The Benchman: Mick was the mystery winger

Can you name these three former Falkirk players? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name these three former Falkirk players? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman wonders why Falkirk must play local rivals Shire ‘over the border’ in Airdrie.

IRISH EYES: Good to see so many Bairns supporters over in Drogheda to support the team on Saturday. It could have been a Europa League trip if things had been different in May, but it was a nice change nonetheless.

Bring back the Brockville Fives and let’s see some real action

JIMMY MURRAY RIP: Sad to hear of the passing of Jimmy Murray, the firt Scot to score a goal in a World Cup finals.

WORLD WAR ONE FOOTBALL: Falkirk, Hearts, Celtic and Queen’s Park were represented at Hampden Park last week at the first series of talks on football during the Great War. Some amazing stories of individual bravery, sacrifice and heroism that are not widely known.

ANSWERS: The no. 9 was none other than Alex Duchart who was seen celebrating a goal against Celtic. Matt Glennon was signed from Carlisle United.

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the players seen training at Bleachfield?

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Gareth Hutchison?

NEUTRAL GROUND: I wonder why Falkirk’s cup tie against the Shire was moved to Broadwood? There were other options at Alloa or Stenhousemuir, but no doubt the ‘rules’ were quoted at length by the blazers. Still, it makes any programme a collector’s piece. Given the circumstances, I guess all you can say is: It’s Not Unusual.

STRIPPED FOR ACTION: Good to see the Howgate having a bit of fun with the competition to identify the Falkirk tops. It’s a great idea to generate a bit of pride in the local team and proves how fashions change. Bring back the jersey worn at the end of the war - navy blue with red sleeves. It looked great when it appeared in a Pannini sticker album a few years back.

MYSTERY WINGER: There is a fair bit of debate about the identity of the players in the Scotland B team picture taken at Dens Park. The mystery man was sitting in the outside-right position, and was finally identified as Mick Cullen of Luton Town.

FRIENDLIES: They are never the real thing, are they? Too many players in third gear and too many substitutions. Against Athlone there were two full teams used. Bring back the Brockville Fives and let’s see some real action.

FALKIRK HERITAGE: The Falkirk FC Heritage Facebook page goes from strength to strength and there are a few well-kent names appearing in the comments. Australian exiles Brian Brown and George Gibson are regular contributors and Sammy McGirven, Ken Eadie, and Alex Rae are often quick to chip in. We try to put up at least three Falkirk pictures a day, so why not join in?