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But now he’s prepared to blow Scottish football’s trumpet – and not for reasons of new, and improved, job security.
Now he’s waiting for the day when he can commentate live on the first Old Firm game to be staged since Rangers went bust and renew his personal acquaintance with the fixture he’s found to be like no other.
He said: “I’d heard of Celtic and Rangers, of course, but I didn’t know much about any other Scottish teams when I was trying to get my foot on the first rung of the TV ladder.
But it was enough participation to satisfy him that he was in the presence of comedy genius.
And enough has happened to him since then for Ian to be the first to say that the Scottish football environment in which he now works isn’t the British game’s equivalent of Trotter’s Independent Traders.
I couldn’t take my eyes off David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Roger Lloyd-Pack because they were so brilliant.
“There were loads of retakes to make the night even longer as they were so busy making each other laugh.
IAN CROCKER describes it as what he used to do in another life before he became Sky Sports’ Voice of Scottish Footbtall.The man who is guaranteed to be the commentator at all major league, cup and international matches for the next four years, thanks to Sky’s new contract with the SFA, used to be involved in Only Fools and Horses.“Del Boy used to come out and do a warm-up for the audience but it was hardly needed with a show that good.” And Ian knows enough about that side of the entertainment industry not to allow anyone to make a contrived link and say Scottish football’s a Robin Reliant compared to the Rolls Royce on the other side of the border.He might have started out as the fan who became stadium announcer at his boyhood heroes West Ham.
“I started off with a BBC office job and they were looking for people to act as ushers for the audience during the making of Only Fools and Horses.
“I jumped at the chance and it was one of the great experiences of my life.