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He’s joined the ex-Bairns colony in Huddersfield this week, but a draw with Macedonia still rankles with Heraldsport’s columnist.

AND YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS BAD?: Macedonia were just a shade ahead of Zimbabwe in FIFA rankings. They made us look ordinary. It says something that over 32,000 turned out on Tuesday night to watch that, more in hope than expectation. I’m all for optimism and positive thinking, but where is the flair, skill and sheer passion we used to have? I have had the good fortune to meet some of the legends of Scottish football and they must be wondering what has become of their country. No wonder there is such a market for nostalgia.

LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Last week we featured a shot taken at the old Bleachfield training ground and it showed from the right- Alex Duchart, Ian Hunter and the late Willie Wyles. Alex and Ian can still to be found in the Wheatsheaf discussing politics, philosophy, economics and advancements in medical science.

HOME FROM HOME: Took in a recent Huddersfield Town match and saw quite a few well-kent faces at the match. Scott Arfield was on the bench and came on for the last few minutes. Murray Wallace was not in the squad, but said he had settled in well. Ross Wilson was there as Head of Football Operations. The match was dedicated to Football Memories and some of the older guys spoke about the days of Denis Law and mentioned a tricky outside left by the name of Willie Sinclair.

THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Which Falkirk player also played for Sheffield United, Third Lanark and Blackpool?

WORLD ALZHEIMER DAY: Tomorrow (Friday) is World Alzheimer Day and thanks to all Herald readers for their support of Football Memories. Your help with old programmes and photos is greatly appreciated and any donations of old football annuals will be gratefully accepted. Most of the focus is on the years 1945 to 1978 and any images from that period really bring the memories flooding back.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name this Grangemouth-born player? Which clubs did he play for?

REVENGE FOR THAT 9-1 HAMMERING: There is a chance to make up for that League Cup horror show at last. Alex Duchart and Ian Hunter face the same Motherwell players again in a special Quizball event at Fir Park on Friday, September 28. Not for the faint-hearted!


Match rating: 6

Team rating: 6

Opposition: 6

Ref: John Beaton 6

Best Bairn: Jonathan Flynn