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.]