The Benchman: The sound of silence at The Falkirk Stadium

Can you name the two teams playing in this League Cup final in the early 1960s? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name the two teams playing in this League Cup final in the early 1960s? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman reckons Falkirk should turn down their PA system and let the fans create the atmosphere before matches but has kind words for the club’s award-winning matchday programme.

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: Panic was written across several faces as the Ladies Day throng heard the chants coming from the South Stand. After Rory Loy’s strike for the fifth goal, came the cry – ”We Want Six!” Explanations were quickly given to distressed damsels.

SOUND OF SILENCE: Thank goodness for the aforementioned well-refreshed ladies. Apart from their raucous falsetto encouragement, there was a distinct lack of atmosphere at the match. Someone who was at a recent game at Firhill said the pre-match atmosphere was great. Why? The PA system had broken down. The fans made their own atmosphere. At the Falkirk Stadium when the PA shuts down, it all goes quiet.

THREE AND EASY: Well done Rory Loy for his first hat-trick as a Bairn. We will miss him in Dumfries and let’s hope we get another first – three players who scored hat-tricks in the same season. Phil Roberts, Rory Loy – and who’s next?

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was Junior Omand of Queens Park. Jimmy Delaney came to Brockville from Aberdeen.

TEASER: What was Brian Clough’s first managerial post?

TAKING IT ON THE CHIN: Well done to the 110 Cowdenbeath fans who stood by their team throughout that horror show. No booing, no jeering. It’s hard to take, but that’s what supporting your team means. We’ve been there ourselves. Well done.

OFFICIAL PROGRAMME: We’ve come a long way since the folded A4 sheets of the 1950s and the programme team deserve great credit for winning the latest award. It’s a great effort by a group of volunteers, and the amount of time put in by editor Gordon McFarlane (also a volunteer) is beyond belief.

LINKAGE: A bit of fun. Can you get the connections between two names. For example - How do you get from The Shire to Jose Mourinho in three steps? Answer: Eddie McCreadie played for the Shire. Eddie moved to Chelsea. Chelsea’s manager is Jose Mourinho. Two names are Simon Stainrod and the Duchess of Cambridge.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the two teams playing in this League Cup final in the early 1960s? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp