Crime author Val McDermid, Raith Rovers' shirt sponsor.
Morton visit San Starko in the Kingdom of Fife for a 90-minute kickabout with Raith Rovers. Morton and Raith are old cronies, having played in the same division 17 out of the last 30 years, almost always in the First Division/Championship. That seems like home to both clubs.
When was the last time the four senior Fife clubs Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife and Raith Rovers were all in the same division? 1947-48 they were all in Division B.
What was the last time there was a Fife club in each division? 2003-04. Dunfermline were in the Premier Division, Raith Rovers the First Division, East Fife the Second and Cowdenbeath the Third.
There are at present no Fife-based clubs in the Highland or Lowland Leagues. The most illustrious club outside the senior circuit is Burntisland Shipyard AFC, who play in the East of Scotland Football League First (meaning second) Division. The top amateur league in Fife is the Kingdom Caledonian Amateur Football Association. Burntisland is pronounced Burnt Island, with ominous finality.
The local cup competition is the Fife Cup, which was first contested in 1882-83. These days it is usually competed for by the four SPFL clubs plus Shipyard.
Fife must not be confused with FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. But if EA Sports were to release Fife 16, based on the Fife Cup, I'd play that.
Fife is water on three sides (the Firth of Tay, the North Sea, and the Firth of Forth), with Clackmannanshire, and Perth and Kinross on the landward side. The Ochil Hills make up part of the boundary. If Fife were an independent country it would rank 182nd in population, between Belize and Maldives, and ahead of Iceland.
Morton have six matches this month due to there being five Saturdays this October plus a midweek League Cup fixture. The last time they had an October that busy was in 1994.
Raith Rovers have signed former Scottish international Scott Robertson. He's in today's lineup.
[Raith win 2 - 1. Morton goal by O'Ware.]
Scottish Cup First Round replays:
Auchinleck Talbot [5 - 0] BSC Glasgow
Whitehill Welfare [2 - 3] Wick Academy
Thursday it was Celtic 2 - 2 Fenerbahçe in Europa League play.
AFC Champions League: Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2 - 1 Gamba Osaka
Montedio Yamagata visit Shonen Bellmare [and win 0 - 1.] Karşıyaka [2 - 2] Alanyaspor.