Benchman: Do hometown boys get a harder time at Falkirk?

Mystery Picture: Can you name this cup-winning captain?Mystery Picture: Can you name this cup-winning captain?
Mystery Picture: Can you name this cup-winning captain?
Sympathy for Brechin City, Euro 2020 Legends and, of course, the coronavirus all feature in The Benchman’s latest despatches from the Falkirk FC frontline.

ONCE A SCORER?: There was great debate about David Goodwillie after his recent off- field history. Clyde took a chance on him and he is easily the best striker in this division as his goals tally shows. Lamont and Goodwillie looked capable of opening up the Bairns defence and it could have been worse. There was a fragility about much of the play and Declan McManus was sorely missed. The bosses will have to lift the team.

NOT BONNY AT CLYDE: Not their finest hour, but the best news of the afternoon was the result from Dumbarton. There’s many a slip, as someone once said and Raith v Falkirk on Tuesday night now took on even more significance. In truth, there’s not a lot of difference between the teams in this league and even Stranraer will take points as they battle to avoid the drop. Given our support and resources, we shouldn’t be looking out for other teams to slip up.

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ACHY BRECHIN HEART: You must feel sorry for the Brechin City supporters. Three successive relegations are staring them in the face, and it is hard to see how they will fit into the Highland League if they are demoted. They are a well-run and friendly club and have been through the leagues, trying to find their level. Not that long ago, we played them in the Championship and they only tired towards the end. I hope they can survive and not become another casualty to join the ranks of defunct clubs like Third Lanark and Clydebank.

HUGGING AND A-KISSING WITH FRED: The focus on the spread of the coronavirus has certainly raised a few interesting questions about goal celebrations. Handshakes, hugs, kisses or what? In the good old days, the congratulations lasted a few seconds and consisted of a handshake, a pat on the back or a wee jig. Today’s footballers seem to take the celebrations to a new, ridiculous level. Why doesn’t the referee just take the ball up and place it on the centre spot and blow for a restart?

KISSING THE BADGE: Do hometown boys get a harder time when they play for their local clubs? Crunchie was a supporter before he was a player and was universally liked and admired. Even when he returned to Brockville in the green and white of Hibs, he was respected. Yet some local lads were advised by their dads NOT to sign for the club as they would be exposed to day-in and day-out scrutiny. It will be interesting to see how Villa idol Jack Grealish fares if he moves away from Villa Park and his admiring legions in claret and blue.

EURO 2020 LEGENDS CARDS: A fantastic set of European Legends has been produced for use in the 230 Football Memories groups in Scotland. Who would make your team- Yashin, Eusebio, Puskas, Muller, Fontaine, Di Stefano -the list is endless?

BENCHMARKS Match rating:5; Team rating: 5; Opposition: 6; Referee: D.Dickinson 5; Best Bairn: The away support.