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THE BENCHMAN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH 2012.'Falkirk FC 1958-59'Back : McCarry, Wright, Richmond, Slater, Lachlan, McMillan.'Front : Murray, Grierson, McCole, Sinclair, Perry.
THE BENCHMAN THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH 2012.'Falkirk FC 1958-59'Back : McCarry, Wright, Richmond, Slater, Lachlan, McMillan.'Front : Murray, Grierson, McCole, Sinclair, Perry.

The Benchman is full of praise for Falkirk’s full-backs.

IN GLORIOUS COLOUR: A kind reader unearthed an amazing collection of old newspapers and football supplements. Included in them was a series of hand-coloured pictures of Scottish footballers. The colours were impressive and Falkirk players were featured. There were colour pics of Jimmy Croal, Alex Stewart and Jimmy Robertson. The papers were dated 1912. They are now being scanned and preserved.

LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Did you recognise the four Scotland players in the picture? From left to right they were George Herd of Clyde, Willie Hunter of Motherwell, Davie Wilson of Rangers and our very own John White.

LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The ex-Bairn who had such an interesting managerial career was the legendary Syd Puddefoot. His story would make a brilliant book and might just answer the great unanswered question - why did he come to Falkirk?

THE LEAGUE CUP GAMES: The attendances at the midweek League Cup games were alarming. This trophy was once keenly contested and the SFL hierarchy need to have a rethink. Why not bring back the old sectional format and play it in the early weeks of the season? It would be competitive and much better than those meaningless and expensive pre-season Friendlies.

DEAL OR NO DEAL?: Mountain. Molehill. Jim White. Would you believe that there are actually T shirts with his face on them and bearing the words “Deal or No Deal”? A very cynical friend once said that Jim White gets an enormous amount of pleasure from being Jim White. Quite.

AT LAST: Well done to Kieran Duffie for making it back into the Under 21 squad. He joins a long line of Bairns full-backs/wing-backs who have played at this level and if he does as well as some of his predecessors, he will have a great future. Parker, McIntosh, Rae, Kennedy, Johnston,Seaton, Mitchell, Scobbie - and Duffie. Not a bad record?

MYSTERY PIC: How many of this Falkirk line-up can you name? How many of the 1957 cup-winning team are in the picture?

LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU: One local wag was less than complimentary when Jay Fulton was replaced by his brother Dale.”That hasn’t changed anything - they’re both rubbish!” Sitting just behind him was Dad Steve. Time for a sharp exit?

NO PLEASING SOME FOLK: After a spectacular overhead kick by Sean Higgins, one comedian remarked,”He could have stopped it, trapped it, turned and shot. I would have done that.” “In your dreams!” was his friend’s reply. Quite.

BENCHMARKS

Match rating: 7

Team rating: 6

Opposition: 7

Referee: Norris 6

Best Bairn: Kieran Duffie