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The Benchman didn’t take his hat to the game on Saturday, but the Ladies’ Day revellers did.

BILLY REID: Not always a great favourite with the Falkirk fans, but his after-match press conference was a master-class. Honest, frank and sincere. Even Falkirk supporters in the press pack had to admit he was absolutely spot on. Hamilton wanted to win. They nullified the threat of Lyle Taylor. They chased and harried. They deserved to win.

AWAY YOU GO: Money is tight. Not many Falkirk supporters can afford to travel to Dunfermline, Airdrie and Livingston for consecutive games.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Why do we have to have a Man of the Match at every game? Sometimes the award is almost an embarrassment to the player, while at other times you feel the sponsors are having a laugh. I remember a substitute winning the award despite only playing for fifteen minutes. Why not be truthful and sometimes say “None of the Above.”

WHERE’S WALLY?: What a sight. Rows of people all wearing the same scarves and bobble hats. A page from“Where’s Wally?” No.Ladies Day at The Falkirk Stadium.

SNAP!: The cameras scoured the rows of spectators in the posh seats looking for a possible managerial candidate. Is that him? Are you sure? Look who that is?It can’t be- can it?

CHARITY SHOP FIND: In the quest to find pictures for the Football Memories project, the charity shops are a favourite haunt. The success rate varies, but occasionally you can find a real gem. Last week, we found a rare picture of the Scotland B team that faced England at Dens Park. It featured Falkirk full-back Ian Rae in the line-up.

DUNFERMLINE: We have had a great rivalry over the years and there has been a fair bit of needle as well, but no real Bairns fan can take any pleasure at the predicament facing their old rivals across the Forth. Older fans will recall the days when Dunfermline were transformed from an average provincial club into an ambitious forward-looking club. New stand, modern floodlights, cup success and European nights. Whether or not the derby last night was the last for the club in its present guise remains to be seen.

LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The scorer of the last Hi Hi goal was Drew Busby and the last Thirds boss was Bobby Shearer. Did you recognise a young Trooper Jim McIntosh being presented with his award and the Duke of Kent in the background?

TEASER: In which competition did Falkirk play Coventry City?

THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Who is the Falkirk player in this faded old transfer?

BENCHMARKS: 
Match rating: 6
Team rating: 5
Opposition: 7
Referee: Tumilty 7
Best Bairn: Darren Dods