The Benchman enjoys his return to Ochilview, Falkirk’s temporary home after Brockville
SENSIBLE PRICES: Well done to the staff in the Ochilview pie stalls. Fast, friendly service – and reasonable prices. They were still serving 10 minutes before the final whistle and the hot Bovril was much appreciated.
BROCKVILLE REVISITED: Standing on the terraces again was brilliant. The Falkirk support gathered under the old Brockville roof looked an impressive sight. Surely we could erect some covered terracing down at Westfield – even as a temporary measure?
OCHILVIEW MEMORIES: It was easy to forget the sterling work that Sarah Scott, Crawford Baptie and company did when we were lodgers at Ochilview as I looked at the end opposite us. To think that the Falkirk staff had heated marquees, tables, chairs and served three-course meals over there. It was little short of miraculous.
LAST WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: That wasn’t easy was it? The West Ham team which won that trophy at Wembley in 1940 had Archie Macaulay in it, but the player in uniform is Norrie Corbett of the well-known Falkirk family. Norrie starred for Hearts and West Ham, Dave played for West Ham and another brother, Bill, played for Celtic and Preston North End.
THIS WEEK’S MYSTERY PIC: There are plenty of clues in this picture if you look closely enough. Name the match and its significance in Falkirk’s history?
LAST WEEK’S TEASER: The ex-Bairn who was involved in the 1975 car crash with Jock Stein was Bob Shankly.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Alex Ferguson played for six senior Scottish clubs. Which were his top three clubs in order of appearances?
YER TEA’S OOT: Great story from Lawrie Reilly at Hampden. They all played football in the street every day and night. His Dad used to lift the window and whistle to him to come in for his tea. Fast forward 20 years. England v Scotland at Wembley, 100,000 crowd. During a break in play, a shrill whistle pierces the silence. Lawrie looks up and there is his Dad waving at him from the stands. Sheepishly, he waves back.
overkill?: I counted 16 police and stewards at the away end. to ‘control’ the crowd. Where was the risk of danger that merited such a response? The biggest risk was an outbreak of unfettered apathy. I can’t recall a local derby cup-tie so lacking in atmosphere, excitement or passion.
benchmarks: Match: 6, Team rating: 6, Opposition: 6, Referee: Northcroft 8, Best Bairn: Duffie