At one time Well Park contained a very swanky mansion belonging to the Shaw family. David Maitland MacKenzie committed it to canvas in 1863, just eight years before it was demolished to make way for a subterranean railway line. The painting hangs in the McLean.
Mark Fitzpatrick returns to Cappielow, where he played as a Mortonian last year, with his new squad Airdrieonians FC. On the home side are Stefan Milojević and Ricki Lamie, who played for Airdrie last year.
It's a year since Airdrie United renamed itself Airdrieonians FC, in honour of the original Airdrieonians FC (b.1878, d.2002). It's really just Clydebank.
Morton won all four matches against Airdrie United in the First Division in 2012-13, their last encounter.
Morton come into today's match with two wins and two losses in league play, and riding a three-game losing streak including cup competition. Airdrieonians have one draw and three losses in league play. They are also out of the League Cup and Challenge Cup.
[Morton win 2 - 1. Goals by Barrowman and Crawford. Morton slip to fifth place, but are only one point out of first in the crowded top half of League One.]
It's the First Round* of the Scottish Cup, the round made up entirely of non-league teams. Random matches to watch:
Clachnacuddin [1 - 7] Hurlford United
Preston Athletic [1 - 2] Threave Rovers
Golspie Sutherland [1 - 4] Dalbeattie Star
Cove Rangers [9 - 0] Hawick Royal Albert
Auchinleck Talbot [5 - 0] Buckie Thistle
*Although this is the First Round, Hurlford United have already played two matches, a Preliminary Round draw and a replay. The Scottish Cup is the competition in which a draw causes a return match (called a replay) rather than extra time and a shootout. Who participated in the most games in last year's Scottish Cup? Rangers and Albion Rovers each played six. St Johnstone, Dundee United, Stranraer, Culter and Fraserburgh played five. Greenock Morton played one. The greatest possible number this year would be sixteen, which only Hurlford United or Hawick Royal Albert can attain. They must both play to a draw today. [The dream is dashed. Hurlford win. Hawick lose.]
Partick Thistle visit Cappielow for the second round of the Scottish League Cup.
The last time these two clubs met was April 10th, 2013, at Firhill, when Thistle definitively ended Morton's First Division title run. It seems so long ago now.
2013-14 was a disastrous season for Morton -- all except the League Cup. The Ton made it to the quarterfinals, defeating Celtic along the way, their best showing since 1979-80 when they last made the semi-finals.
Apparently it's wrong to call Partick Thistle Partick, you must call them Thistle. ~Because there are so few Scottish clubs named Thistle, and so many from Partick.~
The Scottish League Cup is without a sponsor this year.
[Greenock Morton 0 - 1 Partick Thistle. Morton are out of the League Cup.]
[UEFA Champions League: Celtic 0 - 1 Maribor. Celtic are out of the Champions League.]
The Emigrants, by David Shanks Ewart, housed at the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock.
It's the first Saturday of the 2014-15 season and for everyone anything is possible. Morton find themselves in League One (i.e., the third tier, formerly known as the Second Division, just to avoid confusion) after a miserable 2013-14 season made all the more miserable by their brush with promotion in 2012-13.
Does League One have a personality of its own? This is the task for this season, to find League One's personality. The division does have a nickname of its own: the Seaside League.
This year's Seaside League can be divided into two groups: those clubs that have dropped down from the second tier: Greenock Morton (2014), Dunfermline (2013), Airdrieonians (2013), Ayr United (2012), Brechin (2006); and those that came up from the fourth tier: Stirling Albion (2014), Peterhead (2014), Stranraer (2012), Forfar (2010) and Stenhousemuir (2009). Brechin are the old man of the division, entering their ninth straight season. Dunfermline and Morton are the only fulltime clubs in League One and as such should be expected to finish first and second.
The three other divisions also start today.
How did Morton fare the last time they played in the third tier? 4th (2003-04), 3rd (2004-05), 2nd (2005-06), 1st (2006-07).
Today the Ton visit Ayr United. These two clubs have seen a lot of each other in recent years, the last time being March 24, 2012 in the First Division, when they played to a scoreless draw.
Today's starters: Gaston; Kilday, Crighton, Milojevic, Lamie; McKee, Pepper, Miller, Allan; J. McCluskey; McManus. Compare last year's opening game roster: Gaston, Taggart, Fitzpatrick, McLaughlin, McKee, Imrie, Campbell, Hands, Habai, Bachirou and Cham.
[Ayr win 1 - 0.]
This week in UEFA: Celtic 0 - 2 Legia Warsaw; Spartak Trnava 1 - 1 St Johnstone; Aberdeen 2 - 3 Real Sociedad. Aberdeen and St Johnstone are out. Legia are found to have fielded an ineligible player, so Celtic advance to the next Champions League round in their place.
It's the seventh day of the seventh month, so time for the Tanabata Festival, when people hang wishes from the bamboo. This Tanabata themed dinner menu was designed for the MS Amasa Maru of the NYK Line by Takehisa Yumeji in 1929, and is held by the British Museum.
100 Figures of Beauties Wearing Takasago Kimonos, No. 9Tanabata Festival (1931) by Shinsui Itō.