Falkirk Bairns halfway to charity milestone - The Benchman

Our columnist takes his weekly look at Scottish football and adds an omitted Dundee United hammering to his Desert Island Games.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 4:29 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 5:16 pm
What is the Falkirk connection in the team above?
What is the Falkirk connection in the team above?

SAD NEWS: Another link to the great 1957 side has gone. We were all sad to hear of the death of Nan Merchant, wife of the late George Merchant, who sadly passed away in South Grange Nursing Home, Monifieth on April 29. Nan was a lovely lady and always spoke highly of Falkirk and her great memories of the unforgettable 1957 Cup win.
She always wore George’s winners medal round her neck as a necklace and was great company at the reunion dinner in 2007. The young Nan Rennie had been a nurse at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary when George and she married in 1952. They had three children Allyson, Graeme and Neil. Through time, the Merchant clan increased in size, with grandchildren and great grandchildren and the gathering to celebrate George’s 90th birthday was quite impressive.
Clearly, due to the current situation, the funeral service will be private and I’m sure that those older Falkirk fans would wish to send condolences to Nan’s family.

PRIORITIES: With a daily death toll that shows little sign of abating, and the current crisis in our care homes, it is unbelievable that league reorganisation in Scotland is seen as THE biggest issue facing us. Hours and hours of discussion on the airwaves would lead you to think that the nation has lost a sense of perspective. The biggest health and economic crisis in our lifetime and we are discussing whether or not we have to play football?

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ANSWERS: Last week’s picture was a St.Mirren team which featured a natty line in shorts. The Falkirk connection was Roy Kemp who was on the extreme right of the front row. Roy was signed from Camelon Juniors and was usually an outside left. He moved to Carlisle United after leaving Brockville.

STIR CRAZY: Thank goodness for Blow Football, Subbuteo, Football Manager, Championship Manager, FIFA 20 and all the other football substitutes. Endless re-runs of Escape to Victory, The Arsenal Stadium Mystery, Fever Pitch, A Shot at Glory, Goal and Yesterday’s Hero are staring to bore. There’s a limit to how often you can catalogue programmes and look out old bubble-gum and cigarette cards. And then you hear “experts” saying we might not see any real football this year!!

VOLUME FIVE: Thanks to Falkirk fans who have downloaded the e-book and donated to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland. We had hoped to be able to make a £1,000 donation to the charity and at the time of writing we are half-way there. Once we return to normal and printers and suppliers are back at work, there will be a limited- edition print run. Those who have already ordered a hard copy will be first in the queue.

DESERT ISLAND GAMES: Younger fans were keen to see the 6-1 win over Dundee United included in the list.