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    Posted: 11 Mar 2013 at 19:52
11/03/2013 14:45 | By Chris Charles, contributor, MSN Sport

Tony Gubba, 'the voice of Saturday'



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Gubba won a new generation of fans through Dancing on Ice

Tributes have been pouring in for football commentator Tony Gubba, who has died after a short illness.

Along with Brian Moore, John Motson and Barry Davies, the Match of the Day and Grandstand regular was an instantly recognisable voice to millions of football supporters.

Deeply saddened to hear that Tony Gubba has passed away. One of the great voices of football who graced MOTD for so many years. #RIPTONY @GaryLineker

In recent years he won a new army of fans thanks to his tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the hit ITV show Dancing on Ice – and  such was his popularity, minutes after his death was announced, 'Tony Gubba' became the top trending UK topic on Twitter.

Dancing on Ice host Phillip Schofield (‏@Schofe) wrote: “It's with the saddest of hearts that I tweet the news that our dear friend Tony Gubba has passed away. We were all aware how poorly he was.”

Ex-footballer and TalkSport host ‏@StanCollymore tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gubba. One of the great sports commentary voices”, while Liverpool Post reporter @IanDoyleSport  added: “So departs another voice from my football-watching youth.”

The Guardian’s @James_Dart described the commentator as “an esteemed broadcasting voice”, and fellow-journalist ‏@NeilHarmanTimes remembered him as a “terrific broadcaster and smashing chap”.

Gubba’s BBC colleagues also paid their respects, with Football League Show host Manish Bhasin‏@bbc_manish writing: “So sad to hear that Tony Gubba has passed away. An iconic voice from my childhood & someone I had the pleasure of working with.”

Andrew Castle@AndrewCastle63 commented: "Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gubba, a fine journalist and broadcaster. Condolences to partner Jenny, 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters."

And Sky Sports' Rob Palmer (‏@robbopalmer) recalled how Gubba “guided me in my early days & saved me from a ‘security’ thug at Chelsea”.

Others were keen to share their tales of the broadcaster, with fellow-commentator Dan O'Hagan (‏@danohagan) writing: “Lovely story about Tony Gubba - even until recently he used to tip the runners who brought him his cup of tea. Proper old-school gentleman.”

And Ben Mouncer (‏@benmouncer) simply repeated one of Gubba's famous lines: "What a goal, Mickey Thomas! The magic little man!”

Many more posted a link to the commentator’s classic interview with Eric Cantona on the Manchester United team bus after they had thumped Chelsea 4-0 in the 1994 FA Cup final, with the Frenchman revealing he had won a £100 bet with Dennis Wise that he would score one of his two successful penalties.

Former Dancing on Ice contestants also paid their tributes, with ‏@TheSuzanneShaw writing: "It breaks my heart to hear about the sad news” and Jennifer Ellison (‏@Jelliofficial) tweeting: “Heartbroken. Such a lovely lovely man! X”

@TheRobinCousins - a judge on the programme - added: "RIP Tony Gubba. A great lover of sport and I had known for nearly 40 yrs.was with us since DOI series 1. He'll be with us in sprit for #9 x"

But the death of the popular broadcdaster was perhaps best summed up by this seven-word tweet from @gdorean: “RIP Tony Gubba, the voice of Saturday.” 



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Tony Gubba obituary

Distinguished sports commentator who lent his expertise to ITV's Dancing on Ice

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Tony Gubba commentating for Dancing on Ice in 2009. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex Features

Tony Gubba, who has died aged 69 after suffering from leukaemia, would doubtless have been amused by the fact that, despite his long and distinguished career in sports broadcasting, he will be best remembered by many for the tongue-in-cheek commentaries he provided for the hugely popular ITV series Dancing on Ice. "He skates like Benny Hill chasing a chorus girl," he remarked about the rugby international Kyran Bracken who was competing on the show, and said of the nightlife- loving former Manchester United footballer Lee Sharpe: "He's not normally this active before midnight!"

Gubba was a serious commentator on ice-skating – one of numerous sports on which he broadcast – during nearly four decades working for BBC Sport. The British ice-dancing gold medallists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had suggested he should be recruited by Dancing on Ice to give credibility to celebrities' sometimes hapless attempts to master the sport. Whether peppering his commentaries with technical descriptions of various moves and lifts, or using a mischievous sense of humour to describe both triumphs and calamities with equal style, Gubba was an integral part of the programme's appeal from 2006 through to the current series that ended at the weekend.

Born in Manchester, Gubba was educated at Blackpool grammar school. A keen all-round sportsman, he excelled at football and squash and later became an accomplished golfer and fly fisherman. He also cherished early hopes of becoming an operatic tenor, studying music before eventually settling on a career in journalism.

After spending time as the Daily Mirror's north of England correspondent, Gubba worked in Southampton for Southern Television as a news reporter and news reader, but got his break in BBC sport after being spotted when he entered a competition to find a new commentator. Appointed to present Sportsnight after David Coleman left the programme in 1972, he later became the frontman for Grandstand, alongside Frank Bough, and also presented Match of the Day.

The then Sportsnight editor Jonathan Martin, later head of sport at the BBC, said of Gubba: "His strength was that he was a very good broadcaster and journalist. He was mainly a football man to start with, and that was his real love, but he was very flexible. He could turn his hand to anything. Bobsleigh, table tennis, ice-skating, ski jumping, rowing ... He would be on everybody's team for the winter and summer Olympics. He never complained or grumbled when he was asked to do something, he just went away and did his homework. He could present, commentate and was a first-class reporter."

The first Olympics on which Gubba worked was Munich 1972, and he had been involved in virtually every games thereafter, most recently when he worked on London 2012 for the host Olympic Broadcasting Services, which sends broadcasts worldwide for the duration of the games.

Gubba was for many years viewed as the BBC's number three football commentator behind Barry Davies and John Motson, often fulfilling the role as a tenacious interviewer when the occasion arose. Brian Barwick was Match of the Day editor before becoming the BBC's head of football and sport and was among those who regarded Gubba as a safe pair of hands. "He was an old-fashioned journalist. He was reliable, had strong words and asked the right questions," said Barwick. "Away from the programmes, he had views and was always prepared to air them. He fought his own corner."

It might have been understandable if Gubba had harboured resentment towards Davies and Motson, who were regarded as his superiors in football commentary, but according to Davies: "He was always good fun to be around. I suppose he was a jack of all trades. But he was a master of many." Motson added: "I worked with him for 41 years and regarded him as a personal friend. I can also say he was probably the best reporter I ever worked with."

Gubba forged a lucrative second career as an after-dinner speaker, often on cruise liners, and wrote numerous articles on travel and fly-fishing.

He is survived by his partner of 15 years, Jenny, along with two daughters from an earlier marriage, Claire and Libby, and three granddaughters.

• Tony Gubba, sports commentator, born 23 September 1943; died 11 March 2013

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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 11:31
What a surprise!  I thought he might have had a spot of flu or something like that. I shall always remember him for his Todd commentary.  Sheer entertainment when he couldn't stop laughing
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Mar 2013 at 12:24
yep that was funny , the whole Todd incident, must watch it again!!!!
Wondered where he'd gone to.
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  Quote Eviesmum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 00:31
Aww bless him :(
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