The Benchman recalls the international celebrities that have played for Falkirk over the years - or their namesakes at least.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST: There was a sound that many younger fans would not have heard before coming from the North Stand last week - the unmistakable noise of the old-fashioned football rattle. The Dumfries fans had brought a couple along- and it was great to hear that rickety sound again. At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery exhibition ‘More Than A Game’, the old rattles sold out. Remember when you used to paint them in your club colours?
NAME’S THE SAME: Queens No. 7 was a certain Ian McShane. No, not Lovejoy or Blackbeard. It started a discussion of footballers with the same name as famous people (although maybe not with the same spelling). At Falkirk we have had The Big Yin, the lead singer of Simple Minds, a Hollywood legend and a world famous novelist. Any offers?
WAKE-UP CALL: Bayern Munich had six Germans in their starting line-up against Manchester City. What was the combined total of English players for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and City? Ten. Enough said.
WOMENS FOOTBALL: Tam Cowan’s remarks certainly caused a furore. I remember seeing a womens Scotland v. England game in the early 1970s and I thought it was poor. However, I have seen several recent Scotland Womens games and they were fantastic. Skill level, pace, accuracy of passing, heading were tremendous. The womens game has come on leaps and bounds and deserves great credit. Tam Cowan? He is a comedian and writes to provoke a reaction. He did.
ONES THAT GOT AWAY: There has been a good reaction to the series in The Navy Blue matchday magazine about the Falkirk XI. What a team the town could have had. Bobby Brown, Neil Mochan, Willie Buchan, George Young, Willie Ormond, Eddie Turnbull, John Blackley, Jock Dodds, Ray Wilson, Norrie Corbett, Willie Corbett - all locals and you have to ask questions of Falkirk’s scouting system. ANSWERS: Last week’s career was that of Bobby Tasker who once had the pleasure of playing on the opposite wing to Stanley Matthews at Brockville for The Warriors. The mystery player was Frank McLintock of Arsenal and Scotland.
TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Allan Cousin in 1969?
MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the two footballing legends tussling for the ball in the picture above? One went on to manage our near neighbours across the Irish Sea. And in which major final were they playing?