Archie MacPherson: Adventures in the Golden Age

Archie Macpherson, the voice of Scottish football, commentated all 18 of Scotland’s World Cup matches during the golden age of 1974-1998.

2018 marks the 20th anniversary since Scotland last qualified for a major football tournament.

In his new book, Adventures in the Golden Age, Archie takes us back to many nail-biting moments well worth remembering.Adventures in the Golden Age is Archie Macpherson’s insider story of the matches and the men that raised and dashed hopes in almost equal measure. Archie knew the players, the managers and many of the fans during the heyday of Scottish football. It’s a personal account of high profile personality clashes, managerial rages, nocturnal antics, BBC internal wrangling, the shadiness of FIFA’s ‘spivs’ – and the agony of that fateful last evening in France 1998.

Archie Macpherson was born and raised in Glasgow. He played football at amateur level for various teams including Queens Park Hampden XI. His fulltime broadcasting career started with the BBC in 1969 and he was the principal commentator and presenter on Sportscene. More recently he has worked for Eurosport, Scottish Television, Radio Clyde, BBC Five Live and Setanta. In 2005 he was presented with a BAFTA Award for special contribution to Scottish broadcasting. He has written four bestselling books, including the definitive biography of Jock Stein, of which The Herald said, “Quite simply, this book is brilliant … a gem.”