BBC’s Gordon announces retirement

AFP-JIJI

James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognizable voices in British broadcasting, has retired from his role reading soccer results on BBC radio.

The 77-year-old Gordon recently had surgery to remove his larynx after being diagnosed with cancer and his voice is no longer strong enough to broadcast.

“It’s with great sorrow that I have to give up the most exciting part of my career, the classified football results. They have been my life,” he said on Wednesday.

Edinburgh-born Gordon, whose delivery often made it possible for fans to predict the fortune of their team simply from the inflection in his voice, has often admitted he knows little about soccer other than the results.

He began reading the results in 1973, and has been essential listening for soccer fans across the United Kingdom for decades.

Richard Burgess, head of BBC Radio Sport, said: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that Saturdays will never be the same again.”