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
Help add the word "hibsing" to the Oxford Dictionary.
Japanese Switzerland by John Lavery, painted after his visit to Wengen, Switzerland, Christmas 1912. The vertical format of the painting, and the bijin-like posture of the woman, both suggest ukiyo-e. Source.
Morton host Motherwell in the third round of the League Cup. These two clubs last met in Round Five of the 2011-12 Scottish Cup when Morton famously parked the bus and lost 0 - 6. They last appeared together in the League Cup in 2004 when Morton lost 0 - 3. Indeed the last time Morton scored a goal at Motherwell's expense was March 19th, 1991, which was also the last time Motherwell visited Cappielow, if you don't include friendlies. They last played in the same division in 1987-88, when Motherwell won three of four and Morton scored once.
Which is to say Morton are up against it.
Motherwell got to this round by beating East Fife, Morton by beating Elgin City and Queen of the South.
On August 22nd in 1864 twelve European countries signed the first treaty in what would come to be known as the Geneva Conventions, titled the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field. And not a moment too soon, considering all the wars going on in 1864. The artist of record, Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq, was himself a painter of military subjects.
The Return (1927), by David Shanks Ewart, housed in the National Galleries of Scotland. This is the companion piece to The Emigrants.
Morton return to the Scottish Championship. The Ton are back after only one year away, like Queen of the South two years ago, but unlike Dunfermline Athletic who are now entering their third season in League One.
How does the Championship differ from two years ago? Dundee, Hamilton Academical, and Cowdenbeath are out. Rangers, Hibs, and St Mirren are in. It's been years since Morton has played regularly against any of those three clubs.
Morton are now low man on the Championship seniority list, along with St Mirren. Rangers and Hibs have one year under their belts, Alloa and Queen of the South two, Dumbarton three, Livingston four, Falkirk five, and Raith Rovers six. St Mirren, Hibs and Falkirk came into the league from above, Morton, Rangers, Alloa, Queen of the South, Dumbarton, Livingston and Raith Rovers from below.
Today Falkirk visit Cappielow. In 2013-14 Morton earned only two points from the Bairns, so a win today would be a Good Start. But Falkirk are in pretty fine form, and I predict they'll make the promotion playoffs.
In pre-season friendlies Falkirk defeated Athlone Town and Drogheda United of the League of Ireland, lost to Hamilton Accies, and played Partick to a scoreless draw. They beat East Fife 3 - 1 in the Challenge Cup and East Stirlingshire 5 - 0 in the League Cup.
Morton also won 5 - 0 last weekend. The last time Morton had a result of that magnitude was December 17th, 2012 when they knocked Turriff United out of the Scottish Cup 6 - 0.
When Morton and Falkirk were previously in the same division not so long ago (2010-11 to 2013-14), Falkirk won 7 games, Morton won 4, with 5 draws.
Though Morton and Falkirk are well known to each other in league play, they haven't met in a cup competition since the 1980-81 Anglo-Scottish Cup, when Falkirk took a win and a draw in two meetings.
Morton have already re-established last season's pattern of scoring mainly in the second half. In two cup games they are 0 and 7 in the first and second halves.
How many times have Morton played the other clubs of the 2015-16 Championship?
St Mirren: 192 (not counting all those Renfrewshire Cups.)
Rangers: 169. (Yeah, yeah.)
Raith Rovers: 141.
Queen of the South: 92.
Grand total: 1257.
What should Morton aim for this year? How about: Beat everyone at least once. Beat someone four times, preferably Alloa who did it to us last time. Fill the park at least once. (Last season a visit from Rangers put more than 6000 spectators in Falkirk Stadium, Stark's Park, and Palmerston.) Get on TV.
How do the best and the brightest at Pie and Bovril predict Morton will finish? 16 said 7th, 13 said 8th, 6 said 9th.
Frank McKeown wrecked his knee this week. Tidser, O'Ware and McKee are also out. But Morton have Canadian defender Luca Gasparotto on loan from Rangers.
Morton played a friendly against a Rangers XI on Monday and lost 1 - 0.
Today's starting XI are: [Gaston; Pepper, Kilday, Lamie, Russell; Barr, Miller, Forbes, S. McCluskey; MacDonald, Johnstone. Derek Gaston has been Morton goalkeeper in four straight season-openers.]
Compare the first match of 2014-15: Gaston; Kilday, Crighton, Milojevic, Lamie; McKee, Pepper, Miller, Allan; J. McCluskey; McManus.
Rangers started the Championship season yesterday evening with a 3 - 1 victory over St Mirren. I predict that Rangers will end the season in first place, and I prognosticate that Livingston will finish tenth.
[Morton 1 - 1 Falkirk. Second-half goal by MacDonald.]
After two games Brora Rangers are on top of the Highland League table with 14 goals for, 0 against.
[Buckie Thistle 1 - 8 Brora Rangers.]
Qarabağ 0 - 0 Celtic. Celtic advance.
Aberdeen 1 - 1 Kairat Almaty. Aberdeen are out.
Yesterday UCD hosted Waterford and won 5 - 1.
Today is the Turkish Super Cup between Galatasaray and Bursaspor. [Galatasaray win 1 - 0.]