Sunshine at Cappielow

Who are these Scotland stars?
Who are these Scotland stars?

Greenock’s micro-climate doesn’t sit well with The Benchman.... Or Lyle Taylor

LAST WEEK: Did you recognise a young Alex Ferguson pictured in his Rangers days? Fergie fell out of favour at Ibrox and moved to Brockville for a then record Second Division fee. Some thought he might have replaced Willie Cunningham as manager, but the rest- as they say- is history.

REMEMBER WHEN: The programme contained a piece from Arthur Montford about the 1957 Cup Final and Arthur spoke movingly about the great Falkirk team. He seemed to think we won the replay 1-0. More than 45,000 of us would have sworn it was 2-1.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the four Scotland players posing for the cameras before an International match?

HELLO CALLER, WERE YOU AT THE GAME?: The highlight of the return journey is always the James Traynor phone-in. Where do they find some of these guys? Set your watch. Rangers. Celtic. Rangers.Celtic. Same old, same old.

WASTED JOURNEY: You know how it felt when we got to a game and found it was off. I remember this happening fairly recently at Firhill and Cappielow. That was nothing compared to the poor old Reading fans who set off for Sunderland only to find the game off. A wasted trip of 600 miles. Water-logged pitch. Premiership? August? Where’s Michael Fish when you need him?

DON’T MAKE HIM ANGRY: Lyle Taylor was forced into the advertising boards after a chase with a Morton defender and looked quite angry as he emerged from the encounter soaked right through after landing in a massive puddle. Seconds later, he picked up a great pass and let fly. It was a tremendous shot and gave the keeper no chance as it nestled in the top right-hand corner.

THAT’S MORE LIKE IT: After all the fuss about Announcergate, it was good to have an afternoon where the PA announcer was low-key, very informative and above all else- calm. No hysterics, no shouting, no fuss. The game will provide the excitement. The fans will get behind their teams. Always did. Always will do.

I’M OK REF, HONEST: Kieran Duffie went down after a bad challenge, and looked really badly shaken until he saw one of the St.Andrews crew coming onto the pitch. Talk about a scary? Big guy, heavy build,Mohican hair-cut, goatee beard and Bradley Wiggins side-burns. His facial expression reminded me of Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

TEASER: Which former Falkirk player was manager of Northampton between 1935 and 1937 and had also managed Fenerbahce and Galatasary.


Match rating: 8

Team rating: 8

Opposition: 6

Referee: Craig Thomson 5

Best Bairn: Craig Sibbald.