Voice of nation retires and admits rules of football can be confusing

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EMSWORTH resident Tim Gudgin, who has retired from reading the football scores to a nation of fans, has admitted he does not even understand all the rules of the game.

The veteran broadcaster read out the football results for the last time on BBC1’s Final Score on Saturday.

Mr Gudgin cites age, the commute from Emsworth to BBC Sport’s new home in Salford and an upcoming family wedding for his decision.

Known for his distinctive rising and falling intonation, he is hanging up his microphone after more than 60 years of broadcasting – the week before his 82nd birthday.

He said: ‘My main interests used to be rugby, cricket, golf and tennis. At school I didn’t have the chance to play football. I don’t even understand all the rules – although I just about understand the offside rule.’

A father of six and grandfather of seven, his retirement is already shaping up to be busy. The first few months will be spent in Australia, where his grandaughter is getting married.

On his return, he plans to put his famous voice to good use by reading Havant Talking Newspaper, a news and information service for the blind, and presenting programmes on Havant-based nostalgia station Angel Radio.

‘My only regret about my career is that it’s ending,’ he said.