Last words before I let the thread go. Not adding anything else on here but will still add the odd thing on Twitter etc.
I've researched as far back as I can go, even in the decade or so before we joined the SFL. There will likely be omissions when games we played were not mentioned in the press.
Here's a few things I've discovered from or early years.
Almost nothing of our activity in the 1870s exists in print. Even the handful of teams mentioned as playing football at the time have long gone.
The earliest mention of us is this friendly, from 16th November 1878 -
The opposition played on a public park in the Queen's Park area. We had already competed in two Scottish Cups by then.
Earliest mention of Morton goalscorers were from a Renfrewshire Cup tie in 1883 against Woodland (Paisley) which we won 4-0. Scorers were Allan, Reid and Gillespie - the scorer of the fourth goal could not be made out as it came from a "scrimmage".
In the early 1880s we played a handful of friendlies and entered the Scottish and Renfrewshire Cups, plus the Greenock & District Charity Cup, which ran for around 10 years.
The friendlies were mostly against teams in the Greenock, Paisley, Dumbarton, Ayrshire and Glasgow areas, most likely due to transport, and these increased in number as the 1880s went on. There was no rhyme or reason to them - one season we played Port Glasgow in five friendlies and a cup game.
More than half of the games were at Cappielow, which suggests that it was a more desirable venue than other grounds at the time. Seasons also began with Morton hosting local sports and athletic competitions on the Saturday before the first game of the season.
The Renfrewshire Cup was a much bigger competition back then and often hotly contested - I've found reports littered with protests, pitch invasions following hefty tackles, disputed goals and even teams refusing to appear for replays.
It was interesting to see that it was a while before we became the most prominent team in (what would become) Inverclyde -
Port Glasgow Athletic (played at Clune Park)
Greenock Southern (Finnart Park)
1st Renfrewhire Rifle Volunteers (Volunteer Park aka Academy Park)
John Dunlop Templars (later Greenock Abstainers)
- were more regularly mentioned than us for a few years in the press at the time.
By the end of the 1880s our seasons started in August and ended in May and we were generally active most Saturdays.
Our 2nd team at the time was often referred to as "Morton Strollers", and there are a few mentions of us playing a 3rd side too. "Swifts" was a common 2nd XI name among Glasgow teams.
For one season (1891-92) we were playing a league called the Scottish Alliance (finishing 3rd behind Linthouse and Kilmarnock). A number of teams left it and reverted to friendlies.
In 1893-94 we joined the Scottish League in the newly formed Division 2. In the summer of 1900 we were elected to the 1st Division (along with Partick Thistle).
Anyway, if anything major crops up I'll stick it on social media.
Much appreciated the comments and memories from those who were following this thread.
Mon the Ton.