The Benchman reveals the Scottish Cup trophy is not all it seems ahead of Saturday’s big game.
CUP FINAL KEY PLAYER CROCKED: We were all shocked to hear of the serious injury to the silver player on top of the Scottish Cup lid. He broke his leg while taking part in a photo shoot up in Inverness and is a serious doubt for the final. The damaged cup is a replica and the real cup only appears for the presentation ceremony itself. As the victorious captain is taken down the steps, Scottish Football Museum curator Richard McBrearty carefully swaps the real thing for the replica and the famous old trophy is quickly back under lock and key in the museum.
CUP FEVER: Great to see the local shops getting in Cup mode and the decorations look brilliant. The Howgate exhibition certainly caught the imagination and the giant Scottish Cup outside Sisters looks great. I can remember similar decorations at every Final but modern technology certainly makes them look more professional. Where are Matheson’s navy blue pies though?
THE LUCK HORSESHOE: 1913: Bobby Orrock is given a lucky horseshoe as captain of the team. 1957: Bobby gives the horseshoe to captain John Prentice. 2007: Sheila Prentice returns the horseshoe to the club. 2015: David McCracken is given it as a good luck charm. Great continuity and let’s hope it works. The captains of 1997 and 2009 never saw it.
ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was Jimmy McPhie and Harry Kinnear was signed from East Fife.
TEASER: From who did Falkirk sign Jimmy Jack?
BOUNCE GAMES: At least the players managed to get a run out against Burnley and Swansea, but don’t read anything into the results. We all know the real thing is all that matters
NOT MY BEST GOAL: Saturday’s Scotsman will feature an interview by Aidan Smith with the ever modest Dougie Moran who scored THAT goal against Kilmarnock back in 1957. He was only 22 at the time and said it was a bit of a toe-poke, but it was a winning one nonetheless.