I’ve always thought that Tommy Docherty’s oft-quoted quip was a bit unfair given that many overseas postal services are not what they should be, and that is my tenuous link to having a quick look at some of my favourite Scotland postcards as I while away the days waiting on our next international match.The two postcards from Euro 92 and Euro 96 are a wee reminder of our only appearances to date at the European Championship Finals and that qualification for Euro 2016 would therefore complete a glorious hat-trick.


We never made it to the 2006 World Cup Finals but we did win the Kirin Cup that year as the celebratory postcard shows. A 5-1 demolition of Bulgaria followed by a 0-0 draw with hosts, Japan, was enough to give Scotland the trophy. I wonder if we got to keep it?And finally, in 2013 the Royal Mail issued a set of eleven Football Legends stamps and postcards with Denis Law and Dave MacKay making it into the all-British line up. Incidently, only three of the Lawman’s 55 caps were Euro Championship qualifiers and all were against British opposition.

Robert Marshall

First posted on Facebook April 18th, 2015