The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday the 29th July.
The Coca Cola League 1 side will be based in Largs and will also play Falkirk as part of their mini-tour of Scotland.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm.
http://www.footballcentral.org/sfa/associations/scottish-junior-football-association/west/fixtures.cfm# (click on 'next 7 days' on the drop down menu)
The 3rd kit will follow on Thursday the 24th July at 7pm. This will mean that both kits will be available to buy before the season starts on the 26th of July.
2008/09 Third Kit
All the evidence seemed to point to a pre-season at home and it would appear that this is indeed the case. After talking to Davie Irons at the fans' game today Sean Donnelly (Se65an)of the Gourock Morton Supporters posted on the unofficial messageboard to say that a tour was unlikely and that, so far, we would only be playing the following matches:
Ayr United (h) - Saturday 12th July
St. Mirren (h) - Tuesday 29th July
Dumbarton (a) - TBC
Hartlepool (h) - TBC
This will be the first time in six years that we haven't been on a tour of some sort.
July 2002 - Campbeltown, Fort William, Inverness Caldeonian Thistle
July 2003 - Buckie Thistle, Keith, Deveronvale
July 2004 - Buckie Thistle, Lossiemouth, Clachnacuddin
July 2005 - Northwich Victoria, Altrincham, Witton Albion
July 2006 - Morecambe, Barrow
July 2007 - Morecambe, Chester City (cancelled), Lancaster City (cancelled)
Clyde profile: http://www.clydefc.co.uk/squad/profiles/Steven-Masterton/
The match will be played at Cappielow on Saturday the 12th of July.
As usual there is no mention of this from Morton's end but it is announced on Ayr's official website.
On St. Mirren's official website MacPherson admits that he had been impressed with Paul while he was on loan at Cappielow but that he wouldn't be making a bid due to the price Celtic quoted us when we tried to sign him.
The Buddies gaffer claims that Celtic asked for £250,000. I'm not sure how accurate that is but I'm led to believe that Morton went as high as £150,000 and the bid was rejected.
The deal was signed yesterday and Stewart told the Greenock Telegraph's Steven McArthur: “I’m looking forward to it, it’s going to be a challenge, but a challenge I’m well capable of achieving. You look to who else is going to come in, but I’ve been at various clubs where I’ve been first choice — I’ve risen to the challenge before, I don’t see why I can’t do it again. I’m not coming here to be a second choice, my main aim is to come here to play for Morton, and hopefully take the club to the level everyone thinks we should be at.”
The Tele' article finishes with Davie Irons indicating that he wants to sign another three or four players.
I think most fans are in the same boat when it comes to Stewart. They are willing to give him a chance but are also sceptical due some of his less than impressive performances against Morton.
Alex has signed on for a further year and Ryan has extended his by two years. Their contracts expired later this month.
Airdrie's fate will only be decided when the Gretna situation is finally decided. However it does look certain that they will go out of business and Airdrie will inherit their place in the 1st division.
2008/09 Irn-Bru Scottish 1st Division
Gretna / Airdrie United
Queen Of The South
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COLOUR OF SHIRT IS LIGHT BLUE
PAY PAL ONLY ACCEPTED FORM OF PAYMENT, SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE
PRINTER ASSURES ME IT WILL TAKE AROUND 10 TO 14 DAYS TO BE SENT OUT
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September - Jim McAlister (32%)
October - Peter Weatherson (56%)
November - Chris Millar (34%)
December - Iain Russell (30%)
January - Chris Millar (69%)
February - Chris Millar (41%)
March - Jim McAlister (35%)
April - Brian Wake (57%)
In my opinion Graham would be an excellent signing. He has impressed me going back to his days at Stranraer when he ran us ragged while sporting his badger hairdo and as recently as this March when he scored a stunner against us at New Douglas Park.
Name: David Graham
Age: 24 (02.06.1983)
Position: Forward (either through the centre or on the right)
Height: 5' 9"
Former Clubs: Stenhousemuir, Stranraer, Gretna, Hamilton Accies.
The story appeared in Steven McArthur's article in today's Greenock Telegraph. McArthur also confirms that Morton are intersted in Allan McManus, that we have been in touch with his agent and that Ryan Harding and Alex Walker look certain to sign new contracts while Kevin Finlayson is still negotiating.
Russell Steele's article on the Greenock Telegraph website includes video footage of the event. Here you get a wee idea of what the night was like by listening to Dougie Rae, Willie Henderson and Ron Atkinson.
The £10,000 raised will be boosted by the £3000 the Supporters Trust expect to make from the fans' game. However, there are major concerns about Morton's youth set-up. Messageboard regular pgmsc posted this:
That is the reason[.] [There is] no youth licence holder at Club[.] McInally held it [but the]present coaches dont hold level 4 coaching badges [which are the] requirments of SFA.Proposal put that they enter next years u14's and U15's in a unnone unsure where youth league to buy time to meet the requirements.The information was passed on by Jim McColl and Gillian Donaldson [but there was] no football person there [this] means boys can be pick[ed] up by any other club for free come 15th May[.] Total shambles[.] no way will they keep 30 boys + happy for a year playing at a lower level than they have been playing at .The U19's have not been confirmed[,] yet again more spin coming from within a very angry and hostile meeting[.]
It's not a case of if your in the 1st division you only play other 1st division teams,or you only play 2nd division teams if your in the 2nd.There are two pro youth leagues,Performance and Development( or is it Initiative?....can't remember! ) Performance is made up of mostly SPL teams and any SFL team who meet the criteria,which includes training facilities,playing ground etc....that's why Ross County and Hamilton play in the top league.Morton play against all other SFL teams from the 3 leagues....but if we can't even make the criteria for that league then our youth set up really is in a bad way.
There are loads of local coaches who have the relevant coaching badges,but Morton aren't willing to pay for their services
Brought into the team by Kenny Brannigan, Stuart has become an almost ever-present since. Strong, 110% committed and seemingly able to run all day, Stuart rarely puts in a poor performance. He's now made more than 100 starts and more than earned the right to captain the team towards the end of last season.
Trust Board member Bryan Purdue told me that he estimates that the day will raise around £3000 - all of which will go towards Youth Development at Cappielow.
Another important point to note is the change of date. The game was originally scheduled for the 10th of May but will now be played on Saturday the 17th of May. The change was due to the potential clash between the game and Morton participating in the play-off final.
Check how the bidding finished here: http://gmst.org.uk/fansgame/bids.htm
According to Tayside and Fife local newspaper The Courier Morton, Dundee and Livingston are battling for his signature.
Name: Allan McManus
Age: 33 (17.11.1974)
Position: Central Defender
Height: 6' 1"
Former Clubs: Hearts, Livingston, Alloa, Airdrie, Ayr, St. Johnstone
This is a rumour I've heard in the past week and I'd be quite happy if it turned out to be true.
We have also been linked with moves for Queen's Park's Stuart Kettlewell and Jon Newby who was recently released by Morecambe. The rumours appeared on football messageboards and both claim that the stories linking us with these players had appeared in newspapers - I couldn't find any links to the articles.
Queen's Park messageboard: http://www.spiderstalk.tk/
Newby link: http://www.greenockmorton.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=20832
Douglas Rae, Davie Irons and Derek Collins will meet today to discuss the options available according to Roger Graham in today's Greenock Telegraph.
Of his heroics Wake said: “I remember it well, it was my first season as a professional. We were in a similar situation — whoever lost the game went down. I felt sorry for the Shrews, but you have to just do it for your own team. I scored a couple of hat-tricks that season. Hopefully, I can do that next year with Morton.”
After reading this it was a slight coincidence that the next day I decided to join a few Morton supporters who had already decided to travel down to Carlisle to watch their crucial promotion / relegation decider with Bournemouth.
Carlisle United 1 - Dobie (57)
Bournemouth 1 - Pitman (68)
Att - 12,233
As this is a Morton blog this brief match report is written as the match was seen through a Morton fan's eyes so it may well be of interest to others of a Ton persuasion.
The game was played in front of a 12,000 odd crowd. The outcome of the match mattered to both teams. Carlisle, should they win and Nott'm Forest and Doncaster draw or lose, would gain automatic promotion to the Championship while Bournemouth had to win to avoid relegation to League 2.
There were a few familiar faces on show. Playing left-back for Carlisle was Evan Horwood who was on loan at Gretna earlier this season. Horwood scored on his final appearance for Gretna against us in the 2-2 draw at Cappielow. Former Scotland internationalists Scott Dobie (6 caps, 1 goal) and Warren Cummings ( 1 cap) - playing for Carlisle and Bournemouth respectively - were joined by former England International Darren Anderton. Bournemouth also had highly rated youngster Sam Vokes on show. Vokes is tipped for a move to a top team this summer.
The final score was 1-1. Dobie opened the scoring for Carlisle sweeping home a rebound off the keeper. Pitman prodded home an equaliser with 20 minutes to go and that's how it finished. Bournemouth were relegated and Carlisle will now face Leeds in the play-offs.
We are led to believe, by media, pundits and players, that this level of football is better than probably all levels in Scotland apart from the SPL but if this game was representative of the standard of the league in general I would argue that this is certainly not the case. The standard was dreadful. Players could hardly control the ball, pick a pass or shoot and in a game that really mattered to both teams the effort or urgency from the players just wasn't there. Think of twenty (keepers excluded) Ryan McGuffies jogging languidly around the pitch.
Another feature of the match was the negativity of the Carlisle fans. There are those who'd have us believe Morton have a terrible home support whos over the top abuse does nothing but hinder their team - they should try visiting the home end at some other grounds. I was in the 'Paddock' terrace at Brunton Park and all around us the home fans abused their team for 90 minutes. They laughed at their own players, jeered them and gave ironic applause when they completed passes. Imagine the moaniest 'boo boy' you can think of in the Cowshed - he'd be a 'happy clapper' in here.
All in all it was an enjoyable day out but, and I didn't think I would have said this about any match a few weeks ago, this game could've done with Brain Wake and a couple of his trademark crucial final day goals.
Carlisle: Westwood, Arnison, Campion, Murphy, Horwood, Dobie, Lumsdon, Grant Smith (Bridge-Wilkinson 79), Hackney, Graham (Carlton 85), Madine (Taylor 72).
Subs Not Used: Howarth, Aranalde.
Booked: Lumsdon, Horwood, Arnison.
Bournemouth: Bournemouth: Forde, Bradbury, Gowling, Pearce, Cummings (Bartley 86), Gradel, Anderton (Pitman 61), Cooper, Hollands, Kuffour, Vokes.
Subs Not Used: Pryce, Young, Garry.
Booked: Bradbury, Hollands.
My Man of the Match: Darren Anderton (Bournemouth)
Sponsors Man of the Match: Darren Campion (Carlisle)
Matchday Programme (Click to enlarge)
Two of the clubs mentioned above are not new to Stewart. He spent three years at Livingston between 2000 and 2003 and spent a month on loan at Queen Of The South between September and October 2000.
The big defender is out of contract this month and is also considering an offer to stay at Cappielow. The Sun has, however, decided he is a 'contract rebel'.