The Benchman endures another miserable visit to Gorgie and wonders why Falkirk are expected to play five away matches in one month.
BROKEN HEARTS: That was a sore one to take. Tynecastle hasn’t been our happiest hunting ground and older fans would have feared the worst at one point. Memories went back to November 1957 and a real nightmare of a match when Falkirk lost 9-1. Alex Young scored four, Davie Mackay three and the others came from Jimmy Wardhaugh and Jimmy Murray. Interesting fact No.563- Dougie Moran scored the Falkirk goal and he went on to score the winner in the cup final later that season. An omen? Falkirk to win the cup next May and Botti Biabi to score the winner?
GOALKEEPERS’ UNION: Jamie MacDonald was announced as Man of the Match by the Hearts Ambassadors- Henry Smith and Gordon Marshall Snr. Spot a link here? Henry and Gordon were keepers themselves and they knew a good performance when they saw it. But for Jamie, we could have seen a repeat of that November 1957 score.
MATCH BOOK: Football programmes might have a limited future, given all the information available on the internet, but we saw two extremes on our visits to the capital city. Hibs charged £2 for a slim glorified team sheet, while Hearts produced a book at the price of £3.50. ANSWERS: Mystery pic was Killie keeper Sandy McLaughlin and Falkirk signed ‘Mo Jo’ from Hearts.
CANARIES AND BAIRNS: Conor McGrandles is off to Carrow Road. He isn’t the first Bairn to follow that path and older fans will remember Jim Oliver a speedy winger who came to prominence as a schoolboy before moving to Linlithgow Rose. Jim played in 91 games for Falkirk, scoring 17 goals in the process, before moving to Norwich.
TEASER: Which Israeli club played Falkirk at Brockville?
FAMILY-FRIENDLY - NOT: When will they ever learn? Exorbitant admission prices, programmes at £3.50 and buses parked well away from the ground.Families are being hammered, older fans are struggling with mobility issues.How long before they realise that there are alternatives to spending that amount of money?
COMPUTER MADNESS: The league fixtures were usually home, away, home, away and that was when the games were worked out by real people. Look at Falkirk’s programme for August. Five away games in the month, including two of the most expensive grounds to get into. If you bought a season ticket you had one single solitary home league game.
MYSTERY PIC: It’s another picture of a mystery goalkeeper. Can you name him?