Remembering the older generation at Dumbarton

This is the programme from a Falkirk v Montrose match from the early 1970s. But why did the game attract so much media attention?

This is the programme from a Falkirk v Montrose match from the early 1970s. But why did the game attract so much media attention?

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THAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT: Falkirk supporters, especially those who travel on the supporters’ buses, were really appreciative of the organisation at Dumbarton. Dropped off at the stand, collected from the exits at the end and friendly, welcoming stewards. If only all clubs were like this.

MYSTERY GUEST: Thought I recognised the guy standing at the tunnel entrance chatting with former Falkirk Directors Ann and Stephen Joyce. It was none other than ex-Scotland keeper Craig Gordon who was an interested spectator at the game.

THE LEAGUE TABLE - THEN AND NOw: Three wins in a week makes the table look much more interesting now. There’s a long way to go, but, who knows? A top four finish could be significant.

TEASER: Which former Falkirk player won international caps for his adopted country - and his sons and granddaughter also played for the same nation? Last week the team with the five Danish players was Morton.

TORCHY THE BATTERY BOY: Well done to Russell Croal for delivering a service to Falkirk TV viewers. There was no power of any description at the back of the stand and Russell had to make do with a giant portable battery. As an added bonus he supplied power to various laptops, mobile phone chargers, Andy Thompson’s hair-dryer and probably half of the surrounding travellers’ site.

GOOD ADVICE: We often wonder what language football managers speak and if there are hidden meanings that only the initiated can understand. There are secret signals, facial gestures and hand movements. On Saturday, we heard SP call out “Keep playing! Keep playing!” Answers on a postcard please.

MYSTERY PIC: Last week was a Hearts team about to play in Milan. The manager was Tommy Walker and the player next to him is John Cumming. The keeper with a Brockville connection was Gordon Marshall, whose son played for Falkirk before signing for Celtic. This week: why was there a much larger than usual presence of press and media personnel at this game?

BENCHMARKS

Match rating: 8

Team: 8

Opposition: 6

Referee: Somers 7

Best Bairn: Blair Alston