Morton host Queen of the South in their final meeting of 2016-17. The Ton have two wins to QoS's one in head-to-head league play.
The situation: QoS are 7 points behind Morton and have played two games more. A loss today would shift their playoff hopes into the desperate category.
Morton have lost only twice in 2017, defeated by Rangers and Queen of the South.
The last time Morton lost at Cappielow was March 26, 2016, to Raith. The Ton have to get through today's match, and the one on March 25th against Dunfermline to extend their home undefeated streak beyond the anniversary.
Morton need only one point to equal last season's point total. Put another way: to finish 2016-17 on a par with 2015-16, Morton will have to earn one draw and ten losses.
How does it usually go when QoS make their second visit to Cappielow?
Mar 15, 2016 Morton 3 - 2 QoS
Jan 29, 2014 Morton 1 - 1 QoS
April 7, 2012 Morton 2 - 2 QoS
Feb 19, 2011 Morton 0 - 4 QoS
April 3, 2010 Morton 3 - 3 QoS
Jan 3, 2009 Morton 2 - 2 QoS
Jan 19, 2008 Morton 0 - 3 QoS
April 2, 2002 Morton 0 - 3 QoS
QoS almost always get some points.
Today's match is a late starter because of BBC Alba.
St Mirren's loss on Wednesday means that they can no longer win the division, and Hibs evade automatic relegation.
[Morton win 1 - 0. Goal by Forbes.]
1898-99. In Glasgow and West of Scotland Football League action, Morton visited Linthouse and won 1 - 2.
How did Queen of the South and Gretna get on?
These two clubs were natural rivals, but they found themselves in the same division only once, in 2006-07 when Gretna rocketed through the First Division. Gretna took three wins to Queens' one. Gretna finished first, QoS eighth.
Third Lanark watch:
Statistical Third Lanark, who collect the third point from every Championship match that ends in a draw, now occupy 2.5th place with 45 points, which would be good enough for a playoff spot if they were a real team.
Since 1994, what have been Statistical Third Lanark's best and worst years? In 2005-06 they collected 61 points, good for 2.5th place. In 1998-99 their 37 points got them to 7.5th place, but their 38 points in 2013-14 only got them into 9.5th.
SWFL Division 2 West tomorrow: Ayr United versus Morton
The Queen's Park Shield is the top knockout cup competition for Scottish university men's football. The quarter-finals of the 2016-17 competition were played this week:
Univ of Edinburgh 3 - 1 Univ of Dundee
Glasgow Kelvin College 0 - 10 Univ of Abertay Dundee (played in February)
Heriot-Watt Univ 4 - 0 Univ of Aberdeen
Univ of St Andrews 1 - 1 Univ of Stirling (Stirling won on penalty shots)
Swiss Challenge League:
Winterthur [0 - 1] Xamax
Copa Libertadores, group B:
The Strongest (BOL) 2 - 0 Santa Fe (COL)
Sporting Cristal (PER) 1 - 1 Santos (BRA)
OFC Champions League, group stage:
Group C (today)
Malampa Revivors (Vanuatu) [2 - 5] Lae City Dwellers (Papua New Guinea)
Western United (Solomon Islands) [1 - 2] Auckland City (NZ)
Group D (today)
Marist Fire (Solomon Islands) [4 - 2] Rewa (Fiji)
Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu) [2 - 4] Tefana (French Polynesia)
All Group C matches are being played in Auckland, all Group D matches in Tahiti.
CFU Club Championship, group stage:
Group E. System 3 (St Vincent), CS Moulien (Guadeloupe), Flames United (Sint Maarten) and San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad) meet in Kingstown, Saint Vincent.
The 70th NHK Cup Aomori Prefecture Football Championship Tournament begins tomorrow. The winner of the tournament gets to go into the first round of the Emperor's Cup. There are ten clubs involved. Vanraure and ReinMeer will both be in it, but they have a bye through to the semifinals. Tomorrow's games are:
Blancdieu Hirosaki [6 - 0] Aomori Chuo Gakuin University SC
HachiGakuDai FC 2014 [1 - 2] Gonohe SC
Hachinohe Gakuin University SC [3 - 1] Maritime Self-Defense Force Hachinohe SC
Japanese word of the day: サッカー部 (Sakkā-bu) = Soccer Club. Hirosaki is in southwest Aomori Prefecture. Blancdieu Hirosaki play in the Tohoku League. Gonohe is in southeast Aomori Prefecture. Hachinohe means fourth district; Gonohe is fifth district.
Japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata moved to Kamakura in 1934 and went on to include it in some of his stories, notably The Sound of the Mountain. This is a screenshot from the 1954 film of the book, showing Kamakura train station, which is just one stop away from Kita-Kamakura train station. For a set of pictures from the film, see here.
When the police show up at demonstrations to "protect property" it's not shop windows they're thinking about. This International Women's Day parade in Petrograd on March 8, 1917 escalated into the Russian Revolution.
Queen's Park versus Third Lanark at the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park next to the University of Glasgow. Source.
It's the Scottish Cup quarter-finals.
Celtic vs St Mirren
These two have played 30 times in the history of the Scottish Cup. Celtic prevailed 17 times, St Mirren 6, with 7 draws along the way, including 3 double replays. Celtic are first in the Premiership, and St Mirren are last in the Championship, but they beat Hibs on Wednesday. [Celtic win 4 - 1. St Mirren are the first visitors to score at Celtic Park in 2017.]
Aberdeen vs Partick
These two have played 9 Scottish Cup games together. Aberdeen has 7 wins, Partick 1, with 1 draw. Partick's win came in 1930. Aberdeen lost to Hamilton last Saturday. [Aberdeen prevail 1 - 0.]
Hibs vs Ayr
A Championship pairing. They have met 6 times in this cup. Hibs have 4 wins, Ayr 1, with one draw. Ayr's win was not long ago: 2011. Owing to this game Morton are off today. [Hibs 3 - 1 Ayr]
Rangers vs Hamilton
They've played 15 times, Rangers winning 12, Accies 1, with 2 draws. Hamilton's win came in 1987. [Rangers romp 6 - 0.]
Have the four Scottish Cup quarter-final matches ever resulted in four replays? Yes. In 1973-74, all four matches went to replays. In 1975-76, two of the matches went to replays and then to second replays. Since then, the four quarterfinal matches have gone to three replays twice, in 2007-08 and 2010-11.
Hearts have won the Scottish Cup twice in the 21st Century. What clubs have eliminated them the other years?
2012-13 St Mirren
2010-11 St Johnstone
2001-02 Inverness CT
Glenafton Athletic [4 - 1] Largs Thistle
Tomorrow: Morton Women [1 - 1] Rutherglen
Le Mont [1 - 0] Winterthur
OFC Champions League Group Stage:
Group A (Feb 28)
Lupe o le Soaga 3 - 4 Madang
Magenta 4 - 2 Central Sport
Group B (March 1)
Puaikura 0 - 1 Ba
Team Wellington 3 - 1 Hienghène Sport
Group A (yesterday)
Central Sport 3 - 0 Lupe o le Soaga
Magenta 5 - 0 Madang
Group B (today)
Team Wellington [8 - 0] Ba
Hienghène Sport [3 - 1] Puaikura
[Magenta and Team Wellington move on to the semifinals.]
Round Two of the AFC Champions League group stage.
Group E: Muangthong United (Thailand) 2 - 1 Kashima Antlers
Group F: Urawa Red Diamonds 5 - 2 FC Seoul
Group G: Eastern (Hong Kong) 1 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale
Group H: Gamba Osaka 1 - 4 Jeju United (South Korea)
CFU Club Championship, group stage:
Group B. Don Bosco (Haiti), Cibao (Dominican Republic), Police (Monserrat) and Unité Sainte-Rosienne (Guadeloupe) meet in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Police 0 - 16 Cibao
Don Bosco 1 - 1 USR
Cibao [1 - 0] USR
Don Bosco [11 - 0] Police
USR [16 - 0] Police
Don Bosco [1 - 1] Cibao
Group C. Montego Bay United (Jamaica), Elite (Cayman Islands), Grenades (Antigua) and Barcelona Atlético (Dominican Republic) meet in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Barcelona Atlético 4 - 0 Elite
Montego Bay United 2 - 3 Grenades
Grenades [2 - 2] Barcelona Atlético
Montego Bay United [5 - 0] Elite
Elite [0 - 2] Grenades*
Montego Bay [2 - 2] Barcelona Atlético
[Cibao and Grenades advance.]
*I can't help thinking there's some political history encoded in these club names.
The Japan Football League starts tomorrow. The JFL was once the top league in Japan, but the creation of the J League and its growth into three divisions has left the JFL as the fourth tier. The league plays an apertura/clausura format followed by a championship in the form of semi-finals and finals. The league winner must have the necessary license to gain promotion to J3.
Honda FC is a fascinating survival of Showa era football. They're the company team of Honda Motors, who are too stingy to splash out on a J League club (unlike, say, Mitsubishi). Honda have stuck with the JFL as it has been reduced to the second, third and fourth tier, winning the league seven times. Other clubs wanting to move up to the J League have had to leapfrog Honda who are almost always in the top four of the JFL. Honda won the JFL last season and have a reserved spot in the 97th Emperor's Cup, Round One.
Glasgow Herald, May 6th, 1901, page 10:
THIRD LANARK v QUEEN'S PARK--The Charity Cup tie between the foregoing clubs was played on Saturday afternoon, the venue being the [model?] athletic enclosure of the International Exhibition. The weather was very warm, and there was a good attendance. [smudge] The teams were:--Third Lanark--Raeside; Barr and Thomson; Cross, M'One[?] and Smith; Johnstone and Sloan; Cross jnr, Lynn and Aitchison. Queen's Park--G. C. M'Wattie; A. M. Swan and D. M'Callum; J. Ormiston jnr, J. Eadie and A. M. M'Kay; J. M'Lean and D. Wilson jnr; R. S. M'Coll, H. Dinsmore and A. M'Lean. Referee--Mr Nisbet, Cowdenbeath. M'Coll kicked off, but his pass was a bad one, and the Third, early, made headway. The weather was too warm for a dashing game and the players took matters quietly. There were several good tries at goal, but the custodians were quite safe, and at half-time the teams crossed over goalless. At the restart play was very slow for a while. The Queen's created interest in the game by stubbornly attacking the Third's goal, which had a narrow escape. Thereafter the Cathkin team played vigorously but were resolutely met at all points. The first goal fell to the Third, Smith clinching a well-placed corner by Sloan. No more goals were scored. Result--Third Lanark, 1 goal; Queen's Park, 0. The Celtic and Third are the finalists for the cup.
These gold sheets, discovered in Tuscany, contain a dedication to the goddess Astarti written in Phoenician and Etruscan, two of the lesser studied languages of the ancient Mediterranean. Source. Learn more about Etruscan.