Kate Beaton (blue) versus Alex Colville (red) on Google Trends. A is the release of Obatch! Lumpenpack in Germany. C is the opening of the Colville exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. E: news of Colville's death.
In 1950 the Post published a series of cartoon histories of Scottish football clubs. Source. Here's the one about Stirling Albion, whose story begins with the destruction of Forthbank Park by a German bomb. That was one of only two bombs to fall on Stirling during the whole war, and happily it landed on the soccer pitch, instead of, say, a hospital or block of houses. Nevertheless, King's Park FC never overcame this setback, and its place as the local team was taken over by Stirling Albion after the war. The cartoonist has drawn the bomb as a parachuted Luftmine, though the Wikipedia article has it as a SC1000 Hermann.
King's Park FC was founded in 1875, and joined the SFL in 1921. They never got higher than 3rd place in the Second Division. They wore maroon and white stripes.
Morton played fourteen league matches against King's Park in the 1920s and 1930s, winning 6, losing 6, and drawing 2. (Look it up at FitbaStats.com.)
What was King's Parks' record against Queen's Park? They played two Second Division matches in 1922-23 and Queen's Park won both times. They were both in the Second Division in 1939-40 but didn't meet up before the season was curtailed.
Morton visit Stirling Albion at the modern Forthbank Stadium today. Morton has won all three games against Stirling to date. Stirling are dead last and have already been relegated to League Two for 2015-16. Playing Stirling Albion is as close as you get to a gimme in League One.
Elsewhere, Stranraer host Stenhousemuir, and Forfar visit Peterhead. Stenny have beaten Stranraer twice this season, with one draw. Forfar have won two and lost one against Peterhead, and are on a five-game winning streak. Morton will finish the afternoon in first place if they can win and Forfar lose and Stranraer lose or play to a draw.
With three games to go in the season Arbroath FC have sacked manager Allan Moore. Is this a record? Arbroath led League Two through much of 2014-15 but have fallen to third place with only one win in their last ten games. Moore's previous sacking was from Morton.
The end of the season approaches, which can mean only one thing: frantic last-minute rule changes. Hearts, Hibs and Motherwell are pushing to get this year's playoff gate receipts reapportioned to increase the amount going to the playoff clubs and reduce the amount going to the rest of the league. Hibs and Well are playoff-bound, of course. Also, Sky Sports, figuring they could get two remunerative broadcasts out of the final league weekend, prevailed on the SPFL to schedule the Rangers match on Sunday. There was a hue and cry, and the game was reluctantly moved back to the Saturday. It's a longstanding principle that all final weekend games must be played simultaneously to reduce the temptation of match fixing.
Hamilton Accies, who led the Premiership in October, are in the bottom half after the split. October 2014 can now officially go down as Hamilton Academical's Greatest Moment.
It's Scottish Cup semi-final weekend: Hibs [0 - 1] Falkirk; Inverness CT [3 - 2] Celtic;. Both matches are at Hampden Park. Inverness have never won the cup. Hibs and Falkirk have each won twice. Celtic have won three dozen times. [Falkirk versus Inverness in the final!]
It's also the Scottish Junior Cup semi-finals. These are played to two legs. First leg was midweek. Results:
Hurlford United 1 - 3 Auchinleck Talbot
Linlithgow Rose 2 - 3 Musselburgh Athletic
Auchinleck Talbot have won the cup ten times, Linlithgow Rose four times, Hurlford United once (last year), and Musselburgh once (in 1923). Including today's game Hurlford United have played six Scottish Cup and seven Scottish Junior Cup matches this season. Linlithgow Rose have played four and nine, Auchinleck Talbot three and eight, Musselburgh none and seven.
Auchinleck Talbot [2 - 1] Hurlford United
Musselburgh Athletic [2 - 2] Linlithgow Rose
[Auchinleck Talbot and Musselburgh Athletic will meet in the final.]
Yesterday UCD AFC hosted Waterford United and won 3 - 0. The League of Ireland First Division season is already one quarter done. UCD sit fourth with three wins, three losses and a draw.
Yesterday Karşıyaka hosted another Izmir team Altinordu. There are six senior football clubs in Izmir, none of them in the Süper Lig. Altinordu won 0 - 5.
Montedio Yamagata host Matsumoto Yamaga. [0 - 0.]
[Morton win 0 - 2. Stranraer win and Forfar lose, leaving Morton in second place, one point behind Stranraer, whom they play next week. Morton can still finish anywhere from first to fourth. Albion Rovers have won League Two and will play in League One next season.]
The Mounties have a list of about 1200 aboriginal women who have been classed as homicide victims or missing persons. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has publicly given the matter a big shrug. At his house they're more concerned about homeless cats. So cartoonist Evan Munday has started a portrait-a-day drawing project in honour of the missing and mudered women. Above is Maggie Lea Burke who has not been seen since 2004. We live in a visual culture; artists can do a lot to move this issue to the forefront of public consciousness. You can follow Munday on twitter or visit his blog. (Via Sequential.)
A blog named Plenty of Nothing is admittedly not the ideal place for a post about missing persons, but it's better than silence. This issue is decidely not plenty of nothing, and is indeed more important than most things most Canadians talk about most of the time.
Tove. Tove Jansson was born 100 years ago this year. Best known internationally for her Moomin comics, she was also a very good novelist. A lot of her stuff is available in English this year, so snap it up.
Helen Sharman was the first Brit in space, spending a week onboard the Mir space station in May 1991. Meanwhile in the Nineties British cartoonist Philip Bond drew Kill Your Boyfriend and lots of Tank Girl. Via Apollo Kids Live.