Geography is no barrier for football supporters, as The Benchman found out.
ARE YOU SURE?: The invitation had the words Ayr and Aberdeen and supporters on it and I initially thought it was Dons fans down in Ayr. Wrong. It was vice-versa. Imagine the pleasant surprise when we found a crowd of 300 at the tenth annual football quiz at the Inn at the Park in the Granite City. The guys hoped to raise £10,000 for their academy and Alzheimer Scotland Football Memories project.Absolutely amazing.
DOONHAMERS: The better team won. Queens were really keen and determined and looked a good side who will take points off several of the so-called favourites before the season is over. In truth, they could have scored more and one of their misses was a real tap-in.
MEMORIES: Veteran reporter Bert Houston was in the press box, resplendent in a Motsonesque sheepskin coat. Bert has been a stalwart and his Queen of the South knowledge is amazing. He recalls the famous 6-6 draw with Falkirk in September 1947, which he attended as a lad, with amazing clarity. We could have done with hat-trick hero Archie Aikman and two-goal Kenny Dawson on Saturday.
TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Simon Stainrod?
ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery picture saw a Hampden game between Hearts and Kilmarnock and the man in black was the legendary Tiny Wharton. The player who moved on to find fame and fortune was full-back Joe McDonald.
NOT A DRAW PLEASE: The players and Directors of Stranraer must have had mixed feelings after their creditable draw against Yogi’s Inverness side. A midweek replay at Inverness and a round trip of 510 miles for part-time players?
GROUNDS FOR CONCERN: I cringed when I saw that Murrayfield pitch and felt so sorry for ex-Bairns groundsman Jim Dawson- now the main man at the national rugby stadium. Jim is a brilliant groundsman and works tirelessly. His achievements at the Falkirk Stadium were little short of miraculous, especially in the initial phaseides entice
BENCHMARKS Match: 7 Team: 6 Opp: 8 Ref: BestBairn: Will Vaulks