The SS Persia was constructed for the P & O Line by Caird's of Greenock in 1900 and ran between Britain and India before being sunk by a torpedo off Crete on December 30, 1915.
Morton host Raith Rovers. This was to have been the third meeting of these two but the second meeting got postponed till February.
Lately Morton, Falkirk and Raith Rovers have formed a pack competing for the last two promotion playoff spots, but Raith have fallen off a little and now have a negative goal difference thanks to last week's defeat at the hands of Falkirk.
How many years have Morton, Raith, and Falkirk all played in the one division? 33 years: 1910-11 to 1916-17; 1919-20 to 1925-26; 1935-36; 1950-51; 1967-68 and 1968-69; 1976-77; 1983-84; 1988-89 to 1990-91; 1997-98 to 2000-01; 2010-11 to 2013-14; 2015-16 and 2016-17. Whenever they were together in the years before World War Two it was always in the top tier, except for 1935-36. Whenever they were together after the war it was always in the second tier, except for 1950-51, 1967-68 and 1968-69.
Warren Hawke is Morton's new chief executive. Aidan Nesbitt is up for Worst Dive of the Year. Morton have signed Lawrence Shankland, formerly of Queen's Park, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, and St Mirren.
[Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by Forbes and Shankland. Morton improve their hold on third place. Going back to last March and counting league and cup games, Morton are on a 16-game home lossless streak.]
1898-99. Morton met Annbank United in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Annbank is a mining village five miles inland from Ayr. The current Annbank United was formed in 1939.
Glasgow Herald, January 16, 1899 (page 10):
MORTON V. ANNBANK.--This game was played at Greenock on heavy ground, before a good attendance. Teams:--Morton--M'Pherson; Anderson and Orr; Colligan, Henderson, and Blair; Dale and Hunter; M'Culloch, Lynn, and Reid. Annbank--Stewart; Mulholland and Scott; Hay, Gourlay, and Welsh; Watson and Vance; Henderson, Donnelly, and Sanders. Annbank, although playing against the wind in the first half, more than held their own, and at half-time the score was one goal each. In the second half the home lot showed up a trifle better, and their wing play was good, but M'Culloch, centre, was hardly up to form. Annbank played a hard game, but the better team won. Result--Morton, 3 goals; Annbank, 1. The feature of the game was perhaps the fine display by the home backs, Anderson and Orr, while, on the other hand, the visiting half-backs were in excellent form.
Current home drawless streaks.
0 Dunfermline, Queen of the South, Dundee United, St Mirren
1 Falkirk, Hibs, Ayr United
2 Dumbarton, Morton, Raith
Most draws in a league season. The record appears to belong to Raith Rovers, who played to 20 draws in the 39-game 1986-87 Division Two season. Three clubs have played exactly half their games to draw scores: Stranraer, 18 of 36 times in 1995-96 and again in 1999-2000; Celtic, 18 of 36 times in 1994-95; and Hibs, 18 of 36 times in 1976-77. Morton's record is 16 draws in the 39-game schedule of 1989-90.
Since the reorganization of the Scottish league into four divisions in 1994, which clubs have played in all four divisions? Ross County, Inverness CT, Livingston, Hamilton, Gretna, Rangers.
2016-17 Championship clubs by best showing in the top division:
Hibs 1st (1902-03; 1947-48; 1950-51; 1951-52)
Dumbarton 1st (1890-91; 1891-92 joint winner)
Dundee United 1st (1982-83)
Falkirk 2nd (1907-08; 1909-10)
Morton 2nd (1916-17)
St Mirren 3rd (1892-93; 1979-80)
Dunfermline 3rd (1964-65; 1968-69)
Raith Rovers 3rd (1921-22)
Ayr United 4th (1915-16)
Queen of the South 4th (1933-34)
The League of Ireland has announced plans to switch to two ten-team divisions in 2018, from the present arrangement of 12 in the top tier and 8 in the second tier. Turmoil!
How is FC Wohlen like Greenock Morton?
FC Wohlen are a blue and white club, like Morton, from the town of Wohlen in Aargau. Wohlen has 15,600 people and more train stations than are needed, like Greenock. They play at Stadion Neidermatten, "The Low Mats," which can accommodate 5,000.
FC Wohlen were founded in 1904. They have never won the Swiss Cup. They have spent most of their history below the second tier, but have currently appeared in the Challenge League 14 years running. They have a cantonal rivalry with FC Aarau.
Largs [0 - 1] Beith
Forres Mechanics [postponed] Strathspey Thistle