Kikou Yamata (1897-1975) was a French-Japanese novelist and journalist, who produced the first French translation of The Tale of Genji in 1928. This portrait is by Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), the French-Japanese painter. Source. See her bibliography here.
Port Glasgow Harbour (1853) by Samuel Bough, at the Hunterian Museum and Gallery, University of Glasgow. Source.
Beith again. Morton's regularly scheduled visit to Raith Rovers is postponed so that last weekend's postponed Scottish Cup match against Beith Juniors can be played.
[Morton win it 0 - 6. Goals by Forbes, Tidser, McDonagh, O'Ware (2) and Lindsay. It's Morton's best Scottish Cup result since they beat Turriff United 6 - 0 in 2012. Morton beat Cove Rangers 7 - 1 in 2004.]
They're still trying to finish the Third Round of the Scottish Junior Cup, which inevitably runs up against the Scottish Cup and the bad weather at this time of year. The important match is:
Stonehaven [1 - 1] Greenock Juniors
1898-99. Morton hosted Port Glasgow Athletic and lost 2 - 4.
From The Glasgow Herald, Dec. 5, 1898 (p. 12):
GREENOCK MORTON v. PORT-GLASGOW ATHLETIC.--This game was played at Greenock in a downpour of rain before 3000 spectators. Teams,--Morton--M'Pherson, Anderson and Orr; Colligan, Henderson and Blair; Dale, Hunter, Reid, Grant, and Skinner. Port-Glasgow--Ward, Scullion and Scott; Graham, Curran, and M'Neill; Hodge, M'Corquodale, Smith, M'Master, and Tosh. The visitors started in irresistible style, and in less than five minutes had rushed through a couple of goals, in which their right wing was prominent. Settling down somewhat, the home quintette soon equalized matters, but before half-time M'Corquodale put his team one up. In the second half rain fell heavily, and the game degenerated considerably, but the visitors managed to add one to their score, thus winning by 4 goals to 2. The Port-Glasgow team was better served forward than the Morton, and the whole five worked very hard. For Morton, Dale, Hunter, and Reid were good, Dale especially so. The Port-Glasgow halfs were steady, much better than the home lot. All four backs played well, and also the goalkeepers.
When did each club last join the Swiss Challenge League, and did they come from above or below?
2016 Zurich (above)
2016 Servette (below)
2015 Aarau (above)
2015 Xamax (below)
2014 Le Mont (below)
2013 Schaffhausen (below)
2010 Chiasso (below)
2004 Wil (above)
2002 Wohlen (below)
1999 Winterthur (below)
Clearly the three W's are the heart and soul of this league.
How is FC Chiasso like Greenock Morton?
FC Chiasso is the Challenge League's one club in the Italian region of Ticino. Its natural rivals are Lugano, Locarno, Bellinzona, and Mendrisio, but Lugano is in the Super League, and the others are down in the lower leagues. Chiasso's Stadio Comunale holds 11,160 which is almost exactly Cappielow's capacity, and it is right by the train tracks. They wear red and blue. They played in the Italian league for about a decade one hundred years ago.
Have Switzerland and Swaziland ever played an international match? No.
Toronto FC beat Montreal Impact to advance to the MLS final.
Largs Thistle [0 - 1] Cumnock
J League Championship final:
First leg, November 29th: Kashima Antlers 0 - 1 Urawa Red Diamonds
Second leg, today: Urawa Red Diamonds [1 - 2] Kashima Antlers
[Kashima win on the away goal rule and are champions of Japan. They become host club in the FIFA Club World Cup which begins in five days.]
Pour que papa vienne en permission, s'il vous plait, by Francisque Poulbot. Poulbot was a poster designer who specialized in images of Parisian waifs. These two are part of a funding drive to allow French soldiers leave to come home for Christmas during the First World War. Poulbot's propaganda was so effective that he spent the period of German occupation during World War Two under house arrest. See also.
The Barque Tay on the River Clyde, by William Clark of Greenock. Source.
Alloa Athletic visit Cappielow.
The situation. This could be Morton's last game against Alloa for a good long time. The Wasps are dead last, and although they still enjoy a mathematical possibility of avoiding relegation, that should evaporate by the end of March. Still, Alloa's string of three consecutive seasons in the Championship has been their best showing in the senior leagues in their history. They finished 8th in 2013-14 (and swept Morton), 9th last year (and won the playoffs to stay up), and are now 10th.
[Morton win 4 - 1. Goals by McManus (2), Forbes, and Johnstone. Morton cannot finish tenth.]
Clyde. I'm pulling for Clyde to win promotion to League One. Today they visit East Stirlingshire. [East Stirlingshire 2 - 4 Clyde.]
Hoops. You could make a division out of SPFL teams that wear hoops: Celtic (green and white); Hamilton Accies (red and white); Partick Thistle (red and yellow); Morton (light blue and white); Alloa (black and yellow); Forfar (dark blue and light blue); East Stirlingshire (broad black and white); Queen's Park (narrow black and white). The owner of the barque Tay is evidently an East Stirlingshire supporter.
When did your club last defeat Rangers?
Falkirk March 18, 2016
Hibs Nov 1, 2015
St Johnstone Sept 22, 2015
Motherwell May 31, 2015
Queen of the South April 9, 2015
Raith Rovers Feb 8, 2015
Celtic Feb 1, 2015
Alloa Dec 3, 2014
Hearts Nov 22, 2014
Dundee United April 12, 2014
Forfar Aug 3, 2013
Peterhead April 20, 2013
Annan March 9, 2013
Inverness CT Oct 31, 2012
Kilmarnock Feb 18, 2012
Stirling Albion Oct 6, 2012
St Mirren Dec 24, 2011
Aberdeen Nov 28, 2009
Dunfermline Jan 7, 2007
Livingston April 13, 2002
Dundee March 14, 2001
Partick May 4, 1993
Morton April 9, 1988
Hamilton Accies Jan 31, 1987
Ayr United Oct 11, 1975
Arbroath Feb 2, 1974
East Fife Oct 13, 1973
Stenhousemuir April 10, 1972
Clyde March 31, 1970
Berwick Rangers Jan 28, 1967
Cowdenbeath Sept 17, 1949
Queen's Park March 3, 1948
Albion Rovers March 31, 1923
Dumbarton Dec 1, 1894
Ross County, new Airdrieonians, Brechin, Stranraer, East Stirlingshire, Elgin, Montrose: never
The SPFL or Bayern Munich -- Which Is Greater? Scottish clubs have faced this German powerhouse nineteen times. Hearts have a win and a loss against them; Aberdeen a win, a loss, and two draws; Celtic a loss and a draw; Rangers a win, four losses and four draws; Raith Rovers have two losses. Grand total: 3 wins, 9 losses, 7 draws. Bayern Munich is greater than the SPFL.
CAF Champions League, First Round, second leg:
Étoile du Sahel [2 - 0] Olympique Club of Khouribga
MO Béjaïa [2 - 0] Club Africain
[Étoile du Sahel advance, but Club Africain are out.]
Yesterday it was UCD [1 - 3] Waterford United
Today Östersund visit Allsvenskan rivals GIF Sundsvall for a training match. [ÖFK win 1 - 2.]
Largs Thistle [3 - 1] Blantyre Victoria
Elazığspor [2 - 0] Karşıyaka
Tomorrow in the Faroes: B68 [1 - 4] B36. Loser buys a round of B52s.
Tomorrow: Gainare Tottori [1 - 1] Blaublitz Akita
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