The Benchman reflects on the aftermath of a weekend spoiled by the weather.
SCOTLAND’S WINTER: There was the inevitable call for a winter shutdown by several callers to the hotlines. The weather forecast was spot on. Weather conditions were awful and cars were aqua-planing down the M73 and M74. Trees were blown down and the accident on the Beattock-Dumfries road showed the severity of the storm. Should we add wind speed as a factor in early postponements?
ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was Manchester City’s famous goalkeeper Bert Trautman. Bert was the hero of their cup win in 1956, when he played on despite sustaining a serious neck injury.
SCOTTISH FOOTBALL NOW: Celtic are streets ahead of the other clubs in Scotland at the moment in terms of income, salaries, budgets and playing staff. What then does that Barcelona result tell us? Are we so far behind the rest of the competition? Neil Lennon described the result as an “examination” in a radio interview. If so, they failed. These players might stroll through games in our leagues, but they looked second-raters in the Nou Camp. There was no fight, no pride in the jerseys and self-belief. The Lisbon Lions of 1967 had all three of these qualities – and then some. Where did we go wrong as a football nation? Too many over-priced, second-rate foreign imports who are less than committed to the cause. You can go back to the start of the Souness Era at Ibrox and follow the trail.
WARRIORS’ BIG DAY RUINED: The world was waiting. Saturday’s Big Two. Manchester City v Arsenal and then Stenhousemuir v Rangers. In Kiev, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur and Kansas City the question must have been - who are Stenhousemuir? The maps and atlases would be out as thousands searched for the location of Stenhousemuir. Then came the storm.
TEASER: Which Falkirk player was known as ‘Doc’ and from which club was he signed?
BENCHMARKS: No Benchmarks this week. Back to normal for the Morton game.