BY FIONA MACGREGOR
HE was the sort of man that any girl could take home to meet her mum.
A 23-year-old who rarely drinks, has no interest in football, and chooses conservative clothes.
But Forth Radio DJ Matthew Smith was just too clean-cut for girlfriend Krystle Weaver.
In a bid to turn her "new man" into a new man, she arranged for a laddish make-over.
Now Matthew’s macho image-change is set to be broadcast on national television as part of a new makeover programme hosted by Big Brother winner Brian Dowling.
The DJ, from Slateford, had thought he was attending a routine management meeting at the station’s Edinburgh HQ yesterday but the larger-than-life TV celebrity was lurking in the shadows to spring a surprise.
Matthew had been secretly nominated to take part in a new ITV show, Brian’s Boyfriends, by Krystle.
The show asks people to identify things they would like to change about their boyfriend and Brian then sets about revamping the unsuspecting victim who is later returned a changed man.
After his initial shock he was whisked away by Brian and a television crew to Easter Road stadium to meet former Celtic legend and Sky football pundit Charlie Nicholas for a crash course on the laws of the beautiful game and a keepie-up session.
Krystle, 20, who has been going out with Matthew for eight months, said: "I grew up with a dad and a brother who are big football fans. I’ve never been out with someone who didn’t like football and beer before so it’s quite a puzzle really.
"I don’t think this is going to turn Matthew into a football maniac."
At Easter Road, Charlie did his best to explain 4-4-2 formations, the offside rule and other soccer intricacies but it had little impact on Matthew.
Matthew said: "I was very surprised everyone at Forth managed to keep this a secret.
"Brian just appeared at this meeting and I was wondering what was going on.
"I had no idea Krystle had set me up and I didn’t see this coming. Music, film and television are my main interests and I was brought up in South Africa which doesn’t have a great football culture.
"Charlie was a great sport and tried his best to give me a basic understanding of the game. I have picked up a few tips so if I bore Krystle to death talking about footie from now on it’s her own fault."
Nicholas said: "I spent years as a professional and used all my experience but Matthew was a bit of a lost cause.
"He just managed to grasp team formations but when I got to the offside rule his eyes were glazing over. Matthew’s keepie-up skills hardly got off the ground and he should stick to the music business."
Brian then whisked Matthew up to 21st Century Kilts in the Royal Mile where he was fitted for a stylish kilt that would impress Krystle.
And during a visit to Caledonian Brewery at Slateford, Matthew - an alcopops drinker - was encouraged to down a few pints of Caley 80/- ale.
The day was rounded off when the new Matthew met up with Krystle for cocktails at the plush Tower Restaurant.
He said: "It was a great laugh and Brian was a wonderful host but I just don’t see me standing at the bar, sinking pints and talking about Hibs and Hearts."
Host Brian said: "Matthew entered in to the spirit of the show and was game for a laugh but he is a lovely guy and I hope we haven’t changed him too much."
Krystle said: "He is a great guy the way he is and I don't mind if he goes back to his old ways."