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Greenock Morton FC AGM- 18th April 2024

(Photo-Russell Gordon) Greenock Morton FC AGM- 18th April 2024 By Russell Gordon   This year’s AGM of Greenock Morton FC took place in the Douglas Rae Lounge at Cappielow Park supported by Dalrada Technology last night, 18th April 2024, held by Directors Graham Barr, Michael Harkins, and Sam Robinson, with Club Secretary Alistair Joyce. There were four apologies from the board, and a further one from the assembled shareholders, but one notable absentee was Chairman John

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Hal’s Heroes- Morton’s Greatest Ever Season

Hal’s Heroes- Morton’s Greatest Ever Season By Russell Gordon As we’re all aware by now, 2024 is a year of celebration of all things Morton, as the club celebrates its 150th anniversary. But with so many ups and downs to look back on over those years, it would be remiss of me not to wax lyrical about what was perhaps the greatest individual campaign in Morton’s 150 years of unbroken history. After the relative highs of the 1940s, which peaked with a narrow Scottish Cup final

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The Greatest Showman- A Tribute to Andy Ritchie

(Photo- Greenock Morton FC) The Greatest Showman- A Tribute to Andy Ritchie By Russell Gordon Being a Morton fan younger than 45 has been a hard shift- 36 years without top-flight football, Hugh Scott and administration, dropping to the Third Division, the 2004 collapse, 10-2 at Hamilton, getting knocked out the Scottish Cup by non-league Spartans and losing a League Cup Group Stage game on penalties to League One minnows Falkirk have been among the lowlights in that time. Bu

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Raymond’s Revolution, Resignation and Relegation

(Photo- GBR Photos) Raymond’s Revolution, Resignation and Relegation By Russell Gordon Transfer deadline day, be it at the end of August or January, is in the modern era of football a date marked in the diary of fans of every football club, and often a day that we all go through the emotional ringer, as we hope to hold onto star players that bigger clubs are sniffing around, shift on guys who haven’t lived up to expectations, or bring in the final pieces of the jigsaw to allow for

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Five of the Best… League Cup Classics

(Photo- BBC Sport) Five of the Best… League Cup Classics By Russell Gordon With a large Morton support heading to Govan on Saturday to face arguably (very arguably) the competition’s most successful club, Morton’s record in Scotland’s second most important cup competition isn’t a great one. There have however, been some highlights along the way. The incredible win at Celtic Park ten years ago would of course take pride of place at the top of that pile, but having written an

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Benny Rooney- An Obituary

Benny Rooney- An Obituary By Russell Gordon After leaving Cappielow on Saturday in fine spirits after Morton secured progression to the last sixteen of the League Cup, I was saddened to see a message pop up on one of my group chats to pass on the news that Morton’s greatest ever manager, certainly in the modern era had left us at the age of eighty. I can’t pretend to be any sort of expert on Benny Rooney’s time in charge at Morton between 1976 and 1983, given that I was born in 19

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Fine Margins in the Fog

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Fine Margins in the Fog A review of Morton’s 2022-23 Season, Part Three By Russell Gordon With no margin for error, Morton at least had a bit of clarity as to what was required going into the final three games of the season- nine points from nine was the be all and end all. However, they were dealt a midweek blow as Inverness turned round a late deficit at Hamilton, in a game brought forward to accommodate the Highland side’s Scottish Cup semi-final, whi

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Dropped Points and Dodgy Penalties

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Dropped Points and Dodgy Penalties A Review of Morton’s 2022-23 Season, Part Two By Russell Gordon With the carrot of a Scottish Cup tie at Celtic Park on the horizon, which would hopefully provide a welcome boost to the coffers, as well as providing the players with an opportunity to perform to a nationwide TV audience, it was back to league business for Morton and a trip up the east coast to face an Arbroath side that were struggling at the wrong end o

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Substitutes, Sponsors and Sending Offs…

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Substitutes, Sponsors and Sending Offs… A Review of Morton’s 2022-23 Season, Part One By Russell Gordon So, another season has come and gone, with Morton now looking forward to their eighth successive season in the Championship- the longest of all the division’s members and a club record since league reconstruction in the 1970s. However, this time around was a much more positive experience for most connected to Morton than most of the previous ones

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Back From The Brink-Morton's Third Division Title Win

Back From The Brink- Morton’s Third Division Title Win By Russell Gordon   In what’s fast approaching our 150th anniversary, Morton have won ten titles across various divisions- more than any other club outside Glasgow’s big two, Hibernian and newly crowned League Two Champions Stirling Albion, both of the latter now sitting alongside us on that figure.   Only once have we won the fourth tier title, but having personally witnessed four of those ten successes, it would be

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Allan McGraw- An Obituary

(Photo- Scottish Football Hall of Fame) Allan McGraw- An Obituary By Russell Gordon The word “legend” is an often used one in the world of football, and I’ve always felt it was one that has become cheap. In the context of Morton, who are our own legends? For my own generation, there aren’t many. Derek McInnes was a star, the Finns gave us a couple of years of joy, Derek Lilley was a fine goal scorer who netted a club record transfer fee. Younger guys will look towards Chris M

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Oh, What A Night… Morton’s Greatest Ever Upset.

(Photo-Reuters) Oh, What A Night… Morton’s Greatest Ever Upset. By Russell Gordon With the tenth anniversary of Morton’s incredible League Cup victory over Celtic approaching in September, I had planned waiting until then to take a trip down memory lane, until fate threw us together again in this season’s Scottish Cup, just to mix things up and spare us a trip to Fir Park (for the time being, anyway). Scene Setter The autumn of 2013 wasn’t a good time to be a Morton fan.

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Punts, Punishments And Pitch Invasions

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Punts, Punishments And Pitch Invasions A Review of Morton’s 2021-22 Season, Part Three. By Russell Gordon It’s fair to say the point collected at Rugby Park was an unexpected bonus, but as we welcomed the new year, the same couldn’t be said about the visit of fellow strugglers Dunfermline Athletic for a match that was very much of the six-pointer variety. Defeat in Imrie’s debut in the Cappielow dugout would’ve seen Morton drop to the foot of the table b

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The Axe Falls And A New Broom Sweeps Into Town… 

(Photo- Gary Bradley) The Axe Falls And A New Broom Sweeps Into Town… A Review of Morton’s 2021-22 Season, Part Two.  By Russell Gordon  With the league campaign going from bad to worse, Morton’s fans had the welcome relief of a couple of cup ties to distract them from the more pressing of avoiding the drop from the Championship.  The long journey up to Inverness didn’t get the juices flowing for many though, with a paltry 31 fans making the trip for a game that it would

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Out With The Old And In With The New… 

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Out With The Old And In With The New… A Review of Morton’s 2021-22 Season, Part One.  By Russell Gordon.  After the rollercoaster ride that was season 2020-21, most Morton fans would’ve quite happily accepted a season of mid-table mediocrity with any realistic fears of relegation being extinguished as early as possible, even if there was no real danger of us threatening the play-offs at the other end of the table. Sounds boring on the surface perhaps, bu

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1922 And All That.... Morton's Finest Hour And A Half.

(Photo-gmfc.net) 1922 And All That- Morton’s Finest Hour And A Half By Russell Gordon One hundred years to the day. A lot has happened since- we’ve had another World War, the creation of the BBC and the NHS, the reconvening of a Scottish Parliament, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the formation of the EU and Britain’s decision to join and its decision to leave, not to mention the death of our opponents from that famous day amongst many other chang

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The Morton Disabled Supporters’ Association- A Chat With Bryan Purdue…

The Morton Disabled Supporters’ Association- A Chat With Bryan Purdue… by Russell Gordon It’s fair to say that there have been a number of welcome developments at Morton in recent months, with the arrival of Dougie Imrie and the team’s subsequent improved form that has seen us climb the table to the brink of survival in the Championship with a bit to spare, and hopefully with no need for last season’s brinksmanship. However, one change that has perhaps gone under the radar slightl

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Window Shopping In The January Sales- The Hits And Misses

(Photo- BBC) Window Shopping in The January Sales- The Hits And Misses by Russell Gordon   Since its inception in 2003, and introduction for what in Morton's case was the fateful 2003/04 season, the January Transfer Window has been part of the game in a similar way to pies, bovril and penalties to Rangers. Brought in by FIFA in an attempt to bring stability to clubs' squads in the post-Bosman era, it's been a period when we've seen them get shot of dead wood, strengthen their tit

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Five of the Best- Scottish Cup Upsets

(Photo- Source Unknown)   Five of the Best- Scottish Cup Upsets   by Russell Gordon   The Scottish Cup. Quite simply the greatest competition in sport, never mind football. And with Morton's involvement in this season's competition starting (and most probably ending) this weekend, we can still at least dream of Kyle Jacobs leading the lads up the stairs at Hampden on the 21st of May to repeat the feat of their predecessors from a century previous.   Whilst the gre

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Statement - Morton Club Together Podcast Record

We are disappointed the Just One Cornetto podcast record with Morton Club Together has been cancelled. After we were approached by an MCT director, requesting a slot on the podcast, we agreed to the record on the sole condition that all questions submitted would be answered. MCT agreed to honour this condition a week ago when initial discussions took place. After spending a considerable amount of time speaking to supporters who submitted questions, collating and structuring the script for t

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The Flying Finns

(Photo- www.tellhimhespele.com)   The Flying Finns   by Russell Gordon   Tuesday's deadline day drama certainly had us all glued to our phones, in what was perhaps the most exciting day of positive movement in and out of Cappielow since the inception of the windows, around a generation ago. Even when Douglas Rae opened the purse strings in the January of 2015 to bolster our promotion charge with the signings of Peter MacDonald, Ross Forbes and the re-signing of Declan McM

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MorTEN- Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

(Photo- The Scotsman) MorTEN- Whatever Happened To the Likely Lads? by Russell Gordon Saturday sees Morton return to New Douglas Park, Hamilton on league duty for the first time in over seven years, with only a surprise, Ross Forbes-inspired Betfred Cup victory en route to a Hampden semi-final in 2016 since that previous visit. Never a happy hunting ground since it opened in 2001, with only a late Alex Williams winner in the 2003-04 collapse season, a victory on Valentine's Day 20

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League Cup Group Stage Summary

Premier Sports Cup 2021/22 Summary – by Dean McKinnon. Morton’s season got off to a somewhat troublesome beginning as pre-match COVID testing hindered The Ton’s curtain-raising clash at Stair Park. The match against Stranraer was forfeited as news broke that a substantial number of first team players faced a ten-day isolation period following positive tests in the squad. This was not a consequence unique to Morton, with Ross County and Dumbarton withdrawing from their matches against Forfar

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Chris Millar- A Tribute

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Chris Millar- A Tribute by Russell Gordon   With another new season approaching, and the League Cup group stages taking on the role of the season's curtain raiser in recent years, Morton will welcome some unfamiliar guests next week in Lowland League "runners-up" East Kilbride. However, as we're well aware, their newly signed club captain certainly doesn't fit into such a category amongst the Cappielow faithful. This conveniently gives me a tenuous link to w

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Never In Doubt.

(Photo- Gary Bradley) Never In Doubt.   A Review of Morton's 2020-21 season, Part Three. By Russell Gordon.   Montrose away it was then, after it had looked like Morton were going to be forced into renewing hostilities with old pals, Falkirk. On paper an easier tie, but given Falkirk's spectacular (not to mention hilarious) collapse, that possibly wasn't the case. Morton made their second trip in just over a week up to Angus and could have been forgiven for having a bit of

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