The Greenock and Port Glasgow Tramways Company, Horsecar No. 3, 1898. Source.
Dunfermline Athletic visit Cappielow.
The Pars finished atop League One last season, following in the footsteps of Morton (2014-15), Rangers (2013-14), and Queen of the South (2012-13). To win your division you pretty much have to assemble a team that can compete in the division above it, so then the question becomes, can you keep that squad together? The Pars' top scorers last season were Faissal El Bakhtaoui (30 goals), Joe Cardle (15), Michael Moffat (15), and Ryan Wallace (10). El Bakhtaoui went to Dundee, Wallace to Albion Rovers. Dunfermline have signed former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui. El Alagui has also played for Falkirk and Dundee United.
Currently Dunfermline are 8th, with a win and four losses for 3 points. They are out of the League Cup, but still in the Challenge Cup.
Morton are ninth, with three draws and two losses, for 3 points. Both Morton and Dunfermline have a goal difference of -5, but Dunfermline have more goals for. Morton have four goals in five games.
Depending on other results, Morton can finish the day anywhere from sixth to tenth.
What years did Morton go farthest into the calendar before gaining a win in league play? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
Oct. 28, 1972 Finished 12th of 18
Oct. 26, 1901 Finished 10th of 10
Oct. 21, 1939* Finished 5th of 16
*There was no league play between Sept. 2 and Oct. 21, 1939.
Oct. 20, 1973 Finished 14th of 18
Oct. 18, 1975 Finished 11th of 14
Oct. 18, 2008 Finished 6th of 10
Oct. 8, 1960 Finished 19th of 19
Sept. 29, 1990 Finished 9th of 14
Sept. 26, 1925 Finished 15th of 20
Sept. 22, 1924 Finished 14th of 20
What were the results of Morton's first five league matches each year this century? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
2000-01 LLWWL = 6 pts 9th (relegated)
2001-02 WDDDL = 6 pts 10th (relegated)
2002-03 DWLWD = 8pts 1st (promoted)
2003-04 WWDWW = 12 pts 4th
2004-05 LWWLW = 9 pts 3rd
2005-06 WWWDL = 10 pts 2nd
2006-07 WWDWW = 12 pts 1st (promoted)
2007-08 WWDLL = 7 pts 8th
2008-09 DDLLL = 2 pts 6th
2009-10 LLWLL = 3pts 8th
2010-11 DLWLL = 4 pts 7th
2011-12 DWDWW = 11 pts 8th
2012-13 DDLWW = 8 pts 2nd
2013-14 WLLDD = 5 pts 10th (relegated)
2014-15 LWWLW = 9 pts 1st (promoted)
2015-16 DLDWW = 8 pts 5th
2016-17 DDDLL = 3 pts
Conclusion: It's lower-middle or bottom for Morton this year.
[But Morton win 2 - 1, with goals by Oliver and Quitongo. Morton move up to seventh place. Match summary.]
1898-99. On this date in 1898 Morton travelled the two miles to Port Glasgow Athletic's Clune Park, and lost 7 - 3.
Port Glasgow Athletic's kit was a white shirt with blue knickerbockers and socks.
How is the Austrian Erste Liga like the Scottish Championship?
Both are winter leagues with 36-games schedules. The Erste Liga includes a reserve team, FC Liefering, the farm club for Red Bull Salzburg of the Bundesliga. There are no reserve teams in the four SPFL divisions. The greatest travel distance, as the crow flies, is 509 km from Lustenau to Vienna. The oldest club is 117, the youngest 8, with an average of 72. Average stadium capacity is 10,747. There are no playoffs.
Austria plans to go over to first and second tiers of 12 and 16 teams in 2018-19.
UEFA Champions League Group C: Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic. Five more games.
Prior to this match Celtic and Barcelona had met twelve times in UEFA competition, Barca taking 7 wins, Celtic 2, with 3 draws. And they played that friendly on July 30th. Listen to the Champions League Theme.
Game day posters are making a comeback. Here's a Tintin parody for a match between CF Reus Desportiu and RCD Espanyol B of the Spanish third flight. CFRD won 3 - 1.
How many years has it been since anyone used a football with a surface divided into black pentagons and white hexagons? Yet it remains the standard sign of footballness, the way an incandescent lightbulb still represents a bright idea.
The SPFL is in action this weekend, all except Greenock Morton and Queen of the South, who got this fixture out of the way two months ago to create a holiday break.
How often have Morton played on Saturday, December 26th, and how did they do?
The cheval de renfort was an extra draught horse added to the team of a horsed-drawn omnibus to get it up a steep slope, like the one on Rue des Martyrs in Paris. The horse and its attendant, or côtier, would tramp up and down the hill all day. Source.
In addition to the Falkirk Wheel, the rejuvenated Forth and Clyde Canal is now home to this equestrian statue,The Kelpies. Scottish Canals.
Morton visit Falkirk. These two clubs played to a 1 - 1 draw in their first meeting. So far this season Morton have played to a draw against Falkirk, St Mirren, Dumbarton, and Queen of the South. Within the double round robin format, have Morton ever played a division rival to four draws? Yes. Montrose, Division One, 1991-92.
Falkirk are presently 4th in the Championship, with 15 points. In the first quarter they earned four wins (Raith, Livi, Dumbarton, St Mirren), three draws, and suffered only one loss (Rangers). Morton are 6th, and have lost three in a row. However, Morton are still alive in the League Cup, while the Bairns were knocked out by Ross County 7 - 0.
Morton have failed to score in five of their ten league matches this season.
The word 'nil' comes from the Latin nihil, denoting nothingness. The word 'love' in tennis is from the French l'oeuf, the egg.
If Morton lose today it will be for the first time they have lost four in a row since the dreaded 2013-14 season in which they lost eight in a row from November to January and then six in a row from February to March.
Derek Gaston has signed a new contract that will keep him with the club until 2018. Jordan Cairnie has been loaned out to East Stirlingshire.
A few seasons ago I made a list of the First Division shirt sponsors, to see what kind of money the Scottish second tier could attract. See it here. Who are this year's Championship shirt sponsors?
Alloa Athletic: Marshall Construction
Dumbarton: Baxter Ramsay (business consultants)
Falkirk: Central Demolition
Hibs: Marathon Bet (sport betting)
Livingston: Krafty Brew
Morton: Millions (sweeties)
QoS: Palmerston Café
Raith: Val McDairmid (crime novelist)
Rangers: 32Red (sport betting)
St Mirren: JD Sports
The best shirt sponsor pairing has to be the yin and yang dynamic of Alloa's Marshall Construction versus Falkirk's Central Demolition. How has that worked out on the pitch? A 1 - 1 draw.
[Falkirk 1 - 0 Morton.]
UEFA Women's Champions League this week: Glasgow City 0 - 3 Chelsea. [City are out.]
Montedio Yamagata [0 - 1] Ventforet Kofu.
UCD AFC visit Waterford United for the last league game of the season. [UCD win 0 - 1 and advance to the promotion playoffs.]
Largs Thistle [2 - 0] Clydebank.
Kardemir Karabükspor 2 - 1 Karşıyaka. Karabük is a steel town on the Black Sea.
The poster for today's Montedio game:
The club is out to attract more female supporters by marketing some of its younger players as if they were a boy band. M5 are Takumi Yamada, Higa Atsutaira, Hidaka Keita, Koya Yuruki, and Settsu Hayato. Source.