Alan ‘Bernard’ Brazil first staggered into talkSPORT Towers more than a decade ago and has been tackling the airwaves like he tackled opposition defenders ever since. His trademark Glaswegian twang, no nonsense opinions, and tales from the previous night’s adventures make mornings bearable for more than one million listeners daily.
The ‘Champagne Charlie’ of the station, Al can regularly be heard bellowing ‘paar me another’ as he staggers from the toilets straight to the studio with The Racing Post tucked under his arm, leaving his producers sweating.
He is not backward in coming forward - whether trying to lay claim to the word ‘numpty’, which he thinks he introduced to the nation, or showering the rest of the breakfast gang with nicknames and banter he is sure to keep you glued to your radio.
The lifelong Celtic fan made his name as a forward with Ipswich, winning the UEFA Cup in 1981, and finishing runners-up twice in the old First Division. He also played for Tottenham and Manchester United, as well as representing Scotland at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.