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Tirsdag d. 26. marts 2002

The British sports commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, famous for his commentary on England's 1966 FIFA World Cup final win over West Germany, has died aged 81.

'They think it's all over...'
Wolstenholme died on Monday night at a private hospital in the seaside resort of Torquay in south-west England. He is best remembered for saying "some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over...it is now" as Geoff Hurst scored England's fourth goal in their 4-2 win over West Germany at Wembley.

'The voice of British football'
"He didn't think beforehand what he was going to say, it just came out and afterwards he couldn't believe that he'd said it and how apt it was for the situation," his agent David Davis said on Tuesday. "He was very much the voice of British football. He was a one-off."

Five World Cups
Born in Worsley near Manchester, Wolstenholme worked as a local journalist before serving as an RAF bomber pilot during World War Two. He commentated on his first televised football match in 1948, despite claiming never to have watched a television programme. Wolstenholme went on to cover 23 FA Cup finals, 16 European Champion Clubs' Cup finals and five World Cup tournaments.

Match of the Day
He was the first presenter of the BBC's Match of the Day highlights programme in 1964 before leaving in 1970 to make way for David Coleman. More recently Wolstenholme worked for Channel 4 on their Italian football programme, Gazzetta Football Italia.

'One of the greats'
Arne Scheie, a senior football commentator with NRK in Norway, said: "He was one of my favourites. I was in England as a supporter in 1966 and I remember his famous words. He was one of the greats. I heard him and read about him and he was a well-known figure in the European football industry."

'Immortal words'
Mike Ingham, BBC radio's football correspondent, said: "He was such an inspiring character and he was the voice of my youth. He will always be associated with those immortal words in the 1966 World Cup final, but I will always remember him from when he first took charge of Match of the Day and from FA Cup finals and European finals."