Tam Cowan

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For other people with the same name, see Thomas Cowan.

Tam Cowan (born 21 April 1969) is a football journalist, radio and television presenter.


Cowan presented Scottish football comedy TV show Offside. He has also taken to live stand-up comedy by taking "Offside" to the stage in 2002. The show was recorded live at the King's Theatre, Glasgow for DVD. In February 2010, Cowan presented It's Never Too Late, a six-part documentary series for STV on literacy and numeracy difficulties among adults. Cowan was also a guest presenter for STV's overnight interactive strand The Nightshift and rejoined the station on Tuesday 20 September 2011 as a main co-presenter for the lifestyle magazine show The Hour, alongside Michelle McManus.[1][2] The programme was axed four weeks after a move to a weekly prime time slot and a revamp of the programme led to low ratings.[3]

For 16 years Cowan was a restaurant critic and reviewer, and additional columnist with the Daily Record newspaper.[4] He moved to their rival newspaper, The Scottish Sun, in March 2014.[4]

Cowan presents the comedy football radio show Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland, along with Daily Record journalist and good friend Stuart Cosgrove. Cowan was temporarily dropped from Off the Ball in 2013 for allegedly sexist remarks made about women's football in his Daily Record column.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He was educated at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell and is a well known fan of Motherwell F.C..


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2007 Offside Presenter For BBC Choice, 1998-2001
For BBC Scotland, 2002-2007
2010 It's Never Too Late Presenter 6 Episodes
2011 The Hour Presenter 4 Episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1995– Off the Ball Presenter


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Preceded by
Stephen Jardine
Male co-host
(The Hour, STV)

September 2011 - October 2011
Succeeded by