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.]