The Benchman: Games against England don’t matter

Can you name this player? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this player? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman marvels at how far Rangers have fallen and reveals why he can’t stand 5.30 p.m. kick-offs.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Scotland-Republic of Ireland game was like a throw-back to the olden days when there was no quarter asked- or given. Pace, determination and full-bloodied commitment to the cause. None of this tippy-tappy nonsense and passing your opponents to death. Great credit to Gordon Strachan and his team for giving us something to believe in. Wee Scots guys ready to take anyone on. Recipe invented in Wembley 1928.

HALF-HEARTED: We all feared the worst at half-time on Saturday. Hearts were a much better side and could have been further ahead. Peter Houston’s bold changes so early in the second half certainly had the desired effect. In the end, Falkirk almost snatched a draw. They looked much better when they adopted a more attacking approach. Lessons to be learned?

FOOTBALL BODY CLOCK: I am not a fan of the 5.30 p.m. kick off times. Football has its routines and timings - all geared to a three o’clock start. How many were actually watching BBC Alba to see the game? And don’t start on the numbers who will be at Dumbarton to see that game - or watching on TV at that time of the year.

THE LONE RANGER: Did you ever think you’d see the day when Rangers would drop points to Alloa at Ibrox?

TRIBUTE PROGRAMME: Well done too to Gordon McFarlane and his team for an outstanding Falkirk FC programme for the televised game against Hearts. A fitting and apt tribute to the players and supporters of both teams who fought side by side in McCrae’s Battalion.

THE AULD ENEMY? The game and the result against England doesn’t matter in terms of world or even European football. It’s taken us over a century to realise this, from the days when the only result that mattered was against ‘them’. Scotland v England isn’t the be all and end all of our game. Fact.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery pic showed Eddie Turnbull scoring past Jimmy Brown at Tynecastle. Falkirk signed Derek Ferguson from Sunderland.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Sammy Reid?

SHAREHOLDERS AGM: Can you imagine the AGM of a chocolate company, when the shareholders ask questions of the guy who mixes the milk and the sugar and the cocoa. No? Then why does the Falkirk AGM need to have the head coach of the football club there? There are always about 2000 managers out there who could pick different players, change formations or spend money on rising stars and lost diamonds. Shareholders need to know about the business in which they have invested.

SUPPORTERS ON BOARD: Tonight sees the first of the structured meetings between Supporters and Directors of the club. It should be interesting to see how this shapes up, especially after the recent survey and the previous flawed attempts to take supporter representation forward.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the player pictured above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp