The Benchman: Return of The Lawman

He was one of the Ancell Babes - but who is he? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

He was one of the Ancell Babes - but who is he? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

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The Benchman wishes Stenhousemuir well and bumps into a legendary former Manchester United striker.

TIME PASSES: Where did all that stoppage time come from? It was hard to take and barely time to restart after the Raith equaliser. Falkirk actually played better than they did in their last two games and deserved to take all three points. As they say, it’s not over until the final whistle.

MARKING TIME: Mark Stewart was looking more like his old self on Saturday. He seemed to be drifting after that transfer to Bradford and an unsuccessful series of loan moves. The pace was there, even if some of his shooting was a bit wayward. The partnership of Stewart and Nade was interesting to say the least.

LATE NIGHT? After the rant last week about the timing of fixtures, we get the decision to play a cup game on a Friday night with a 186 mile round trip for one set of supporters. Live on BBC television, or a long journey down the M74 and arriving home about midnight. A difficult call, even if the bus is free.

END OF AN ERA: After the dismissal of Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, there are no Scots in charge of Premier League sides in England. What a change from the heady days of August 2011 when there were seven. How many former Falkirk players have managed in the top flight of English football?

THE RETURN OF THE SPIDERMEN: One of the nicest football stories this season has been the revival of Queen’s Park. They have a great new pavilion at Lesser Hampden and the team are going well under manager Gus MacPherson. Well done to all concerned.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was Davie Wilson playing in Dundee United colours and Falkirk signed Jack Ross from Hartlepool United. 


TEASER: To which club did Falkirk transfer Alex Rae?

BOYHOOD HEROES-STILL: One of the great highlights of the Football Memories sessions is when a former player comes along to share experiences of his times on the pitch. Just recently, the Aberdeen guys were in full flow when there was a knock on the door. Guess who?

None other than the Lawman himself - Denis Law - who was up in the city visiting relatives. Not just a hello and goodbye either. He stayed for over an hour and was absolutely brilliant with the guys.

WHO? Classic from the low-key PA announcer at Stark’s Park on Saturday. And the scorer for Airdrie was No. 5 David McCracken. Honestly.

WARRIOR SPIRIT: Sad to hear of the problems facing Stenhousemuir. They are a great club and have more than played their part in Scottish football history. Their recent cup exploits are legendary, not to mention their floodlight first against Hibs and guest star Stanley Matthews. All genuine football people wish them well in their efforts.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name this player, part of the legendary Ancell Babes side?