With the sad news of the death of legendary commentator Tony Gubba, most renowned for his work on football among several other sports, at the age of 69 after a short illness, we look at 11 more famous faces from yesteryear who were the voices of their sport. They are no longer with us, but live on through their work.
1. David Vine (1935-2009)
Once described by comedy duo Fry and Laurie as 'the Guv'nor', Vine presented a several shows ranging from Miss World to Grandstand, but is best recalled for his work on snooker and Ski Sunday.
2. Sid Waddell (1940-2012)
Author, script writer and commentator, Geordie Sid was known as 'The voice of Darts'. From 2013, the PDC world darts trophy has been rebranded the Sid Waddell trophy.
3. Brian Johnston (1912-1994)
'Johnners' was the voice of Test Match Special. Began commentating on cricket in 1946.
4. Tony Greig (1946 -2012)
Captained England, but became better known for his dulcet South African tones commentating on the game when his career ended.
5. Brian Moore (1932-2001)
Exceptional football commentator whose name became synonymous with ITV covering nine World Cups and over 20 Cup finals.
6. Bill McLaren (1923-2010)
'The voice of Rugby' began commentating on his passion in 1953 with his unique Scottish accent perfect for the up and unders of rugby union football.
7. Reg Gutteridge (1924-2009)
Everybody loved Gutteridge calling The Big Fight Live. Was a boxing journalist and commentator. Well versed on his sport.
8. Harry Carpenter (1925-2010)
Carpenter dabbled in tennis and golf, but is best remembered for boxing. Lost it when Frank Bruno almost KO'd Mike Tyson in 1989 when he roared out "get in there, Frank".
9. Kenneth Wolstenholme (1920-2002)
When England won the World Cup in 1966 and Geoff Hurst netted the winner, was heard to shriek "some people are on the pitch...they think it's all over....it is now!". Enough said.
10. Ted Lowe (1920-2011)
A hushed voice that seemed perfect for snooker. Once said "and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green".
11. Dan Maskell (1908-1992)
Is best known for greeting an exciting shot with the words, "oh, I say!". Wimbledon has never been the same for some since Maskell left the commentary box.
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