Historic lucky horseshoe returned to Falkirk ahead of Scottish Cup final

Sheila Prentice (centre), widow of Falkirk cup-winning captain John Prentice, and Helen McDonald, granddaughter of 1913 cup-winning player James McMillan, present Falkirk captain David McCracken with the lucky horseshoe. Picture: Michael Gillen

Sheila Prentice (centre), widow of Falkirk cup-winning captain John Prentice, and Helen McDonald, granddaughter of 1913 cup-winning player James McMillan, present Falkirk captain David McCracken with the lucky horseshoe. Picture: Michael Gillen

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It’s back with the Bairns. This is the lucky horseshoe presented to Bobby Orrock and John Prentice – two names entrenched in Falkirk FC history.

The Bairns’ only Scottish cup winning captains were each presented with the lucky omen prior to their respective cup finals, and cup successes, and this week Falkirk skipper David McCracken accepted the horseshoe on behalf of the club from Mr Prentice’s widow Sheila.

Bobby Orrock (left), who captained Falkirk to victory in the 1913, presents the horseshoe to John Prentice ahead of the 1957 Scottish Cup final

Bobby Orrock (left), who captained Falkirk to victory in the 1913, presents the horseshoe to John Prentice ahead of the 1957 Scottish Cup final

The metal’s credentials cannot be questioned. It has NEVER been presented to a losing captain,

In 1913 Bobby Orrock’s side had luck on their side and the captain returned to Brockville to pass on the good fortune to John Prentice and his team in 1957.

But the horseshoe ended up emigrating along with Sheila and the Bairns cup-winner, meaning it missed the Bairns’ cup final appearances in 1997 and 2009.

Now, as the Bairns enter their fifth Scottish Cup final, it is back with the Bairns and fittingly passed over from one winning generation to another.

John Prentice holds the Scottish Cup after Falkirk beat Kilmarnock 2-1 in a final replay. Wife Sheila is standing to the left, while Bairns goalscorer Dougie Moran is looking over Prentice's shoulder

John Prentice holds the Scottish Cup after Falkirk beat Kilmarnock 2-1 in a final replay. Wife Sheila is standing to the left, while Bairns goalscorer Dougie Moran is looking over Prentice's shoulder

Mrs Prentice, side by side with her husband as they paraded the Cup in 1957, still wears the Scottish Cup medal on a necklace and has flown into Scotland for the game from her home in Brisbane, Australia.

They were joined at The Falkirk Stadium handover by Margaret McDonald, granddaughter of 1913 cup-winner James McMillan, and John and Sheila’s son Alan.