<h3>Chris Kane (Kicktalk Editor)</h3>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Chris-Kane-picture.jpg”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-153″ title=”Chris Kane picture” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Chris-Kane-picture-105×105.jpg” alt=”Chris Kane picture” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Youâ€™ll hear Chris Kane on a number of different Kicktalk shows. Â He says, â€œ”I’m a news and sports junkie, in that I love to soak up information on everything and anything. Â Weâ€™ve got some fantastic reporters and pundits working at Kicktalk and weâ€™re lucky to get access to managers and club officials. Â My job is to ask them the questions everybody wants to know and then, along will all of our listeners, enjoy hearing the answers.â€
Chris has been a broadcaster since he was fifteen. Â He went on work experience to his local radio station and stayed for ten years. Â He has a degree from the University of Stirling and a postgraduate diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies. Â He says, “I still haven’t got a clue what the title is all about. Â I think itâ€™s something to do with business.”
Chris is married to Anne; they have two young children and live in Stirling. He plays the saxophone badly and enjoys hacking his way around a golf course. Â Chris says, ” At the moment I’m woefully, tragically, disgracefully, obscenely bad; if I can just become hopelessly rubbish in the next year, I’ll consider that an improvement”.
Chris cut his teeth as a sports broadcaster at Westsound in Ayr, where he was the presenter of â€œSaturday Super Scoreboardâ€ for five years. Still a versatile radio presenter, in the last year heâ€™s presented shows ranging from Forth Oneâ€™s Saturday Dance Party to BBC Radio Scotlandâ€™s arts and culture show, â€œThe Radio CafÃ©â€.
You can get in touch with Chris by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
<strong>Alan Cochrane (Killie Kicktalk)
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/alancochrane.jpg”><img class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-380 alignleft” title=”alancochrane” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/alancochrane-105×105.jpg” alt=”alancochrane” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Alan Cochrane has been a part time journalist and broadcaster for fifteen years but a Kilmarnock supporter for a lot longer. Â He says, â€œmy first memory of being at Rugby Â Park is a little hazy; I was only three years old and it was my Grandpa who took me along. Â I have a vague memory of sitting on his shoulders and hearing him shout encouragement to the players. Â I never really had a choice but to support Kilmarnock; my brother, mother and father, aunts and uncles and all of my cousins supported the team and any hint of alternative loyalty would have involved family excommunication!â€
From the great days of the sixties â€“ the league championship won at Tynecastle, Eintracht Frankfurt (game won), Real Madrid (game lost), reaching the Fairs Cup semi final â€“ through the pain of relegation and the climb back to the Premier League , Alan has been on the emotional Kilmarnock rollercoaster.
He says, â€œI could talk for hours about the highs and lows of being a Kilmarnock fan, but one of my favourite memories was watching my team win the Scottish Cup back in 1997 and the celebrations in the town afterwards. Â It was a magical experience and one I hope we can repeat again soonâ€.
Alan was Westsound Radioâ€™s Kilmarnock match reporter for nearly fifteen years and for the last eight years has been Â the official match reporter for the Kilmarnock FC website. Â He is married to Anne and they have two grown-up daughters. Â When heâ€™s not following Kilmarnock he loves nothing better than spending time with his young granddaughters. Â Alan says, â€œitâ€™s not going to be long before I can give them their own hazy first memory of a trip to Rugby Parkâ€
<strong>Drew Cochrane (Junior Kicktalk)</strong>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/drewcochrane.jpg”><img class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-225 alignleft” title=”drewcochrane” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/drewcochrane-105×105.jpg” alt=”drewcochrane” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Drew Cochrane has been the ‘voice’ of Junior football over 35 years with Radio Clyde and Westsound but his roots go back to the 50s!
“Most of the big Ayrshire cup finals were played at Ardeer Rec park in Stevenston while I also lived round the corner from the old Ardchoille Â Park, former home of Ardeer Thistle. I was wee enough to sneak in.”
Since becoming a journalist in 1969 Saturdays have been spent reporting on the Juniors which he does for the Sunday papers as well as the local press.
Editor of the Largs & Millport Weekly News for 35 years – the UK’s longest serving ed – Drew sees KickTalk as a labour of love.
“Bringing the latest reports and scores online on a Saturday is part of the joy of the juniors.”
<strong>Hugh Drennon (Junior Kicktalk)</strong>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTHughDrennon.jpg”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1374″ title=”KTHughDrennon” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTHughDrennon-105×105.jpg” alt=”KTHughDrennon” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Fans of Junior Kicktalk will hear the reassuringly familiar sound of Hugh Drennonâ€™s voice on most Matchday results programmes; Â Hugh has been a part time junior football reporter for the last twenty three years.
Hugh Drennon has been following junior football since signing for Irvine Meadow way back in 1954 as a fresh faced seventeen year old. Â He played in the now rarely seen position of Inside Forward, a role he continued to play until retiring from playing in the mid 1960s.
After a season with Meadow, he signed what would now be called a â€œpre-contractâ€ agreement with Dundee. Â In 1955 that wasnâ€™t to let you finish the contract with your existing club; it was to allow you to go off and complete two years of National Service.
Hugh was posted to the Royal Army Pay Corps in Newcastle and while there played in both the British Army League and the local Amateur League. Â Then it was off to Tayside where Hugh spent three seasons with Dundee under manager Willie Thornton.
From Dundee, Hugh spent time with Dunfermline and Stranraer before finishing his career back in the Ayrshire junior leagues with Troon and then Ardeer Thistle.
Then in 1986 Westsound Radio asked Hugh to be a junior match reporter for their Saturday afternoon show. Â Hughâ€™s first game was Ardrossan v Kilburnie and he rarely missed a Saturday for the next twenty three years until the sports show was cancelled in 2009.
Hugh still lives in Irvine with his wife Nan and they have two grown up daughters.
<strong>John Redmond (Junior Kicktalk)</strong>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/JohnRedmond3.jpg”><img class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-490 alignleft” title=”JohnRedmond3″ src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/JohnRedmond3-105×105.jpg” alt=”JohnRedmond3″ width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>John Redmond has been involved with amateur and junior football in Ayrshire since he was a player for Glenburn and Auchinleck Talbot back in the early 1970s. Â He had spells with Maybole and Annbank and even English senior side Bury before an injury to his ankle brought the curtain down on his career in the late 1980s.
Johnâ€™s retirement from football didnâ€™t last long before amateur side Minishant asked him to take over the dugout in 1989. Â After building the team up to win the Ayrshire Amateur cup and league in the same season, John left at the top after his old side Glenburn asked him to do a similar job.
After a year John then took the step up to Junior management when his hometown side Troon asked him to be the new manager. Â This was the start of a decade long success story for both John and Troon, with wins in the Supercup, Kyle and Carrick cup and two league championships.
After leaving Troon, John had spells as manager of Maybole and Ardrossan Winton Rovers, before leaving the cold, wet dugout for the warmth of a radio studio when Westsound asked him to become a regular on their sports showâ€.
John couldnâ€™t resist when Troon asked him to come back in 2008 and heâ€™s currently back as manager, rebuilding the club to get back to the Premership where they were when he last left them.
John still lives in Troon with wife Carol and they have one grown up daughter who is currently studying in London to be an Opera singer.
<strong>John Taylor (Boots and Pieces)</strong>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/JohnTaylor.jpg”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-491″ title=”JohnTaylor” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/JohnTaylor-105×105.jpg” alt=”JohnTaylor” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>John Taylor is an Ayrshire man to the core. Â He still lives there with wife Linda, although the house is quieter now that his two daughters Lorna and Jill have grown up and left home.
John is an ex-professional goalkeeper best known for his days with Stranraer FC, where he played from 1974 until retiring in 1982. Â After a brief break he went back as goalkeeping coach where he stayed until Westsound Radio asked him to become a pundit on their Super Scoreboard Programme.
John started his football career with Ayr Albion Boys Club before Queens Park signed him as a fresh faced sixteen year old. Â At Queens Park join impressed a number of different clubs and managers, including Scott Symon at Rangers and Eddie Turnbull at Hibs. Â But it was Crystal Palace whose offer most intrigued John. Â He says, â€œI was incredibly lucky to attract interest from some big clubs, but the lure of a move to London appealed to me most. Â Iâ€™m one of the few footballers who can say they turned down Glasgow Rangers, but after a shoulder injury sidelined me for eighteen months, Crystal Â Palace then turned me down! Â The irony of the situation was the injury came on my last game with Queen Park and I had a bus ticket to London booked for the very next dayâ€.
John stayed with Queenâ€™s Park until 1973, earning several caps with the Scotland National Amateur squad, including a European final in Palma in 1967 and he was a member of the Great Britain Olympic football squad at the same time. Â John moved to Dumbarton for a season in 1974 before starting his long association with Stranraer FC.
For the last twenty five years John has worked with Glasgow based Express Electrical and his work takes all over the world. Â When heâ€™s not watching football at the weekend for Kicktalk, John is trying desperately to keep up with his two grandchildren who love to jump all over their Grandpa!
<strong>Hugh Burns (Boots and Pieces)</strong>
<strong><a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTHughBurns.jpg”><img class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-1366 alignleft” title=”KTHughBurns” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTHughBurns-105×105.jpg” alt=”KTHughBurns” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a></strong>Hugh Burns is an ex professional footballer with many years and many clubs experience. Â He started in the Rangers Youth Â Academy when he was thirteen and turned professional when manager John Greig signed him to the club aged sixteen. Â Hugh had six years and around seventy first team appearances at Ibrox. Â He says, â€œIt was a boyhood dream to play for Rangers and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ibrox. Â I still get shivers down my spine when I remember walking out the tunnel for my first old firm derby in 1982 in the old SKOL Cup Finalâ€.
From Rangers, Hugh moved to Hearts in a deal worth 500,000: Â a lot of money in 1987. Â After Hearts, Hugh had spells at Dunfermline, Leeds, Fulham, Hamilton, Kilmarnock and Ayr before retiring aged thirty two when he was with Dumbarton. Â Thrown in a couple of Scotland Under 21 caps and Hugh says he had an exceptionally enjoyable career in football.
These days, as well as working for Kicktalk, Hugh is a well known speaker on the after dinner circuit and owns the Central Bar in Preswick which he runs with wife Val.
<strong>Alan Christie (Scrumtalk) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Ron Evans (Scrumtalk) – more soon</strong>
<strong>James Lavery (Sportzone) – more soon</strong>
<strong>David McGlone (Junior Kicktalk) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Jamie McGowan (Kicktalk on Falkirk) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Frank McGrellis (Victorian Kicktalk)</strong>
<a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTFrankMcGrellis.jpg”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1369″ title=”KTFrankMcGrellis” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTFrankMcGrellis-105×105.jpg” alt=”KTFrankMcGrellis” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Frank is an ex-professional football from Banknock near Falkirk who started with Coventry City straight out of school and eventually moved onto Hereford United before deciding to head to South Africa where he signed for Highlands Park and Wits Â University. Â Then he took the step to Australian in 1987 where he signed for Brunswick Juventus before taking up coaching.
<strong>Bruce MacKenzie (Kicktalk Presenter) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Ross Nixon (Kicktalk Presenter) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Stuart Wilson (Kicktalk on Ayr) – more soon</strong>
<strong>Stan Webster (Victorian Kicktalk)</strong>
<strong><span style=”font-weight: normal;”><a href=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTStanWebster.jpg”><img class=”alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1368″ title=”KTStanWebster” src=”http://www.kicktalk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/KTStanWebster-105×105.jpg” alt=”KTStanWebster” width=”105″ height=”105″ /></a>Stan’s is a name that West Region Junior fans may remember, as he played with Auchinleck Talbot in the late 1970s before emigrating to Australia. Â His soccer career continued in the Garden State, playing up front for the now defunct St Kilda Hakoah before moving onto a host of different clubs, including the Morwell Falcons and the Franston Pines. Â After than Stan had a season coaching the Victorian State team. Â Stan says, “I’m delighted that Kicktalk have branched out to the other side of the world from their Scottish base and I’m looking forward to keeping Victorian soccer fans up to date with all the information from our state leagues”. </span></strong>