Off the Ball (radio series)

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Off the Ball
Country Scotland
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio Scotland
Host(s) Stuart Cosgrove & Tam Cowan
Website Off the Ball

Off the Ball is a radio show broadcast twice on Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm and 5:35pm - 7pm on BBC Radio Scotland. It takes a satirical and sideways view at football in Scotland, self-styling itself as "The most petty and ill-informed football show on radio!".


The show began in 1995 and is presented by Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan and at least two weekly guests; one from the world of Scottish football and one from Scottish culture. Occasionally, other presenters will cover for Cosgrove or Cowan if they are not available.


Features of the show include the Team of the Week, where listeners are invited to contribute players for a subject suggested by Cowan. For example, if the subject was "The Female Fashion XI", then players such as Alan Bra-zil and Lionel Dress-i would be in the team. In a long-running joke, former Clyde player Tommy Ring is almost always included in the team.

Another recurring joke is to make fun of Gordon Ramsay's short career as a Rangers reserve player.

A song is always chosen to end the programme based on listeners' suggestions on a subject suggested by Cowan, usually related to a news event from that week.


A weekly podcast of the show is produced and is available on a Saturday. It does not include any content from the evening programme. The show is also available on the BBC iPlayer for a week after the first broadcast.

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