Morton visit San Starko in the Kingdom of Fife for a 90-minute kickabout with Raith Rovers. Morton and Raith are old cronies, having played in the same division 17 out of the last 30 years, almost always in the First Division/Championship. That seems like home to both clubs.
When was the last time the four senior Fife clubs Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife and Raith Rovers were all in the same division? 1947-48 they were all in Division B.
What was the last time there was a Fife club in each division? 2003-04. Dunfermline were in the Premier Division, Raith Rovers the First Division, East Fife the Second and Cowdenbeath the Third.
There are at present no Fife-based clubs in the Highland or Lowland Leagues. The most illustrious club outside the senior circuit is Burntisland Shipyard AFC, who play in the East of Scotland Football League First (meaning second) Division.* The top amateur league in Fife is the Kingdom Caledonian Amateur Football Association. Burntisland is pronounced Burnt Island, with ominous finality.
[*No, that was last year. For 2015-16 the EoSFL is one division of 15 teams.]
The local cup competition is the Fife Cup, which was first contested in 1882-83. These days it is usually competed for by the four SPFL clubs plus Shipyard.
Fife must not be confused with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. But if EA Sports were to release Fife 16, based on the Fife Cup, I'd play that.
Fife is water on three sides (the Firth of Tay, the North Sea, and the Firth of Forth), with Clackmannanshire, and Perth and Kinross on the landward side. The Ochil Hills make up part of the boundary. If Fife were an independent country it would rank 182nd in population, between Belize and Maldives, and ahead of Iceland.
Morton have six matches this month due to there being five Saturdays this October plus a midweek League Cup fixture. The last time they had an October that busy was in 1994.
Raith Rovers have signed former Scottish international Scott Robertson. He's in today's lineup.
[Raith win 2 - 1. Morton goal by O'Ware.]
Scottish Cup First Round replays:
Auchinleck Talbot [5 - 0] BSC Glasgow
Whitehill Welfare [2 - 3] Wick Academy
Thursday it was Celtic 2 - 2 Fenerbahçe in Europa League play.
AFC Champions League: Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2 - 1 Gamba Osaka
If like me you know basically nothing about the Philippines, a good place to start learning would be the remarkable Boxer Codex, a wonderfully illustrated volume from the 16th Century now residing at Indiana University and available to browse here.
Constance B. Hieatt (tr.), KarlamagnúsSaga: The Saga of Charlemagne and His Heroes, volumes 1 and 2 (Toronto: The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1975). The third volume came out in 1980. If the Canadian Lord of the Rings had any influence, it'll be blue.
The Polish translation of the ancient Roman joke book Philogelos. I offer this as evidence that Poland must be counted as one of those nations that could preserve civilization single-handed if need be.
Some days afterwards the second mate sent for me to his cabin. He had been on the sick list, and he was lying in his bunk, stripped to the waist, one arm and one leg touching the floor. He raised himself slowly when I came in, and spat. He had in a pronounced degree the Nova Scotian peculiarities and accent, and after he had shaved, his face shone like polished leather.
"Hallo!' he said. "See heeyur, young Kemp, does your neck just itch to be stretched?"
I looked at him with mouth and eyes agape.
He spat again, and waved a claw towards the forward bulkhead.
"They'll do it for yeh," he said. "You're such a green goose, it makes me sick a bit. You hevn't reckoned out the chances, not quite. It's a kind of dead reckoning yeh hevn't had call to make. Eh?"
"What do you mean?" I asked, bewildered.
He looked at me, grinning, half naked, with amused contempt, for quite a long time, and at last offered sardonically to open my eyes for me.
I said nothing.
"Do you know what will happen to you," he asked, "ef yeh don't get quit of that Carlos of yours?"
I was surprised into muttering that I didn't know.
"I can tell yeh," he continued. "Yeh will get hanged."
By that time I was too amazed to get angry. I simply suspected the Blue Nose of being drunk. But he glared at me so soberly that next moment I felt frightened.
"Hanged by the neck," he repeated; and then added, "Young fellow, you scoot. Take a fool's advice, and scoot. That Castro is a blame fool, anyhow. Yeh want men for that job. Men, I tell you." He slapped his bony breast.
I had no idea that he could look so ferocious. His eyes fascinated me, and he opened his cavernous mouth as if to swallow me. His lantern jaws snapped without a sound. He seemed to change his mind.
"I am done with yeh," he said, with a sort of sinister restraint. He rose to his feet, and, turning his back to me, began to shave, squinting into a broken looking glass.
Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford, Romance: A Novel, pages 41-42.
In the time of Nichols it did look as if they were really becoming enterprising. They had actually chased and boarded ships sixty miles out at sea. It seems he had inspired them with audacity by means of kicks, blows, and threats of instant death, after the manner of Bluenose sailors. His long limbs, the cadaverous and menacing aspect, the strange nasal ferocity of tone, something mocking and desperate in his aspect, had persuaded them that this unique sort of heretic was literally in league with the devil.
Hilda van Stockum wrote and illustrated A Day on Skates in 1934, and you can read the whole thing here now that it's in the public domain. It includes a drawing of this charming thing that people don't do anymore: