MEET THE NEW SAINTS MATCH ANNOUNCER

Picking up the microphone from former match announcer Kevin Giles, who retired from the position at the end of last season after 11 years, is 26-year-old Saints fan Liam Doris.

Liam, who used to run the student radio station at the University of Strathclyde, spoke to the Saints website on how he’s been settling into the position in the last few weeks.

“My first St. Johnstone game was in 1997 I think, and I’ve been a season ticket holder pretty much every season since then so I’m just really happy to be here taking up this role.

“I had a bit of a nervous first game I think against Alashkert! There was a big crowd, there were lots of foreign names but I feel I’ve settled into it a bit more now and I’m looking forward to the coming season.

“I started out doing some podcasts and things for the club a few years ago and I’ve always been around doing bits and pieces like working on the turnstiles over the last few years.

“The club approached me last year asking me if I’d like to take on the role for the coming season and I was happy to accept.”

Liam has always been passionate about audio production, but sees stadium announcing at St. Johnstone as something of a new venture.

“I presented student radio for a while and ran the station for a while a few years back when at the University of Strathclyde. So, it’s a little bit similar. I’ve also done some voice over work since then.

“It’s something I’m passionate about but also enjoy doing as well. I think it’s half the battle if you enjoy doing something.”

Before the first home match against Alashkert, Liam ran an online poll to determine which song supporters wanted to be played as the starting eleven walked out on the pitch before kick off.

“I thought we should get the fans involved on Facebook and Twitter and it came back with the winner being the classic Skids song ‘The Saints Are Coming’ which is now the walk out music for the team. Hopefully that will add to the atmosphere and the fans will get behind it.

“I’m here to try and improve the match day experience as much as we can. Obviously the main event is the football, but if we can improve the atmosphere and all round experience then that’s great!

“My music taste is quite broad ranging I guess, in terms of what we’re playing at the matches. We’re trying to include a lot of modern stuff, chart stuff and upbeat stuff which hopefully sets a good tone and a good atmosphere at the ground. We’ll also include some classics in there as well!”

You can take a trip down memory lane and listen to one of Liam's old podcasts where he interviews former club captain Jody Morris back in 2011. To listen please click <a href=\"HERE">http://www.perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk/newsitemsdetail.php?param=1555\">HERE.