James Alexander Gordon, the man who read the classified football results on the BBC for over 40 years, has died.

Broadcasters, players and colleagues have paid tribute to the man known as Jag, whose intonations meant triumph or despair for football fans across the country every weekend.

The voice of football results stepped down last year following throat surgery after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Following the news of his death, 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."

Lineker's Match of the Day colleague Mark Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live, "He was the definitive voice of the football results," while West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster posted, "RIP James Alexander Gordon. Saturday afternoons checking Teletext and listening to the footy scores was The best."

The 78-year-old first read the football results in 1973, a year after joining the BBC. His voice became as synonymous with Sports Report as its theme tune, until he was succeeded last year by Charlotte Green, the former Radio 4 newsreader.

Head of BBC Radio Sport Richard Burgess 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 I know he was greatly touched by all the tributes he received upon his retirement last year."

Mark Pougatch, the 5 Live presenter who for many years introduced Gordon, tweeted, "It was a honour to say your name on so many Saturdays JAG. Tonight it's Heaven 1 Earth 0."