Morton visit Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena for a rare regularly scheduled Tuesday fixture. Usually Tuesday games are games that have been postponed from an earlier Saturday. But tonight the whole Championship is at work. Add six other SPFL games, and it's some kind of a Super Tuesday. [Dumbarton vs Alloa is postponed.]
The situation: Morton sit in fifth place, four points behind Raith Rovers and ahead of Queen of the South on goal difference. Raith play Rangers, so it's an opportunity for Morton to get up close to fourth place again. QoS host staggering Hibernian. A win by Rangers will mean that neither Raith nor QoS can finish first in the division.
Morton have beaten Livi three times this season, twice in league play and once in the Scottish Cup. Now that Alloa have wrung a point out of the Ton, Livingston is Greenock's only hope for a sweep. Which clubs can sweep Morton? Raith.
What are the names of the Ladbrokes Championship parks?
Alloa: Indodrill Stadium
Dumbarton: Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium
Falkirk: Falkirk Stadium
Greenock Morton: Cappielow Park
Hibs: Easter Road
Livingston: The Tony Macaroni Arena
Queen of the South: Palmerston Park
Raith Rovers: Stark's Park
Rangers: Ibrox Stadium
St Mirren: The Paisley 2021 Stadium
The SPFL or Auchinleck Talbot -- Which Is Greater?Auchinleck Talbot are the most successful junior club in Scotland, judging by their eleven Junior Cups. They have participated in the Scottish Cup five times in recent years, and met SPFL clubs four times:
November 28th, 2009. Stirling Albion won 2 - 1.
January 7th, 2012. Hearts won 1 - 0.
November 2nd, 2013. They played Stranraer to a 2 - 2 draw.
November 9th, 2013. Stranraer won 3 - 2.
The SPFL is greater.
How many games have Morton played on Leap Day?
1908 Morton 1 - 1 St Mirren
1936 Forfar 7 - 3 Morton
1964 Morton 6 - 1 Forfar
1984 Morton 1 - 2 Clydebank
1992 Montrose 1 - 1 Morton
AFC Champions League group stage games (involving Japanese teams) today and tomorrow:
FC Tokyo [3 - 1] Becamex Bình Dương
FC Seoul [4 - 1] Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Gamba Osaka [1 - 1] Melbourne Victory
Pohang Steelers [1 - 0] Urawa Red Diamonds
[Livingston 0 - 0 Morton. QoS beat Hibs, so Morton drift to sixth place.]
Morton return to Indodrill Stadium for another crack at the game abandoned January 16th because of snow. When the match was called off Alloa were leading 1 - 0, but this is soccer not baseball, so the game begins over again at 0 - 0. Morton must have been confident they would not play to a draw against Annan in the Scottish Cup Saturday, as this would have been the logical date for a cup replay. The month of February is extremely congested for Morton this year, with midweek games on the 2nd, 9th and 24th.
"What a nonsense argument. Two other replays are happening February 16th. You've shown that Morton have February 16th free. That's the logical date."
Steward: "You're both barred."
Morton have 19 goals in 21 league games. The two previous times they had fewer goals for than games played in the 21st century they were relegated. They scored 34 in 2000-01 and 32 in 2013-14.
So far this season Morton have six league wins and six cup wins. Has any club ever won more games in cup play than in league play? Yes. In 1999-00 Clydebank won one league game, two Challenge Cup games, and one Scottish Cup game.
[FT: 2 - 2. Morton goals by McManus and McCluskey.]
The AFC Champions League playoff round took place today, with the first Japanese club to make an appearance this year. It was FC Tokyo [9 - 0] Chonburi of Thailand.
Here's a pair of faces that cry out to be set in a historical manga. Or maybe an NHK morning drama named Massan. Read their story, and about the founding of the Yoichi distillery, here. Read about the TV series here.