The Benchman: Who remembers Saltcoats-gate?

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The Benchman did not enjoy Falkirk’s ‘home’ match against the Shire.

THE CROWD IS SLOW TO GATHER: Couldn’t say I was surprised to see the official attendance for last Friday’s game against The Shire given as 881. This will go down as the lowest “home” gate recorded against Falkirk’s name for some time. 1975. Falkirk were not exactly setting the heather alight in Division Two. The Shire were the visitors at Brockville and on a cold February afternoon the attendance was 3500. It was a Saturday. Kick off was 3pm. Lessons to be learned?

That was some season when Jim Duffy was manager at Brockville at the ripe old age of 29

ANSWERS: Last week’s picture showed action from Falkirk, in the hoops, against Rangers. You might have recognised the towering figure of big Geordie Young, and the Bairns player was Eddie O’Hara. Tully Craig was replaced as manager by Bob Shankly.

SAFETY FIRST: Much pointing into the stands seconds before kick-off from the matchday stewarding team. One steward flew up the stairs. What was happening? Firework? Fight? Flare? No... one of the spectating Falkirk players had carried a canned drink into the stand. At ease...

TEASER: Which professional SPFL club’s ground is the highest above sea level?

A “DUFF” START: Off to Cappielow and another encounter with Jim Duffy. That was some season when he was manager at Brockville at the ripe old age of 29. It was all going so well, and who will ever forget that roller-coaster afternoon at Station Park when we were up, then down, then up again? It all ended with the headline-grabbing Saltcoats-gate affair.

TALKING OF “DUFF”: Great sense of humour in the Memories group at Tynecastle last week. The guys were looking at an old Hearts team picture, and one of them remarked that the keeper was Duff. Quick as a flash, came the response from an old Hibee - “Aye, so was oors!”

WHERE IS IT? The Wee Red Book and Nationwide Football Annual are in shops, but what happened to Peter Black’s Football Know-All in the Weekly News. That really told you it was kick-off time.