Nostalgia 1997: McGrillen goal blasts Falkirk FC into Scottish Cup final

A look back through the Falkirk Herald archives

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 26th April 2020, 7:30 am
Alex Totten
Alex Totten

Falkirk woke up to football glory today after sensationally dumping mighty Celtic in the Tennent’s Scottish Cup last night (Wednesday).

Alex Totten’s shock troops are the talk of the town after setting up an historic final against Kilmarnock on May 24. In an amazing twist of fate, this will be a repeat of the 1957 final when Falkirk defeated Killie to lift their last major trophy.

It was a night of ecstasy then agony for goalscoring hero Paul McGrillen.

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He was stretchered off suffering from concussion during the tension-filled second half. He was taken to hospital but was not detained.

Today Paul said: ‘‘I’m still a bit sore and have been told to take it easy for a couple of days. I’m disappointed I missed last night’s celebrations but I’m sure I’ll catch up later – hopefully after the final.’’

It was a night to remember for nearly 8000 Bairns’ fans who left Ibrox singing and dancing in the rain.

An overjoyed Alex Totten said: It’s a dream come true to take my home town team to the cup final. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.’’

Totten was sacked by Kilmarnock before joining Falkirk.