Falkirk veteran Blair Alston can’t wait for Championship kick-off

Blair Alston can't wait for Falkirk's first league game of the new season at Cappielow on Saturday. Picture: Michael Gillen
Blair Alston can't wait for Falkirk's first league game of the new season at Cappielow on Saturday. Picture: Michael Gillen

He’s seen it all before. In terms of pre-seasons only Kieran Duffie of the current crop rivals Blair Alston for experience of the summer sessions at Falkirk.

Alston and Duffie are the longest serving Bairns on Peter Houston’s squad-list and they’ve experienced the hope and expectation of the Falkirk fans for several years.

After the cup final the boys were devastated but there were so many positives to take

Blair Alston

During that time there’s been optimism and false dawns, but this time, the Bairns are returning to work on the back of a Scottish Cup final experience that was as exhilirating and fulfilling as it was crushing and disappointing.

There’s been no hangover though, indeed quite the opposite, and the Bairns are raring to go in the Ladbrokes SPFL Championship this term, starting with Jim Duffy’s Morton at Cappielow on Saturday.

“There hasn’t ben any mention of it since we came back, there’s no dwelling on it, but we remember how well we did and how great it was for the club. If we want to get back there, this is where it starts in August. They are what the players enjoy so we need to make a good start.

“After the cup final the boys were devastated but there were so many positives to take. We could have won it, and after matching the third best finished team in the country, we can do it to others. We can take that into this season.”

Infact the Bairns have taken it into this season. Only one defeat throughout the pre-season schedule, plus victories over East Fife and East Stirlingshire has started the campaign on the right foot for Falkirk

“Results aren’t important pre-season but they do give you confidence. We’ve only lost once and we played well at times in those games.

“It’s important to win the cup games too becaue you’re on a hiding to nothing. If you don’t win people ask what’s going on, if you do win that’s what’s expected of you.

“We’ve got a really good squad this year, look at the talent out of the team and on the bench already – I was one against East Fife – I think we have a lot of good players missing out because we have such a good squad with strength and depth.

“Hopefully we get a good season, that helps us because all the boys are looking sharp and ready for it and feeling good.”

But Alston wouldn’t reveal what constitutes a ‘good’ season, or separates it from underachieving. Obviously a cup final return would be a success as would promotion, but though the team have targets for themselves, they’re not screaming them from the rooftops.

“You set yourself goals and the team has goals where they want to finish and that sort of things

“I tend not to reveal my taregts incase I dont meet them! It’s just the usual, goals, games, assists but you really want to do as well as you can and make your own contribution to the team.

If you go play well and don’t score it’s not the end of the world, but everyone likes a goal – I’m pleased to be off the mark after my goal against East Stirlingshire.

“I’ve been here in the first team six years now – I’m not in any rush to leave – it’s a great club. All I’ve got on is getting in the team and kicking on.

“You never know, I’m not too far off a testimonial season!”