Don Mosey 1924-1999

Don Mosey dies

Nicknamed "The Alderman" by the late Brian Johnston, Don Mosey died yesterday at the age of 74. His venture into radio commentary came late in his career, first broadcasting a Test match for the BBC in 1974 when England played Pakistan. Oddly, one of his first descriptions of "play" included an interruption to play due to a bomb scare.

A journalist since the age of sixteen, Mosey became a sports writer for the Daily Mail in 1960 reporting mainly cricket and rugby before joining the BBC as a producer in 1964. Initially producing BBC Radio's Test Match Special, Mosey became increasingly a part of the on-air commentary team, covering the England team on tour on many occasions. He retired in the mid-1980s and wrote a number of books on the game, including his experiences with the BBC, as well as a biopgraphy of Geoffrey Boycott.