The Benchman: Road to Hampden is wide open

Can you name this former player and identify which club he is playing for? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this former player and identify which club he is playing for? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman predicts traffic chaos in London as Rangers hit the road for the club’s EGM.

THE RESULT IS EVERYTHING: To be brutally frank, Brechin City deserved at least a draw and a chance to take the tie back to Glebe Park. Manager Peter Houston admitted as much. They were on a great run, and in Blair at No.11 they had the most outstanding player on the park. There are many hidden gems in the lower leagues and Falkirk have recruited several over the years. What matters in a cup tie is the result. Falkirk won.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery picture was ex-Rangers and Scotland inside forward Ralph Brand. Falkirk’s first ever Scottish league opponents back in 1902 were Clyde at Shawfield.

MORGAN THE MIGHTY: It was great to see a big guy with real pace. We have had a few strikers over the years who were big, some were big and strong, but few were big, strong and pacey. You could think of Ally Graham, Hughie Maxwell, Dominic Iorfa, Enoch Showunmi and many many others. Taylor Morgan had pace to burn.

A VERY OPEN SCOTTISH CUP: The run to Hampden is wide open. This could be a good year for an unfancied team to make it to the final. A fifth final in a year ending with five. It’s an omen.

ANYONE CAN SEE THAT: Some great stories on the Facebook page ‘Heritage Falkirk’. The one about the blind man in the enclosure whose friend talked him through the games was a favourite. The friend described every kick, pass and tackle. One move caught a Falkirk player offside. “Come on, ref! He was never offside! Anyone can see that,” said the blind man. After he realised what he had said, he burst out laughing.

CALLING JIM DAWSON: What about that Hampden Park pitch? New pitch. New grass. Scotland. Winter. Two games in two days. Are we surprised? Jim’s problems with the Murrayfield worms pale into insignificance.

WORLD WAR ONE: Several Senior Bairns are engaged on a project being run by the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park relating to Falkirk F.C. during the First World War. The project includes a special visit to Hampden to see the exhibition ‘Football at War’.

DID YOU EVER? You can just imagine Sally Traffic on BBC Radio. There are major traffic delays on the M6 today as thousands of cars, vans and buses seem to be heading south from Govan heading for an EGM in London.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Jack Ross?

WE’RE ALL DOOMED AH TELL YE: The TV stranglehold on fixture planning continues. You will play Friday night. You will play Sunday afternoon. How long before we play on Monday mornings to catch the Far East markets? Don’t laugh.