Praise for Pressley ... but not the officials
LAURIE ELLIS: Best wishes to the Raith player for a speedy recovery. It looked a nasty injury and the fitting of the neck brace suggested the seriousness of the occasion. It was good to see both sets of medical staff give assistance to the player, and the concern was genuine.
WILLIE GIBSON: Manager Steven Pressley took positive action after the player reportedly walked out at half-time after being substituted. It is never easy to accept that you are having an off day, but the boss was right to emphasise that football is a team game and that there has to be a code of conduct based on mutual respect. The Falkirk boss was in determined mood and wanted to establish the facts before there was any speculation. The need for mutual respect is a key factor in developing team spirit, especially where there are so many young players in the dressing-room.
WASHING DAY PROBLEMS?: Did the Raith kit man wash their white shirts with the maroon shorts and socks or was that really a pink top? Whatever next? Next thing you know, players will be turning out in multi-coloured boots.
FAMILY DAY: The weather held up for the return of the popular Family Day on Sunday. Well done to Sarah Scott and Dawn Corbett for organising a wide range of attractions and entertainment. It brought back happy memories of the old Brockville Days.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The striker with the impressive rate was none other than Sammy Wilson, who scored seven goals in his twelve Internationals with Northern Ireland. Sammy was the last Bairn to score at Wembley. Did you recognise the pic as Rab Henderson? Rab was a centre half and had been a Prisoner of War during the Second World War.
MYSTERY PIC: How many of this 1960s team can you name? Any ideas where the picture was taken?
HIBEES AND BAIRNS: Tonight there is to be a meeting of the Hibs Former Players to discuss their involvement in the Football Memories project. I am going through with Jim Scott and Alex Duchart. It set me thinking of how many players have turned out for both Hibs and Falkirk since the war. Could you name a Falkirk/Hibs team? Start off with Tommy Younger.
TEASER: Which former Bairn, who played for the club in the early Cunningham era, turned out in 384 games for Dundee and scored 141 goals for them?
BENCHMARKS: Match rating: 8 Team rating: 7 Opposition: 7 Referee: Madden 3 Best Bairn: Murray Wallace