The Benchman: When footballers swapped the pitch for the trenches

Who's scoring the goal in a Scottish Cup final and which former Bairn is the beaten goalkeeper? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Who's scoring the goal in a Scottish Cup final and which former Bairn is the beaten goalkeeper? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
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The Benchman is appealing for all fans with old pictures of famous players who undertook military service to get in touch as part of a new commemorative project.

I PREDICT A RIOT: What on earth was going on after Craig Sibbald was brought down for the penalty? All Hell broke loose and it was unbelievable that Phil Roberts was the one singled out for the long walk. Simon Mensing gets off with a yellow card?

A STROLL IN THE PARK - NOT: How on earth did the football authorities allow the Queens Park Rangers situation to develop? Mind-blowing losses, idiotic transfer deals, wages way in excess of turnover and the answer is? Fine them. What about the ‘Fit and Proper Person’ test while we’re at it? Birmingham City’s main man is already in jail for money-laundering. What next?

FOOTBALLERS IN UNIFORM: The Football Memories team are hoping to bring out a new set of cards for the summer to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. It will feature a footballer in uniform on one side and the player in his football colours on the reverse. If you have any regimental team photos with famous footballers, please get in touch. So far we have Finney, Matthews, Thornton, Busby, Parker, McIntosh, Duchart, Brown, Charlton, Williams, Dods and many more.

KOSB CONNECTION: Talking of military connections, the late John White’s son, Rob, is going to the Alloa game with his uncle Eddie, who played at Brockville too. It will be nice to meet them having read the book The Ghost of White Hart Lane. Rob has kindly given us some of John’s pictures from his Army days in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and we will use them in the set.

ROSE TINTED GLASSES: And what about THAT Scotland away strip? I once bought a pink and yellow bar scarf at Hampden and quite liked it. The colours grow on you, but I’m not 100% convinced about the updated version of the Rosebury strip.

ANSWERS: Last week we saw Dougie Moran, our 1957 cup-winning hero, being welcomed to Portman Road by Alf Ramsey. Hughie Maxwell was signed from Bradford Park Avenue in season 1962/63.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Angus Plumb?

THAT TIME OF THE SEASON: There will be a lot of upsets between now and the end of the season and teams like Queen ofthe South and Livingston will take points off all the leading teams. There are no certainties and Saturday’s result might end up being a point won and not two points dropped.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the two teams competiting in the Scottish Cup final pictured above? And can you name the goalkeeper?