The enthralling inside story of Scottish football's golden ageThe 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia mark 20 years since Scotland last qualified for a major football tournament. It's a poignant, painful reminder of the state of our footballing nation. Qualification has never been easy, of course, but the golden age of many memorable and nail-biting nights is well worth remembering - in the hope that one day they may come again.
Archie Macpherson commentated on all 18 of Scotland's World Cup matches during that purple patch from 1974 to 1998, and now in his Adventures in the Golden Age, he tells the story of the matches and the men that raised and dashed hopes in almost equal measure at the greatest tournament on earth.
Between the 1974 clash with Zaire and the defeat against Morocco in 1998, there were adventures against Iran, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and many others. And, throughout it all, Archie was the voice of Scottish football. He knew the players, the managers and the fans. He witnessed clashes of personality, managerial rages, nocturnal antics, BBC wranglings, the shadiness of FIFA - and that last painful evening in France.
Archie Macpherson's World Cup adventures are brilliantly entertaining, capturing a golden age in Scottish football that may never be seen again.
Archie Macpherson was born and raised in Glasgow. After attending Coatbridge High School and Jordanhill College he played football at amateur level for various teams including Queens Park Hampden XI. His full-time 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."