Gordon; Passes on aged 78 after almost five decades of top notch selfless service
Posted Saturday, August 23 2014 at 01:00
soccer. The broadcaster, whose voice was synonymous with the radio results, passed away earlier this week after losing a long battle with cancer.
Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, died aged 78 earlier this week.
Gordon (pictured right) read the classified football results on BBC Radio for 40 years before stepping down in 2013. He retired following throat surgery after he was diagnosed with cancer.
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “A voice we all know, the voice of the football results, James Alexander Gordon has died. Tottenham Hotspur 1.. Newcastle United 1.. #RIP”
Nicknamed ‘Jag’ because of his initials, Gordon attracted an army of followers with his distinctive Scottish accent and unique style of delivery. He would alter his tone of voice to indicate whether a result was a home win, an away win, or a draw. Richard Burgess, head of BBC Radio Sport, said: “James was an iconic radio voice, who turned the classified football results on BBC Radio into a national institution. “He was also a true gentleman, who was loved and admired by his colleagues.
“He took enormous pride in his work and was greatly touched by all the tributes he received upon his retirement last year.”
Former England captain Jimmy Armfield, a BBC Radio 5 live colleague of Gordon, was among the many football personalities to pay tribute.