Archie Macpherson may now be best known to viewers of Eurosport as the old-school Scottish gent with a fascination for the term “internationalists.”
And much of his Eurosport time is spent on that most curious of genres – the restrospective commentary, where Archie commentates as live on big games that might have taken place decades ago.
“And on comes Ian Wright, who goes on to have a wonderful career at Highbury.”
But in A Game of Two Halves, Archie tells of four decades at the BBC and beyond, with colourful tales of his battles with Jock Stein, his falling out with Alex Ferguson and the story of the Scottish manager who took delivery of a “plain white envelope”
In a chapter dedicated to “Colemanballs”, Archie speaks of his attitude to the gaffe collectors:
Eventually, no self-respecting broadcaster could wish to be left out of the list of classic errors. I now even suspect some of “creating” a phrase or two. I look, almost affectionately, at probably my most illustrious gaffe, when years later I pronounced on a Turkish team of 100 per cent Islamic background by saying, “They prefer to be known by their Christian names.”
To rile David Coleman, as I sometimes did, you needed only to bring up the subject of what purportedly came out of his mouth during an Olympic commentary in Montreal in 1986, when describing Alberto Juantorena:
“The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class.”
He disputes that.
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