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Archie Macpherson
Born Archibald Macpherson
Nationality Scottish
Citizenship British
Known for Sports commentary, authorship

Archibald "Archie" Macpherson (b. 1937 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football commentator and author.

He has been commentating on Scottish football, via both radio and television, for over four decades.


Early life

Macpherson was born and raised in the Shettleston area of Glasgow.[1] His father had played as a centre forward for Shettleston Juniors, Dalry Juniors and Largs Thistle.[2]

Broadcasting career

Macpherson has worked for the BBC, STV, Eurosport, Setanta Sports, Radio Clyde and Talksport although he initially struggled to gain a foothold in broadcasting. Indeed, his first job was as a teacher where he supplemented his meagre income by getting short stories published in local newspapers. Such efforts paid off and helped Archie gain his initial big break at the BBC. He continued to work as a teacher until 1969 when he joined the BBC on a full-time basis.

Popular perception

Macpherson has made his own personal appearances within Scottish popular culture. Famously he once appeared on Rikki Fulton's Scotch and Wry (a prominent comedy sketch show screened by BBC Scotland) being mistaken for former University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne.[citation needed] In the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's cult novel Trainspotting he re-voiced his commentary for Archie Gemmill's famous goal for Scotland against the Netherlands at the 1978 World Cup as a sex scene unfolded at the same time, both pieces of action climaxing simultaneously.

His popularity saw him elected as Rector of the University of Edinburgh in 1985. He was essentially a candidate of the left, beating Teddy Taylor.


Macpherson was recognised at the 2005 Scottish BAFTA ceremony, picking up a prize for "Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting".

Modern day

Macpherson's last regular role was commentating on STV's coverage of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches involving Scottish teams. Archie also became famous for his appearances on STV's Scotsport, which aired highlights from the Scottish Premier League (SPL) on Monday nights during the football season, until its axe in 2008.

Macpherson provides match predictions and analysis for betting-shop chain Ladbrokes.

Macpherson has occupied his time away from television by writing two books. One is a best-selling biography of legendary Scottish football manager Jock Stein and the other is a book called Flower of Scotland? about Archie's trials and tribulations whilst following Scottish football for the past four decades.


  • Jock Stein: The Definitive Biography
  • Flower of Scotland?
  • A Game of Two Halves: The Autobiography


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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Steel
Rector of the University of Edinburgh
1985 – 1988
Succeeded by
Muriel Gray
Media offices
Preceded by
programme started
Regular football commentator of Sportscene
Succeeded by
Jock Brown
Preceded by
Gerry McNee
Regular football commentator of Scotsport
Succeeded by
programme ended

Simple English

Archibald 'Archie' Macpherson (born 1937) is a famous Scottish football commentator.

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