Putting Blackburn officials in their place


The Benchman makes trips to Ewood and Dens

BLACKBURN CONNECTION: It’s amazing how attitudes change when you let people know about Falkirk’s past history. When visiting Ewood Park or whatever it’s called now, the reception staff were less than impressed when I told them I had travelled from Falkirk. “Where’s that? Do they have a football team?” I replied: “See your Honours Board over there? See the list of your English inter-nationalists? We sold you two of them.” Stunned silence. Disbelief. I walked over and pointed to Jocky Simpson’s name and Syd Puddefoot’s name. “They played for Falkirk”. And to rub salt into their wounds, I added with a smile: “Mind you, they were at their peak with us.” Naughty.

A MECHANICAL TASK?: There will be great celebrations in the Dutch Inn if, as expected, Forres Mechanics go on and win the Highland League. Jimmy McIntosh played for the Can-Cans before coming to Brockville and he returned there as player-manager.

CROWDED HOUSE: Who would have believed it? A massive crowd at Murrayfield to see Edinburgh see off Toulouse in the Heiniken Cup quarter-final and a British record to boot. Those present saw a master-class in how to stage an event. Heiniken could show those trying to prop up the ailing SPL how you can turn things round.

CAN WE JOIN YOUR GANG?: Could not believe that Dundee had actually applied to join the SPL before the March 31 deadline. Was it prudence, confidence, bravado or just a case of hedging your bets?

LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The ever-presents in the Ramsdens Cup games were Michael McGovern, Tam Scobbie, Darren Dods and Mark Millar.

VOTING WITH THEIR FEET: At the risk of sounding like a stuck record - wake up guys for goodness sake. SPL attendances on a holiday weekend were a real red light warning. At Pittodrie to see Aberdeen and Dundee United a mere 8439. Hibs v Motherwell was shown live and a just 7110 turned out. The vital clash at East End Park drew 4700. Come on Mr Doncaster - too many meaningless fixtures, too much TV and far, far too dear.

THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Who were Archie Aikman’s first and last Scottish Clubs?

THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PICTURE: What is the Falkirk connection in this picture?

benchmarks v dundee: Match rating: 6 Team rating: 7 Opposition: 7 Referee: Thomson 5