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1937 (age 77–78)
|Known for||Sports commentary, authorship|
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 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.
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. 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.
Macpherson was recognised at the 2005 Scottish BAFTA ceremony, picking up a prize for "Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting".
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 is also an accomplished writer, and has penned a best-selling biography of Scottish football manager Jock Stein, and Flower of Scotland? about Archie's trials and tribulations whilst following Scottish football for the past four decades. A Game of Two Halves : The Autobiography followed in 2009, and in 2014, he returned to fiction with the adventure novel Silent Thunder.
- Jock Stein: The Definitive Biography
- Flower of Scotland?
- Action Replays (1991)
- A Game of Two Halves : The Autobiography (2009)
- Silent Thunder (2014)
- "A Game of Two Halves: The Autobiography: Amazon.co.uk: Archie Macpherson: Books". Amazon.co.uk. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
- "Life". Archie Macpherson Tribute. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
|Rector of the University of Edinburgh
|Regular football commentator of Sportscene
|Regular football commentator of Scotsport