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Charlotte Green makes BBC football results debut

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Charlotte Green has made her debut as the new voice of the classified football results on BBC radio.

The former Radio 4 newsreader replaces James Alexander Gordon who has retired after more than 40 years in the job.

Green, who is a Tottenham Hotspur supporter, read the final scores on Saturday on BBC Radio 5 live and World Service.

She said being given the post of reading the football scores was a lifetime's ambition come true.

"It came completely out of the blue and I was absolutely delighted," she said.

"In fact, I remember saying 'you're pushing at an open door'. It's something I'd always dreamed about as a child, and when I was six I used to sit at the kitchen table and read them out loud to the annoyance of my sister."

'Love to do'

She described it as a "huge honour" to take over from Gordon.

Richard Burgess, the head of BBC Radio Sport, has described Green as a "broadcaster of true calibre".

To mark her debut, Green appeared on BBC One's Football Focus on Saturday at 12:00 BST and gave her predictions for the weekend's Premier League matches.

Green, who is the Broadcasting Press Guild's Radio Broadcaster of the Year, was a newsreader and continuity announcer on Radio 4 for 34 years.

When she left Radio 4 earlier this year, she said in a Newsnight interview: "I have always wanted to read out the football results. That is something I would love to do."

Gordon left the role after surgery for cancer meant his voice was no longer strong enough for broadcasting.

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