BENCHMAN: 2015 has been a year on the up for Falkirk

Who is this mystery man for the Benchman column?
Who is this mystery man for the Benchman column?
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The Benchman reckons 2015 has been one of the high points in the Falkirk following roller-coaster.

Beating Rangers would have counted for nothing if Falkirk had dropped points to Dumbarton and Livingston. Part One of the mission was accomplished and the players deserve credit for playing in such atrocious conditions. It was probably the coldest day of the year so far. It was a typical “grinder” but three very important points indeed. That Blair Alston goal was well worth the entrance money.

THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS

Well that’s the end of 2015, and what a year it was for Bairns supporters. Another Cup Final, more promising youngsters, some fantastic goals, some real heart-breaks, some really dodgy refereeing decisions and a good financial report. Someone once asked me what it is like to be a Falkirk fan and I said it was a bit of roller-coaster. That probably sums it up- so enjoy the ups while they last. Here’s to another year when we can be so proud of the best “wee” team in Scotland.

THE WAY WE WERE - 1934 STYLE

Came across an old football annual from 1934 in an antiques shop. It made interesting reading when it described the teams in Scotland .”Falkirk’s headquarters are Brockville Park , the holding capacity of which is in the region of 40,000.” The Shire’s Firs Park was described as a “commodious enclosure, up to First League requirements.” Stenhousemuir was described as “a club that is run by working men of the district and conducted entirely on sporting lines.”

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN!

Are you fed up with the anodyne comments of the so-called pundits? Thanks to a Senior Bairn, we have a translation available for Herald readers. Seasoned Player = past it. A natural leader = bossy so-and-so. Competitive = dirty. A good squad player = only plays when they are desperate. Good, solid player = boring. Loyal club player = nobody will have him. Good defensive unit = like watching paint dry.

SOLD OUT -ALMOST

Thanks to all of you who helped support Legion Scotland by buying a copy of the Falkirk F.C. World War One book “The One Distraction”. The original print run is almost sold out, and only a handful of copies remain. If you would like one text 07906 239582.

ANSWERS

Last week’s mystery player was Jimmy Millar and Ivo den Bieman was signed from Ross County.

TEASER

From which club did Falkirk sign Donald Ford?

ENJOY THE MINCE PIE

What did you make of Louis van Gaal’s press conference? The under fire boss ended with “I only say now I am focused on Stoke City, I help my players, I wish you a Merry Christmas and maybe also a Happy New Year when I see you. Enjoy the wine and a mince pie . Goodbye.” I remember a famous sketch with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore dressed as two fighter pilots which ended with “Good Bye old chap. Don’t you mean Au Revoir? No Good Bye.”

BENCHMARKS

(Dumbarton)

Match rating: 7

Team rating: 7

Opposition: 6

Referee: Anderson 5

Best Bairn: Blair Alston