Before Ali was lured by the bright floodlights of Old Trafford, she had already made a name for herself on the small screen north of the border and down in London. Ali’s presenting pedigree is impressive; in 2009, she was the first woman to present the Scottish Premier League. She’s also anchored live football for Arsenal TV and Rangers TV, along with weekly live British Basketball coverage, and the weekday breakfast show on Setanta Sports News.
She kicked off her career in front of the camera on the weekly teenage magazine show, Skoosh. Ignoring the advice of never working with children or animals, Ali took them both on and presented a children’s animal show called Animates. She soon matured and since then has presented property shows, a live current affairs series and a suite of holiday programmes, as well as numerous sports shows.She says that working on children’s programmes like Animates prepares you for anything. “Trying to present to camera with a six foot python round your neck was the perfect preparation for tackling top-flight football.”
Now MUTV viewers will have the pleasure of watching Ali every Friday as she heads up Countdown to Kick Off.
I subconsciously head the ball when watching football!
My guilty pleasure includes watching Midsomer Murders and Miss Marple
I have just started learning to ski (badly)!
I am a keen amateur jockey
I am addicted to strawberry milk