An enjoyable trip to Dumfries for the Benchman ... except for the singing
OVER THE TOP OFFICER: Twenty or so young Falkirk fans singing and chanting and backing their team. Not stealing sheep, worrying old ladies, causing mayhem and public disorder. Why did they need the close supervision of four uniformed policemen and three stewards. Surely this is out of all proportion - and quite costly?
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: Archie Aikman started out with St Mirren and ended his career with Dundee United.
THIS FAR SOUTH?: Really surprised to see bridies on offer in the Palmerston pie stalls and outlets. I had always thought that the delicacy was an Angus creation, occasionally found in the Central Belt, but never as far south as Dumfries. Mind you these were nothing like the A4 bridies you got at Station Park. That’s what you call a bridie.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Well done to Captain Marvel Darren Dods, who was an absolute rock at the heart of the Bairns defence in Dumfries. Many doubted the wisdom of bringing the veteran defender to Falkirk, but he has been brilliant on and off the park. Murray Wallace will have learned so much from playing alongside Darren.
MAN OF THE MATCH?: Lee Robinson? He made one save, yet he gets the sponsors’ award as Man of the Match. He even appeared in the Team of the Day in one well-known red-top.
IT’S NOT OVER YET: Only four points separate Dundee and Falkirk and the race for second place is still very much alive. Dundee have to play Partick and Livingston at home with a trip to Somerset Park sandwiched in between. Ayr will be fighting for their lives and Dundee have lost their momentum at just the wrong time. I saw them struggle against Queen of the South at Dens and they are catchable.
TEASER: Which former Falkirk player scored seven goals in his 12 international appearances for his country?
MYSTERY PICTURE: Can you name this former Falkirk player? What position did he play in and what was his unique experience in the team of that era?
LAST WEEK’S PICTURE: What a great picture of the star-studded line up for Tom Finney’s testimonial match. The collection of international stars who turned out show the high esteem in which Tom was held by the Preston public. You might have picked out Matthews, Mortensen, Lofthouse, Shankly, Trautmann, Wright and Liddell. The Falkirk connection was of course Alex Parker, third from the left in the back row.
BENCHMARKS: Match rating: 7 Team: 7 Opposition: 7 Ref: Brines 6 Best Bairn: Darren Dods/Michael McGovern