The Benchman recalls awful shirts of the past and declines Ray Winstone’s weekly offerings.
LUCKY WHITE HEATHER: That was a sore one at Central Park. Spare a thought for one of the Senior Bairns who was at his first game at Central Park since 1951. He thought the ground hadn’t changed that much – except for the stock-cars. The result of his last visit? Cowdenbeath 5 Falkirk 0. The team that day was Scott, McDonald, McPhie, Gallacher, Wilson, McCabe, Brown, Devlin, Plumb, Clark, Mochan. Falkirk were promoted that season back into the top flight.
STRIP SEARCH: What about that Scotland Rugby strip worn against Italy? The worst ever – by a country mile. Falkirk have had some howlers in their time, notably the infamous chess-board top worn in the 1996/97 season, but so far none to compare with the Murrayfield Monstrosity.
STRANGE RESULTS: What a stushie over the allegations of fixed games and betting scandals. The root cause of the problem lies in spread betting. Just look at the incessant pleas to get your mobiles out “nah” as Ray Winstone bids us. “‘Ave a beng on thet!” Imagine some mysterious phone call to a young lad asking him to get booked within five minutes of the kick-off. He is offered ten times his annual salary.It makes you lose faith in professional sport.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Who made his Falkirk début in a Dewar Shield match against Dundee at Brockville on Tuesday, November 25, 1969 and scored one of the five goals in a 5-2 win?
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: Name the Bairn sliding in with the tackle on John Greig of Rangers.
BRIAN IRVINE : Great to see the ex-Bairn at a Football Memories Quiz Night up in Aberdeen last Friday night. We exchanged some memories of old Brockville days and he told me of his faux pas as a young part-timer at Falkirk. He was working in a bank and was rushing through for training at Brockville. He foolishly stopped off for a pie supper in a local chippie en route to the ground. After a few laps of the park and some strenuous exercises, he duly parted company with the aforementioned pie supper. And the rest, as they say, was history.
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The famous, or should that be infamous, England players were none other than Stanley Matthews and Stanley Mortensen. They escaped punishment. The two combatants in the picture were Mick Channon of Southampton and a young Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool.
GREAT EFFORT-AYR: What a fantastic effort by the Aberdeen branch of the Ayr United Supporters Club. Their annual quiz night raised £10,000 and half of it went to Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project.
Match rating: 5
Referee: Finnie 7
Best Bairn: Lyle Taylor