James Alexander Gordon dead: Football announcer passed away peacefully aged 78

He was best known for reading the classified football results on BBC radio

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Football announcer and broadcasting legend James Alexander Gordon reportedly died on Monday morning. He was 78.

Gordon was best-known for reading the classified football results on BBC radio for four decades.

Popularly known by his initials JAG, Gordon joined the BBC in 1972 and went on to become one of the most recognisable voices on radio, reading the results first on Radio 2 before moving to Radio 5 Live.

Gordon, who contracted polio as a child and had to wear leg supports until his late teens, joined the BBC as an announcer and newsreader after a career in music publishing. He began reading the results in 1974.

Following his retirement, he was fondly remembered for his delivery, which made it possible to predict whether the result had been a home win, away win or draw simply from the inflection.

BBC Sport, who reported his death, led tributes to the broadcaster who retired in July last year, after having his larynx removed to treat throat cancer.

“He was not only a broadcasting legend, but also a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed by everyone at BBC Sport,” the website read.

Meanwhile, former Everton and England midfielder Peter Reid praised the broadcaster's memorable voice.

He told Radio 5 Live: “When you are growing up and the results coming in you always remember his voice. It was a big moment in the week of anyone who loved football, especially in the era before social media and instant television coverage.”

Match of the Day host and former England striker 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."

"RIP James Alexander Gordon. Saturday afternoons checking Teletext and listening to the footy scores was The best," England goalkeeper Ben Foster tweeted.

BBC pundit and former Wales player Robbie Savage said: "Such sad news about James Alexander Gordon who has sadly passed away, what a fantastic man with a great voice. RIP James."