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24/07/2013 14:22 BST | Updated 24/07/2013 14:32 BST

James Alexander Gordon Retires From Reading BBC Classified Football Results

James Alexander Gordon, the iconic voice behind BBC radio's classified football results, has retired from the role after 40 years.

Gordon, who began reading the classified results in 1973, has decided to step down due to ill health.

He recently had surgery to remove his larynx, and his voice is sadly no longer strong enough to broadcast after he contracted cancer.

"It's with great sorrow that I have to give up the most exciting part of my career, the classified football results," said the 77-year-old Scot. "They have been my life."

Accompanied by the ageless Sports report theme, Gordon's voice at 5pm was reassuring whether your team had won, lost or drawn.

Richard Burgess, head of BBC Radio Sport, described Gordon as a "broadcasting legend", while Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Pougatch added: "Even people who don't really even like football knew who James was, even if they didn't realise it."