The Benchman reflects a weekend of extraordinary results both north and south of the border and congratulates Falkirk’s famous five.
FICKLE OR WHAT? Raith Rovers beat Rangers in the final of the Ramsdens Cup just a matter of days ago - yet some of the Starks Park “faithful” were calling on manager Grant Murray to pack it in after Conor McGrandles scored that second goal.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A MONTH MAKES? The League table on Saturday March 22 didn’t make pleasant reading for Bairns fans. Eight points behind Hamilton and nine points behind leaders Dundee. A terrible defeat at Alloa and all looked lost. Now, we are right in the mix - only one and two points behind the leading two. Falkirk are the form team- and right in time too.
CROWD REACTION: The press box guys heard that Morton had scored against Dundee. Set your stop watches. Text alerts. Twenty seconds later- the South Stand breaks into a loud cheer and singing of “We’re Blue, We’re White” starts up. Not like the old days, when rumours spread based on Chinese whispers. Who will ever forget that afternoon up in Forfar when we were up and down again in the space of a few minutes?
FIVE BOYS: Congratulations to the five Falkirk boys in the SPFL Championship Team of the Year. To be rated by your peers is a great achievement. Well done to Messrs. Loy, McGovern, Vaulks, Kingsley and Millar. Come on Rory - can you follow in the footsteps of Simon Stainrod, Richard Cadette and Russell Latapy and land the top honour?
SCOTLAND’S FIRST FOOTBALL MEMORIES MATCH: Falkirk hope to stage the first ever Football Memories Match in Scotland on Saturday May 3rd when the Bairns take on Alloa. The event is to promote Alzheimer Scotland’s Football Memories project which started here in Falkirk, and which uses old football images and memorabilia to help people with dementia to recall games and players from the past. Fans will be encouraged to wear their favourite strips and to remember their first matches when they came along as small children.
IT’S A FUNNY OLD GAME, SAINT: So said Jimmy Greaves - and it was never truer than last week. Who could have predicted a Sunderland win at Stamford Bridge or a Morton win over Dundee? That’s what makes live sport so exciting and why everything must be done to hammer those who try to introduce match-fixing.
SPOOKY OR WHAT: Last Saturday we had St Johnstone and Dundee United in action and then on Sunday Hull City faced Arsenal. The cup final “rehearsals” might not give any indication of what’s to come, but who knows?
ANSWERS: The Motherwell player was Andy Weir and Falkirk were playing Clyde when Hughie Maxwell had the game of his life, scoring all seven goals in a 7-3 win.
MYSTERY PIC: Who is this keeper pictured above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
TEASER: Which English club tried to take over the Bo’ness fixtures when the Newton Park side left the Scottish League in 1932, so that they could run their Reserve team in Scotland?