The Benchman is not surprised the Rock of Gibraltar has crumbled in the tough world of international football.
STATISITCS: At the risk of sounding like a stuck record - statistics don’t count. Scotland had 63 per cent possession in the match against Georgia, so we were told. 17 shots to six, nine corners to three. Give us a break. Only goals count. Remember our cup final against Rangers? We had more possession, more passes, but they had one statistic that mattered - a goal. To think that there is a firm whose business is Soccer Statistics.
BLANK SATURDAY: What did you Bairns fans do on your day off? The Benchman had a great afternoon in a Memories Session reliving old times, including some memorable games and even more funny moments.
BOARD TO TEARS: What on earth was going on with that fourth official and his substitute board? Chris Martin (13) was waiting to come on, but who was coming off? No.11 for No.20? Anya? Three attempts later we were still waiting. Finally Steven Fletcher (9) came off. If Georgia had equalised in the time added on, there would have been a riot. Bring back the old metallic square boards.
GIBRALTAR? At least they are consistent. 7-0, 7-0. Can they really be taken seriously? San Marino look like major players by comparison. Gibraltar is twinned with Ballymena, which has almost the same size of population. Would they allow Germany, Italy and the likes to play the Ballymena United team who are currently in the NIFL Premiership?
ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery picture showed, from left to right, Tommy Gemmill, Billy Dickson and Colin Stein. Falkirk signed Scott Crabbe from Dundee United.
TEASER: Which club did Brendan Rodgers and Alex Parker both play for?
LUCKY WHITE HEATHER? They must be mad. Raith Rovers versus Queen of the South on a Friday night in October. That’s what we all thought when BBC Alba decided to show the match. With a commentary in Gaelic it looked like a crazy move. What did we get? An absolute cliff-hanger of a game. What’s Gaelic for inspired choice?
WORLD WAR ONE PROJECT: Falkirk Senior Bairns have been chosen to participate in a special national project relating to the First World War. It involves charting the progress of the team between 1914 and 1919, with a focus on those who served in the conflict, events in the town as well as the performances of the team in domestic competitions.
TREASURE TROVE: It is well-known that major television companies didn’t keep much of the old footage of football matches in Scotland. That’s why it was so good to find an old canister that had film of the Falkirk v Third Lanark League Cup quarter-final tie played at Brockville on Wednesday, September 16, 1959. Falkirk lined up as follows: Hardie, McCarry, McIntosh, McMillan, Richmond, Hunter, Murray, White, Moran, Harris, Rae. Falkirk lost 3-0.
MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the player pictured above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp