I have a strong passion for – and knowledge of – football and I’m happy to talk about it in print or on-air, humorously or seriously. As a Rangers fan, I’ve been a season-ticket holder for around 20 years. However, my interest isn’t purely limited to Scottish football. I strongly believe that the universality of football allows it to enhance our worldview and give us insights into history, geography, sociology and politics.
When abroad, I’ll try to take in a match if I can. Hence, I’ve attended –
- IFK Gothenburg v Elfsborg (Swedish Allsvenskan League)
- Flora Tallinn v Levadia Tallinn (Estonian League)
- Dynamo Kyiv v Tavriya Simferopol (Ukrainian League)
- MSK Zilina v Litex Lovech (Champions League Qualifier)
- Senec v Michalovce (Slovak 2nd tier)
- Spartak Trnava v Tatran Presov (Corgon Liga, Slovak top divison)
In the case of the Dynamo Kyiv match, seeing them play was actually the main reason for my trip. I’ve had a huge soft spot for them since I was young, due to the ex-Dynamo players signed by Rangers. Most notably, Alexei Mikhailitchenko. As a club, Dynamo have a truly fascinating history that offers us insight into the horrors of both World War II and Stalin’s Soviet regime.
I’ve used my passion for and knowledge of football in many different ways over the years. Let me run you through some of them…
I was initially a writer and then script-editor of the football-based BBC1 Scotland show, Offside. My roles involved writing jokes for the opening monologue, writing jokes to be used in guest interviews and sourcing photographs and clips to be used for jokes. Aside from writing, I also arranged interviews – including one with Dutch international Giovanni van Bronckhorst while he was playing for Barcelona. To carry out the role, I had to use my in-depth knowledge of football in Scotland, England and beyond.
I’m still a commissioned writer on BBC1 Scotland’s flagship Hogmanay programme, Only An Excuse?, which is also football-based. Previously, I also worked as script-editor on the programme. While working on Offside, I contributed material for the OAE segments of that programme too.
I was both a writer and occasional producer on the BBC Radio Scotland show Watson’s Wind-Up, which frequently used Scottish football as a topic for humour.
On a UK-wide basis, I have been a writer on two BBC Radio Five sporting review of the year programmes which, of course, involved a lot of football content.
Aside from as a writer, I was used as a football pundit on the BBC Radio Scotland show, Keep Off The Grass, was Richard Bacon’s sidekick on BBC Radio Five on the night of the 2008 Uefa Cup Final and was used to for special themed segments on BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay & Co during both the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships.
I have a regular football column in both the print and online editions of my local weekly paper, The Dunfermline Press. I also wrote on the 2012 European Championships for The Skinny Magazine.
I set up the football site ScottishComedyFC.com for members of the Scottish comedy circuit to write about football and I frequently write articles for it.
Alongside the website, Scottish Comedy FC also has a Twitter account, @ScotComFC, which has around 6000 followers. I do around 95% of the tweets for the account, with the rest contributed by @GreatCollapso & @Owen_McGuire).
I was able to put my combination of football knowledge and social media aptitude to professional use by managing the Twitter account of top football agency, Viola FC:
“We needed assistance with our social media services and, after meeting Teddy, he understood quickly our requirements in a sensitive industry and how to engage our followers. Teddy has been a pleasure to work with and by using his own creativity and personality he increased our online status, would recommend him.” Phil McTaggart, Viola FC
I gave a football history based talk at 2013’s Previously…Scotland’s History Festival. The talk focused around four Scottish football managers operating with great influence in pre-WWII mainland Europe. These four men were –
- John Madden. The Slavia Prague coach known as ‘The Father of Czech Football’.
- John Dick. The Sparta Prague coach who led them during their ‘Iron Sparta’ phase of domination.
- John Tait Robertson. The first manager of Chelsea, but who also went on to coach MTK Budapest.
- William ‘George’ Aitken. A Scot who managed Juventus and then went on to enjoy coaching success in France.
Would you like me to talk or write about football?
If you would like me to bring humour, insight or opinion to your football-based project then please contact me to discuss it further.