“How awful”! Oh no!”... commentary greats, from Kenneth Wolstenholme to Richie Benaud

PUBLISHED: 14:39 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:04 19 February 2018

BBC Radio Suffolk football commentator Brenner Woolley .    Picture: STEVE WALLER

BBC Radio Suffolk football commentator Brenner Woolley . Picture: STEVE WALLER

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The disappointment was clear, fully understood only by Ipswich fans in much the same way as only a dog hears its master’s whistle when it, too, can’t keep hold of its lead.

BBC commentator for the 1966 World Cup, Kenneth Wolstenholme. Picture: PABBC commentator for the 1966 World Cup, Kenneth Wolstenholme. Picture: PA

“How awful! Oh no!” wailed BBC Radio Suffolk’s Brenner Woolley as Timm Klose rose to head home a dramatic equaliser for City against Ipswich at Carrow Road on Sunday.

His counterpart here in Norfolk, Chris Goreham, has a few famous commentary moments – after Simeon Jackson’s hat-trick goal against Derby in April 2011, or the same player’s promotion clincher at Portsmouth a month later.

There are many from the world of sport... here’s some of the best:

“They think it’s all over - it is now” – Kenneth Wolstenholme as Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick goal in the 1966 World Cup final made it England 4 Germany 2.

Cricket presenter Richie Benaud. Picture: PACricket presenter Richie Benaud. Picture: PA

“Is Gascoigne going to have a crack? He is, you know… OH, I SAY! Brilliant!” – Barry Davis after Paul Gascoigne’s FA Cup semi-final free-kick for Totenhamm against Arsenal in 1991

“Where oh where were the Germans? And frankly, who cares?” – Davis again as Britain scored a third goal to win hockey gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

“Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Attlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher – can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher! Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!”– Bjorge Lillelien as Norway beat England 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in September, 1981.

“We have done it,” – Jonathan Overend as Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years in 2013.

“This game’s had more twists in it than a rattlesnake with a hernia,” – the late, great darts commentator Sid Waddell.

“He knows he can hurt him now. Get in there Frank” – Harry Carpenter during the Frank Bruno v Mike Tyson fight in February 1989.

“And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century,” – legendary cricket commentator, the late Richie Benaud.

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