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#1 TRVMP

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:34 AM

Was looking around on Google earlier for Morton gear I wasn't familiar with and came across a match programme for a game against FC Metz from 1964:

 

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This was, of course, just a friendly (and a mid-season one at that.) Morton were in in the top flight that year, finishing 10th (for reference, Rangers were 5th, Celtic 8th, St. Mirren 15th, and the champions were Kilmarnock, beating Hearts in a heart-stopping goal average finish.) Metz were then - as now - a yo-yo club, but were in the midst of a five-year spell in Ligue 2.

 

Does anyone know what this game was all about, or why it took place when it did?

 

And what other friendlies against non-British sides have we had? They're far less common these days, since smaller teams can't afford to travel and bigger ones won't want to faff about with teams like Morton, but we must have had others over the years, not just Metz.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:05 AM

We played FC Eisenstadt in Austria just before our disastrous 87-88 campaign and lost 1-0. Albert Kidd made his first appearance for Morton and had a direct free kick chalked off.
Kidd also played in the next friendly, a 1-0 defeat at Cappielow by Arsenal (Charlie Nicholas played - his last visit to Scapa was with Celtic and saw Joe McLaughlin break his leg). Kidd probably played in the Shrewsbury game which followed (2-0) but emigrated to Australia before the season started.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:40 AM

I vaguely remember playing Valur FC from Iceland a few years ago. Think we won 7-0. Can't remember the year or why we played them.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 07:51 AM

I recall playing Leningrad Zenit at Cappielow, mid to late seventies, lost 3-2 I think, again a mid season friendly.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 08:32 AM

I recall playing Leningrad Zenit at Cappielow, mid to late seventies, lost 3-2 I think, again a mid season friendly.

 

I reckon we need to arrange the reverse fixture for next pre-season.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:00 AM

Friendlies on our tour of Finland in 1996 - TPS and Mypa.

Was it the year after we played FinnPa in a friendly at Cappielow?
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:08 AM

Was looking around on Google earlier for Morton gear I wasn't familiar with and came across a match programme for a game against FC Metz from 1964:

 

s-l1600.jpg

 

This was, of course, just a friendly (and a mid-season one at that.) Morton were in in the top flight that year, finishing 10th (for reference, Rangers were 5th, Celtic 8th, St. Mirren 15th, and the champions were Kilmarnock, beating Hearts in a heart-stopping goal average finish.) Metz were then - as now - a yo-yo club, but were in the midst of a five-year spell in Ligue 2.

 

Does anyone know what this game was all about, or why it took place when it did?

 

And what other friendlies against non-British sides have we had? They're far less common these days, since smaller teams can't afford to travel and bigger ones won't want to faff about with teams like Morton, but we must have had others over the years, not just Metz.

Not really relevant to the game itself, but Metz is a beautiful place. Lot's of interesting history surrounds it. 


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:06 PM

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We actually won that game 3-2 against Zenit Leningrad, in 1972.

 

My sister in law found this badge on Ebay a few years ago and got it for my Christmas;

 

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There was of course the 1-3 defeat by Unirea Urziceni in 2009 as well, before they drew Rangers in the Champions League.

 

A few years later, they died. And so did Unirea Urziceni.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:10 PM

here was of course the 1-3 defeat by Unirea Urziceni in 2009 as well, before they drew Rangers in the Champions League.

 

 

They almost signed Jim McAllister after that game. He knocked back an offer of a trial with them.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

I think the reason we had a friendly against Metz was something to do with us signing Jorn Sorensen from them.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:15 PM

They almost signed Jim McAllister after that game. He knocked back an offer of a trial with them.

 

Aye, I remember being pretty pissed off with him posing with a Rangers top in the lead up to their game as the Scottish press looked for any angle they possibly could for a story ahead of a Rangers European tie against relatively unknown opposition.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

They almost signed Jim McAllister after that game. He knocked back an offer of a trial with them.

He had a trial. Played for them in their next friendly as a sub against Plymouth. Knocked back an offer to extend the trail back in Romania, get a feel for the place. Went on trial with Watford instead.

Press angle about the Rangers fan who could have went abroad and could have played against them was obvious but still horrible.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:27 PM

There was of course the 1-3 defeat by Unirea Urziceni in 2009 as well, before they drew Rangers in the Champions League.

 

A few years later, they died. And so did Unirea Urziceni.

 

They didn't merely 'draw' Rangers (RIP) in the Champions League: they came from behind to horse them 1-4 on that horrible midden on 'Sir Walter's' watch. Which was delicious:

 

https://www.dailymot...om/video/xykg70


Edited by vikingTON, 11 January 2019 - 01:35 PM.

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The site is supposed to be a place for the extended 'family' of Morton supporters - having an affinity with people that you don't know, because you share a love of your local football club. It's not supposed to be about point scoring and showing how 'clever' or 'funny' you are, or just being downright rude and offensive to people you don't know, because you can get away with it. Unfortunately, it seems the classic case of people who have little standing/presence in real life, use this forum as a way of making themselves feel as if they are something. It's sad, and I've said that before..

So, having been on Morton forums for about 15 years I guess, I've had enough... well done t*ssers, another Morton supporter driven away. You can all feel happy at how 'clever' you are


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:32 PM

There was also a game against Concordia Chianja, also from Romania in the pre-season of 2012 which we lost 0-1. I thought it was a closed doors game at Cappielow but a google search suggests it was played at Grangemouth Stadium.

 

https://www.goal.com...8g7gremcjwvm2fp


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:36 PM

There were some murmurings of a potential pre-season tour this coming pre-season. Portugal i think was the rumoured destination. 


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:37 PM

There was also a game against Concordia Chianja, also from Romania in the pre-season of 2012 which we lost 0-1. I thought it was a closed doors game at Cappielow but a google search suggests it was played at Grangemouth Stadium.

 

https://www.goal.com...8g7gremcjwvm2fp

It was, Concordia had one fan at the game but he was quite vocal.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

There were some murmurings of a potential pre-season tour this coming pre-season. Portugal i think was the rumoured destination. 

 

Needless to say that the club would only announce said tour 0.5 seconds before the plane left, just like their tour of Austria a few years ago. #together


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The site is supposed to be a place for the extended 'family' of Morton supporters - having an affinity with people that you don't know, because you share a love of your local football club. It's not supposed to be about point scoring and showing how 'clever' or 'funny' you are, or just being downright rude and offensive to people you don't know, because you can get away with it. Unfortunately, it seems the classic case of people who have little standing/presence in real life, use this forum as a way of making themselves feel as if they are something. It's sad, and I've said that before..

So, having been on Morton forums for about 15 years I guess, I've had enough... well done t*ssers, another Morton supporter driven away. You can all feel happy at how 'clever' you are


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:42 PM

There was also a game against Concordia Chianja, also from Romania in the pre-season of 2012 which we lost 0-1. I thought it was a closed doors game at Cappielow but a google search suggests it was played at Grangemouth Stadium.

https://www.goal.com...8g7gremcjwvm2fp


We played rapid Bucharest in a closed doors game there the week before. Lost 5-2
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:44 PM

Needless to say that the club would only announce said tour 0.5 seconds before the plane left, just like their tour of Austria a few years ago. #together

No doubt. They'd need to chop down the Amazon jungle for the amount of 'warning letters' they'd issue after a boozed up trip abroad. 


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