The Benchman: Old Firm? It was Grangemouth for derbies

Can you name these two players? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
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The Benchman ponders Dumbarton’s itchy feet and why Raith Rovers attract so many celebrity supporters.

IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL... Falkirk well on top, playing good football, but not able to see off their opposition. Getting near the end and the opposition coming more and more into it. Reporters starting to write their copy. Hold it! A narrow win turns into a draw. Talk about Groundhog Day?

SOUNDS FAMILIAR? There was apparent supporter discontent at a certain club at the style of football on offer. Tippy, tappy passing ad nauseam. Sideways and backwards. Pass- pass-pass. Yawn. It all sounded so familiar. We had seen that style at Falkirk when the manager in question was in charge here a while ago.

TEASER: To which club did Falkirk transfer Mark Clougherty in 1977/78?

LEST WE FORGET: The Falkirk v Hearts game on November 15 is being dedicated to the memory of McCrae’s Battalion, the 16th Royal Scots. Players and supporters of Hearts and Falkirk and other clubs joined up and their exploits are recorded in the excellent book written by Jack Alexander. Look out for more details later. Hearts and Raith Rovers have brought out commemorative strips for this centenary anniversary season.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: The player who played for Falkirk and Inverness Caledonian was Bobby Bolt.The mystery keeper was Frank Haffey of Celtic.

SET UP: Frank Haffey was last week’s mystery picture and there is a great picture of him coming back to Glasgow Central Station after the 9-3 débâcle at Wembley. He was photographed underneath the sign for Platform 9 and it is obvious that his colleagues could see what was coming and left the Celtic keeper well alone.

GRANGEMOUTH FOOTBALL: It was fascinating to see old cine film of the games at Bo’ness involving the local side and Forth Rangers and Grange Rovers. Older readers will remember the Grangemouth derbies in Wood Street or over in the Old Town. Both teams had a long history-Rovers were founded in 1896 with the Rangers starting out six years previously. Both clubs produced famous players in their prime, including Eddie Turnbull and George Young.

ON THE MOVE - AGAIN?: It was interesting to see that Dumbarton were thinking of moving to a new ground- already. The new stadium only opened in 2000 but the intention is to relocate.The current site would make an ideal location for housing with a fine riverside view. It sets you wondering what could be achieved if a builder could do for a football club what many have done for golf clubs and rugby clubs, by buying the old site for housing and constructing new facilities for the club as part of the deal.

FAMOUS FANS: Saturday’s crowd at Starks Park might include some well-kent faces such as Gordon Brown, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. All are Rovers fans. One famous fictional fan is John Rebus, who is shown as a Hibs fan in the TV versions.

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