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Sunday, September 2, 2001
Commentator Moore dies, aged 69
By Chris Borg

Legendary football commentator Brian Moore has died at his Kent home at the age of 69, television company ITV has reported.

Moore became known as ITV's 'voice of football' as he covered hundreds of domestic and international matches for the channel.

Swiftly becoming well respected for his enthusiasm and knowledge, Moore - who joined ITV in 1967 - commentated for more than three decades before retiring following the 1998 World Cup in France.

The memorable games he worked on included Arsenal's final-game championship-deciding win at Anfield in 1988-89, when he yelled: 'It's up for grabs now!' as Michael Thomas went through to score the crucial injury-time goal.

He also fronted programmes profiling legendary football figures including former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.

Moore's career began in print journalism. He sub-edited for World Sports and also spent time on the Exchange Telegraph and The Times.

After that, the Kent-born commentator - who was a keen cricketer - moved on to do radio commentary for the BBC before making his name with ITV.

Former ITV colleague Bob Wilson said: 'I am just very privileged to have known him the way I got to know him.

'I think that if I had to give a tribute to Brian as a commentator it would be that I don't think there is anyone in the world of football, and football is a big world, who had a bad word to say about him.'

Moore admitted regretting asking summariser Kevin Keegan, live on air, whether David Batty would score in the 1998 World Cup penalty shootout defeat to Argentina.

Keegan answered yes - and Batty saw his crucial spotkick saved.

 


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