Tim Gudgin, best known for voicing BBC’s Saturday tea-time football results, has passed away aged 87.
The broadcaster died peacefully at his home on 8th November, his family told the BBC.
Over the course of a broadcasting career spanning over 60 years, Gudgin became renowned for the distinctive rising and falling intonation in his readings on BBC’s Grandstand during the 1970s and 80s.
Following the death of Len Martin in 1995, Gudgin became only the second person to read out the football results for BBC television on Saturday afternoons.
Tim Gudgin, the former voice of the scores, has died aged 87. pic.twitter.com/3NJNydjx8a
— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) November 13, 2017
He retired in 2011, a week before his 82nd birthday ending a spell in broadcasting that had began in Germany in 1950.
Tributes have poured in on Twitter for “the voice of Saturday football results”.
Tim Gudgin: voice of BBC football results dies aged 87 – pleasure to throw to Tim for many a season on Final Score https://t.co/aSFy8dJ9d0
— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) November 13, 2017
???? ???? Tim Gudgin, the voice of football, has died at the age of 87.
Saturday's aren't the same without him reading the scores. Legend. pic.twitter.com/bULm5cJGgg
— thesportsman (@TheSportsman) November 13, 2017
For much of my childhood I dreamed of reading the classifieds on Final Score and it was mainly because of Tim Gudgin. RIP https://t.co/yz975blxvV
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) November 13, 2017
RIP, Tim Gudgin, voice of TV #football results. Many, me included, copied the way he read them, with rising and falling intonation, to signal different types of results, home win, away, and so on #bbcfootball #medianews pic.twitter.com/xvXOu5IjQS
— PeterPressOffice (@PressOfficeMan) November 13, 2017
? Tim Gudgin, the voice of football on Saturday afternoons for a generation, has died at the age of 87.?
What a fucking sad day!? pic.twitter.com/nhKfohTgNr
— Swearing Sports News (@SwearingSport) November 13, 2017
So sad to hear of my colleague Tim Gudgin's passing last week. We kept in touch with the occasional Hampshire lunch until a few years ago.
RIP dear Tim.
— Colin Berry (@ColinBerryradio) November 13, 2017
Sad to hear Tim Gudgin's passed away, the voice of saturday football results throughout my childhood
— Tom Sanford (@tomsanfordpufc) November 13, 2017
— Stephen Elley (@stephen_elley) November 13, 2017