The Benchman hails the longevity of Darren Dods’ career and wonders if footballers could learn a lesson from Brian O’Driscoll.
NEIL DONCASTER: The Brave New World of the SPFL - with the same old guys at the head. Can someone remind me what exactly the SPL achieved in its time? There are some very capable people at the SFL, such as David Thomson, and I hope their experience won’t be ignored.
BAIRNS BOSSES: Owen Coyle, Steven Pressley and Davie Weir. What about an ex-Bairns roll-up? Wigan at 12/1, Coventry at 33/1 and Sheffield United at 10/1. Might be worth £1. What odds on them all being in a job at the end of the season?
NURTURING LOCAL TALENT? Rangers reportedly took a 23-man squad on their Highland tour before going off to Germany. A French-Tunisian defender Bilel Mohsni is joining them as he tries to win a contract. This is a guy who left those international giants Southend at the end of last season. One of Rangers seven - yes that’s seven - summer signings includes Honduras midfielder Arnold Peralta. Now remind me. Weren’t Rangers in some kind of financial difficulty this time last year?
HUNTLY MEMORIES: The trip to Huntly brought back memories of the last time we visited there. It gave us a rare glimpse of that Italian star Sabatino Di Massis. He allegedly came from L’Aquila and made one appearance as a substitute in a league game. Who recommended him we’ll never know.
VETERAN DEFENDERS: Dick Campbell has signed Darren Dods and Marvin Andrews as his central defensive partnership and has “been chasing them for some time”. With a combined age of 75 it is a good antidote to the current obsession with youth. Reports that the Forfar boss is tracking Lex Grant, Brian Scrimgeour and Kenny Ashwood have yet to be confirmed.
TYNECASTLE AND EAST END?: Buying the club is one thing - running it is another.
THIS WEEK’S TEASER: Whose career went as follows: Third Lanark- Dundee United- Falkirk- Hibs- Ayr - Falkirk?
LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: That was a picture of Clydebank, league members until they went out of business. Their ground was Kilbowie.
The first Scottish club to install an artificial pitch was Stirling Albion.
MYSTERY PIC: Can you identify who the player is on the extreme right of the front row? Tweet your answer to @FalkirkHeraldSp
ROLE MODEL: When you think of all the petulant spoilt Prim Donnas and their tweets about their own situation when the manager dares to drop them, just consider British Lions centre Brian O’Driscoll. He was a certainty to be captain in his final Test match according to all the rugby press and media guys.Look at his silence in the days after he was dropped. Look at his joy when his team won. Look at his face at the celebrations at the end. Sheer class. That’s why there is no “I” in team.