The Benchman: Two Hibees, but one bad loser

This Falkirk striker is proudly showing how many goals he has scored in one season. Who is he? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
This Falkirk striker is proudly showing how many goals he has scored in one season. Who is he? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman is still basking in the glow of Falkirk’s semi-final success against Hibs.

LADY LUCK: Who said that you make your own luck? Falkirk had their fair share of good fortune against Hibs, but deserved it for a display of courage, determination and bravery. The defence were outstanding and some played their best ever games for the club. Several Bairns fans went through to Mount Florida with a sense of trepidation, and the opening minutes were scary. But that goal- and these scenes at the end- priceless.

The attendance of 21,227 was a poor one. Were too many put off by the fear of a hammering? They should know by now - Expect the Unexpected

SOUR GRAPES: Alan Stubbs yet again showed his lack of sportsmanship at the press conference. To save him time for the next one, we can give him the script now. “I can’t believe we lost that one. We had 3450 shots on goal and their keeper has had the game of his life. We battered them and the better team didn’t win today. There was no justice in that result. I’m at a loss to explain how we lost that game.”

GREAT EXAMPLE: By contrast, we had a great example of sportsmanship from a Hibs fan who was standing outside the new Queens Park offices at Lesser Hampden. He applauded the Falkirk buses as we drove off and his reaction was genuine. Well done to him.

BISHOPS CHAIR: There were ecclesiastical celebrations back in Behind the Wall on Saturday after the match to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Chairman of the BTW Falkirk Supporters Club. I don’t know what was in the beer, but several there swore they could see about 15 David Lapsleys eating birthday cake.

WHERE WERE YOU? Cup semi-final at Hampden. Glorious sunny day. Admission prices at £5 for concessions were a real bonus. Yet the attendance of 21,227 was a poor one. Were too many put off by the fear of a hammering? They should know by now- Expect the Unexpected. Let’s get behind the team for the Final. You know you want to.

STAR MAN: There were so many different nominations for the Man of the Match award. The official award went to Hibs No.20 Scott Allan, but the real heroes were in red and white jerseys. Peter Grant and David McCracken were rock solid and Jamie MacDonald was outstanding. Those at the game maybe didn’t realise until later on TV that he had actually touched some of these shots on to the bar.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery player was Rab Henderson and Tony Parks was transferred to Blackpool in 1996.

TEASER: Who replaced Alex McCae as manager in 1965?

NUMBERS GAME: Where are the omens this time? 1957. Cup Winners in Scotland- Falkirk. Cup Winners in England- Aston Villa. Could be a repeat?