Tributes paid after radio volunteer and ‘voice of football’ dies

Tim Gudgin with an award he received from the BBC in 2012 to mark his 60 years of  service
Tim Gudgin with an award he received from the BBC in 2012 to mark his 60 years of service
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THE man who was known as ‘the voice of football’ and a much-loved radio presenter has died.

Tim Gudgin was the voice of the BBC’s Saturday tea-time football results from 1995 until he retired in 2011 – a week before his 82nd birthday.

Following his work as a professional broadcaster – which spanned more than six decades – the 87-year-old volunteered at Havant-based community station, Angel Radio and at Havant Talking Newspaper.

As an avid Angel listener, Mr Gudgin, who lived in Emsworth, stood in several times to present record request shows when staff were unable to make it in to the studio.

He was known for his distinctive rising and falling intonation when reading out the football results and many Pompey supporters rang in to Angel to request he read out the famous Portsmouth 4-0 Southampton score line — and he duly obliged.

Mark Ross, presenter at Angel Radio, said: ‘He really was a lovely man. Whenever I was in the studio with him and we would be doing a request show, it was always amazing to hear his voice.

‘No matter how many times people wanted to hear the football score, he duly obliged. His voice was perfect, whether it was for radio or television and he will be sorely missed.’

Tony Smith, manager of Angel Radio, said in a Facebook post: ‘I am so sorry to have inform you that another of Angel Radio’s former presenters has died.

‘Tim Gudgin, probably best known as the voice of the BBC TV football results, was also a keen Angel Radio listener and presenter who stood in several times to present record request shows when staff were on sick leave. He donated his collection of rare 45 rpm records to us a few years ago.’

Upon entering retirement, Mr Gudgin previously said: ‘My main interests used to be rugby, cricket, golf and tennis.

‘At school I did not have the chance to play football. I do not even understand all the rules — although I just about understand the offside rule.

‘My only regret about my career is that it is ending.’

He died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 8, leaving behind six children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His funeral service will be held at Chichester Crematorium on Monday, 20 November at 10.15am. Please let the funeral directors know if you plan to attend.