Viking mug shots. Source.
Where does the name Cappielow come from? Scholars tend to agree it's from the Medieval Norse kappe (cape) + lov (law). Medieval Norwegians were under strict orders to keep their hoods up while in Greenock, owing to the risk of pneumonia brought about by exposure to the constant rain. Today, if you stop for a couple of pints before the match you're instructed to remove your hood, even at the Norseman Bar. Memories of the Vikings are that strong.
Stirling Albion visit Cappielow.
Greenock Morton and Stirling Albion have seen quite a lot of each other in the 21st Century. They've played together in the First Division (2007-08, 2010-11), Second Division (2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07) and the Third Division (2002-03). During the same period they've met twice in the Challenge Cup, Morton winning both encounters.
Morton enter today's play in fifth place with four wins and four losses. They have not let go of a point at home, but have only one win away. Stirling currently hold ninth place, have not yet won at home, but are break-even on the road. It's a strong home team versus a pretty good road team.
Today's kick off is two hours early to allow everyone to run home and watch Scotland versus Georgia. [Scotland win 1 - 0.]
Don't know if you've looked at the Championship table lately, but Hamilton Academical are top club in Scotland. 2014-15 could turn out to be their Greatest Moment.
[Morton win 2 - 0. Goals by Barrowman and McNeil. Morton move up to third place.]
Tomorrow Grulla Morioka visit Ryūkyū. [Postponed due to Typhoon Vongfong.]
The Norseman, corner of East Hamilton and Sinclair. Source.