I was out walking this morning, wearing my Brighton & Hove Albion bobble hat so as to stave off the chill. The Albion were knocked out of the FA Cup last night by Lei-chester, and a passing (not in the football sense) old boy made a remark about the cup not mattering these days. I told him that I’m from Sunderland, and that my first experiences of going to matches was the FA Cup run of 1973. Before I’d finished, he said a single three syllable word, just as several others have done over the years. ‘Porterfield.’ No Jonathan Pearce hysteria, no drawn out enunciation, just the original David Coleman utterance. And here’s the thing. I was at Wembley that day, so I didn’t get to hear the commentary until many years later. Blimey, it’s powerful, though.
It’s about 1-05 of the way in here, but do watch the whole thing.
In recent years, John Rawling and Barry Jones’ commentary during the final round of the first Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder is a true joy (‘I can’t believe what I’m seeing! I don’t know what’s going on!’ shouts wee Barry), and Ron Pickering’s ‘It’s a better one, it’s a better one, IT”S A BETTER ONE!’ whilst Daley Thompson hurled the javelin is a cracker. Any more?