Past, present and future

Picture is Emlyn Hughes and Willie Carr after a Scotland v England game.
Picture is Emlyn Hughes and Willie Carr after a Scotland v England game.

The Benchman could see the future after chatting about the past with veteran hacks in the press box at Alloa.

INEVITABLE OR WHAT? There is a time to take action swiftly and a time to reflect before taking action. At Recreation Park, it was obvious that Phil Roberts was heading for trouble after his first yellow card for a petulant kick at Martin Doyle. His entire demeanour and body language suggested that more trouble was brewing and a sly nudge at the same player wasn’t seen by the officials. Having taken swift action when things were obviously not working in a previous match, why wait so long this time around?

GROUNDHOG DAY: The first half of the Alloa game was so typical of many this season. Falkirk were streets ahead in terms of possession and territorial advantage, but with no end product to show for it. The inability to turn chances into goals has cost the club dearly this season.

BOREDOM REVISITED: The assembled press pack were less than impressed by the quality of the fare on offer in a dull opening 45 minutes, and the discussions centred on the quality of local restaurants, televised police drama and the mechanics of pre-computer journalism. Riveting stuff and much more interesting than the football on the park. 

NAE LUCK: Spare a thought for a well-known Bairns supporter who had taken an ambitious roll-up of Arsenal, Cardiff, Falkirk and The Shire. Not bad. Goals conceded -nineteen. Pounds lost -considerable.

ADVERTS CREDITED: Having slagged off the horrendous Ray Winstone adverts for that betting company, it is time to credit a good one. The Barclays advert for the Premier League captures the spirit of the game, especially the father and son scene and the shots of the old man going to and returning from his match.

SON OF MY FATHER: It was nice to meet Rob White at Alloa on Saturday. You wouldn’t have mistaken him- the spitting image of his dad John. We had a good chat about his dad and his time at Brockville. He gave us some pictures from his dad’s time in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, one of which features in the Football Memories article.

ANSWERS: Last week’s players were Martin Chivers of England and Frank McLintock of Scotland. There were five Anglos in the Scotland team which won 3-2 at Wembley in 1967. Eddie McCreadie - Chelsea, Billy Bremner - Leeds, Jim McCalliog - Sheff Wed, Denis Law - Man Utd and Jim Baxter of Sunderland.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Craig Brown? 

BENCHMARKS (Alloa)Match: 5 Team:4
Ref: Salmond 5
Best Bairn: Conor McGrandles