One of sport’s most iconic voices, Tim Gudgin, has sadly died at the age of 87. The legendary radio star was best known for his work on the BBC’s Grandstand and Final Score where he would read out the weekends football scores. Tim’s voice became commonplace in homes across the country and was the benchmark for voice artists everywhere to aspire to.
After carrying out his national service during the 1940s, he returned to Britain and began his successful broadcasting career. Always a keen sports fan he joined the BBC’s sport programme Grandstand in the 1960s and originally was responsible for reading out the rugby and horse racing results.
Following the death of Len Martin in 1995, Tim succeeded him in reading out the weekend’s football results on the programme. In 2007 Grandstand aired for the last time but continued his role of reading the scores on Final Score. As well as his work in the world of sport, Tim also leant his voice to a wide range of BBC radio and television programmes. These include: BBC Radio 4’s Quote…Unquote, Friday Night is Music Night and Top of the Form as he established himself as one of the UK’s best voiceover artists.
At the beginning of the 2011/12 season Tim announced that it would be his last before retirement citing the BBC’s plans to relocate to Salford as one of the reasons for his decision. His final reading came on 19 November 2011, a week before his 82nd birthday. After 60 years working for the BBC, he was presented with a retirement gift by football pundit Garth Crooks, a BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy.
His retirement lead to plaudits from some of the biggest names in the sport with Gary Lineker OBE saying “Saturday afternoons will never be the same again. Tim is one of the most familiar voices in sport.”
Tim passed away peacefully on 8 November aged 87, and his funeral will be held at Chichester Crematorium on 20 November.