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THE ESSENTIAL PRE

MATCH BRIEFING FROM FALKIRK TV


Welcome to the first edition of The Enclosure, the new pre-match magazine exclusively for Falkirk TV subscribers. Our vision for this online magazine is to provide you with some essential pre-match reading material to add further to your matchday experience. Normally we plan to focus on previewing the day’s match however the amazing events at Tannadice on Tuesday night have changed our course a little today. It was a truly remarkable achievement from a group of players that never fails to impress with their attitude, work-rate and most importantly team spirit. It was a night that will live long in the memory, and we can now look forward to the semi-final. As the headlines on the front cover suggest, this team has nothing to fear and few would bet against them pulling off yet another cup upset in the semi-finals. However, its back to league business today as we welcome Raith Rovers to the Falkirk Stadium for what will be tough match. But this team has come a long way since our opening day defeat at Stark’s Park.

P.6 Murdo: We Fear No-one

P.4 Last Meeting

Enjoy the game! Russell Croal

Produced by Russell Croal and Craig Turnbull All images in this publication are copyright of Ian Sneddon

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FALKIRK v RAITH ROVERS 29th October 2011

P.9 Match Preview


THE MATCH

Michael McGOVERN Graham BOWMAN

TEAM NEWS Craig Sibbald and Tam Scobbie both remained side-lined. Kieran Duffie is unlikely to make it in time for today’s match. Farid El Alagui and Mark Millar will both face late fitness tests and both are rated as extremely doubtful.

Kieran DUFFIE Tam SCOBBIE Stephen KINGSLEY Darren DODS Murray WALLACE Rhys BENNETT Stewart MURDOCH Blair ALSTON Mark MILLAR Dale FULTON Jay FULTON Ryan MILLAR Kallum HIGGINBOTHAM Farid El ALAGUI David WEATHERSTON Craig SIBBALD Scott DAVIDSON Ally GRAHAM

Ross LAIDLAW David McGUM Laurie ELLIS Grant MURRAY Dougie HILL Willie DYER Reece DONALDSON Colin WILSON Scot MAIN Iain DAVIDSON Danny THOMSON Allan WALKER Andy WALLS David LOW Joe HAMILL Scott McBRIDE

TEAM NEWS Dougie Hill is available for selection after returning from suspension. Scott McBride remains side-lined with a with a knee injury and Iain Davidson misses out due to a groin injury.

Iain WILLIAMSON John BAIRD Brian GRAHAM Stephen REYNOLDS

REFEREE Steve Conroy ASSISTANTS Alasdair Ross & Craig Young

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THE MATCH

Raith Rovers Falkirk

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Saturday 6th August 2011 - Starks Parks Scorer: Joe Hamill (44) Sent Off: Darren Dods (90) Attendance: 2,695 Raith Rovers: McGurn, Donaldson, Dyer, Murray, Ellis, Davidson (s.40 Thomson), Williamson, Walker, Baird, Graham (s.72 Reynolds), Hamill Subs: Hill, McBride, Laidlaw

Joe Hamill delivers the only goal of the game just before the interval

Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Scobbie, Dods, Bennett, Murdoch, J.Fulton (s. 72 Graham), D.Fulton, El Allagui, Higginbotham, Sibbald (s. 86 Wallace) Subs: Comrie, Brisbane, Bowman

Awaiting the start of a new season, the Bairns support unaware of the great results and performances that would follow

RESULTS

TOTAL

%

Falkirk

70

47.30

Raith Rovers

50

33.78

Draws

28

18.92

TOTAL

Average per game

Falkirk

244

1.65

Raith Rovers

207

1.40

GOALS

RECORD WIN

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McGovern makes a great save in the dying seconds

Falkirk

7-1

Raith Rovers

1990/91

RECORD DEFEAT

Raith Rovers

6-4

Falkirk

1949/50

HIGHEST AGGREGATE

Raith Rovers

6-4

Falkirk

1949/50

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THE LEAGUE

Russell Croal LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

P

W

D

L

GF GA GD

PTS

Ross County

10

5

4

1

15

10

5

19

Falkirk

10

4

4

2

14

12

2

16

Hamilton

10

4

3

3

14

9

5

15

Morton

10

4

3

3

13

17

-4

15

Livingston

10

2

7

1

14

12

2

13

Partick Thistle

10

3

3

4

18

13

5

12

Raith Rovers

10

3

3

4

11

11

0

12

QOS

10

3

2

5

11

12

-1

11

Dundee

10

3

2

5

10

12

-2

11

Ayr United

10

2

3

5

9

21

-12

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Ayr United 1 Dundee 3 Livingston 1 Morton 1 Partick Thistle 2 Falkirk 2 Raith Rovers 0 Queen of the South 2 Ross County 1 Hamilton Academical 1 TODAY’S FIXTURES Dundee v Partick Thistle Falkirk v Raith Rovers Hamilton v Ayr United Morton v Ross County Queen of the South v Livingston NEXT FIXTURES (5th NOVEMBER) Ayr United v Morton Dundee v Raith Rovers Falkirk v Livingston Hamilton v Queen of the South Partick Thistle v Ross County

1st DIVISION TOP SCORERS PLAYER

TEAM

GOALS

Peter MacDonald

Morton

7

Farid El Alagui

Falkirk

6

Iain Russell

Livingston

5

John Baird

Raith Rovers

4

Kris Doolan

Partick Thistle

4

1st DIVISION MOST BOOKINGS PLAYER

TEAM

Richard Britain

Ross County

4

Mark Campbell

Ayr United

4

Ross Forsyth

Morton

4

Andy Geggan

Ayr United

4

Graham Bayne

Dundee

3

1st DIVISION RED CARDS PLAYER

TEAM

Ross Callachan

Raith Rovers

1

Mark Campbell

Ayr United

1

Steven Craig

Ross County

1

Darren Dods

Falkirk

1

Jonathan Flynn

Ross County

1

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THE INTERVIEW

Stewart Murdoch believes the Bairns have no-one to fear after reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup. “Ayr are no easy team to beat, we went down there and drew with them already this season,” he said. “But we would be quite happy to take anyone at the moment and hopefully we can go all the way to the final.” Asked if the Bairns were targeting the quadruple he jokingly replied: “Aye that was what our aim was at the start of the season, to go for them all.” His confidence is not only confined to talking to the media however as he showed nerves of steel to tuck away the winning penalty to dispose of the Tangerines on Tuesday night.

Craig Turnbull

“I felt fine, I decided where I was putting [the penalty] before I went. I always go left, so I was buzzing when he did not save it.”

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teven Pressley’s men knocked out Dundee United 5-4 on penalties after the sides could not be separated during 120 “Winning away from minutes of football.

home against another SPL team shows we can do it. I do not see why we can’t go to Hampden and win.”

Ayr United, Kilmarnock and Celtic are the three other remaining teams in the tournament and having knocked out the SPL Champions in the previous round the 21-year-old is confident that they can go all the way.

“I gave something to the team in

the end.” The Communities Cup semi-final draw will be held on Tuesday.

“Beating Rangers was obviously unexpected,” Murdoch told Falkirk TV. “Coming up to Tannadice and winning away from home against another SPL team shows we can do it. I do not see why we can’t go to Hampden and win.” With Ayr United struggling in the First Division this season, Falkirk may well fancy their chances against the Honest Men. But having already caused a few upsets knocking out Hearts and St.Mirren respectively, the hard tackling midfielder warned of complacency against Brian Reid’s men.

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“I was happy to take the last penalty as I felt my performance was not so good,” Murdoch added.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS Tomorrow from 5pm only on Falkirk TV


IN PICTURES

Captain Darren Dods congratulated by Lee Bullen

Ally Graham celebrates levelling the scores with minutes to go

A delighted Kallum Higginbotham It’s all over, the 1000 strong travelling support celebrate

THIS WEEK ON FALKIRK TV SATURDAY - The Falkirk Football Programme SUNDAY - Match Highlights MONDAY - The Press Box TUESDAY - The Stirlingshire Cup Final Live

WEDNESDAY - Falkirk v Dumbarton Highlights THURSDAY - Classic Match FRIDAY - Bairns Build Up SATURDAY - Falkirk v Livingston Live

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THE BIG PICTURE

en Lee Bull lagui id El A and Far one last pose for ther with ge picture to y pound the luck coin.

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THE PRESS BOX Monday from 8pm only on Falkirk TV


THE PREVIEW

Falkirk should continue where they left off at Tannadice on Tuesday Falkirk v Raith Rovers: Match Preview

Craig Turnbull

F

alkirk host Raith Rovers this afternoon and will be looking to continue their unbeaten run with a revenge mission over John McGlynn’s men. The Bairns will be in buoyant mood after reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Communities League Cup. Having already defeated Rangers in the previous round, Dundee United were next to fall victim to this talented young side, finding themselves on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat on penalties. What would normally be considered a fantastic victory on any given day was made even more outstanding by the fact the match was won with virtually a team from the Academy. But it Is back to domestic duties today and the Bairns will have to put all the thoughts of Hampden firmly to the back of their mind if they are to record a result here. The last time the two sides met was at Stark’s Park on the opening day of the season. Raith Rovers

Dale Fulton in action on the opening day of the season

midfielder Joe Hamil’s solitary goal was enough to give the Rovers the three points. But Falkirk did not get disheartened by the narrow loss and since then Steven Pressley’s men have only been defeated once in the league – a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Morton. Despite this they find themselves sitting second in the table growing more confident and assured with every game that goes by and undefeated record at home to bode. Raith on the other hand, have had an inconsistent season of late and are currently seventh. They can take solace from the fact that a win against Falkirk on Saturday would put them a point behind the Bairns, but in their last seven games the Fifers have taken just six points out of a possible 21. These games are usually a tight affair with the odd goal sneaking a victory – who can forget Jack Compton’s wonder strike at Stark’s Park last season to give Falkirk a 2-1 win. More of the same please!

Jack Compton scores a wonder-strike at Stark’s last season

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