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BBC's voice of football results dies at 78

James Alexander Gordon, who was BBC's voice of football results for 40 years before he was forced to retire last year, has died.

The Scot was 78 when he died at Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, according to the Mail Online.

While most Singaporean fans of English football - especially the younger ones - might not know who Gordon was by name, you might recognise his voice if you've tuned in to the BBC to listen to their live commentaries on match day.

With his magical use of inflection, Gordon, who was nicknamed Jag after his initials, was able to convey the outcome of the match before listeners had heard the full score.

Just play the sound clip again and you'll hear what I mean.

Gordon joined the BBC in 1972 before he began reading the classified football results in 1973.

He held that particular job for 40 years before he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Gordon was forced to retire in 2013 and replaced by former BBC newsreader Charlotte Green.

He is survived by wife Julia, son David and two grandchildren.

Sources: Mail Online, BBC

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