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Off the Ball

Stuart and Tam share a drink


A lifelong Saint Johnstone supporter, Stuart was born in Letham in Perth. He is the more erudite and highbrow half of the Off the Ball show. He is a Doctor of English from the University of Hull, has studied at Harvard and has four honorary doctorates and professorships across the UK.

In his distinguished past Professor Cosgrove worked for the NME and The Face magazine before joining Channel 4, where he still works as Director of Nations and Regions.

Stuart's likes - St Johnstone FC, Northern Soul music and digital media.

Stuart's dislikes - all forms of socio-cultural bawbaggery, unless he is involved.


Brought up in Motherwell the young Tam showed potential as a comedy writer providing material for Radio 4's Weekending show while still at school. He subsequently went on to pen sketches for, amongst others, Naked Radio and Little and Large.

He joined the Off the Ball programme in 1994 and soon formed an effortless partnership with Stuart Cosgrove.

Tam wrote for the Evening Times newspaper before moving to the Daily Record in 1998 - he's there to this day. He has also presented on TV, most notably his Taxi For Cowan show and Offside, both of which have garnered RTS awards.

Tam's likes - Motherwell FC, the music of Engelbert Humperdinck and well-fired parathas.

Tam's dislikes - Lenny Henry, sour cream Pringles and having to cut up Stuart Cosgrove's meat when they go out for dinner.


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see also
Off the Ball's Halloween XI
05 Nov 08 |  Scotland
Off the Ball's Fatties XI
09 Oct 08 |  Scotland
Off the Ball's Dad's Army XI
07 Apr 08 |  Scotland
Off the Ball's Ugly XI
01 Feb 08 |  Scotland
Off the Ball at Euro 2008
10 Jun 08 |  Scotland
Totally Frank
19 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Andy Cameron stars on Off the Ball
07 Mar 08 |  Scotland
Richard Gordon feels the cut of Tam's jib
26 Jan 08 |  TV and Radio

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