The Benchman: Time to get tough

Who is this Motherwell Legend?   Benchman January 7 - Mystery Picture
Who is this Motherwell Legend? Benchman January 7 - Mystery Picture

The Benchman calls for the compliance officer to act – just as he has done on the divers.

We need to get rid of all this diving and feigning injury in the game before it’s too late. The recent incidents in the Rangers/Hibs game and the Leicester City/Manchester City games shows just how bad it has become. These guys are prepared to get their fellow professionals sent off in front of thousands of witnesses. The authorities and managers need to get tough and root this out. Fraser Fyvie’s suspension was well deserved and is a start.

I watched the Livingston game from the South Stand and must admit it was an enjoyable experience- probably the best since Hope Street. Much more noise and more vocal encouragement, as well as singing.The view was much better than I thought- even the faraway goalmouth. Worth a return visit.

Those who thought the signing of Mark Kerr was a short-term cover must be eating their collective hat by now. His energy and stamina against Livingston was nothing short of amazing. He reads a game well and he is now a key player. Seems only yesterday that he was a 14 year old schoolboy at Brockville.

What about this list? Falkirk to astound the pundits by winning the league by a single point. The Bairns to win the Scottish Cup for the third time, beating Celtic 9-8 on penalties. Scotland to get off to a good start in their World Cup campaign. Wales to beat Northern Ireland 6-5 in the most exciting Euro Final ever seen. The Shire to move in to ground share at the Falkirk Stadium and build an East Stand with black and white seats. Now I’m off to take my medication.

Every club programme carries the warning about crowd behaviour and sectarian or racist chanting and singing. Recent TV evidence would suggest that “Scotland’s shame” remains in place. A minority? I think not. Over to you Mr Compliance Officer.

Last week’s mystery player was Alan Cousin and Falkirk signed Donald Ford from Hearts.

To which club did Falkirk transfer Tony Parks?

Far from Mission Impossible.Memories go back to 1992 and a replayed tie at Dens Park when Dundee were managed by a certain Simon Stainrod. Forbes Johnston made his début when he replaced Tommy McQueen and a Scott Sloan goal in 46 minutes gave the Bairns a 1-0 win in front of 7,722.

Match rating: 4
Team rating: 6
Opposition: 5
Referee: McKendrick 5
Best Bairn: Peter Grant