The Benchman: Money talks in pre-season tours

Can you name this former top flight Scottish football ground? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this former top flight Scottish football ground? Tweet your answers @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman questions the logic of moving to summer football when games in Scotland can be rained off in July.

THE GAME’S OFF? Unbelievable that the Dunfermline v Raith game was postponed due to the pitch being flooded after a freak downpour. The poor old punters were already in the ground and they tried to put the kick off back. What was that about summer football?

HIGHLAND HOPEFULS: A few years ago the Highland League was cruelly described as “baldie heids and pot-bellies looking for one last pay-day.” Not any more. There has been significant investment of late, notably at Cove, Formartine and Brora, and the Highland League is a well-organised and modern organisation. Brora shocked Stenhousemuir with their 3-1 win, but in a few seasons they might be meeting on league business.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: Falkirk hit seven goals and the hacks were searching for the last victory when The Bairns put as many past their opponents.Falkirk have won a few league games by scoring seven or more goals, and on one memorable occasion - against Clyde at Brockville - one player, the late Hughie Maxwell, scored them all.They have rattled in six goals against The Shire in the league on three occasions since the war, but this was the first time for seven.

PRE-SEASON TOURS: Money rules. You have to wonder what some clubs are getting out of those long-distance trips. West Ham, for example, have lost twice in Australia and have picked up injuries. Is the sale of replica tops and merchandising really worth it?

GLASGOW 2014: The Benchman is mightily impressed by the Commonwealth Games fare on offer last Saturday. The city was buzzing with several areas totally transformed. The Merchant City was as good as anything I’ve seen in European city centres. The staging of the actual events was first class and the friendliness of stewards, volunteers and the police was outstanding. Credit where credit’s due. Well Done Glasgow.

LINKS PARK MEMORIES: Great memories of the neat wee ground, especially a game back in the 1980s when I was watching Doug Somner in their team. The old little stand opposite the main one had about five rows of seats and the dug-outs were directly in front of the wooden edifice. The ref sent the opposing management duo to the stand- which entailed a physical move of about two feet. Their names? Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown of Berwick Rangers.

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery picture was Davie Campbell of Falkirk and Reggie Smith managed Dundee United and Millwall either side of his spell at Brockville.

TEASER: Which firm sponsored Falkirk’s shirts when they had Simon Stainrod in the side?

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the former top flight football ground pictured above? Bonus points if you can name the two teams.