This Weekend Marks the 80th Anniversary of Football Commentary

To mark the 80 year anniversary of the first football commentary, BBC Five Live Sports Extra this weekend will be conducting the commentary in the style of 1927 instead of 2007.They’ll be using four commentators. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson will comment on Arsenal. Musician and singer David Gray will focus on Manchester United. John Murray will be the main commentator.But the fourth, and most interesting, commentator will be James Alexander Gordon, who’s famous for reading the football results on the BBC. Gordon will be telling the listeners what grid number the ball is in.The grid numbers was a very old form of allowing the listeners at home to picture which part of the field the ball was in.To read more about this fascinating commentary, read the article from the BBC here.Updated: Listen to a radio documentary about the history of football radio commentary from Alan Green and the BBC.


  1. Anonymous January 18, 2007
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