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James Alexander Gordon and The Poetry of The Pools

by | 24th, August 2014

James Alexander Gordon and the poetry of the pools

BBC announcer James Alexander Gordon, whose voice was synonymous with the football results, has died at the age of 78.



Although he started reading the results in 1973, in the heyday of flares and platform boots, he seemed to personify an earlier short-back-and-sides era, when the ‘wireless’ was still the main conduit for live football. A time when teams played at the same time 3pm on a Saturday allowing for a comprehensive results service at 5 O’Clock, heralded by Sports Report’s stirring theme tune, ‘Out of the Blue’ played by the Central RAF band (and here by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)…



These were not any old results, like those garbled and sometimes unreliable missives that sprang from the manic teleprinter…


No, these were the CLASSIFIED football results, and their significance aside from the footballing issues resting upon them was that the football pools relied upon them.

The pools were the national lottery of their day, able to change people’s lives at a stroke. Dreams could come true, but so could nightmares, as in the case of Viv ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’ Nicholson…


Couple Win Pools


Up and down the land, people would sit glued to the radio, in a quasi-religious shared national experience (in the days before people spoke in such terms), checking their pools coupons to see if they had predicted

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