The Vennel was one of the oldest streets in Greenock, connecting the West Dock to the old Inverkip Road, and ran up the west side of the block containing the Town Hall. It's now somewhere under the A78. It was reportedly quite toney in the 18th century. Despite the Union Jack in that poster, Odol was a mouthwash invented in Germany.Source.
Morton host St Mirren in a match originally scheduled for March 25th. A win today will lift Morton back into second place. A win for St Mirren will put them in eighth ahead of Raith Rovers.
What a peculiar season St Mirren have had. They've spent most of the year dead last. It took them until December 6th to get their first league win, and they just climed out of tenth on Saturday. To date they have seven league wins. But in cup play they've done really well. They reached the final of the Challenge Cup, the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, and they won three of their four League Cup group stage games.
Despite playing in the Premier League most of the past decade, St Mirren have not had a winning season since 2005-06. Their next nearest rival is Kilmarnock, who have not had a winning season since 2006-07; then Montrose (2008-09). If you glance at the Lowland League you'll notice East Stirlingshire enjoying their first winning season since 2009-10.
How is St Mirren like Greenock Morton?
They're both in Renfrewshire. Greenock and Paisley are both post-industrial towns. St Mirren have three Scottish Cups to Morton's one, one League Cup to Morton's none, and one [check] Challenge Cup to Morton's none. St Mirren have a slight edge in Renfrewshire Cups won. Paisley 2021 Stadium is new -- it's even named after the future -- and Cappielow is old.
What are St Mirren's peak performances of the 21st Century?
Scottish Cup semi-final 2008-09
League Cup won 2012-13
League Premier League, 8th place 2006-07, 2013-14
Challenge Cup won 2004-05
How many Scottish League matches have St Mirren played against the other 2016-17 Championship clubs?
Dundee United 128
Raith Rovers 118
Ayr United 99
Draw a diagram in which each 2016-17 Championship club points to the other 2016-17 Championship club it has met most often in Scottish League play, why don't you?
Falkirk, St Mirren, Hibs and Raith are pointed to twice, Morton and Dundee United once, and Dumbarton, Dunfermline, Ayr United and Queen of the South not at all.
What was St Mirren's record against Gretna?
Gretna knocked St Mirren out of the 2005-06 Scottish Cup Fifth Round.
They both played in the 2007-08 Premier League. St Mirren took two wins, with two draws. They both finished below the split.
Morton's last ten scoreless draws:
March 29, 2017 Hibs 0 - 0 Morton
Nov 19, 2016 Morton 0 - 0 Dundee United
July 16, 2016 Albion Rovers 0 - 0 Morton (decided on penalty kicks)
April 23, 2016 Morton 0 - 0 Hibs
April 2, 2016 Dumbarton 0 - 0 Morton
March 1, 2016 Livingston 0 - 0 Morton
Sept 12, 2015 Morton 0 - 0 Dumbarton
Aug 21, 2015 Morton 0 - 0 St Mirren
Nov 1, 2014 Morton 0 - 0 Airdrieonians
Jan 11, 2014 Morton 0 - 0 Raith
2016-17 Championship versus Yoker, the record:
September 9, 1882 St Mirren 8 - 0 Yoker
October 2, 1886 Dumbarton 4 - 0 Yoker
The Victory Cup 1919
This cup was played in March and April of 1919, to fill the gap between the end of the war and the revival of the Scottish Cup in 1919-20. Eighteen Scottish League clubs and eight West of Scotland League clubs participated.
R1 Morton 2 - 1 Clydebank
R2 Motherwell 2 - 1 Morton
St Mirren's record:
R1 St Mirren 0 - 0 Dumbarton
Dumbarton 0 - 1 St Mirren
R2 St Mirren 3 - 2 Clyde
R3 St Mirren 1 - 0 Celtic
SF Hibs 1 - 3 St Mirren
F St Mirren 3 - 0 Hearts
[St Mirren win 1 - 4. Morton goal by Murdoch. Morton fall to fourth place, St Mirren rise to eighth. Pictures.]
Fukushima: Fukushima United [0 - 2] Iwaki FC Upset!
Every prefectural championship is by definition a derby, but Vanraure vs ReinMeer has the added attraction of being between league rivals.
Vanraure and ReinMeer had byes into the Aomori semi-finals. But, hey, no fair! Blaublitz Akita, Grulla Morioka, Sony Sendai, and Fukushima United all had byes into the finals of their prefectural championships.
What teams have won the Yamagata Prefectural Championship in this century?
2000: Yamagata Central High School
2001: Yamagata FC
2002: Yamagata Central High School
2003: Tsuruoka Higashi High School
2004: Haguro High School
2005: Yamagata Central High School
2006: Yamagata University
2007: Yamagata University
2008: Yamagata University
2009: FC Parafrente Yonezawa
2010: Yamagata University
2011: Yamagata University School of Medicine
2012: Nihon University Yamagata Senior High School
2013: Haguro High School
2014: Montedio Yamagata
2015: Yamagata University School of Medicine
2016: Yamagata University
[2017: FC Parafrente Yonezawa]
Who are the Old Firm of Ibaraki Prefecture?
2000: University of Tsukuba
2001: Ryutsu Keizai University
2002: University of Tsukuba
2003: University of Tsukuba
2004: Ryutsu Keizai University
2005: University of Tsukuba
2006: Ryutsu Keizai University
2007: University of Tsukuba
2008: Ryutsu Keizai University
2009: Ryutsu Keizai University
2010: Ryutsu Keizai University
2011: University of Tsukuba
2012: University of Tsukuba
2013: University of Tsukuba
2014: University of Tsukuba
2015: Ryutsu Keizai University
2016: University of Tsukuba
[2017: University of Tsukuba]
University of Tsukuba and Ryutsu Keizai University are the Old Firm of Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japanese word of the day: 未定 (mitei) = to be determined
This is a photo of the Cartsdyke area of Greenock in 1950. On the right is the Wee Dublin End of Cappielow. The white sheds occupy the site of Wee Dublin, the settlement of Irish navvies who dug out the James Watt Dock. Mackenzie Street runs along the lefthand margin of the sheds. The next street over is Macdougall Street, which runs from the pedestrian overpass on the railway tracks to East Hamilton Street. (If it kept going it would pass through those two large boats amidship.) The little church beside the railway line on Macdougall Street is Crawfurdsburn United Free Church of Scotland, which from 1913 to 1987 was also the home of Masonic Lodge Crawfurdsburn Greenock No. 1121. It's now a parking lot.
Hibs visit Cappielow. Gloom: Morton are three games without a win. They have not beaten Hibs since February 2016, and have not beaten Hibs at Cappielow since 1984.
Out of town scoreboard: Dundee United vs Falkirk. St Mirren have the opportunity to escape tenth place, and even ninth place depending on how the games involving the bottom six clubs play out.
Nine points separate the bottom six in the Championship.
Queen of the South enter today's play eight points out of the promotion playoffs and eight points out of the relegation playoffs. They might avoid both promotion and relegation on the same day again this year, as they did last April 9th.
It's very possible that Morton and Dundee United will have to play each other three times over two weeks in early May.
Midfielder Robbie Crawford, who made ten appearences for Morton in the first half of 2014-15 on loan from Rangers, has signed with Icelandic club FH.
1898-99. On this day in 1899 Morton beat Port Glasgow 4 - 3 in front of 5,000 partisans at Cappielow in the semi-finals of the Renfrewshire Cup. [Hibs draw 4,229 today.]
Make a chart showing Morton's plus and minus goal difference years, why don't you?
1890s -- -- -- -- + -- +
1900s 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1910s -- 0 -- +++++++
1920s ++ -- -- -- -- -- -- + --
1930s -- -- -- ++++ -- -- +
1940s ++++++++ -- +
1950s -- -- ++ -- ++ -- -- --
1960s -- +++ 0 -- ++ -- 0
1970s 0 -- -- -- -- -- ++ -- +
1980s -- -- -- + -- -- + -- 0 --
1990s -- ++ -- +++ -- + --
2000s -- -- +++++ -- 0 --
2010s -- -- + -- + -- (+)
Notice how well Morton do in the seventh year of the decade. That's this year.
What was Hibernian's record against Gretna?
They met twice in cup competition in 2006-07. Hibs knocked Gretna out of the third round of the League Cup and the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
They played three times in the 2007-08 Premier League. Hibs took three wins and finshed above the split, while Gretna finished last.
Hibs versus Rangers in the Championship -- who won?
These two clubs played two seasons together in the Championship, 2014-15 and 2015-16. Altogether they met in eight league games, two playoff games, two Challenge Cup games and one Scottish Cup game. Hibs took five leagues wins to Rangers' three. They each won one playoff game, though Rangers earned promotion on goals scored. Rangers won both Challenge Cup meetings. Hibs won the 2015-16 Scottish Cup final against Rangers. Final tally: seven wins Hibs, six wins Rangers.
[Morton 1 - 1 Hibs. Morton goal by Shankland. Dundee United and Falkirk also go 1 - 1, so Morton remain in third place. St Mirren play to a 1 - 1 draw with Dumbarton, and Ayr lose, to St Mirren excape tenth place for the first time since September.]
Livingston can win League One today. [And they do.]
The Highland League title will probably come down to the final weekend. Cove Rangers (75 pts), Buckie Thistle (72), Brora Rangers (72), and Formartine United (67) are still in contention. Matches remaining for each:
Formartine United: Rothes, Buckie Thistle, Forres, Wick Academy
I'm predicting a win for the overdog in every case, except for Buckie/Formartine which will be a draw. Therefore the final standings should be Cove Rangers (84), Buckie Thistle (82), Brora Rangers (81) and Formartine (77).
Queen's Park Shield final Wednesday: Abertay 0 - 5 Stirling, at Lesser Hampden. Stirling University win the Shield.
Largs Thistle [0 - 2] Kirkintilloch Rob Roy (West of Scotland Cup R3)
Sunday: Aarau [2 - 3] Winterthur. [Winterthur remain in last place, but there are only four points separating 5th place and 10th. There are nine games left in the schedule.]
Wednesday it was Winterthur 1 - 3 Basel in the semifinal of the Swiss Cup. How did Winterthur get there?
R1 Yverdon-Sport 1 - 4 Winterthur
R2 Stade-Lausanne-Ouchy 0 - 3 Winterthur
R3 Winterthur 2 - 1 Chiasso
QF Young Boys 2 - 2 Winterthur (Winterthur won on penalty kicks.)
OFC Champions League semi-finals, first leg:
Tefana [0 - 2] Auckland City
Magenta [2 - 2] Team Wellington
Auckland City have won this tournament eight times. Team Wellington have been runners-up twice, and Tefana and Magenta have been runners-up once each.
Ricard Opisso (1880-1966) was a prolific Catalonian cartoonist and illustrator. His crowd scenes of 20th-Century Barcelona street life are tremendous fun to explore. I've left this jpeg very large: you can have a good look if you click on it. Source.
Nova Scotia had control of its own postal system from April 5th, 1851 until July 1st, 1867. The province issued its own postage stamps, like this 1857 three pence stamp featuring the British Crown surrounded by shamrock, rose, thistle and mayflower. Source. And. During this phase of postal history the Postmaster General of Nova Scotia was John Howe, brother of Joe, who got the job from their dad.