The Benchman: Sad to see wasted talent

Can you name the player in the white on the left? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name the player in the white on the left? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman has no qualms with a well-oragnised open-top bus celebration and wonders what it takes to get a 40 million euro refund.

WASTED TALENT: Two bright and lively young strikers feeding off each other, making darting runs and finishing with some great shots. Goals galore and the future for their club and country looked bright. Fast forward to the closing weeks of season 2013/14. Falkirk faced Morton at Cappielow and Alloa at The Falkirk Stadium. What a sorry sight they made. Gary O’Connor didn’t even get off the bench for Morton and looked at least two stones overweight. Derek Riordan didn’t get off the bench for The Wasps - both were unused subs. Their careers have nose-dived and they have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Sad to see such a waste of talent.

HEAVYWEIGHT CONTEST MARK TWO: After the Queen of the South home win, came the next battle to a finish- the 1-1 draw against Accies. Again the next opponents had their manager watching the contest and eagerly observing that the mutual damage was going neither any favours. Tired legs, strength sapping, injuries piling up. An easy task? Don’t you believe it. Momentum is a big plus factor - winning is a great motivator. Good Luck to Hamilton. Butcher Beware.

MYSTERY PIC: Who is the player on the left in white?

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Kenny Brannigan?

VICTORY BUS: What a fuss over Arsenal’s alleged bus preparations. Did nobody try to find out if Hull too had a bus ready for a victory parade? You can’t just rattle up a suitably decorated bus with cup winners 2014 printed in the team colours overnight. I remember how Kilmarnock was ready for a party on the Wednesday night of the 1957 Scottish Cup final replay. Dougie Moran’s goal put paid to that one.

SMALL PRINT DETAILS: Manchester City were fined £49m for breaching Uefa’s financial fair play rules. Shock, horror. But read on folks. If the Etihad millionaires agree to meet the imposed sanctions they will get a refund of... wait for it. 40 million euros! I’m sure the lawyers and accountants will find ways to “significantly limit spending in the transfer market” for the next two seasons. I remember the days of the old Sunday Trading laws when you could sell certain items but not others. Free with this pound of bananas- a three piece suite.

BLATTERING IDIOT: The award for the No ****, Sherlock statement of the year goes to Sepp Blatter. “Maybe we made a mistake in awarding Qatar the World Cup Finals”. The FIFA inspection team ranked Qatar as the only “high risk” option overall, yet it was still chosen by fourteen out of the twenty-two voting members of the executive committee in December 2010. Blatter apparently favoured the USA bid.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: The Scotland players celebrating their goal against Yugoslavia in the 1974 World Cup finals were Jim Holton (5), Billy Bremner (4) and Sandy Jardine (2). The third placed goalkeeper in the all-time appearances list is Willie Whigham.