The Canadian Space Agency provides this graphic of the International Space Station as it might appear if it were the broadcast gondola overhanging five newly-Zambonied hockey rinks. Canada currently employs two astronauts, neither of whom is scheduled to be on board the ISS before 2020, and we have no rockets or capsules of our own to get them there. But, look, hockey.
Ardgowan Square. They keep the nicer houses in west Greenock. Source.
Livi visit Cappielow. Morton unexpectedly avoided relegation Tuesday, but to make it to ninth place the Ton will have to win all five remaining matches, while Cowdenbeath lose all five of their games. This is Morton's fifth game in fifteen days. Maybe they've just warmed up. [Maybe! Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by Imrie and McKay. Cowdenbeath lose, so Morton are not relegated yet. Hearts are relegated to the Championship despite winning.]
Tomorrow it's the Ramsdens (Challenge) Cup Final: Rangers versus Raith Rovers at Easter Road in Edinburgh. This is Rangers' second-to-last chance to win the Scottish Challenge Cup before they return to permanent ineligibility. If Raith can deny them the cup it will rank up there with Rovers' 1995 League Cup win. [Raith win 1 - 0!]
Raith Rovers' groundskeepers intend to seed their pitch with a species of grass called Floral Poi. It has a sturdier root structure than the current lawn and better resistance to the dreaded Black Layer. Only thing is, it's it's such a pale green it looks white, meaning the lines will have to be drawn in black and the game ball will have to be orange.
Yesterday Union Sportive Boulogne hosted Luçon. [Luçon won 0 - 2.]
Tomorrow in J3 action Grulla Morioka host Zelvia Machida. The club was founded in 1977 as a soccer school. They wear double blue. Machida is in the western, soccer mad, part of Metropolitan Tokyo. Zelvia combines the words zelkova (Machida's official tree) and salvia (a species of grass used for football turf.) (What would the club be called if the groundskeepers had used floral poi?) [Zelvia win 1 - 4.]
But indeed it distressed her, Alyse added, to think of all these village churches falling into disuse, and all these parsons with their neglected rites. I said that I foresee the formation of a League of Church-Goers, drawn entirely from the ranks of compassionate free-thinkers.
Sylvia Townsend Warner, I'll Stand By You, Letter 100 (11 September, 1949), page 253.
Seamen Ashore, Greenock (c.1944) by Edward Burra. See.
Dumbarton visit Cappielow to make up the game postponed due of the Sons' Scottish Cup quarter-final against Aberdeen in March. That and the match abandoned in January following a death in the stands at Cappielow are the only two postponements for Morton so far this season. Bad weather was not a factor at all this year.
If Morton lose or draw today they can only finish tenth, and will be relegated to League One, and will miss out on the most interesting Championship of probably all time, with Rangers, Hearts and maybe even St Mirren in it.
[But Morton win 3 - 0! Goals by Vine, O'Ware and McKay .]
Two years ago I determined that the winner of the season's final meeting at Palmerston between Morton and Queen of the South would be awarded title to Morton Castle. QoS won and took the castle, but they went on to be relegated, so there was no meeting between QoS and Morton last year. But then Queen of the South finished first and rejoined Morton's division. Today the second-half meeting at Palmerston between the two clubs has come around again. Rules: Morton has to win to take the castle; if the game ends in a draw possession will remain with the incumbents QoS. Looking forward, the next Morton Castle seige is at least two years away, given the Ton's probable demotion at the end of this season. [Queen of the South win 3 - 0 and retain the castle. Morton can not finish better than ninth.]
The Scottish Junior Cup has two quarter-final fixtures pencilled in for today. Irvine Meadow host Bo'ness United, and Camelon Juniors entertain Whitletts Victoria. You'll recall that Whitletts Victoria are the ones who dress almost exactly like Dennis the Menace. It seems the lower you go in the Scottish football pyramid the more often the games get postponed. Throw in replays and you have a situation where the clubs don't advance so much as stagger through to the next round. [Irvine Meadow and Camelon Juniors win.]
Celtic won the Premiership championship Wednesday. The Championship championship will probably take till the final weekend of the schedule to decide.
Yesterday US Boulogne visited Paris FC. [1 - 1.]
Tomorrow Grulla Morioka visit F.C. Ryūkyū in Okinawa, a journey of 1936 km by air. After Week 3 of the J3 season Morioka held first place and Ryūkyū second. [Grulla win 0 - 1.]