The Benchman reflects on a disappointing start to the season ... and days when men were men
A-LOAN AGAIN, NATURALLY: Spare a thought for poor Kallum Higginbotham who has been sent out on loan to Carlisle. The popular player has endured this experience on more than one occasion and must feel he needs a permanent berth to display his undoubted talents. Falkirk must have seemed like an ideal match for him.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The answer to the teaser was Kenny Dawson. We always associate him with Falkirk, but he started out as a youngster with Sheffield United before moving to Forres. He had spells at Blackpool and Third Lanark before returning to Brockville.
AIRDRIE MEMORIES: There were some epic battles with the old Airdrieonians and referees never liked going to Brockville or Broomfield. The crowds were close to the action and the atmosphere could be really intimidating. Saturday’s game was a tame experience compared with the blood and snotters games of yesteryear.
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Did you recognise Tommy Robertson who came from Grangemouth and starred for St Mirren and Crystal Palace, before moving to South Africa?
REWRITING HISTORY: The Senior Bairns heard another fascinating presentation from Richard McBrearty, curator at the Scottish Football Museum last week. New information is always coming to hand and this time he told us about a possible discovery of an early football game that will force the history books to be re-written.
JORDAN WHITE: Good luck to the lad and hope he can benefit from his spell with Stirling. Many players have come back from loan spells and gone on to command a regular place. Darren Barr was once at Forfar and he ended up winning a Scotland cap.
THE SEASON THAT STARTED IN OCTOBER?: Not the best start to a season and there have been comparisons with the 1990-91 season. That was when supporters’ spokesman Brian Guthrie and others were querying the manager’s ability. Jim Jefferies’ side had seven points at this stage, with only two wins against Morton and Brechin. They went on a 15-game unbeaten run and the rest as they say is history.
WILLIE WHIGHAM: One of the real Brockville Legends was at the game. A man who could – and should –have played for Scotland. Tales of Willie abound and many of them have a grain of truth about them. Willie saved Falkirk from several hammerings and many think he was the best-ever goalie we had. He is a legend down Middlesbrough way as well.
BENCHMARKS: Match rating: 5 Team rating: 5 Opposition: 5 Referee: McLean 6 Best Bairn: Kieran Duffie.