. This match was originally scheduled for a midweek evening earlier in the month, but when both teams' original opponents for today wound up in the Challenge Cup final Morton and Dunfermline jumped at the vacant Saturday. This is their third meeting of the year. Each side has a win so far.
Morton are hot, with only one loss in league play in 2017. The Pars are a little cooler, with two 2017 losses. They specialize in playing higher-up clubs to a draw, and are prepared to play the spoiler.
Morton have played 27 of their 36 scheduled league matches. They have 13 wins, 9 draws and 5 losses, and are on track for a 64 point season. If they win or draw today they will have avoided defeat at Cappielow for over a year.
[Morton 0 - 1 Dunfermline. Match report.]
Match of the day is Hibs vs Falkirk. This is Falkirk's last chance to get a win against Hibs. Morton still have two games to play against the division leaders. Falkirk's Fraser Aird, the star of this week's Scotland-Canada friendly (see below), will be playing, but two of Hibernian's squad who play for Scotland, not Canada, are away on international duty. [Hibs 2 - 1 Falkirk.]
What are Dunfermline's 21st-Century highlights?
Scottish Cup runners-up 2003-04, 2006-07
League Cup runners-up 2005-06
League Premier League, 4th place 2003-04
Challenge Cup runners-up 2007-08
How often have Dunfermline met the other 2016-17 Championship clubs in league play?
Dundee United 138
Raith Rovers 97
Ayr United 96
St Mirren 91
How is Dunfermline Athletic like Greenock Morton?
DAFC has two Scottish Cups to Morton's one, they have been runners-up in the League Cup three times to Morton's once, and have been Challenge Cup runners-up once to Morton's once. They have been to Europe nine times to Morton's once.
East End Park is a modern all-seater, but it is the Championship stadium closest in capacity to Cappielow, and it has natural grass. While Greenock is a former shipbuilding town; Dunfermline is a former weaving town.
The Pars are recently returned from the Seaside League, like Morton.
Also, it's the final of the Challenge Cup: Dundee United vs St Mirren at Fir Park in Motherwell.
St Mirren beat the Tangerines in league play ten days ago.
St Mirren won the Challenge Cup in 2005-06, and also reached the final in 1993-94. Dundee United made the final in 1995-96. Both clubs have spent large swaths of time in the Premier League and thus have been out of Challenge League competition.
Nine different clubs have won the Challenge Cup in the past decade, the two-time winner being Ross County.
Has the Challenge Cup final ever come down to the two clubs that would finish first and second in the First Division/Championship? Yes. In 2009-10 the final was between Dundee and Inverness CT. Dundee won the cup, but Inverness won the division.
[Tangerines 2 - 1 Buddies.]
Last over first. Since 1993-94, when the ten-team second tier now called the Championship began, has any team finished last but with a winning record against the first-place team? No. The closest thing was in 2008-09 when last-place Clyde took a win and a draw from first-place St Johnstone. Since 1993-94, how many different clubs have won the division? Sixteen. How many different clubs have finished last? Seventeen. How many have done both? Two. Raith Rovers and Ross County.
Scotland played Canada at Easter Road Wednesday. 1 - 1. Match report.
Watch "When the Sun Shines", a documentary about Cowdenbeath's Central Park.
Cumnock [3 - 2] Largs Thistle (Ayrshire Cup, Round One)
Queen's Park Shield semi-finals:
Univ of Edinburgh 1 - 2 Univ of Abertay Dundee
Heriot-Watt Univ vs Univ of Stirling [postponed]
The University of Edinburgh has a team in the Lowland League. Heriot-Watt University has a team in the East of Scotland League. The University of Stirling has teams in the Lowland League and the East of Scotland League.
Edinburgh has won the Queen's Park Shield 28 times, Stirling 12 1/2 times (they shared it with Dundee in 1984), Heriot-Watt 6 1/2 times (they shared with Glasgow in 1973), and Abertay never has.
All-time Queen's Park Shield standings:
18 1/2 Glasgow
12 1/2 Stirling
6 1/2 Heriot-Watt
3 St Andrew's
2 Edinburgh Napier
1 1/2 Dundee
What are the mottos of the semi-finalists?
Abertay: Beatus homo qui invenit sapientiam (Blessed is the man who finds wisdom)
Edinburgh: Nec Temere Nec Timide (Neither recklessly nor timidly)
Stirling: Innovation and Excellence (which would be: Innovatione et virtute)
Heriot-Watt: ain't got one (Non habent)
SWFL Division 2 West tomorrow: Morton [9 - 0] Stranraer
After three weeks Vanraure are second in the JFL with 9 points and a +4 gd. ReinMeer are ninth with 4 points and a -1 gd.
Maruyasu Okazaki [0 - 2] Vanraure Hachinohe
FC Imabari [0 - 1] ReinMeer Aomori
Aomori Prefecture championship, second round:
Blancdieu Hirosaki [0 - 0] Gonohe SC [Blancdieu win 4 - 2 on penalty kicks.]
Hachinohe Gakuin University AFC [7 - 0] Athletic Club Hirosaki
Geography class. How many cities in Aomori Prefecture do we know now? Aomori, Hachinohe, Gonohe, Hirosaki.
Football in Yokohama. Yokohama is a port city of 3 or 4 million people a little southwest of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture. It has three J League clubs.
Yokohama F. Marinos play in J1, and are the result of the 1999 merger of Yokohama Marinos (founded in 1972 as Nissan Motors FC) and their crosstown rivals Yokohama Flügels (founded in 1964 as All Nippon Airways FC).
Disaffected Flügels supporters formed Yokohama FC in 1999. They are currently in J2.
YSCC (Yokohama Sports and Culture Club), founded in 1986, play in J3.
Amateur soccer is governed by the Kanagawa Football Association.