The Benchman: To go or not to go?

Can you name this Chelsea legend? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp
Can you name this Chelsea legend? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp

The Benchman can understand why fans choose to stay home and watch golf rather than travel to watch expensive Championship games.

TO GO OR NOT TO GO? A hard call. Watch Liverpool v Everton, followed by the Ryder Cup and settle in for Arsenal v Tottenham - all in the comfort of your own home. Fridge accessible. Toilets easily reached. Or? Through to Kirkcaldy and pay £17 to get in to see a ‘Championship’ match. Never have I seen so many sad faces coming out of a football ground. Both sets of fans were bemoaning the state of Scottish Football.Just over 1800 people to see a game that used to pull in crowds of over 10,000. Dull, sterile, boring, predictable- and a game that had 0-0 written all over it. No wonder the crowds are dwindling and the bus numbers are dropping.

REMEMBERING: Good to see Raith Rovers doing their bit to remember the efforts of their players and supporters who were in McCrae’s Battalion during World War One. The Raith strip was black and green and these colours were in the regimental strip worn by the players in 1914. Before the kick off Rock The Rovers presented cheques to local charities from their fundraising efforts. They donated £500 to McCrae’s Battalion Trust and the trust is gearing up for the big anniversary next year- 100 years since the battle where so many lost their lives.

THE NEXT LEVEL? Hibs supporters must have had a collective fit of the vapours when they looked at the league tables on Saturday night. Their favourites were in the relegation zone and although it was early on, there must have been an awful dread that their long nightmare was far from over. Surely not?

QUIZBALL SEASON: The former Falkirk players are in action soon against their rivals from Hibs, Hearts, Dunfermline and Motherwell. The first leg of the annual competition sees the team at Fir Park on Tuesday, November 4. Training at altitude is continuing, but the line-up should include John Markie, Tiger McLaughlin, Ian Hunter, Bobby Tasker and Alex Duchart. The second round takes place at the Senior Bairns November meeting. It is always nice to see so many famous faces at the events.

RETURN OF THE TERRACES? There is an interesting feature in this week’s Falkirk Herald about the possible return of terracing. It might be interesting to see how many people who were regulars on the Hope Street terraces have stopped going to Falkirk matches and their reasons for their decision. Might be interesting.

LOCAL BOYS MADE GOOD: The Bairns Bafflers this week shows how many Scotland players were born in Stirlingshire. Could you name a Scotland team in the old positions (1-2-3-5) who were all local boys?

ANSWERS: Last week’s mystery men were Jim Baxter and Ralph Brand of Rangers. Mark Clougherty was transferred to Clyde in 1978.

TEASER: How much did Spurs pay Falkirk for the transfer of John White in October 1959?

MYSTERY PIC: Can you name the player above? Tweet your answer @FalkirkHeraldSp