Friday, 29 April 2011

Greenock Morton - Cappielow Park

14th February 1998

Greenock Morton 3-1 Hamilton Academical

I once heard one of Greenock’s most famous football sons, Joe Harper describe his home town as a place where the “Seagulls fly upside down, as there is nothing worth shitting on”.  Perhaps a tad unkind, but Greenock (or the area around Cappielow, at least) can be a rather dispiriting place, particularly in the rain.  

And rain it certainly did, when I visited.  Not that it bothered the handful of potty Accies fans who chose to sit shirtless during a downpour on the uncovered terracing behind one of the goals.

A view of the action from the stand.
.....and in 2017

Cappielow Park from the East.
.....and in 2017

The game itself was a reasonably entertaining one, with Accies’ inability to cope with the imposing presence of Morton’s big defender John ANDERSON whenever he chose to lope forward, the difference between the sides.  For lope forward he did on numerous occasions, heading in both the opener on 14 minutes, and the clincher almost an hour later.  In between, the visitors’ David CRAIG equalised following a corner, only to witness Alan MAHOOD restore the home lads’ lead with a delightful curling shot minutes before the break.

I was hoping to see Morton’s Jaswinder (Jazz) Jutla play, one of the first Scots-born players of Asian descent to break into senior football in Scotland, but the lad was an unused sub.  Jutla first came to prominence as part of the Rangers Youth side, before signing for Morton in 1997.  He managed only 16 appearances for the Cappielow club during the following two seasons, before being released and drifting into junior football with Johnstone Burgh then Cumbernauld United.  

It is sobering to reflect, at the time of writing (2011), those 16 appearances for Morton represent the pinnacle of footballing success Scots-born Asians have enjoyed in this country - for whatever reasons.

Morton's Cappielow Park, Greenock.
.....and in 2017


14th January 2017
Morton 2-0 Raith Rovers
Forbes (27)
Shankland (67)

Across the A8 from Cappieleow Park stands the James Watt Dock crane.

These are the turnstiles to the generally unused uncovered seating on The Wee Dublin End

I think this was Morton's on-loan-from-Celtic Aidan Nesbit taking an undignified tumble. 

The Clock End, otherwise known as Sinclair Street Terrace

Raith's No 6 the wonderfully-named Kyle Bendictus beats Lawrence Shankland to this one.....

.....and to this one, after slyly shoving him over.
Shankland would have the last laugh, scoring his side's second.

Jean-Yves M'voto (Raith Rovers) & Lawrence Shankland (Morton)

Cappielow Park stand.

Cappielow Park - Greenock Morton.

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