The Benchman looks back on the season with a sense of achievement
THAT WAS THE SEASON THAT WAS: Given how we all felt coming away from Central Park after that 4-1 defeat in February , the final analysis wasn’t too bad. A Scottish Cup semi-final and a third place finish looked a million miles away then. Not too bad.
DRASTIC PLASTIC?: In September 1987, Stirling Albion installed an artificial pitch. When Falkirk moved to the stadium, there was lengthy debate about the new surface – grass or plastic? It caused delays in construction, but the club pulled back when no UEFA guarantees were forthcoming. Alloa make a significant amount of money from renting out their pitch and Falkirk’s pitch this season has been the poorest for many a year.
SUMMER FOOTBALL: May 4 is the summer season but I concur with those who followed requests to the manager of “Gary, Gary, give us a wave” with “Gary, Gary, give us your coat”.
HOW MANY?: In the old days, the assembled scribes would estimate the crowd and agree on a figure. Nowadays, season ticket holders are counted whether or not they are there. Saturday’s crowd of 3,179 caused a few raised eyebrows, especially as the Morton contingent numbered 240 in total.
LYLE’S TALLY: Dougie Moran’s 30 league goals in season 1960/61 remains the best haul for a Falkirk player since the war. Lyle Taylor has now joined a very exclusive club of high-scoring Bairns and has overtaken Gerry McCoy who scored 23 league goals in 1984-85.
LOOKALIKE NO. 56: Have you ever seen Craig Sibbald and Tintin in the same room? The new haircut only emphasises the likeness.
DODSY: The veteran was given a deserved ovation as he left the park for the last time as a Bairn. The skipper gave good service to the club and his display at Hampden was one which confounded many pundits. Good luck Darren.
TEASERS: From which club did Falkirk sign Archie Aikman?
MYSTERY PICTURE: Who is the player pictured and what did he achieve at Brockville?