The Benchman: Cloak and dagger stuff at Camelon Juniors

Can you name this Motherwell player? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
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The Benchman asks if supporters would be interested in watching reserve matches and recalls the horrors of playing on ash parks.

AWAY SUPPORTERS: An interesting radio programme this week on the decline of away support in modern football. Falkirk Stadium has seen that with a vengeance this season with the smaller clubs struggling to fill one section of the North Stand, and in some cases having to be accommodated in a small part of the West Stand. Back in the 1950s not many people had a car and there were few who went to away games. In those days, reserve games at Brockville drew big crowds. Proper programmes were produced for the games. Nowadays a family of four would need close on to £100 to see an away game. Squads are smaller now, but reserve games at 3 p.m. on a Saturday might be worth considering?

DOONHAMERS: Queens are always a difficult team on their own patch, although we have had some good wins in recent seasons. That was a really great result on Saturday and with Hamilton dropping two points, the dream is still alive. Dumbarton have still to play Dundee and Hamilton and could still decide the outcome of the title.

ASH PARKS: There was a great article in last Saturday’s Glasgow Herald by Hugh MacDonald about football injuries and there was mention of the old ash parks. Many players still carry the scars from ending up on the ash. The famous medical alternative was often a choice between the scrubbing brush and Iodine or the advice to just live with it. Quite a few decided to live with the scars.

WORLD WEARY: Last Monday’s Senior Bairns meeting was all about Scotland’s quest for the World Cup. It was the stuff of nightmares. From going to the 1954 Finals in Switzerland with a squad of 13 players to losing out on goal difference on several occasions, it was enough to bring tears to a glass eye. Only Scotland could produce stories like it.

CAMELON CAMPAIGN: Your team is about to face a massive game and maybe progress into the Junior Cup semi-final and the manager moves to Linlithgow! Talk about cloak and dagger stuff. Who knew? When did they know? Well done to the players for an emphatic response.

STEP CHANGE: How do you get from Dougie Moran to Stanley Matthews in three steps?

SCOTT ARFIELD: At 16/1 before a ball was kicked, there was a surge of local money on the Burnley team and it will be great to see an ex-Falkirk boy play at the highest level in the British game. Scott Arfield has been a real star this season. Surely a Scotland cap before too long?

ANSWERS: Last week’s picture was from a Hearts v Kilmarnock League Cup final at Hampden Park. Brian Clough’s first managerial job was with Hartlepool. The linkage was Simon Stainrod played for Aston Villa - Prince William supports Aston Villa - Prince William married Kate Middleton, who became the Duchess of Cambridge.

TEASER: Who were Falkirk playing when Hughie Maxwell scored all seven goals in a 7-3 win?

MYSTERY PIC: Who is the Motherwell player pictured above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp