Voices Of Football: James Alexander Gordon – Poetry From The Classified Results


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Gareth says:

    Good article. I read an interview with him in the Observer a few years back, he seemed like a lovely fella, great raconteur. He said that before he was at the BBC he used to work in the music business. One afternoon he was given the job of looking after Jimi Hendrix and keeping him out of trouble. When they were introduced Jimi was sitting in a cloud of dope smoke and said “Hey Jag, do you smoke shit?” JAG said “I didn’t have the faintest idea what he was talking about so I said ‘errr, no, I smoke Condor!'”

  2. Jertzee says:

    We always play the game of guessing the second teams score as he reads out the first – you have to shout out how many goals the away team has scored before he does.

    Easy when you know the home team has won (by his inflection) and only scored one goal, and likewise the draw, but otherwise contagious fun.

    The guy is a true living legend and I fear for the person who will, one day, have to replace him as they will never come close to him, no matter how good she/he is.

  3. His replacement is easy. Mark E Smith

  4. Jim says:

    Forfar 5 East Fife 4.

  5. Paul Blackwell says:

    One original feature that sadly has been lost is the wonderful way that the listener was kept in complete suspense until the actual results were read out. Now, an irritating stream of commentary extracts precedes the actual reading but it wasn’t always like that. My memory of the programme goes back to the early fifties . One had no idea of any scores until the reading. No teleprinter until TV grandstand started about 1958 so the sense of excitement and impatience was tangible all the way through ‘Jazz Club’ ( 4.45 -5.00) and then cue Eamonn Andrews and ‘the five o’clock show’. The voice of John Webster began its journey through the list with the same subtle inflections used by JAG. I can still remember the gasp I let out in October 54 when JW said ” Chelsea five, Manchester United ……. six!” and the way his voice moved up before the ‘six’ instead of the expected drop. Another beauty was in January 56 – FA Cup 3rd round . “Arsenal two, Bedford Town ……. two!!!” WHAT?? The best of these was, as stated, one had no idea whatsoever what was coming. And I still wish when getting back into the car after the match at about 5 o’clock and turning on the radio as ‘the Five O’clock Show starts that one was kept in suspense….

  6. Paul Blackwell says:

    Other favourites from around the same time:
    Motherwell 12 Dundee United 1
    Blackburn 8 Bristol Rovers 3
    Tottenham 10 Everton 4 ( a bit later – October 58)

  7. oguzor obinna says:

    i am asking if someone can work out the prediction of football scores

  8. Geoff says:

    Fantastic he still going just heard him on
    BBC Radio Devon Takes you back to the old
    days of the Light Programme !!

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