Morton visit Raith Rovers. Morton need a win to keep up with Falkirk. Raith need a win to keep up with St Mirren. Falkirk play St Mirren today.
Raith have not scored on Morton this season.
Morton, Falkirk and Dundee United's remaining games:
Morton: Raith (9th), Ayr (10th), Dunfermline (6th), Dundee United (3rd). (Cumulatively 28th.)
Falkirk: St Mirren (8th), Dunfermline (6th), Queen of the South (5th), Dumbarton (7th). (Cumulatively 26th.)
Dundee United: Ayr (10th), St Mirren (8th), Dumbarton (7th), Morton (4th). (Cumulatively 29th.)
Falkirk has slightly the toughest set of games, but Morton and Dundee play each other, which is to Falkirk's advantage, because they can't both win that game.
If Morton win today they will have swept Raith in league play. The most striking thing about this is that Raith swept Morton just last year.
Which clubs have Morton swept in league play since 1994?
2012-13 Airdrie United
2014-15 Stirling Albion, Dunfermline
Which clubs have swept Morton in the same period?
1996-97 St Johnstone
1998-99 Hibs, Ayr
2007-08 Dundee, Hamilton
2009-10 Dunfermline, Inverness CT
Sweepers 11, sweepees 8.
What are Raith Rovers' best showings of the 21st Century?
Scottish Cup semi-final 2009-10
League Cup Round Three five times
League First Division, 2nd place 2010-11
Challenge Cup won 2013-14
Is this Raith's worst season of the 21st Century? No, 2004-05 was way worse. Raith finish tenth in the division with only 16 points (3w 7D 26L -41GD) and spent the next four years in the Seaside League. The thing that makes this year look so bad for Raith is the fact that they occupied first place for the first three weeks of the season.
[Raith win 2 - 0. Hibs win the division.]
Which Championship/First Division club has finished eighth most often since 1994?
2010-11 Ross County
2008-09 Ross County
2004-05 St Johnstone
2002-03 Ross County
2001-02 St Mirren*
(*Indicates a year in which ninth place was also safe from relegation.)
Semi-finals of the Scottish Junior Cup, leg one:
Glenafton Athletic [1 - 0] Bonnyrigg Rose
Linlithgow Rose [0 - 0] Auchinleck Talbot
Auchinleck have won the cup eleven times, Linlithgow Rose four times, Bonnyrigg Rose twice, and Glenafton once.
1898-99. Morton visit Ayr Parkhouse and play to a 2 - 2 draw.
When did the current Scottish Championship clubs last play in the bottom division?
2008-09 Dumbarton Third Division
2002-03 Morton Third Division
1993-94 Queen of the South Division Two
1987-88 Ayr United Division Two
1986-87 Raith Rovers Division Two
1985-86 Dunfermline Division Two
1979-80 Falkirk Division Two
1974-75 St Mirren Division Two
1959-60 Dundee United Division Two
1932-33 Hibs Division Two
Goal average. There have been three different methods of breaking statistical ties used in Scottish fitba. Today, if two clubs end the season with the same number of points, the club with the better goal difference is ranked higher. The original SLF method was to schedule a playoff game. The drawback there was that the glory inherent in finishing thirteenth instead of fourteenth was sometimes not enough to draw a good crowd; plus, extending the season could create conflicts with other competitions like county cups.
So the league went to goal average as a tiebreaker. Whereas goal difference subtracts a team's goals conceded from goals scored, goal average divides goals scored by goals conceded. The obvious advantage of goal difference is that you can do it in your head, while goal average requires a paper and pencil.
The Scottish league dumped goal average for goal difference in 1971. If goal difference had been in place before that, would any trophy have gone to some other team? Yes. In 1964-65 Kilmarnock ended the season tied with Hearts for first place. Kilmarnock won the league on the strength of their superior goal average. Hearts, who had the better goal average, finished second. Today it would be the other way around.
Read an article on the switch from goal average to goal difference in England here.
How many years have Morton, St Mirren, and Kilmarnock all played in the one division? 45 years: 1900-01 to 1926-17; 1929-30 to 1932-33; 1937-38; 1939-40; 1945-46 and 1946-47; 1964-65 and 1965-66; 1968-69 to 1970-71; 1975-76; 1979-80 and 1980-81; 1982-83; 1992-93. Those three years in the early 1980s they were in the ten-team Premier Division, which should count as the apex of their collaboration.
How did Raith Rovers fare against Gretna?
They played four games in the 2005-06 Second Division. Gretna won all four and went on promotion. Raith finished seventh.
Round Four of the AFC Champions League group stage.
Group E: Brisbane Roar 2 - 1 Kashima Antlers
Group F: Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 0 Shanghai SIPG
Group G: Kawasaki Frontale 0 - 0 Guangzhou Evergrande
Group H: Jiangsu Suning 3 - 0 Gamba Osaka
Winterthur [4 - 1] Le Mont
ReinMeer Aomori [2 - 1] Nara Club
Vanraure Hachinohe [1 - 0] MIO Biwako Shiga
SWFL Division 2 West tomorrow: Morton versus St Roch's [Or maybe not. I think St Roch's may have dropped out of the league.]
Beith 3 - 2 Largs Thistle
Europa League, quarter-finals, first leg: Celta Vigo 3 - 2 Genk
OFC Champions League semi-finals, second leg:
Auckland City [2 - 0] Tefana
Team Wellington [7 - 1] Magenta
The two New Zealand teams move on to the final.
Derby della Madonnina: Inter 2 - 2 AC Milan