Reflections on Falkirk’s trip to Cappielow and other sporting stories.
STAR SPOTTING: There were a few well-kent faces in the old Cappielow stand on Saturday. David Hopkin is a Greenock boy and was watching his home-town team. He played for Morton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leeds and Bradford and was subject of some big money transfers.
WEEKEND IN PARIS: You had to feel sorry for the supporters who were allowed in to the France-Ireland match only for officials to call the match off. Why no under-soil heating in a modern international arena? Why let them in in the first place?
BREATHE IN BOYS: Talk about compact and bijou? The big plus of Morton’s press seating was a padded cushion which had probably graced the pews of a local church, but there were no power points and very little space. When one reporter went for a pie or comfort stop, they all had to get out to make room.
TEASER: Which former Falkirk player didn’t have a single vowel in his surname?
PRICE IS RIGHT: Good to see reasonable prices in the pie stalls at Cappielow. Scotch pie and hot home-made soup was on offer at £2.30. Bovril, teas and coffees were all good value. When will other clubs learn that selling 500 pies at £1 is better than selling 200 at £2? Lessons to be learned Part Three.
SHAKING ALL OVER: The tabloids had a field day over the Evra and Suarez non-handshake. There was a full 10-minute discussion on the Radio Scotland phone-in over the lack of handshake between Sergio and Shiels. Come on, get a life. When we’re more concerned about handshakes than goals we’re in a bad way. Incidentally, what about a colour supplement on ‘Suspicious Handshakes at Kick-Off Time’? Now that would be worth seeing.
MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the four Scotland stars warming up for a game?
SAVING THE DAY: Falkirk have always had a good tradition of finding reliable keepers. Michael McGovern is now a fully fledged member of that club. What a performance at Cappielow! The penalty save was impressive, but that last-second tip onto the post was something else.
BENCHMARKS: Match rating - 8, team rating - 7, opposition - 8, referee - Madden 7, best Bairn - Michael McGovern
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