31st December 2005
This was Falkirk FC’s second season in their new home, the rather unimaginatively named Falkirk Stadium. There were only two proper stands (plus a wee one behind the goal) back in 2005, although a third has since been added in 2009.
Dunfermline went into this match looking up at the rest of the Premier League clubs from the vantage point of the foot of the table, facing a
Falkirk side still squirming following a 5-0 whupping at Hearts the previous week.
Falkirk’s leading scorer Darryl Duffy, a real thorn in the visitors’ flesh for the full 90 minutes, rattled the crossbar early on but it was
Dunfermline’s Mark BURCHILL who opened the scoring seconds before the break. Noel HUNT’s headed effort increased the Pars’ lead in the 58th minute, before DUFFY pulled one back 10 minutes later. Falkirk pretty much camped out in the Dunfermline half for the final 20 minutes, but were unable to scratch out a leveller, although the woodwork (OK, I know they are made of metal these days) twice thwarted Bairns’ sub Alan Gow.
|The approach to the Falkirk Stadium from the north |
along (perhaps predictably) the Falkirk Road.
|Two policemen and one steward - who do you|
think is paid more to keep an eye on the crowd?
|Panorama of the Falkirk Stadium.|