The Benchman: Falkirk war veterans deserve recognition

Can you name this Celtic goalkeeper? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this Celtic goalkeeper? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman thinks England’s under-21 flops could learn a thing or two from the great Lawrie Reilly.

Dunfermline and Falkirk all had first team players in the 16th Royal Scots and hopefully one day there will be a recognition in Falkirk of the part they played.

The young players are too tired, they are over-paid, pampered, and need a break. Basically, they don’t want to play for their country

FALKIRK F.C. AT WAR: There is a special event in the Hampden Football Museum on Thursday, July 9 when various clubs are taking part in a World War One presentation. It is free to attend and the clubs taking part are Falkirk, Hearts, Queens Park and Celtic. There is a chance to visit the museum after the presentations. The event starts at 12.00 noon and is being held in the auditorium in the Main Stand at Hampden Park.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: This week’s “You Don’t Say Sherlock” award goes to the pundits who analysed the failure of the England Under 21 side to progress in the European Championships. The young players are too tired, they are over-paid, pampered, and need a break. Basically, they don’t want to play for their country. What about the enormous numbers of foreign players who hold down places in the so-called “Greatest League In The World” and deny promising youngsters the chance to break through to first team level?

LAWRIE REILLY: Compare that to the philosophy of the late Hibs and Scotland centre-forward Lawrie Reilly. Lawrie once stated that he would have played for Scotland even with a broken leg. When asked what he would do if both legs were broken, he replied with a mischievous grin, “I would have needed a fitness test on the morning of the game.”

TEASER: Who succeeded Reggie Smith as manager of Falkirk?

JAMIE MacDONALD: Good Luck to the departing keeper who has moved on to Kilmarnock and rejoins his old pal Gary Locke. Jamie did well for Falkirk and it is just a pity that his last game was to end in such disappointment. Falkirk have had a good record of signing keepers since the daft days of Tommy Younger, when there was a constant conveyor belt of goalies at Brockville.

ANSWERS: The picture of the Scotland B team at Dens Park featured Ian Rae second from the left back row, and Carronshore boys Willie Ormond and Eddie Turnbull in the front row. Crunchie’s wonder goal came against Huntly.

JIM ROWAN (1934-2015): Former player Jim Rowan has sadly passed away and his funeral service was held last Friday. 
Jim was a popular player after he signed from Airdrie and acted as manager on a temporary basis after the departure of John Prentice. He left Falkirk to join Partick Thistle and played a total of 63 games for the club.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the Celtic goalkeeper in the picture above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp.