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Ah cannae get the matches tae light!

It was a quote from a TV advert in the 1980s for Scottish Bluebell matches where a hapless Scots soldier is trying to get a cannon to fire on the battlefield. The answer is “Ya dunderheid (non complimentary Scots term for a numpty) Ah telt ye, ye should have used Scottish Bluebell!”

I searched Youtube to see if the ad was there but sadly nae luck.

I thought it would sum up perfectly the current hapless efforts of our international football team.

To be fair, at the time of that ad, the Scotland team was full of international class players from the likes of Liverpool,Arsenal and Manchester United as well as some from the Old Firm and Scotland’s top sides of the time, Aberdeen and Dundee United.

Now we’re relying on guys from Hull City and Blackburn Rovers.

Strachan must be wondering what he’s done taking on the job.

Anyway, before I get too maudlin about that, check out this series of Scottish TV adverts from 1985 which I found on my unsuccessful search. The quality isn’t all that good but have a look at the Ricky Fulton/Gordon Kennedy McEwans Lager ad and also the ones for William Lows and the Briggait (Closed Tuesday).


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  1. The ad you might be thinking of was shot in 1977 at Doune castle. I happened to be visiting and was invited to participate as an extra.
    In it, a compliment of Redcoats were attacking the castle and the Scottish commander asked “Jimmy” to “hurry up with the boiling oil”.
    Jimmy responded with the phrase you referenced.
    I have a copy of the ad supplied to me by the advertising company some time ago.
    Terry Nelson
    Dover, New Hampshire, USA

  2. I to was an extra in this advert and have been trying for years to find footage of it. I think it would have been around about the mid seventies and it was indeed filmed at Doune Castle, I was a Red coat and was given a musket to fire. I recall being paid fifteen pounds for the day and I was also given five pounds for my trainers which had to be painted black.
    There were a few notable characters from the village who took part, sadly some are no longer with us.
    If anyone comes across any footage please let me know.

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