The Benchman is full of praise for the organisers of the Scottish Cup final, but can’t hide his disappointment that the Bairns just missed out.
FAMILY FINAL: Well done to the Hampden organisers for staging the pre-match Family Festival. Fans from both clubs mixed easily and there were many youngsters in prams and buggies with parents and grandparent too. You could not have imagined a better atmosphere and everyone had a day to remember.
Well done to Peter Grant who had an outstanding game and must have impressed the watching scouts and managers
ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery picture was the 1957 Player of the Year presentation to Alex Parker in The Regal. Jimmy Jack was signed from Arbroath.
TEASER: To which club did Falkirk transfer Willie Whigham?
NEW ANSWER: At least we now have a new answer to the question: “Who was the last Bairn to score in a Scottish Cup final?” Well done to Peter Grant who had an outstanding game and must have impressed the watching scouts and managers.
CLOSE, BUT......: I thought we were going on to win that final and that we had Inverness on the ropes. We threw everything at them and there were so many last ditch blocks and tackles that denied goal-bound efforts. It just wasn’t to be and many felt more dejected than they were in 1997 and 2009.
THE BIG MATCH: It was great to see the national press give such prominence to the Big Match of the weekend. Pages were devoted to the analysis and build-up, every player was given prominence and the managers and former players quoted extensively. Some also found time to mention the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden.
SUPERSTITIONS: We had the Villa connection and the other omens were coming in thick and fast. When I saw the buses with Prentice Westwood on the back I thought this is it. Sheila Prentice told me that John’s family had a farm called - you’ve guessed it - Westwood. Surely this was an omen of omens?
A NEUTRAL VIEW: Most of the press reports acknowledged Falkirk’s contribution to the game and their second half dominance. Rightly so, many had Peter Grant as the best player in a white jersey. I spoke to several neutrals who felt that Falkirk deserved to take the tie into extra time.
YOGI HUGHES: Yogi was full of praise for the losing side and admitted that we were the better side in the second half. He deserves a lot of credit for the job he has done up in the Highland capital, especially after the setbacks he had at Hibs and Hartlepool.