The Benchman applauds Falkirk’s cup progress and remembers a club chairman who was handy with a screwdriver.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The two players with a Falkirk connection in the 1985 Chelsea side were Kevin McAllister and Joe McLaughlin. They beat Manchester City in a nine-goal thriller.
DARREN HILL: Nice to see Darren Hill back at The Falkirk Stadium. He pulled off some good saves, including a goal-line clearance from a David Weatherston. He showed a lot of promise in his early Falkirk days, despite being between the posts in that infamous 8-1 hammering at Parkhead in 2004. The Falkirk team that night was Hill, Lawrie, James, Campbell (Hughes 70), McPherson, O’Neil, Nicholls (McAnespie 72), Latapy (Moutinho 74), MacKenzie, Duffy and Thomson.
VETERan JOURN-ALISTS: The press box was like a ‘Night at the Museum’ with veteran journalists from yesteryear taking in the game. Rodger Baillie and John Docherty were greeted as if reports of their passing had been somewhat premature.
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER: Forfar had two of the manager’s sons in their starting line-up, always a difficult task for the people concerned. The player is subject to increased pressure and the manager open to accusations of favouritism. It rarely works out, although there have been some exceptions. Jamie and Harry Redknapp come to mind.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Which two very famous England internationalists were once arrested for selling black market coffee and soap on a post-war match trip to Belgium?
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: How many of that Scotland team did you recognise? Picture from left were, back row, Hamilton, Caldow, Brown,Crerand, McNeil, Baxter; front row, Scott, White, St John, Law, Wilson.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the England internationalist who is losing his temper and who is his intended target?
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS: Few of us thought that Farid’s goals record could be overtaken so quickly. After several seasons without a top goalscorer, we have now found two in a row. If he stays free of injury, Lyle Taylor could be a member of the very exclusive Falkirk 30+ club.
WHERE’S BIG GEORGE WHEN YOU NEED HIM?: Had a wry smile when the lights went off at the Fulham v Manchester United game. The best league in the world, the best players, the best grounds? George Fulston would have sorted that out in a flash with his magic screwdriver. Remember that epic performance at the Motherwell match at Brockville?
WHO WAS THE EXTRA COACH?: During the several quiet periods in the first half, it seemed that Falkirk had added another coach to the backroom staff. Loud and very clear instruction were being bellowed out from the left hand side of the Main Stand. Was it a case of too much Championship Manager or just over enthusiasm? No names. No pack drill. But he is a well-known member of the organisation formerly known as Bairnstrust.