The Benchman warns Falkirk fans not to be complacent following the Bairns’ win against Hibs.
TO THE POINT: Alan Stubbs didn’t miss his players at the after-match press conference. Quality not good enough. Decision-making not good enough. One scribe asked if Cummings half-time substitution was due to an injury. “No, he wasn’t doing enough.” He agreed that Falkirk deserved to win, but felt that the game had 0-0 written all over it. He looked an angry figure as he fobbed off questions about Hearts from Edinburgh journalists.
THE FAMOUS FIVE: That was a poor, poor Hibs side. When you think about the great Easter Road teams of the past and stars like Smith, Johnstone, Reilly, Turnbull and Ormond - or Cormack, Stanton and Marinello - you can almost feel some sympathy for the Easter Road support. Almost.
NO TICKET, NO ENTRY: There were a lot of disgruntled punters outside the ground as kick-off time approached. The final attendance was given as 4,983 and there were plenty of spaces in the home stands. Why stop selling tickets at 12.00 noon? The availability of tickets at designated cabins has always been a feature at games. Imagine going down to Cineworld to see the 3.00 pm showing of a film and being told that you had to have bought your ticket before noon?
FARID: It was nice to see Farid El Alagui at the game on Saturday. The popular striker looked to be in good shape and obviously recovering from his recent injury. He is a genuinely nice guy and spoke to all the Bairns fans in the Main Stand. It is a great pity that we never had the chance to see Farid and Lyle Taylor or Rory Loy as a pairing in a Falkirk side.
FAMILY HISTORY SERVICE: We had an enquiry from a relative of Harry Rice who played at Brockville from 1941 to 1948, and she was delighted to find the details of her grandfather’s career. It is always nice to hear from the families of former players and fill in some of the missing gaps in their researches.
MYSTERY PIC: Who is pictured above scoring for Scotland? And who are the opposition?
ARCHIVES: It was fascinating to come across an old Scotsport film of the September 1959 League Cup game at Brockville between Falkirk and Third Lanark, even if the Bairns lost 3-0. That was the Tommy Younger season, when he changed keepers as often as he changed his socks, and the keeper that day was John Hardie.
COUNTING CHICKENS: There is no good beating Hibs and then going on to drop points against Livingston, Dumbarton and Raith Rovers. We need the same effort, application and determination - regardless of the opposition. I don’t like the way some of the supporters are taking nine points for granted from the next three games. Careful.
ANSWERS: Neil Berry was transferred to Hamilton Accies.
TEASER: To which club did Falkirk transfer Stevie Kirk?