The Benchman wishes that Sir Alex Ferguson was a Falkirk player ahead of Saturday’s big game against Rangers.
TRAINS AND BOATS AND PLANES: Not quite, but the Blue Brazil arrived at The Falkirk Stadium in their own cars. It must be a manager’s nightmare wondering if the players will get there on time. I remember when Falkirk had to do the same for a game at East Fife in the Ramsdens Cup after the team bus failed to arrive. At least we don’t have the same problems as teams faced during the war when the road signs were all removed in order to confuse any invading armies. Several games were disrupted as buses got lost. One famous occasion saw the Notts Forest bus end up in Lincoln when they were supposed to be in Norwich.
GAME OF TWO HALFS: At half-time you thought that Cowdenbeath should have been at least two ahead. They looked impressive breaking forward and caused the central defenders all sorts of problems. Whatever Gary Holt and co. said at the break must have worked as Falkirk totally dominated for the whole of the second half.
SAMMY TAYLOR: Sorry to hear of the death of former Bairns winger Sammy Taylor at the age of 80. When the Senior Bairns visited Preston and met Tom Finney, he was full of praise for the wee winger who was signed from Falkirk in 1955 for a fee of £8500.
RECRUITMENT: You don’t see much recruitment from the lower divisions these days. Some of the guys playing there look more than useful and might be worth a trial. Cowdenbeath’s Hemmings looked a player who could play at a higher level and could benefit from full-time football. In the past, Falkirk have signed players like Nicky Henderson, Davie Beaton, Gareth Hutchison and Ken Eadie with some success. Then there was a frail-looking laddie from Alloa by the name of John White.
LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery scorer was Bert Ormond and the player who was involved in the three derbies was Andrei Kanchelskis who played for Rangers v Celtic, Everton v Liverpool and Manchester United v Manchester City.
WHERE’S FERGIE? This Saturday’s cup tie brings back some great memories. None more so than the game in February 1972 when more than 20,000 piled into Brockville. Alex Ferguson played out of his skin and the look on his face when he scored that goal was priceless.
TEASER: Willie Cunningham played for three senior teams and he managed two of them as well. Which of his three clubs did he NOT manage?
DERBY CRACKER: What a game that Everton v Liverpool match was. Even ‘Match of the Day’ pundits were drooling over it and Mr Hansen didn’t even highlight the “poor defending” when the six goals were conceded. That was football that would bring the crowds back.
MYSTERY PIC: Who is showing off his silverware in the picture above? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp