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BBC TV football results reader Tim Gudgin dies at the age of 87

Tim Gudgin read the football results on BBC TV for more than 15 years.

Tim Gudgin, who read the classified football results on BBC television for more than 15 years, has died aged 87.

Gudgin's family told the BBC he died peacefully at home on Nov. 8.

He retired in 2011, having taken over the job of fronting the results service in 1995 following the death of Len Martin.

After finishing National Service in 1950, Gudgin joined BFN Radio in Germany as a newsreader and occasional sports reviewer before becoming a studio manager for the BBC European Service when he returned to the UK.

He also had a stint as public relations consultant in the Isle of Man before, in 1976, joining BBC's Grandstand sports show, where he read out the horse racing and rugby results during the "Final Score" programme.

Gudgin's distinctive tones made his voice instantly recognisable to a generation of viewers.

A week before his 82nd birthday, he read his final set of classified results for the BBC and said: "It is a triple reason why I am going: age, distance -- I am down on the south coast and the team is going to be up in Salford -- and my granddaughter's wedding in Australia, which I have to be there for."

Gudgin's funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on Nov. 20.


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