The Benchman is baffled and more than a little angry at the English Premier League’s latest TV deal.
SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS: Falkirk regularly on TV. It’s a far cry from that first floodlight game back in October 1953 when the BBC covered the game against Newcastle United and these new things called floodlights were used. It must have been a producer’s dream start when Alex McCrae scored after only a matter of minutes.
Unsure, hesitant, unpredictable and a real liability - and these are his strong points
ON AND OFF THE PARK: Off the park- nightmare-but those in the red jerseys on the park were a million miles away from their predecessors. You shudder to think of their wage bill and what they are getting back in return in terms of effort, energy and application.
TEASER: Falkirk signed keeper Scott Flinders on loan from which current English Premier League club?
HUNTING IN PAIRS: Just when we get out first really effective pairing up front for a long, long time, we know that Rory Loy is off at the end of the season. Peter Houston is philosophical and knows that it is a short career. Not for the first time did a player find his feet at Falkirk after drifting. Darryl Duffy was another who was going nowhere until he came here. Let’s all wish Rory well at Dundee , and he showed on Friday night that he will continue to give his all for the club. The Baird-Loy combination looked really effective against Rangers, especially in that opening 45 minutes.
ANSWERS: That was captain Bobby Shearer of Rangers leading his team out with keeper Billy Ritchie not far behind. Gregor Abel moved to Clydebank from Brockville.
COMPARE THIS: Scotland’s top side gets £2,000,000 as prize money from the various bodies. The club that finishes BOTTOM of the English Premier League will pocket an unbelievable £92,000,000 as reward for their achievements. The English financial set-up was always envied, but this is simply ridiculous. There are still kids playing on disgraceful pitches and using unlit dressing-rooms with no running water, while over-paid prima donnas pocket more money in a week than many working families would see in years.
THE BEST LEAGUE? The Liverpool and Tottenham results showed that the English top flight might be the marketing and PR dream set-up. High-profile, lucrative sponsorships, wall-to-wall television coverage,full stadia and International players galore. But is it really the best League in the world? One day, they will wake up and find that the home-grown players are not good enough, as they have no chance to develop with all the team places held down by over-priced and over-rated overseas players.
WHAT IS HE DOING NOW? Have you ever seen a player like Bilel Mohsni of Rangers? We have had a few over the years that scared you to bits whenever they got near the ball, but this guy takes it to new dimensions. Unsure, hesitant, unpredictable and a real liability - and these are his strong points. How he won International caps beggars belief.