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!".

Background[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Podcast[edit]

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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