Archie Macpherson (1937- )
Born in Shettleston, Archie initially trained as a teacher and from 1965 to 1969 held the position of Headmaster at Swinton Primary School in Lanarkshire. He also worked part time as a freelancer in sport but decided in 1969 to swap the mortar board for the microphone on a full time basis with the BBC. So started over forty years of dedication to broadcasting on both television and radio. Archie has also worked with STV, Eurosport, Setanta Sports, Radio Clyde and Talksport, although he is probably most recognised for his commentaries on the flagship programmes Sportscene and Scotsport
During Archie’s long career in broadcasting he has commentated on many high profile events including six FIFA World Cups and four Olympic Games. He has also covered numerous UEFA European Championships and European Cup Finals. In 1985 he was installed as the Rector of the University of Edinburgh, a post he held until 1988. In 1992 Archie won the Sony Gold Award for Sports Broadcasting and in 2005 he was recognised by Scottish BAFTA when he was presented with an award for ‘Special Contribution to Scottish Broadcasting’. Archie is also an acknowledged author having written extensively on the subject of Scottish football.