From There… To Here

The social history of Wester Hailes


Here we are again at the climax of another football season – championships, relegations, cup finals all getting decided – blanket coverage in the media of every twist and turn and controversy.

 In 1986 the Sentinel published an interview with Archie MacPherson, veteran commentator and Scottish football legend, a man with a brushover hairstyle that almost rivalled Donald Trump for carefully coiffeured weirdness.


Scotland were preparing to play in the World Cup Finals (remember those days) and it was a season when, hard to believe, there was NO football on the television. Archie shares his views on the pros and cons of that, football finances and the interests of players and fans.

 He gives us his opinion about the 1985-6 vintage Hearts and Hibs: “It’s good to have TWO good teams in the city”, tips Celtic over Rangers in the league and can’t imagine Aberdeen “will lose all that many games”.

This was during the time when Archie was also Rector of Edinburgh University and he expresses some forthright views about access to higher education for all and government cuts which are just as relevant today as they were then.

 You can read the full interview by clicking here Sentinel February 1986.


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