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  • 18 August 2014, 21:37

James Alexander Gordon: Football Announcer Dies

James Alexander Gordon, who voiced the classified football results on the radio for nearly four decades, has died at the age of 78.

The veteran broadcaster had been battling throat cancer and retired from the BBC last year after surgery to remove his larynx.

He was described by Richard Burgess, head of BBC Radio Sport, as a "true gentleman" who would be "greatly missed".

Gordon began reading the results in 1974, initially on Radio 2 and then Radio 5 Live, and his role in what became a national institution made him one of radio's most recognisable voices.

His distinctive delivery allowed fans tuning in for the results to guess whether their team had won, lost or drawn simply from his inflection.

Gordon, who contracted polio as a child and wore leg supports in his youth, started his working life in music publishing before joining the BBC as an announcer and newsreader in 1972.

He was replaced by Charlotte Green following his retirement.

Among those to pay tribute to Gordon were TV presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker, who wrote: "A voice we all know, the voice of the football results, James Alexander Gordon has died. Tottenham Hotspur 1. Newcastle United 1. #RIP."

Ex-Wales international Robbie Savage described Gordon as a "fantastic man with a great voice", while England goalkeeper Ben Foster added: "RIP James Alexander Gordon. Saturday afternoons checking Teletext and listening to the footy scores was the best."

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