Jeff Stelling pays tear-jerking tribute to Soccer Saturday legend John Gwynne

Jeff Stelling has paid an emotional tribute to Soccer Saturday legend John Gwynne, who passed away on Saturday morning following a battle with cancer.

Gwynne was best known for his work on Sky Sports' darts coverage, but he was also a popular face on Soccer Saturday as one of the show's roving reporters. Stelling led the tributes to the broadcaster, who also worked across rugby league, cricket and speedway, in a post on Twitter.

"One of the greatest broadcasting voices has been silenced with the passing of my wonderful friend and colleague John Gwynne," an emotional Stelling tweeted to his followers.

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"Whether at the Etihad or Spotland, he made every game special with his gravitas, humour and passion. Soccer Saturday will never be the quite the same."

Gwynne worked on Soccer Saturday for a number of years, becoming a favourite with viewers thanks to the excitable nature of his commentary but also his expert knowledge of the game, whether it be a fixture from League Two or the Championship.

Chris Kamara also paid tribute to Gwynne, who died at the age of 77. Quote-tweeting Stelling's original heartfelt message, he wrote: "RIP John. He just loved being a part of the Soccer Saturday gang." Kamara also included a crying emoji in his tweet.

Despite his work on Soccer Saturday, it was for his association with darts that Gwynne became best-known. A lifelong Manchester City fan, Gwynne covered 20 PDC World Darts Championships and 20 World Matchplays before hanging up the microphone in 2013.

He was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2014 and also worked sporadically for the BDO before its collapse in 2020. PDC chief executive Matthew Porter described Gwynne as a "respected and popular figure in darts and across sports media."

"As part of the original Sky Sports commentary team alongside Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning, John's distinctive voice was part of the soundtrack to the PDC's formative years and they formed an iconic trio,' Porter told Sky Sports.

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"John was hugely passionate about the sport of darts and made a great contribution at all levels during his career. We send our condolences and sympathies to John's family and friends."

Darts legends Phil Taylor Michael van Gerwen and Bobby George also paid tribute to the late star, who will be remembered as one of British sport's best-loved broadcasters.


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