Charles "Chick" Young (born 4 May 1951)[1] is a professional association football pundit who regularly appears for BBC Scotland on Sportscene and Sportsound. He is known for his trademark laugh and speech patterns, which have made him a popular target for lampooning on the BBC Scotland sports comedy Only an Excuse?

Chick Young
Charles Young

(1951-05-04) 4 May 1951 (age 71)


Young has become a prominent football commentator with the BBC. He started hosting episodes of Sportsound in October 2009, working two to three episodes a month.[2] In addition, he regularly writes his own view on Scottish football matches and players in his online column with the BBC, titled, "Chick Young's View".

In 2008, he was injured in a game between MSPs in Glasgow. He was tackled and his ankle was badly hurt, forcing him to miss a charity golf event the following day.[3]

In 2019, Young made a guest appearance as himself in the Scottish police comedy series Scot Squad.

Personal lifeEdit

Young was born in Govan, Glasgow. His father died at the age of 47 from a heart attack when Young was six years old. He attended Bellahouston Academy.[4]

In 1978, Young married Sally Carr, lead singer of 70s pop group Middle of the Road, and had a son, Keith, in 1980. They separated in 1984, but did not divorce, and remained friends. His son Keith died at the age of 20 in 2001 in a road accident when his motorcycle was hit by a driver on the A8.[5]


  1. ^ Presenters: Richard Gordon (30 April 2011). "Sportsound". Sportsound. Glasgow. BBC. BBC Radio Scotland.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland - Sportsound: Chick Young's World of Football - Episodes". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Disgraceful, foul-mouthed thugs – that's our footballing MSPs, according to Chick Young".
  4. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland - 21 Jul 18 Billy MacBain and David Scott".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Mg Alba". Mg Alba. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  • Deveney, Catherine (3 February 2002). "Father and Sons". Living. Retrieved 12 January 2010.