The Scottish Challenge Cup, the challenge being to drink out of it without poking yourself in the eye. Source.
It's Morton versus Dumbarton at Cappielow, a Clydeside derby. Morton and the Sons are both members of the 2015-16 Championship, so today's match is a preview of what is to come this season.
Morton have not lost a cup game against Dumbarton since 1960. But, on paper, Dumbarton are the stronger side. After all, they are the ones who were in the Championship last year. In the pre-season Dumbarton have defeated Edinburgh City, Hearts, and Clydebank. Yes, Hearts, 2 - 0.
It feels as if Morton draw Dumbarton in the Challenge Cup a lot. In fact it has been precisely three times in the 21st century. Who have the Ton played most often in the history of this cup? Queen of the South and Ross County at five times each.
In 24 Challenge Cups, Dumbarton have exited in the first round 21 times, the second round twice, and the third round once. Morton have eliminated them three times.
Years in which Morton were knocked out in the first round of the Challenge Cup, and who knocked them out: 1993-94 (St Mirren); 1995-96 (Livingston); 2004-05 (Forfar); 2013-14 (Annan).
Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken played for Morton from 1993 til 2001. I should have mentioned that last season when he managed Stranraer.
Which former Challenge Cup winners are in contention this year? Falkirk, Queen of the South, Alloa, Airdrieonians, St Mirren, Livingston, Raith Rovers, Stranraer, Stenhousemuir.
Which former Challenge Cup winners are ineligible for this year's competition by reason of being in the Premiership? Ross County, Hamilton Academical, Dundee, Inverness CT, St Johnstone.
Which current Championship clubs have never won the Challenge Cup? Rangers, Hibs, Morton, Dumbarton. Two of them will be out after this round.
Which clubs have eliminated Rangers from the Challenge Cup? Queen of the South, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic.
Which SPFL clubs have never competed for the Challenge Cup? Celtic, Aberdeen, Motherwell.
In additition to the clubs of the Championship and Leagues One and Two, the Challenge Cup competition includes the winners of the Highland and Lowland Leagues, Brora Rangers and Edinburgh City. Winning one of the fifth-flight leagues qualifies you for: the pyramid playoffs, the Challenge Cup, and a bye to Round Two of the Scottish Cup. Last season apart from Highland League and Highland League Cup play, Brora took part in four playoff games, three Scottish Cup games, and two Challenge Cup games. Brora [0 - 1] Alloa. Edinburgh City host Queen's Park. [Queen's Park win on penalty kicks.]
The Challenge Cup is currently on a run of eight different winners in eight years: St Johnstone, Airdrie United, Dundee, Ross County, Falkirk, Queen of the South, Raith Rovers, Livingston.
Other games to watch:
Hibs vs Rangers. Just like last year. I'm sure the SPFL would have preferred this to be the final. [Rangers win emphatically, 2 - 6.]
QoS [2 - 0] Stranraer. A South of Scotland derby.
Cowdenbeath [0 - 1] Raith Rovers. A Fife derby.
Forfar [1 - 0] Montrose. An Angus derby.
[Dumbarton win 2 - 3. Morton goals by Kilday and MacDonald. Morton are out of the Challange Cup.]
UEFA Champions League and Europa League 2Q second leg results this week:
Stjarnan 1 - 4 Celtic. Celtic advance.
Astra Giurgiu 0 - 0 Inverness CT. ICT are out.
Aberdeen 2 - 2 Rijeka. Aberdeen advance.
UCD 1 - 5 Slovan Bratislava. UCD are out.
Yesterday a Morton XI played Greenock Juniors in a friendly at the newly refurbished Ravenscraig Stadium and won 3 - 0.
Today is the first day of league play in the Highland League.
Montedio Yamagata [1 - 3] Albirex Niigata.
Tomorrow UCD [1 - 0] Finn Harps.