The Benchman: Bring back the terraces

Can you name the Scotland goalkeeper and the Northern Ireland captain pictured here? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name the Scotland goalkeeper and the Northern Ireland captain pictured here? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman prepares for a nervous afternoon on Saturday as the Championship title race goes down to the wire.

GREENOCK TIMES: Is it a first? Greenock in the sunshine was a novel experience. We feared the worst when we arrived to be greeted with a shower and with the Bairns support out in the open it didn’t look good. The Football Gods were with us and an afternoon in sun was a welcome change.

OLD SCHOOL FOOTBALL: The Cappielow stand has seen better times. The view from the press box was not quite “uninterrupted” due to the proximity of girders and tannoy speakers. Not to mention the wooden floor which brought back happy memories. The first record played on Saturday was by an up-and-coming Californian group called The Beach Boys. Wonder if they will last or whether Good Vibrations will be a one-off hit?

FOOTBALL MEMORIES: For many of the younger supporters it was probably their first experience of standing to watch a game. The atmosphere was good right from the start and there was plenty of singing and chanting. Bring back the terraces.

SQUEAKY TIME AGAIN: It’s all ifs, buts and maybes as we head into the last Saturday of the regular season. Goals will count, points will be hard fought for and there could be many twists and turns before 4.50 pm next Saturday. Alloa need points after Cowdenbeath’s recent revival. Can Dumbarton repeat their toppling of a title contender? Will Morton play like they did against Dundee and us? Not for those of a nervous disposition.

SILKY SOCCER SKILLS: What a great piece of skill from Craig Sibbald when he held the ball in the corner quadrant, teasing and tantalising two Morton defenders before cutting inside. It even drew applause from Morton fans.

STRIPPED FOR ACTION: Scotland’s first ever Memories Match will be staged on Saturday when Falkirk and Alloa meet. You will see from this week’s paper that supporters are being invited to wear their favourite old Falkirk strip to the match, or maybe their first ever Falkirk strip. Kids could wear dad’s old strip if he has outgrown it. Let’s make the stands a splash of colour as we try to raise funds for a good cause- Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: The mystery keeper was Billy Ritchie and the English club who tried to take over the Bo’ness United fixtures back in 1932 was none other than Newcastle United.

THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Which former England international keeper was sent off for the first time in his career in his 971st league appearance in August 1992?

MYSTERY PIC: Who is the Scotland keeper coming out behind Eric Caldow and who is the Northern Ireland skipper?

CASH SALES ONLY? What a carry on at Rangers. How do you fritter away £70m? Any other business would be wound up. The phone-in suggestions on radio were fantastic. How would you pay for a ticket? Simple. Use the Cash Your Father Stored.