Burnistoun comedian tells of links to Falkirk playing Championship Manager

Robert Florence and Iain Connell as McGregor and Toshan  the 'quality polis' in comedy sketch show Burnistoun
Robert Florence and Iain Connell as McGregor and Toshan the 'quality polis' in comedy sketch show Burnistoun

A comedian has dedicated a heartfelt video to Falkirk after the town’s football team took him to premier league
 success.

Funnyman Iain Connell, of Burnistoun fame, told how back in the 1990s, when playing Championship Manager, the Bairns helped him beat his co-writer who put his faith in Clydebank.

When he and Robert Florence started writing together it became a ritual to play the football management game and they each chose a team from the Scottish First Division but it was Connell, and Falkirk, who came out on top.

In the video he said: “Let’s just say I did a wee bit better than Robert.

“I won the First Division, got promoted, signed France captain Laurent Blanc and qualified for the Champions League.

“I had guy called Mark McGraw, hopefully some of you will remember him.

“He scored 40 goals for me in the First Division and then another 40 in the Premier League.

“Now, I don’t know how good you were in real life Mark McGraw mate but, in my eyes, you’ve always been a legend.

“So because of that Falkirk’s always had a special place in my heart.”

He concludes the video by pointing out that “Robert couldn’t even get the Bankies out the First Division”.

The duo write and star in Scottish sketch show Burnistoun, which is shown on BBC Scotland.

Connell has also appeared in or contributed to various other comedies, including Rab C Nesbitt and Chewin’ the Fat.

It appears he went to some length to let the people of Falkirk know about his appreciation.

“He said: ‘I’m using Facebook’s targeting tool to send this message specifically to people in Falkirk who’ve liked the page. Hello there Falkirk.’

The video was posted on August 20 and has been shared and liked over 600 times.

Find the video on his Facebook page at Iain Connell.