The Emigrants, by David Shanks Ewart, housed at the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock.
It's the first Saturday of the 2014-15 season and for everyone anything is possible. Morton find themselves in League One (i.e., the third tier, formerly known as the Second Division, just to avoid confusion) after a miserable 2013-14 season made all the more miserable by their brush with promotion in 2012-13.
Does League One have a personality of its own? This is the task for this season, to find League One's personality. The division does have a nickname of its own: the Seaside League.
This year's Seaside League can be divided into two groups: those clubs that have dropped down from the second tier: Greenock Morton (2014), Dunfermline (2013), Airdrieonians (2013), Ayr United (2012), Brechin (2006); and those that came up from the fourth tier: Stirling Albion (2014), Peterhead (2014), Stranraer (2012), Forfar (2010) and Stenhousemuir (2009). Brechin are the old man of the division, entering their ninth straight season. Dunfermline and Morton are the only fulltime clubs in League One and as such should be expected to finish first and second.
The three other divisions also start today.
How did Morton fare the last time they played in the third tier? 4th (2003-04), 3rd (2004-05), 2nd (2005-06), 1st (2006-07).
Today the Ton visit Ayr United. These two clubs have seen a lot of each other in recent years, the last time being March 24, 2012 in the First Division, when they played to a scoreless draw.
Today's starters: Gaston; Kilday, Crighton, Milojevic, Lamie; McKee, Pepper, Miller, Allan; J. McCluskey; McManus. Compare last year's opening game roster: Gaston, Taggart, Fitzpatrick, McLaughlin, McKee, Imrie, Campbell, Hands, Habai, Bachirou and Cham.
[Ayr win 1 - 0.]
This week in UEFA: Celtic 0 - 2 Legia Warsaw; Spartak Trnava 1 - 1 St Johnstone; Aberdeen 2 - 3 Real Sociedad. Aberdeen and St Johnstone are out. Legia are found to have fielded an ineligible player, so Celtic advance to the next Champions League round in their place.
Tomorrow 5th-place Grulla Morioka visit 6th-place SC Sagamihara. [0 - 0.]