A wave of tributes from the football and broadcasting world followed the death of famous sports commentator Gerald Sinstadt.

Match-of-the-day host Gary Lineker was among those who expressed their sadness following news of the Folkestone-born journalist’s death on November 10.

Gerald Sinstadt at the World Cup in 1970. Photo: ITV

The former England striker tweeted: “Saddened to hear that Gerald Sinstadt has left us. A wonderful broadcaster and brilliant speaker with such a distinctive voice.”

A familiar voice on BBC and ITV coverage over an illustrious career, the 91-year-old grew up in Folkestone and attended the city’s Harvey Grammar School.

During World War II he was evacuated, along with the whole school, to Merthyr Tydfil and tragically both his parents were killed in an air raid while in the relative safety of the South of the Land of Wales.

His career behind the microphone began in 1949 with the British Forces Broadcasting Service, before breaking away from BBC radio.

In the decades that followed, he covered four World Cups for ITV and then worked on the Olympics for the BBC, as well as being a regular at Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score.

Sinstadt was a student at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone.  Photo: Barry Goodwin
Sinstadt was a student at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone. Photo: Barry Goodwin

Harvey manager Scott Norman said: “We were very sad to hear that Gerald Sinstadt, one of our most successful Old Boys, had passed away.

“Gerald was a big supporter of the school and very kindly sponsored one of our annual awards, named in his honor.

“He also opened our original gym in the 1990s, of course reflecting his love and knowledge of the sport which viewers and listeners have enjoyed throughout his illustrious career.

“Our hearts go out to his family at such a sad time.”

Later in his life Mr Sinstadt, an opera lover away from the sports arena, retired to North Staffordshire with his wife Margaret and continued to write a regular column for the Stoke Sentinel newspaper.

Commentator Gerald Sinstadt at Ipswich Town against Coventry City for Game of the Week.  Image: ITV
Commentator Gerald Sinstadt at Ipswich Town against Coventry City for Game of the Week. Image: ITV

ITV Football tweeted: “At ITV Sport we are deeply saddened by the passing of Gerald Sinstadt, who was a brilliant broadcaster as well as an influential and pro-youth figure entering broadcasting.”

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