Pitmedden and all that

THE BENCHMAN THURSDAY JULY 12TH 2012''THIS WEEK'S MYSTERY PIC''Can you identify the three players in this picture from a Scotland v. England game?
THE BENCHMAN THURSDAY JULY 12TH 2012''THIS WEEK'S MYSTERY PIC''Can you identify the three players in this picture from a Scotland v. England game?
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PITMIDDEN AND ALL THAT: Well, they didn’t lose did they. A 1-1 draw against an experimental Highland League side isn’t exactly inspiring, but few could argue that Steve Paterson’s side didn’t deserve a draw. Formartine’s Daniel Park looked a useful player, and the Pitmedden side might be an outside bet for the Highland League.

ANDY MURRAY: Give the guy a break! Hours and hours of analysis and dissection of the national Scottish male psyche - and all because he started blabbing after losing to Roger the Dodger. The media lived off the BBC interview for days.

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL MUSEUM: Had an interesting night at the opening of the new National Football Museum in Manchester last Friday. There were plenty of famous faces and it was sometimes difficult to recognise the former players after all these years. Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst and Trevor Brooking were easy to identify, but the most interesting conversation was with Jimmy Mullen of the great Wolves team of the early 1950s. Jimmy played 12 times for England and we shared memories of early under-23 matches. He remembered Alex Parker and Jimmy McIntosh and added salt to the wound when he told me that when England won the first under-23 game 6-0 at Shawfield, they only had 10 fit men.

FALKIRK LEGENDS: Now then, here’s a challenge. The Football Memories project has started to make cards of internationals and club players from the era 1945 to 1978. There are six in each position (from goalkeeper to outside left) and the idea is to use the images to stimulate discussion and debate as well as recognition. The Scotland goalkeepers are Bill Brown, Tommy Younger, Jimmy Cowan, Alan Rough, Ronnie Simpson and Bobby Clarke. Who would be your six Falkirk goalkeepers from that era?

THE RANGERS SAGA:The bookies are panicking. The nation is in uproar. BBC Radio Scotland’s Saturday afternoon programmes were taken up with the Great Debate. The economy? Independence? 
Banking crisis? Syrian problem? No - it was the biggest single issue in all the universe - where will they play their football next season?

MYSTERY PIC: Can you identify the three players in this picture from a Scotland v England game? Did you recognise Peter Cormack last week? The former Hibs, Forest and Liverpool player brought out his book ‘From The Cowshed To The Kop’ a few months ago.

TEASER: Can you list all the players who have played for Falkirk who won caps for Scotland at under-23 level? Last week, the Bairns who have played against England when they were actually Falkirk players were Jimmy Croal, Robert Thomson, Alex Parker, Joe Gowdy and Sammy Wilson.

ONLY IN SCOTLAND: July 2012. We need a Summer Shutdown! Motherwell’s game against Rapid Bucharest at the Grangemouth Stadium was cancelled due to a water-logged pitch!