The Benchman enjoys Falkirk’s return to action after the Rangers saga and Terry court case.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The Olympic footballer was the late Derek Grierson who signed for Rangers immediately on his return from Finland.
THE JOHN TERRY CASE: What an embarrassment that was. The verbatim accounts of what was said, quoted, echoed, misrepresented and overheard was toe-curling. Why this was ever brought to court, only the lawyers know. The cost? The English FA have a real problem on their hands. Who would have thought that footballers wind each other up and say bad words?
A HOME FOR EX-BAIRNS: I see that Paddy Cregg has arrived at McDiarmid Park. The list of Falkirk players who have played for St Johnstone is a growing one. You could field two entire teams of Bairns/Saints starting with George Watson and Mark Glennon in goals and ending with Graham Barrett and Kenny Deuchar up front. Alex Totten could manage one side and Owen Coyle the other.
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Did you recognise John Cumming, the legendary Hearts captain? It was John who came up with the famous saying “Blood doesn’t show on a maroon shirt”, which is placed above the tunnel at Tynecastle.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: What links Falkirk’s Scottish Cup final against Kilmarnock in 1957 to Real Madrid’s 1960 European Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt?
BACK FOR THE FUTURE: I’d really like to think that the recent demonstration of fan power is a turning point for the game. Messrs Reagan and Doncaster should hang their heads in shame. The answer for Scottish football is obvious. When I first went to matches in the ’50s, the game was in good shape. We had great players and great teams. The league and the cup were open competitions. There were plenty of different names on the trophies. Scotland produced great players – some genuinely world class. Gate money was shared and it was a great day at Brockville when the big clubs rolled in. The 18-team league was a success and the football on offer was good to watch.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the two teams in action?