The Benchman: All smiles as Falkirk are back in the promotion race

Can you name this former Queen's Park player? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this former Queen's Park player? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman was in a happy mood for a change following the Bairns’ win at Dens Park, but he still has some choice words regarding the Dark Blues’ club songs.

A BIG, BIG RESULT: Make no bones about it - beating Dundee on Saturday some result. A defeat and it was all over. Crowds would have dropped and income reduced. The team played for their manager, their club and their supporters. The Cowdenbeath equaliser was the icing on the cake. This Saturday is Hamilton versus Dundee. They can’t both win.

CLUB SONGS: Two of the worst club songs ever - and both relating to Dundee. The rhymes were incredibly predictable. In one, the lyrics run through the names of the championship winning side of the early 60s. In the other, a drinking pal is encouraged to attend a game at Dens.Dundee were “magic” and the other lot were “tragic”. The invite to the pal was to “come with me” to “watch the famous Dundee F.C.” Cringeworthy in the extreme.

RUNNING ON EMPTY: Rory Loy ran himself into a standstill at Dens. He covered every blade of grass, back-tracked and caused havoc with his runs at the Dundee defenders. He has been a great signing and he well deserved his ovation when he came off at the end.

CRUEL BUT TRUE: When subbed Craig Beattie trotted off to the dressing room, one Dundee wag remarked: “That’s the quickest ye’ve moved all day!”

PAYING THE PENALTY: It’s a long time since I can remember so many missed Falkirk penalties. Nowadays, keepers study DVD replays of how players prefer to place their kicks. Rory Loy and Mark Millar have all failed to hit the target this season. Mind you, it was a good save.It’s not as easy as Geordie Miller made it look.

WHY SO GLUM?: Jimmy our bus driver was back in action taking the Senior Bairns Express up to Dundee. He was much happier than he had been a couple of weeks ago. Sitting at the airport, friends had asked him why he looked so glum. Jimmy was waiting at Penang Airport for a flight to Kuala Lumpur. The carrier? Malaysian Airways.

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS: Falkirk signed Craig Brown from Dundee and the shirt-swappers were Willie Carr and Emlyn Hughes.

FIGHTING FOR THE JERSEY: Those who were lucky enough to be at Dens last Saturday must have been impressed by the energy, fight and determination shown by everyone in a white jersey. Throwing themselves at shots and clearances, chasing seemingly lost causes and running themselves to a standstill. Well done, guys you made us proud to be Bairns again.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Jimmy Delaney in 1951/52 season?

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name this player from the past who is sporting the famous black and white hoops of Queen’s Park? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp.