Craig Sibbald’s Hampden winner ruined family holiday but booked Bairns’ Scottish Cup final place

Standing; Charlene Quinn, travel advisor; Claire Park, travel advisor; Jessica Lind, travel advisor and Janey Johnston, manager. Seated; Craig Sibbald, Tricia Sibbald, Alex Sibbald and Lauren Rushford, assistant manager.

Standing; Charlene Quinn, travel advisor; Claire Park, travel advisor; Jessica Lind, travel advisor and Janey Johnston, manager. Seated; Craig Sibbald, Tricia Sibbald, Alex Sibbald and Lauren Rushford, assistant manager.

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They’ll come up from England, they’ll come over from Canada, they’ll come from Thailand and Qatar all to head to Glasgow – all thanks to Craig Sibbald’s semi-final header against Hibs.

There will be supporters travelling the globe for the Bairns’ big Hampden date. But not two very special Falkirk fans.

I think they’d rather go to a Scottish Cup final. They love their football

Craig Sibbald

Sibbald’s goal, setting up the Scottish Cup final meeting with Inverness, grounded his parents’ holiday plans.

Tricia and Alex had booked a cruise around the Mediterranean for the end of May – but Craig put paid to that.

“I think they’d rather go to a Scottish Cup final,” Craig told The Falkirk Herald as we reminded him of the repercussions of his goal in the aftermath of the semi-final, “they love their football.”

Tricia, though, holds her hands up to the fixture list faux pas. “It was booked very early on and we thought the end of May would be okay because the last fixture was on May 2. We hadn’t factored in the play-offs though, nor realised the Scottish Cup final was so far away from the Hibs game,” she explained.

“So not only was the last quarter of an hour of the semi-final nerve-wracking for the game and hoping the team could hold on and make the final, I was also nervously asking Alex ‘What are we going to do about this holiday?’ but it’s a lovely problem to have!”

The season ticket holders were planning the holiday with Tricia’s sisters and brother-in-law, and found a symathetic ear at Thomson travel agents in the Howgate Centre.

“The girls are all Falkirk supporters in the shop, and they were absolutely wonderful,” she added. “ We are so glad we booked it in the shop and not online as it took over three hours to try and come up with another date and destination. I had really wanted to go to Sorrento in Italy but the alternative, around the Greek Islands, was lovely.”

The Sibbalds are now back from their break and ready to roar Craig on this weekend to, perhaps, another goal since he’s scored the winners in both the quarter final and the semi-final.

“We were up on our feet celebrating at Hampden and then I realised I didn’t know who had scored. I turned to Willie Dick – Liam Dick’s dad – who was behind me in the stand and asked who scored and he said ‘It was your boy, Tricia,’ and that started even more celebrations.

“It was a wonderful day and we wouldn’t swap it for anything, not even a holiday!

“Bringing it forward meant we missed Craig’s 20th birthday earlier this month, but I think he agrees it’s worth it to be in the Scottish Cup final.

“We are so incredibly proud of him – and all the team – in reaching this final, and hopefully they bring home the cup on Saturday.”

And who knows, maybe with a win bonus, the Sibbalds could be in Sorrento later this year after all!