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THE ESSENTIAL PRE MATCH BRIEFING FROM FALKIRK TV

Falkirk v Raith Rovers Saturday 21st April 2012 The Falkirk Stadium Kick-off 3pm


VIEW FROM THE DUGOUTS Alex Smith: “We have plenty of reasons for winning this game. “We still want to finish second in the table and also we are at home and want to win it for our fans. “Raith will be fighting for everything and that makes the game similar to our contest with Queen of the South last week that we came within inches of winning but hit the woodwork twice.”

P.4 David Weatherston Interview

Raith Rovers Manager John McGlynn: “We need to play with a lot of passion, effort and enthusiasm in this game as winning is vital. “We started the league season with a win over Falkirk and since then have drawn with them and lost a game but we can win this one by working our socks off.

P.8 Kris Faulds

“It will be a tough, tough game, a tight game but it would be great to be heading into the match with Queen of the South next week with a win behind us. “We feel we are capable of getting a result.” The Enclosure: Issue 27 Edited and Produced by Russell Croal & Craig Turnbull All images © Ian Sneddon 2

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P.6 Last Meeting


THE MATCH

Michael McGOVERN Graham BOWMAN

TEAM NEWS Tam Scobbie may have played his last game for the club after picking up an ankle injury at Palmerston last week.

Ross LAIDLAW David McGUM

Kieran DUFFIE Tam SCOBBIE Stephen KINGSLEY Darren DODS Murray WALLACE Rhys BENNETT

Willie DYER Reece DONALDSON Laurie ELLIS Dougie HILL Scot MAIN Grant MURRAY Colin WILSON

Stewart MURDOCH Blair ALSTON Mark MILLAR Jay FULTON Ryan MILLAR Willie GIBSON

Iain DAVIDSON Joe HAMILL David LOW Danny THOMSON Scott McBRIDE Allan WALKER Andy WALLS

Farid El ALAGUI David WEATHERSTON Craig SIBBALD Jordan WHITE

TEAM NEWS Pat Clarke is struggling with a virus and captain Iain Davidson is suspended.

John BAIRD Brian GRAHAM Stephen REYNOLDS Iain WILLIAMSON

REFEREE Bobby Madden ASSISTANTS Stuart Stevenson & Alan Hogg

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THE INTERVIEW

David Weatherston on signing a new contract >>>

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THE INTERVIEW

Russell Croal

@FTVRussell

avid Weatherston made his second return to Palmerston Park last Saturday. We took a few moments to catch up with him after the game. “I’m disappointed we didn't win, but I think it was just one of those days. It was a battle and there wasn’t much football played. A draw was probably a fair result at the end of the day.” Is it fair to say that the pitch didn’t suit our style of play? “It’s terrible. From the stand it doesn’t look to bad, but when you are on it it’s so sticky and bumpy and just not good for playing football on. “We always try to play football because we are used to the pitches at the training ground. It is the way we are taught to play but it was really difficult today.” Jay Fulton had a shot hit the post in the second half, David admitted he expected him to score, “I think with Jay, because he is so technically skilled, you expect him to score that chance. It was probably the best chance of the game, and it was just a bit unlucky that it hit the post.” Ross County’s victory against Dundee brings us a point closer to the Dens Park side in the battle for second spot. “It is still looking good for a top three finish and hopefully we can push on for second. We have got three winnable games coming up, so hopefully we can finish on a high to take us into next season.” David’s impressive performances this season have been rewarded with a new contract, he admitted being delighted it was all sorted before the end of the season: “It’s been a really good year for me. I’ve been in the team most of the time but I have had to adjust to the different style of play, as we didn’t play much football at Queens - but I’m really enjoying it.

last summer? “I keep getting told that, but I did a pre-season with Queen of the South for three weeks and I was quite fit but then I had three weeks off after I got released. I wasn’t in the best frame of mind for a couple of weeks and I lost my way a bit fitness wise. “I’ve never missed a day of pre-season training when I’ve been at a club, so I’m looking forward to getting back next year and getting as fit as possible. I know if I’m super fit then I’ll be playing my best football. “It’s good that the likes of Dods, Duffie and Sibbald etc are signed up for another year and hopefully we can get Michael (McGovern) signed up as well. “We have a good core and hopefully, with a few new faces, can come back stronger.”

“The manager is really enthusiastic and it is rubbing off on all the players. I’m looking forward to coming back next season and working hard.

We finished by looking forward to the visit of Raith Rovers: “You expect us to win at home. Obviously I want to do my old team, Queen of the South, a favour by beating Raith and Ayr.

With the new deal signed, would it be good to get a full pre-season under his belt after missing out

“Hopefully the fans can turn out for the last few games and we can put on a show.”

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THE MATCH

Raith Rovers Falkirk

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Saturday 21st January 2012 Starks Park Raith Rovers: McGurn, Donaldson (s.80 Ellis), Davidson, Murray, Dyer, Williamson (s.61 Smith), A.Walker, Hamill, Baird, Clarke, Casalinuovo (s.61 J.Walker) Subs: Laidlaw, Wilson Scorers: Murray (27), Baird (32) Falkirk: McGovern, Duffie, Dods, Wallace, Scobbie, Weatherston, Murdoch, Millar, Alston, El Alagui, Higginbotham Subs: Bowman, Bennett, Fulton, Sibbald, White

Farid pulls one back for the Bairns

Scorers: El Alagui (36), Dods (62) Attendance: 2,026

Raith celebrate Grant Murray’s opener

RESULTS

TOTAL

%

Falkirk

71

47.33

Raith Rovers

50

33.33

Draws

29

19.33

TOTAL

Average per game

Falkirk

248

1.65

Raith Rovers

209

1.39

GOALS

RECORD WIN

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Darren Dods celebrates levelling the scores

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

FALKIRK v RAITH ROVERS 21st April 2012


THE LEAGUE All statistics on this page include Irn Bru First Division matches only and are correct as at 20th April 2012 LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

P

W

D

L

GF GA GD

PTS

Ross County

33

20

12

1

61

27

34

72

Dundee

33

14

10

9

50

37

13

52

Falkirk

33

12

12

9

47

42

5

48

Hamilton

33

13

6

14

49

47

2

45

Livingston

33

12

8

13

44

36

8

42

Partick Thistle

33

11

9

13

44

36

8

42

Morton

33

10

10

13

38

51

-13

40

Raith Rovers

33

8

11

14

37

45

-8

35

Ayr United

33

8

11

14

37

59

-22

35

QOS

33

7

11

15

34

52

-18

32

Hamilton 4 Morton 3 Livingston 0 Ayr United 1 Partick Thistle 1 Raith Rovers 1 Queen of the South 0 Falkirk 0 Ross County 3 Dundee 0 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 (28th April) Ayr United v Dundee Livingston v Morton Partick Thistle v Falkirk Raith Rovers v Queen of the South Ross County v Hamilton

1st DIVISION TOP SCORERS PLAYER

TEAM

GOALS

Farid El Alagui

Falkirk

16

Colin McMenamin

Ross County

16

Kris Doohlan

Partick Thistle

13

Ryan Conroy

Dundee

10

Michael Gardyne

Ross County

10

1st DIVISION MOST BOOKINGS PLAYER

TEAM

Farid El Alagui

Falkirk

10

Iain Vigurs

Ross County

10

Simon Mensing

Hamilton

9

Stephen Simmons

QOS

9

Richard Britain

Ross County

8

1st DIVISION RED CARDS PLAYER

TEAM

Mark McLaughlin

Hamilton

2

Stephen O’Donnell

Dundee

2

Craig Reid

Queen of the South

2

Alan Archibald

Partick Thistle

1

Rory Boulding

Livingston

1

1st Division Statistics provided by Soccerbase.com

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THE INTERVIEW

Russell Croal

@FTVRussell

ris Faulds is the latest youngster to make the breakthrough into the first team. We caught up with the seventeen year old after last Saturday’s match. The early injury to Craig Sibbald meant another opportunity for Kris to impress. “It was unexpected, but it was good to get some more experience on the park. “I’ve had a few games now, it has been a good experience and hopefully it will help set us up for next year.” Kris is another player who likes to get the ball down and play - and he certainly hasn’t looked phased since making the breakthrough. “You don’t really get nervous. Once your on the park - you just need to do your job. The first team boys help settle you in. I think the main thing is to keep calm and just go and play.” The surface at Palmerston Park certainly wasn’t conducive to our usual style of play: “It wasn’t the best of surfaces, but I thought we dealt well with the conditions. We controlled most of the second half. “We could have had a couple of goals today but arguably so could Queens. I though we played well and were just unlucky not to score.” With so many young players in the squad, Kris feels the future is bright for the club. “I think there is a great future for Falkirk and hopefully games like this will get us prepared for next season. Hopefully when even younger boys come through next year, we’ll be able to help guide them.” Looking forward to the visit Raith, another relegation threatened team, “it’s going to be a tough game against Raith Rovers. We just need to get the ball down and pass it the way we like - and hopefully go and win the game.” Watch the full interview with Kris on The Falkirk Football Programme - Post QOS.

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