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Biography of Ally Begg from Newburgh near Aberdeen who is an ESPN Star Sports presenter and who was in Bad Boys Inc and was a Sports Presenter for Celtic TV channel on Setanta
Ally Begg comes from Newburgh in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. During his youth he was a keen footballer. He had trials for Burnley and Blackpool as a defender. He was Captain of the under 15 and 16 Scotland teams. Injuries prevented his football career from progressing to professional level. Instead he worked as a lifeguard and leisure centre worker before finding fame in other ways when spotted by a talent scout whilst in Edinburgh aged 18 years. This led to modelling work in London and the opportunity to form a band.
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Bad Boys Inc
He reached success with boy band Bad Boys Inc in 1992. Their album Bad Boys Inc made it into the top twenty charts and they had chart hit singles which includes:
More To This World
Don't Talk About Love
Walking On Air
Love Here I come
I would Give You Forever
Whenever You Need Someone
Falling For You Girl
Take Me Away (I'll Follow You)
You're My Destiny
Dream Along With Me Tonight
The band also had several successful National and International tours. Their record producer was Ian Levine, who also worked with Take That, and they were signed to the UK label A&M Records London. The other group members were Tony Dowding, Mathew Pateman (also known as Mathew James) and David Ross.
Bad Boys Inc appeared on BBC Top of the Pops several times and played in the same evening as Cliff Richard and Wet Wet Wet. They were on the very first BBC1 The National Lottery Show. To get the lottery numbers the band were weighed.
Bad Boys Inc were popular abroad and travelled as far as Japan to perform concerts.
After the break up of the band in 1995 he moved back to his first love of football by becoming a coach and qualifying as an SFA football coach and fitness instructor. He then moved back to London to manage a gym. He later earned the job as a health and fitness adviser to Granada Shop TV Channel in Liverpool.
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Begg to Differ
In October 2014 he will publish his autobiography Begg to Differ
where he writes about his time growing up in Aberdeenshire and his love of Aberdeen Football Club. His book has a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, who managed AFC from 1978–1986.
Ally then shares his experiences as a member of the boy band Bad Boys Inc and then going onto working at Manchester United and Celtic before becoming a sports broadcaster and now producer.
In 1999 Ally Begg went to work for Manchester United Television (MUTV) as a news and talk show presenter. Jobs at Thomas Cook TV, Talksport Radio, Sky News and Sky Sports News soon followed.
He then worked for Setanta Sports Celtic TV alongside fellow presenters such as Jim Craig and also presented the Daily Huddle programme.
He also works as a model, corporate after dinner and sporting events speaker and host.
In August 2007 Ally Begg from Aberdeen then moved to Singapore to become a presenter for ESPN Star Sports to cover football. He also presented coverage of the Rugby World Cup.
His fiancée is Abbie.
He works as a model in between presenting the Celtic TV Satanta channel. In 2006 he returned to Aberdeenshire to model the Countrywear clothing range at Harleys of Peterhead. These are sold within the UK and throughout Europe.
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