One of the BBC's most familiar voices for four decades, James Alexander Gordon, is bowing out from reading the classified football results on radio after having his larynx removed, reports The Guardian. The 77-year-old's voice is no longer strong enough to broadcast after surgery to treat throat cancer.

Edinburgh-born Gordon, whose delivery often made it possible for fans to predict the fortune of their team simply from the inflection, has often admitted he knows little about football other than the results.