Paolo Forlani's map of Scotia, printed in 1560. You can explore it in detail here.
Morton visit St Mirren, in Paslei.
Morton hold third place in the Championship with 27 points, ahead of Falkirk on goal difference.
The Buddies have managed two wins in eighteen starts, putting them on track for four wins and 22 points overall by the end of the schedule. They've scored 17 goals and allowed 33 and are 6 points out of ninth place. These numbers raise the question: Is this St Mirren's worst season ever? Let's apply some criteria.
1) Longest wait for the first league win.
2016-17 Dec 6
1983-84 Oct 29
1942-43 Oct 17
1920-21 Oct 9
2013-14 Oct 5
1964-65 Oct 3
2) Fewest wins in a season.
1899-00 3W (18 games) .167
1966-67 4W (34 games) .118
1990-91 5W (36 games) .139
1890-91 5W (22 games) .227
1900-01 5W (20 games) .250
1895-96 5W (18 games) .278
1890-91 5W (18 games) .278
1991-92 6W (44 games) .136
Four wins in 36 games would be their worst ever.
3) Fewest goals in a season.
1966-67 25 (34 games) .74 per game
2007-08 26 (38 games) .68 per game
1989-90 28 (36 games) .78 per game
1990-91 28 (36 games) .78 per game
1901-02 29 (18 games) 1.61 per game
4) Most rungs below Morton.
1966-67 looks pretty bad. The Buddies finished 17th out of 18 in Division One, with 4 wins and a goal difference of -56, and were relegated to Divison Two (in the days when there were only two divisions).
In the three-division and four-division eras, when was the last time St Mirren fell below the second tier? They never have.
What is Morton's best result against St Mirren? Morton won 8 - 0 at Cappielow Jan 1, 1943, in Southern League play. St Mirren beat Morton 7 - 0 at Love Street, Feb 5, 1938 in league play; and 8 - 0 at Love Street, Sept 4, 1934, in the Renfrewshire Cup.
[1 - 1. Morton goal by Lamie. Match report.]
How often have Morton played on Hogmanay? 18 times before today. They have 8 wins, 4 draws, and 6 losses on December 31st. The most recent occasion was New Year's Eve 2005, when Morton beat Forfar 0 - 1. The first time was:
1898-99. On December 31st, 1898, Morton visited Ayr FC and lost 1 - 0.
Glasgow Herald, January 2, 1899 (page 8):
AYR V. GREENOCK MORTON.--At Somerset Park, Ayr. Teams:--Ayr--Baxter; Millar and Wills; Aitken, Ballantyne, and Davidson; M'Cartney and Dempsey; Speirs, Lyall, and Owen. Morton--M'Pherson; Anderson and Orr; Calligan, Henderson, and Blair; Dale and Hunter; M'Culloch, Linn and Reid. Referee--Traill, Port-Glasgow. The run of the play in the first half was in favour of the visitors, who, however, were deficient at goal. Twice or thrice Ayr caused M'Pherson some trouble, but generally speaking the forwards were very weak. At half-time there was no scoring. On resuming more life was put into the game, but it was not till within 15 minutes of the close that the first and only goal of the match was scored for Ayr by Speirs, who had eluded the backs, and having a clear goal, easily beat M'Pherson. The result was:--Ayr, 1; Greenock Morton, 0.
Morton's 18-game SFL schedule is complete, though other league members still have a number of few games to make up. Morton ends in seventh place with six wins, a draw, and eleven losses, and a goal difference of -5. Let's continue to follow Morton through the early months of 1899 as they compete in the Glasgow and West Scotland Football League, the Scottish Cup, and the Renfrewshire Cup.
What was the highlight of the first half of 2016-17 for each Championship team?
Ayr United They beat Hibs at Easter Road.
Dumbarton They beat Dundee United.
Dundee United They took over first place on Xmas Eve.
Dunfermline They beat Morton.
Falkirk They tied Hibs.
Hibs They held first place for eleven weeks.
Morton They made the League Cup semi-finals.
Queen of the South They held first place for three weeks.
Raith Rovers They held first place for three weeks.
St Mirren They made the Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Current home winless streaks:
0 Dundee United, Morton, Dumbarton
1 Dunfermline, Falkirk, Hibs, St Mirren
4 Ayr United
6 Queen of the South
Winter Break. After today's play the Premiership goes on winter break until January 28th. This is the longterm effect of the snowy winter of 2010-11. Though, if memory serves, the Premier League was the one that was least effected by postponements that winter.
But what will they put on TV? January 6th, Hibs vs Dundee United. January 14th, a glamour friendly between Rangers and Red Bull Leipzig. January 21st, Scottish Cup 4th round.
How is FC Wil 1900 like Greenock Morton?
FC Wil has won the Swiss Cup once, and been in European competition once. It's a longstanding member of the second tier. Its stadium is smaller than Cappielow. Team colours are white, black, and powder blue.
The semi-finals of the Emperor's Cup were played Thursday:
Yokohama F. Marinos 0 - 2 Kashima Antlers
Omiya Ardija 0 - 1 Kawasaki Frontale
Scotland's Towns: Paisley.
Queen of the South vs Ayr United, a Burns Country derby. These two clubs have played in the same division six seasons in the 21st Century, five of them in the second tier and one in the third. QoS are nine league wins ahead during that time. [0 - 0.]