The Benchman recalls Billy Connolly’s best while Falkirk’s youngest team battled bravely on Saturday.
THE YOUNG ONES: Before kick-off, the assembled scribes were busily working out average ages. The starting eleven registered 19.5 years and that was allowing for 28-year-old skipper Michael McGovern.Was it the youngest-ever starting line-up? Probably so. Previous young sides always had the odd veteran to guide them through. The Shankly youngsters like Parker, Rae, McIntosh, Slater and O’Hara had the experienced men like Wright and McCrae.
JUSTICE IS BLIND?: That was a sore one to take. The youngsters did remarkably well and dominated for long spells with some incisive passing and good running. The least they deserved was a draw.
BEST LAUGH OF THE DAY?:Memories of the Big Yin and his early outfits came back when one of the Falkirk fans took issue with Craig Reid’s footwear. The Morton defender wore a pair of bright canary-yellow boots. “Hey you. Are yer bananas on the wrang feet?”
12-12-18: Calling all mathematical wizards. Tell me how this will enhance Scottish Football? Can you imagine any other product that could blatantly ignore the wishes of its consumers? Imagine a coffee shop which is losing customers galore and they decide to change the colour of the cups and saucers. That’s all they would need to do- and maybe water down the coffee as well. And increase the prices. And change tables after every sip of coffee you take. Rangers will go elsewhere if this goes through, according to Charles Green. Would ESPN cover the Rangers away games in the South of Scotland League? Probably.
100 YEARS AGO : Season 1912/13 was to prove one of the best ever in Falkirk’s rich history. The team was under the astute management of William “Daddy” Nicol and was regarded as a real power in the land. The Scottish Cup was about to get under way and the First Round was scheduled for Saturday January 25 – a preliminary round to reduce the 34 entrants to a more manageable 32. Falkirk were due to meet Morton at Cappielow on February 8. Watch this space.
UNBIASED OPINIONS: The Press Box resembled a Falkirk Herald Old Boys Reunion. No names. No pack drill. Just a view of the game through navy blue-tinted glasses.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The former Falkirk striker who is now a Director at Hamilton Accies is Alan McGonigle. Alan featured in the front row of the picture of the Billy Lamont team we showed a couple of weeks ago... and hours after last week’s teaser went to print left his position to focus on managing Bo’ness United.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Which ex-Falkirk player managed Ballymena United to Irish Cup success in his first season in charge?
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: This was a picture of a Falkirk Reserve side who were seen taking hold of a very amateurish-looking cardboard lucky cup. The player accepting the “trophy” is a young full-back by the name of Alex Totten.
THIS WEEK: Name the team. Name the player with a Falkirk connection in the front row on the extreme right.
MATCH RATING: 9
TEAM RATING: 8
REFEREE: Allan 8
BEST BAIRN: Blair Alston