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."