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Can you name these three Scotland stars? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
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The Benchman wonders what really matters to Falkirk fans and if Alloa attended the Pinocchio School of Training.

VIDEO NASTY: Apparently Peter Houston was so determined to ensure there would be no repeat of the Stark’s Park disappointment that he made the entire team watch the re-run of the game in the warm-up room on Monday morning. Some must have been watching with red faces.


BUNGEE JUMPING? We thought that Alloa had gone to the Pinocchio School of Training when they were doing their warm-ups. Players attached to rubber bands going through their manoeuvres. Mind you, not too long ago I have thought that some of our players were on strings being pulled by those in the dug-out. No names. No pack-drill.

LUKE BEFORE YOU SHOOT: Every now and then you get a goal that is worth all the angst and frustration. Olly scored one not too long ago, and now Luke Leahy has added another. Absolute screamers - and no keeper on earth could stop them.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was that great ball player Charlie Cooke, who is still revered by fans of Dundee, Aberdeen, Chelsea and Crystal Palace as well as those who saw him in the USA. He should have had many more than his sixteen caps for the national side. Spurs allegedly paid Falkirk the princely sum of £20,000 for the transfer of the great John White. What a bargain they got.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Scott Crabbe?

WAGING WAR: There was always a bit of resentment when Anglo-Scots and home-based players got together at Scotland games and comparative wages were discussed. You can only imagine what some of the reaction might have been if the present English Premier League wages were known. In a recent conversation with a well-known figure in the game, I was absolutely amazed to hear what a certain player was getting paid at a lower-ranking Premier League club. The Scottish club had made him a good offer to stay, but he was now earning 16 times more - yes, 16 times more - than their best possible offer to him.

THE DEBATE: There was an interesting thread on the fans site One F in Falkirk about what really matters to fans. It is a hard balance to weigh up community commitments with the core business - which is success on the park. After so many years of following Falkirk through good times and bad, I think that the football club is a great ambassador for the town. The key priority must surely be to get the best possible team on the park and the focus is those magical times between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. The best years came when wise old heads were linked to fit, enthusiastic and willing youngsters. It’s a successful recipe- just ask those who saw the Reggie Smith, Willie Cunningham and Jim Jeffferies teams.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the three players pictured above lining up for Scotland? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp