The Benchman: Hearts win was a ‘Hoppy’ birthday

Which of these players went to play for Falkirk? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Which of these players went to play for Falkirk? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman says you couldn’t make up the Rangers saga, but has a go anyway.

PARDON? GRANTED: The Hearts programme was voted the Scottish programme of the year. It was a massive 84 page effort and was high quality throughout. Almost. In the pen pictures of the Falkirk squad it gave a good summary of Peter Grant’s career. It was accompanied by a picture of? Thomas Grant.

DAVID AND GOLIATH: What a weekend of shocks that was. Did anyone have a treble of Bradford City, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace? Even a couple of bob on Falkirk was a good return.

SOAP OPERA IBROX STYLE: You just couldn’t make this Rangers stuff up. Every day, in every way, it gets sillier and sillier. What next? This was written on Burns Nigh t- so here goes. Rangers to appoint Neil Lennon as manager. Marilyn Monroe to be appointed his assistant and traces of Shergar to be found in a cheeseburger sold on Copland Road.

HOPPY BIRTHDAY: A great night in the Westfield Lounge last Saturday in honour of the legendary Hoppy, aka Robert Miller. The guy was a real character, both at Brockville and now at the Falkirk Stadium. He is friend and confidante to several well-known people in the game, not the least of which is a certain former Manchester United manager who once played for Falkirk. Happy 85th Hoppy.

ANSWERS: Last week’s player was Willie Buchan of Celtic, Blackpool and Hull City. Falkirk played Morton in Rowan Alexander’s testimonial.

TEASER: Which Danish club played Falkirk in August 1966 in a pre-season friendly?

HOW MUCH?: Hamilton’s offer of £25,000 for Rory Loy was unbelievable. OK, the player is out of contract in the summer - but, Falkirk could finish fourth and have at least two play-off games against one of the so-called Big Three. Possibly two live TV games. Total income? More than £25,000. Maybe lots more if they progressed.

LESSONS LEARNED: As I have said before, the Bairns boss is refreshingly honest. He admitted that he didn’t know the other players in the division at the start of the season, and took a while to get to know the abilities of his own squad. Lessons were learned and he certainly has made a huge improvement in the team. Credit where credit’s due.