The Benchman takes his sideways glance at this week in football.
SALT AND SAUCE FINAL: What an anti-climax. The Hibs Hoodoo goes on and on. The side flattered to deceive in the past month and were cruelly exposed by an average Hearts side. Well done to Darren Barr though- at least Falkirk got a mention or three on TV. Many Hibs fans reckoned their team was lucky to be in the Final at all after a dire season and their inadequacies were cruelly exposed.
WEMBLEY P(L)AY- OFFS: Falkirk got the Play Off Final they wanted with Huddersfield and Sheffield United meeting in the last game. Ryan Flynn or Scott Arfield and Kallum Higginbotham? Either way, as far as Bairns supporters are concerned, Play Off= Pay Off. Both players had clauses inserted into their transfer relating to additional payments in the event of their new club winning promotion. Wise move. Gary Gillespie, anyone?
DRESSING-ROOM PUNCH-UP: Apparently, Franck Ribery chinned Arjen Robben in the Bayern Munich dressing-room at half-time in the Champions League semi-final match over who should have taken a free kick. Such dressing-room fisticuffs would never have happened at Brockville, would they? Now that would be telling. Once upon a time, when Willie Cunningham was manager, a certain centre-forward blamed a defender for the loss of a goal. The rest, as they say, is history.
LAST WEEK: The man with all the cup-winners medals was of course Jimmy Delaney who won cups with Celtic, Manchester United and Derry City. He almost made it four, but won a runners-up medal with Cork Athletic. That was a picture of Ipswich Town in the days when Alf Ramsey was their manager. The player you had to identify was Dougie Moran, the scorer of our cup-winning goal in 1957.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW- THANKS AGAIN: Once again, we are indebted to the Falkirk fans who brought in so much great archive material for use in the Football Memories project. Some of the stuff was absolutely fascinating including colour prints from the pre-World War One days.
TEASER: Which former Falkirk player was known as Trooper?
MYSTERY PIC: Name the two Preston North End players in this picture. What was their connection with Falkirk?
BENCHMARKS: Another match from the Jubilee Year 1952. Falkirk were in the old Division B and had some great wins. This week we feature Falkirk 5 Arbroath 1 on February 16. Match rating: 9 Team rating: 9 Opposition: 6 Referee: 6 Best Bairn: Angus Plumb.