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Kenneth Wolstenholme

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
has died aged 81 <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon"> I wouldn't like to make wild and unfounded comments on his ability as a commentator, i never heard him but i gather from today's tributes he was one of the best <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

I would however like to thank him for words i shall forever associate with Englands greatest ever sporting achievement, it was without doubt a magnificant achievemnet regardless of how it was described, but those famous words simply couldn't of been more fitting, the words somehow seem inappropriate for the day of his death, nor will i repeat them, he spent his entire life hearing those words and his talent as a commentator was often forgotten as a result <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

In all he commentated on 23 successive FA Cup finals and five World Cups before leaving the BBC after the 1970 World Cup to make way for David Coleman.

Wolstenholme was one of the pioneers of sports broadcasting, who ushered in a new era in football coverage when he became the first commentator on BBC's Match of the Day.

Wolstenholme was a bomber pilot during the Second World War, flying more than 100 missions for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.

So i'd just like to say thanks for the memory Ken, rest in peace <IMG SRC="wink.gif" border="0" ALT="icon">

[ 26-03-2002: Message edited by: eb ]


  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,328 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It is a sad loss. He had one of those voices that seemed to lend itself to commentary.

    Rest In Peace Ken.
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