Procession of the Estates of the Scottish Parliament. From Atlas Historiques (1732).
Morton visit Dunfermline Athletic. 2014-15 was supposed to be an epic battle between the Pars and the Ton, but Dunfermline have pretty much not shown up. Morton have won all three matches.
Are Morton shoo-ins for the promotion playoffs? Pretty nearly. If they win only half of their remaining games they'll finish with 63 points. If fifth-place Dunfermline win all their remaining games they'll finish with 62.
Dunfermline is one of about a dozen locations to have housed a medieval Scottish parliament. The list of places, according to Wikipedia, runs: Edinburgh, Perth, Stirling, St Andrews, Dundee, Linlithgow, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Berwick-upon-Tweed. David Hume of Godscroft, historian of the Douglases, puts one in Forfar. Which when you take them together would make a pretty decent football league. On a good year the Premiership might include seven of them; though this season there are five. The only two places that have never had teams in the SFL/SPFL are Linlithgow and St Andrews. Linlithgow in West Lothian is the site of Linlithgow Palace, and home to Linlithgow Rose FC, four-time winners of the Scottish Junior Cup, and the amateur side Linlithgow Thistle AFC. St Andrews has the University of St Andrews (founded 1410-13), St Andrews Cathedral (abandoned in 1561) and St Andrews United FC, winners of the 1959-60 Scottish Junior Cup.
Hearts have won the Championship title. But the League One title race will probably go to the final weekend. Stranraer, Morton and Forfar are neck and neck ... and neck. Of those three, Forfar have the easiest game today, against Stirling Albion. Also Forfar benefit from not having to play Morton or Stranraer again, which I think makes them narrow favourites to finish in first place.
League One is completely caught up on its postponed games. Rain and snow have not been a great inconvenience this winter, and the last time any League One club had a cup commitment was February 8th.
[Morton win 0 - 4. Goals by S. McCluskey, Kilday, McManus and Russell. Stranraer and Forfar both win, so Morton remain one point out of first place.]
Yesterday UCD AFC were away against Wexford Youths in League of Ireland First Division play. Wexford won 1 - 0.
The League of Ireland has twenty clubs, divided into two divisions. You would think: ten and ten. But in point of fact the Premier Division has twelve and the First Division eight. The big idea, I think, is to make the top division as solid and impressive as possible, but it's at the cost of leaving the bottom division short-arsed. With only seven opponents, the schedule is over at 28 games.
Montedio Yamagata visit Vissel Kobe in Nabisco League Cup group stage action today. [Kobe win 3 - 1.]