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Green ready for debut as first woman to read BBC’s classified football results

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Charlotte Green (BBC)

Charlotte Green will make history on BBC radio on Saturday when she becomes the first woman to read the classified football results.

The results had been read by James Alexander Gordon since 1973 but he announced in July that he was retiring from his position.

Green was confirmed as his replacement soon after but is only now free to make her debut reading the scores on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Green's voice is most recognisable from BBC Radio 4 where she has performed a number of roles from reading the news on the Today programme to presenting the Shipping Forecast.

"I was surprised there was such a response to the fact that it’s a woman reading them for the first time,” said the 57-year-old ahead of her 5pm debut on Saturday.

"It shouldn’t matter what gender you are, what matters is that you do a good, professional job and that’s something I aim to do. I will be nervous – it’s inevitable when you’re doing something different and new but also because the football results have this iconic place in radio history.

"James sent me a lovely email when it was announced I would be taking over. He is a fine broadcaster but also a lovely man and he said to me in that email: 'Make it your own' – and that’s what I intend to do.

"What I have to do is develop my own style and be true to that. You can only be true to yourself otherwise it sounds ridiculously fake."

Green will keep a keen eye on the Tottenham v Chelsea result in particular as she has admitted to having a soft spot for Spurs but it remains to be seen if she gets to fulfil Alexander Gordon's dream result.

"I always wanted to say: Forfar 5 East Fife 4," he admitted when he retired.

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