Welcome back to ‘Matchday DJ Of The Week’, where each week we interview a matchday DJ from the world of football, asking them 10 serious and not so serious questions. In the spotlight this week we have Falkirk F.C.’s very own, Dave McIntosh!
- Name: Dave McIntosh
- Occupation: Stadium DJ @ Falkirk F.C.
- Club Website: Falkirk F.C.
- Division: Scottish League One
- Stadium: Falkirk Stadium
- Capacity: 7,937
- Twitter(s): Falkirk F.C.
SM: When did you take over as Matchday DJ at Falkirk?
DM: My first match was matchday one of Season 2004/05.
SM: How did you initially get into the role?
DM: It had been a lifelong ambition of mine to do this job, and when the club moved to the new stadium, they advertised in the local paper for new matchday staff. The announcer job wasn’t advertised but I wrote a speculative letter (yes a letter!), and they replied and offered me the job a few days later! I took over from the first league match at the new stadium.
SM: Can you remember your first football match/stadium experience?
DM: I was lucky because my Dad worked in football when I was a young kid, at East Stirlingshire (Sir Alex Ferguson‘s first club as Manager), then Falkirk as Kit Man so I grew up around the tunnel and dressing rooms and knew all the players. My first real memory of a stadium experience was Falkirk vs Celtic in the Premier League in 1986. My dad was in the dugout and he put me just behind on the terraces. The atmosphere was deafening and the ground was so packed that the fans spilled over onto the track. The highlights of that game are actually on YouTube! I was hooked from that moment on!
SM: Would you say your first experience of live football and the memories of that day were motivation for taking on the role of stadium DJ?
DM: Absolutely. Back then, music was only background at stadiums and played over tinny horn speakers, but when I heard the fans cheering the names of the players being read out, I just knew I wanted to be the guy making them cheer!
SM: In all your time at Falkirk Stadium, who’s the best player you’ve seen wear the famous navy blue and white?
DM: During my time as Announcer, the best player has to be Russell Latapy, or “The Little Magician” as he was nicknamed by the Falkirk fans. He is still one of the best midfielders I’ve seen, certainly in Scottish football and a really sound bloke as well. He’s the only player I know who went outside for a cigarette after the warm up and still owned every match he played for us!
SM: Who is your favourite artist/band of all time?
DM: This often surprise people given that I’m only 41, but it’s between Dire Straits and Jeff Lynne. They both play in my car regularly!
SM: Which piece of music do you think is the ultimate track for motivating a footballing side?
DM: Faithless – ‘Insomnia’. I’ve heard that played in many dressing rooms over the years and I used it years ago as Falkirk’s walk out song. It really captures the matchday mindset.
SM: Do you have an all-time favourite track that you play at Falkirk?
DM: When we have a big crowd in for an important match, I always play William Orbit – ‘Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Mix)‘ just before kick off. It really ramps up the tension in the stadium, and the bass-line is phenomenal.
SM: What are the main songs you use week in, week out at the ground?
DM: The clubs unofficial anthem is Tony Christie – ‘Amarillo‘. The fans clap and sing along to it and have done since before I took on the role. I’ve just kept it going. The chorus of the song is our goal tune as well. Erasure – ‘A Little Respect‘ is sung by the fans at full volume too, mainly because of the “I’ll be Forever Blue” lyric. Both songs are on every pre-match playlist. The teams also run out to Escala’s version of Kashmir.
SM: On a final note, are there any funny mishaps/cock-ups that have taken place that come to mind when you think about your career so far?
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Dave for taking the time to talk to us. We wish him and all of the Bairns’ players, staff and supporters the very best for the 2021/22 season!