The Greenock and Port Glasgow Tramways Company, Horsecar No. 3, 1898. Source.
Dunfermline Athletic visit Cappielow.
The Pars finished atop League One last season, following in the footsteps of Morton (2014-15), Rangers (2013-14), and Queen of the South (2012-13). To win your division you pretty much have to assemble a team that can compete in the division above it, so then the question becomes, can you keep that squad together? The Pars' top scorers last season were Faissal El Bakhtaoui (30 goals), Joe Cardle (15), Michael Moffat (15), and Ryan Wallace (10). El Bakhtaoui went to Dundee, Wallace to Albion Rovers. Dunfermline have signed former Hibs striker Farid El Alagui. El Alagui has also played for Falkirk and Dundee United.
Currently Dunfermline are 8th, with a win and four losses for 3 points. They are out of the League Cup, but still in the Challenge Cup.
Morton are ninth, with three draws and two losses, for 3 points. Both Morton and Dunfermline have a goal difference of -5, but Dunfermline have more goals for. Morton have four goals in five games.
Depending on other results, Morton can finish the day anywhere from sixth to tenth.
What years did Morton go farthest into the calendar before gaining a win in league play? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
Oct. 28, 1972 Finished 12th of 18
Oct. 26, 1901 Finished 10th of 10
Oct. 21, 1939* Finished 5th of 16
*There was no league play between Sept. 2 and Oct. 21, 1939.
Oct. 20, 1973 Finished 14th of 18
Oct. 18, 1975 Finished 11th of 14
Oct. 18, 2008 Finished 6th of 10
Oct. 8, 1960 Finished 19th of 19
Sept. 29, 1990 Finished 9th of 14
Sept. 26, 1925 Finished 15th of 20
Sept. 22, 1924 Finished 14th of 20
What were the results of Morton's first five league matches each year this century? And what position did they hold at the end of the season?
2000-01 LLWWL = 6 pts 9th (relegated)
2001-02 WDDDL = 6 pts 10th (relegated)
2002-03 DWLWD = 8pts 1st (promoted)
2003-04 WWDWW = 12 pts 4th
2004-05 LWWLW = 9 pts 3rd
2005-06 WWWDL = 10 pts 2nd
2006-07 WWDWW = 12 pts 1st (promoted)
2007-08 WWDLL = 7 pts 8th
2008-09 DDLLL = 2 pts 6th
2009-10 LLWLL = 3pts 8th
2010-11 DLWLL = 4 pts 7th
2011-12 DWDWW = 11 pts 8th
2012-13 DDLWW = 8 pts 2nd
2013-14 WLLDD = 5 pts 10th (relegated)
2014-15 LWWLW = 9 pts 1st (promoted)
2015-16 DLDWW = 8 pts 5th
2016-17 DDDLL = 3 pts
Conclusion: It's lower-middle or bottom for Morton this year.
[But Morton win 2 - 1, with goals by Oliver and Quitongo. Morton move up to seventh place. Match summary.]
1898-99. On this date in 1898 Morton travelled the two miles to Port Glasgow Athletic's Clune Park, and lost 7 - 3.
Port Glasgow Athletic's kit was a white shirt with blue knickerbockers and socks.
How is the Austrian Erste Liga like the Scottish Championship?
Both are winter leagues with 36-games schedules. The Erste Liga includes a reserve team, FC Liefering, the farm club for Red Bull Salzburg of the Bundesliga. There are no reserve teams in the four SPFL divisions. The greatest travel distance, as the crow flies, is 509 km from Lustenau to Vienna. The oldest club is 117, the youngest 8, with an average of 72. Average stadium capacity is 10,747. There are no playoffs.
Austria plans to go over to first and second tiers of 12 and 16 teams in 2018-19.
UEFA Champions League Group C: Barcelona 7 - 0 Celtic. Five more games.
Prior to this match Celtic and Barcelona had met twelve times in UEFA competition, Barca taking 7 wins, Celtic 2, with 3 draws. And they played that friendly on July 30th. Listen to the Champions League Theme.
An Imp Caledonian, built at the Linwood car assembly plant near Paisley. Source.
Morton visit The Paisley 2021 Stadium for a play date with St Mirren FC.
The situation: Both clubs have booked places in next year's Championship. The only thing now is to see if there are any bragging rights available in the Renfrewshire derby. So far St Mirren have the only win, with the two other games ending in a draw. Morton have four points more, but St Mirren are the only club lower than them in the table that Morton have not defeated this season.
Today's referee is Willie Collum.
Morton and St Mirren are long-standing and bitter rivals. But how did Morton fare against their ancient rival Port Glasgow Athletic, whose ground Clune Park was 3500 metres from Cappielow? They met in 30 SFL league matches from 1893 to 1910. Morton won 13, Port Glasgow won 14, and there were 3 draws. They also met in Round One of the 1888-89 Scottish Cup. Morton won 7-3.
And how did St Mirren fare against their ancient rival Abercorn? They played eight SFL matches, St Mirren winning four, Abercorn three, with one draw. They met twice in Scottish Cup play, each eliminating the other once.
Alright then, how did Port Glasgow fare against Abercorn? They played 18 SFL matches. Port Glasgow won 9, Abercorn 4, with 3 draws. They met in the Scottish Cup once. Port Glasgow advanced.
Whatever became of the Renfrewshire Cup? It was not played this year, which is a damned shame as county championships are one of the oldest aspects of organized football.
[St Mirren win 3 - 1. Morton goal by Johnstone.]
It's the Scottish Cup semi-finals this weekend.
Today: Hibs vs Dundee United. These two have met in a Scottish Cup semi-final once before, in 2004-05, when the Tangerines won. [Hibs win on penalty kicks.]
Tomorrow: Rangers vs Celtic. This is only the second meeting between these two since Rangers plummetted from Heaven, though come next season they'll be playing all the time. Celtic knocked Rangers out of last year's League Cup. If Rangers win the Scottish Cup, will they be eligible for the 2016-17 Europa League? Are they out of the UEFA doghouse yet? Yes.
Has any club won the Challenge Cup and the Scottish Cup the same season? No.
Prior to this season, Celtic and Rangers have met in Scottish Cup play 48 times in 39 years. Celtic have won 23, Rangers 16, with 9 draws. They have met in the Scottish Cup final 19 times in 15 years, with each winning 7 cups. 1908-09 did not produce a cup winner. After two draws the crowd rioted at the prospect of a third game, and the whole thing was called off. There have been three other draws.
How often have Celtic and Rangers met in the Scottish Cup semi-finals? Ten times in eight years. Celtic advanced three times, Rangers five. There were two draws.
Draws are no longer permitted in the semi-finals or finals; there's extra time, then penalty kicks.
Celtic have won the Scottish Cup 36 times, Rangers 33, Hibernian and Dundee United twice each. Considering that Celtic and Rangers are one league apart, and that Hibs have been hibsing it* for the last month and a half, the probable Scottish Cup final pairing is Celtic and Dundee United.
*Since Feb 24th Hibs have lost to Morton, Dumbarton, Queen of the South, Ross County, Raith and Alloa, and on Tuesday they collapsed against ten-man Falkirk.
All four possible Scottish Cup final pairings have happened before: Celtic/Hibs six times, Celtic/Dundee United four times, Rangers/Dundee United twice, and Rangers/Hibs once. A Rangers/Hibs final this year would be the first ever Scottish Cup final to feature two lower league clubs.
[Rangers win on penalty kicks. It will be a Rangers/Hibs final.]
The taxi on pages 2 to 5 and the little car that Lemboîté repairs on page 58 of Bécassine Mobilisée are both Renaults. You can tell by the shape of the hood. It's hard to believe now, but by the end of World War One, there had been cars on the road for twenty years, and so the automobile junkyard was a thing. The reason why the French government was in the used car business was that it expropriated hundreds of autos in 1915 to get the troops to the front in a hurry. So many Renaults ended up in government service that way that they became known as the Taxi of the Marne.