Life would be a beach with Lyle and Farid

Can you identify this team about to play a game in Milan? And who is the player in the back row with a Falkirk connection?
Can you identify this team about to play a game in Milan? And who is the player in the back row with a Falkirk connection?

The Benchman has been listening to Brian Wilson and the boys this week, in light of Falkirk’s sandy pitch.

WESTFIELD OR WESTON-SUPER-MARE: I can’t remember a Falkirk pitch with so much sand on it since the heavy frosts of 1963. Falkirk looked more comfortable in the later stages when the tide came in.

LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: The player sliding in to tackle John Greig was Andy Roxburgh. This week can you name this team about to play in Milan? What is the Falkirk connection to a player in the back row?

BEACH BOYS: Good to see The Pars supporters keep the beach theme going with a nice rendition of Sloop John B, the old Beach Boys favourite, suitably adapted with a comment on Falkirk architecture.

NEVER SEEN TOGETHER: Have you ever seen SP and AVB in the same room together? Clothes, beard, notebook, shoes, gestures - spookily similar. Is there a Young Managers Factory somewhere?

WHAT A PAIR: Imagine Lyle Taylor and Farid El Alagui in the same Bairns front line? That is a great photo. Lyle could do with a partner up front and I’m sure Farid would have buried a few of those chances that came over from the right wing.

LEGENDS: Nice to see Jamie McGowan, Scott Crabbe and Tiger McLaughlin at the game along with Farid El Alagui. Many memories came flooding back- and Crabbo wasn’t even booed!

LONG MEMORIES: Jim Jefferies left Falkirk for Hearts in the summer of 1995, but some will never forgive- or forget. One supporter shouted “Hey Judas, get back in yer box!” when the Dunfermline boss ventured onto the pitch.

THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Which Scottish team once fielded five Danish players against Hearts in 1964?

IN BLACK AND WHITE-AGAIN: Look out for a new book about The Shire. Did Falkirk refuse to get changed at Firs Park - all will be revealed.

LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The player making his début against Dundee was a certain Alex Ferguson who had been signed from Rangers for a then Second Division record fee of £20,000. Wonder what happened to him?

INSPIRED SUBSTITUTION: David Weatherston scored with almost his first touch on Saturday. It makes a manager look good when that happens. Well done David, and another killer blow to the Fifers. Whether he is Weatherston/Weatherspoon/Wetherson or whatever, he was the Bairns hero of the day.


Match rating: 8

Team rating: 7

Opposition: 7

Referee: McLean 7

Best Bairn: Johnny Flynn