Walker - a legend with effervescent enthusiasm
13/03/2021 | sport | f1 | 981
Legendary motor racing commentator, who became as famous as the drivers themselves, dies at 97
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13/03/2021 18:52:35 444 9
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They say the best commentators capture the mood of the moment- no one did it better than Murray. RIP my friend.
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13/03/2021 19:13:10 255 7
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I met him years ago at The Goodwood Festival.

As much as he'll be remembered for his commentary, I was struck by his boundless knowledge and enthusiasm for all things motor racing.

And a nicer,more generous and gracious 'name ' would be very difficult to find.

An absolute gentleman.

Thank you Murray.
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13/03/2021 21:44:33 12 1
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it beggers belief honestly how people can downvote these so sad
659
13/03/2021 23:02:26 9 3
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Yes, fantastic comment. Ignore the pond life
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13/03/2021 18:52:36 283 5
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The word legend is overused in sport but Walker is certainly in that category. A sad day not only for motorsport but for Britain. A national treasure, RIP Murray
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13/03/2021 18:52:40 109 6
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Rest in Peace Murray. Thanks for all the great F1 memories.
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13/03/2021 18:52:52 23 2
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So sad
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13/03/2021 18:52:56 274 6
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Legend, will be sadly missed, THE voice of F1.
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13/03/2021 19:35:09 125 5
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I missed his commentary after he left it. Race day was never the same.
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14/03/2021 00:20:35 10 1
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I had to log in to just say... who on Earth would down vote this 5 times (so far)? Shame on you. This was a man who enthused millions with his passion for F1 (including me) and clearly had a family that will miss him and cherish him for being so influential in this sport. Truly, shame on you and you cowardly anonymous 'thumbs down'.
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13/03/2021 18:53:26 98 5
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Made the Grand Prix worth watching. RIP great man.
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13/03/2021 18:53:29 232 4
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Running out of childhood heroes.
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13/03/2021 21:15:10 78 3
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Often mimicked, never surpassed.

You know you're getting old when your childhood heroes are no more ??
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14/03/2021 08:17:08 3 0
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Yes....
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14/03/2021 14:49:46 0 0
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So True - I cried for Senna and blubbed Marray as knew loved and met both
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MH
13/03/2021 18:53:35 16 1
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Unique.
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13/03/2021 18:53:39 38 1
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Go! Go! Go! ...gone, but never to be forgotten.
RIP Murray - thanks for everything.
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13/03/2021 18:53:59 18 5
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Rest in Peace Murray. Wonderful commentator who brought undertanding to the masses on formula 1. The Twit (may have spelt that incorrectly) who attempts your job these days for the Beb cannot hold a candle.
Who down voted this? A bbc apologist or a troll not old enough to understand . Removed
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13/03/2021 18:54:02 117 4
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RIP Murray Walker.
F1 is not the same since you left.
Legend ? He had more gaffs than Coleman. Removed
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Bev
13/03/2021 18:56:11 21 2
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And that's what endeared him to us all.
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13/03/2021 18:54:04 167 5
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''there is nothing wrong with the car expects that its on fire''

RIP. Miles ahead of all the F1 commentators today
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13/03/2021 19:39:41 77 5
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Difference is he did it for the love of the sport not just the money
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14/03/2021 02:58:10 0 6
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Expects what? Oh you mean expect.
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13/03/2021 18:54:04 97 5
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An absolute legend.
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13/03/2021 18:54:16 82 4
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Dedicated to motorsport across the board, always enthusiastic and made you want to watch, indeed a legend.
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13/03/2021 18:54:16 337 5
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All the right notes not necessarily in the right order. Thank you for making it all come to life in my front room. Rest in peace you will be missed.
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13/03/2021 20:33:09 42 5
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That just says it all
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13/03/2021 22:26:03 1 0
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well said, he'll be missed, thoughts are with his family.
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13/03/2021 18:54:19 25 1
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rip to this legend. i love u :(
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14/03/2021 01:33:54 0 0
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Are you the actual Nico Rosberg?

Rip Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:54:23 68 5
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Gobsmacked... amazing commentator, the real voice of F1. RIP.
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13/03/2021 18:54:23 75 2
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Lovely man ,absolute gent what a life he had. R.i.p
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13/03/2021 18:54:31 133 5
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RIP Murray Walker, your voice is one of the most famous in the world and will live on every time we highlights of some of the races you took to another level.

Sorely lost
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13/03/2021 18:54:38 1009 11
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97 stunning laps - RIP Murray the voice of F1.
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13/03/2021 19:06:59 246 10
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Lovely comment...
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13/03/2021 19:20:53 41 7
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This is the first time for many years on the hys that I have ever seen hundreds of upvotes and not one single downvote. Speaks volumes for how well respected and loved MW was. Rest in peace and god bless.
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13/03/2021 19:31:21 16 6
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Murray couldn't of said it better himself.
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13/03/2021 19:35:19 16 4
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So true. Nicely put.
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13/03/2021 19:36:34 16 3
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What a fabulous comment!
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13/03/2021 19:47:29 90 6
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Whoever is downvoting these comments needs to take a good hard look at themselves. Vile.
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13/03/2021 19:49:39 24 4
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RIP Murrary. A true legend and a top Brummie to boot. Ta-ra a bit
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13/03/2021 20:03:33 40 5
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There’s some proper ‘nobody’s’ on hys; who downvotes comments?! Lovely comment Rappers ??
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13/03/2021 20:08:22 9 2
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Truly brilliant commentator and gentlemen.
Beautiful, and yet there are a few no-life Richard.Heads here to downvote. Shame on them. Removed
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13/03/2021 20:24:17 6 3
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Says it all.
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13/03/2021 21:03:03 15 3
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How can people downvote this disgraceful rip Murray
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13/03/2021 21:09:30 3 1
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Wonderful.
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13/03/2021 21:13:39 2 0
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He was due a pit stop.

Oh come on , that's funny.

But R.I.P. the voice of Formula one.
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13/03/2021 21:27:29 10 1
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Who the Hell voted this comment down?!?

Give yourselves a slap.
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13/03/2021 21:42:06 12 1
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Maybe there's an explanation for the downvotes - perhaps a mistake hitting the wrong target due to tears in eyes. Not something that I often admit to, but no shame tonight. This gentleman was - and always will be - legendary. A fine tribute, Rappers!
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13/03/2021 22:51:23 3 1
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That is a Fantastic dedication.
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14/03/2021 00:22:48 2 2
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Rappers, if Carlsberg made comments! Wonderful!
Rest in Peace Murray.
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14/03/2021 07:59:06 2 1
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......& always at lap record pace! Well said. RIP Murray Walker.
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14/03/2021 08:36:31 4 2
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Great commentry race after race from Murray and a great man came through at interviews. His enthusiasm got me interested in F1 years ago. RIP Murray
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14/03/2021 10:28:10 3 2
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Brilliant comment.
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k5
13/03/2021 18:54:41 21 1
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great guy
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13/03/2021 18:54:47 8 9
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Made F1 appear to be interesting, that is some feat
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Bev
13/03/2021 18:54:56 37 1
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Ahh bless him. His Walkerisms were on a par with Colemanballs.
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13/03/2021 18:55:11 56 3
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Loved him commentating. Smashing bloke .RIP Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:55:23 175 5
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Like a lot of people I suspect he brought me into the world of formula 1. Always remember his 'now watch this statement' which guaranteed a crash :) he was brilliant in every respect, such a nice guy. He will be missed. Thoughts with his family.
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13/03/2021 18:55:34 17 1
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Everyone has an opinion on everything these days. But my opinion on you is that you were a really lovely bloke who loved the sport you were commenting upon, and understood the humans you were commenting upon. Kindness and understanding forever. RIP Murray. A true gentleman.
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bob
13/03/2021 18:55:36 4 1
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Real shame.....Will be sadly missed. RIP
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13/03/2021 18:55:41 161 4
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Another bit of my childhood now gone ... getting old.
RIP Murray Walker ... your commentaries were stuff of legend ... something you most certainly are
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13/03/2021 18:55:44 21 1
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RIP Murray Walker.
Legend.
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13/03/2021 18:55:55 19 1
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Simply the voice of F1

Great sense of humour civility and perspective.

Rip
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13/03/2021 18:56:00 10 1
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Rip Murray, for me you made motor racing exciting even before the lights went out.
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13/03/2021 18:56:02 6 1
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Terrible news, he was THE voice of F1. A fan first and foremost, which made his commentary even better.
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13/03/2021 18:56:06 12 1
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A true legend. He is the main factor that got me interested in F1. RIP
Legend ? He had more gaffs than Coleman. Removed
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Bev
13/03/2021 18:56:11 21 2
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And that's what endeared him to us all.
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13/03/2021 18:56:11 8 1
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He, along with Bill McLaren, were without doubt THE VOICES of their sports. Always a total joy to hear their voices - and - for me, Murray just MADE F1 as something to watch on TV.
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13/03/2021 18:56:15 15 1
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A true Legend, his voice brought me so much pleasure and gave me a lifelong love of F1.
Rest in Peace Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:56:19 62 1
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"There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire."

Was and always will be the voice of F1. Nobody else comes close.

One more... "That's history. I say history because it happened in the past."
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13/03/2021 19:04:51 49 1
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We could go on forever... "And... there goes Senna in his McLaren which is absolutely unique, except for Prost's identical car who is right behind him." (or words to that effect) RIP Murray!
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13/03/2021 19:19:28 4 0
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"There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire."
a suitable epithet to be chiselled on his memorial stone
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13/03/2021 18:56:23 12 1
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Oh, no! Another of my heroes bites the dust. We'll miss you, Murray. RIP.
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13/03/2021 18:56:30 82 4
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Murray's commentary was what i remember as a kid getting in to F1. A absolute legend and a true gentleman.
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13/03/2021 18:56:40 19 1
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Murray Walker A legend with effervescent enthusiasm is a perfect description of this wonderful man. A brilliant commentator who made one feel like he was just talking to you. RIP Murray Walker.
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13/03/2021 19:16:03 9 1
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effervescent enthusiasm, there isn't enough words or alliteration to personify this Gentleman but yours are very befitting
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13/03/2021 20:57:13 0 0
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So true (Daniel?)
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13/03/2021 18:57:07 195 5
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RIP Murray. You made Sunday afternoons special for 100,000s of people for 30 odd years. Also a nicer fella you couldn't wish to meet.
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13/03/2021 19:05:41 66 4
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Well said...
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13/03/2021 18:57:12 6 1
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One of the greatest sports commentators of all time. Grew up watching F1, and say to those that listen, that his infectious love of the sport was a big part of the reason I’d watch it.

RIP Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:57:17 6 1
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Dan Maskell, Harry Carpenter, Kenneth Wolstenholme...and Murray Walker.... Voices that enhanced the sports they commentate on. RIP
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13/03/2021 19:04:46 4 1
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Plus John Arlott
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13/03/2021 19:05:12 2 0
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Bill Mclaren and Peter Alliss to go on that list as well.
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13/03/2021 19:06:32 4 0
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Add in Coleman, Vine, O’Sullivan, Davies, Aliss, Beneaud, Arlott, Johnston. It’s a long list. Can’t help think we were the lucky generation.
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13/03/2021 18:57:40 6 1
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‘There is nothing wrong with car, except it’s on fire’ Thanks for those great Sunday afternoons Murray
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13/03/2021 18:57:50 6 1
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Never be another F1 commentator like him, and a thoroughly nice man.

RIP MW.
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13/03/2021 18:57:50 10 2
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Peter O’Sullivan
Harry Carpenter
Dan Maskall
Peter Ellis
Sid Wodell

Murray Walker

There’ll never be commentators like them. Murray was my favourite.
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13/03/2021 19:03:37 5 2
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I was going to add Peter Allis but maybe he is already there :-)
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13/03/2021 19:05:43 2 2
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Harry Carpenter was a commentator; as for the other 4, never heard of ‘em! (hint : check spelling before posting)
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13/03/2021 19:11:29 3 0
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I'd like to add Brian (Johnners) Johnston to that list.
Possibly Henry Blofeld, too, because he was... Well, he was Blowers.
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13/03/2021 18:57:56 22 1
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"Do my eyes deceive me or is Senna's car sounding a bit rough?" "Unless I'm very much mistaken... I am very much mistaken!" "And now excuse me while I interrupt myself!" - legend RIP xx
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13/03/2021 18:58:04 7 1
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I grew up listening to him and James Hunt and alongside Fleetwood Mac, his voice gave me butterflies. RIP Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:58:06 31 2
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Not only the greatest F1 commentator of all time but the greatest sports commentator ever.
Irreplaceable
I will never forget Mansell beating Senna at Monaco
Damon Hill winning in 1996
Mansell with his bump on his head.
Since he retired in 2001 it’s not been the same.
His commentary double act with James Hunt was pure delight professional and hilarious
With Senna Hunt and the greats again tonight
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13/03/2021 19:19:25 14 2
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A down vote? Why?
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14/03/2021 20:41:19 0 0
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Mansell didn't beat Senna at Monaco - he couldn't find a way past him
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13/03/2021 18:58:07 3 0
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Sad news. Always enjoyed Murray’s commentary. Legend. RIP Mr. Walker
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13/03/2021 18:58:21 4 0
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A great gentleman. A sad loss. Rest in peace Murray.
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13/03/2021 18:58:23 4 0
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RIP Murray.

My life would have been poorer without your, albeit remote, contribution.
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13/03/2021 18:58:26 3 0
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He was the voice of F1. RIP friend.
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13/03/2021 18:58:26 5 1
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Better than any of them! He made me an f1 fan!
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13/03/2021 18:58:45 4 0
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RIP.

One of the great sport commentators.

Showed so much passion and enthusiasm for Motorsports bringing it to many generations.
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13/03/2021 18:58:47 25 1
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What an absolute legend of motorsport and broadcasting . Even through all his mistakes us F1 fans still loved Murray for his enthusiam . My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. He had great partnerships with James Hunt and Martin Brundle . To think Murray commentated on Kimi and Fernando in their rookie season and both are still going in F1.
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13/03/2021 18:58:53 6 0
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"The" voice of motorsport.
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13/03/2021 18:58:58 5 0
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One of a kind , he had the talent and personality that could have made making a cup of tea sound exciting.
Always loved watching the F1 when Murray was commentating. You felt you were there with his enthusiasm.
Unlike David (the up his own @#£ not let anyone else speak) Croft.
Removed
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13/03/2021 18:59:04 5 0
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Thanks Murray for the many happy childhood memories of F1. RIP Legend ??
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13/03/2021 18:59:10 29 1
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His commentary when Damon Hill won the world championship was superb, a true pro and a gentleman.
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13/03/2021 18:59:13 3 0
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Sad news iconic commentary will be missed R.I.P Murray
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13/03/2021 18:59:34 31 1
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One of my favourite non-F1 motorsport Murrayisms - “and these two make a formidable trio”. Legend.
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13/03/2021 18:59:45 27 1
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R.I.P. Murray. You made F1 interesting, you made us laugh. You are GOAT in F1 commentary
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13/03/2021 18:59:49 42 2
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Murray Walker, simply the best commentator of F1, a world champion. Thanks Murray RIP.
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13/03/2021 18:59:49 8 1
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RIP Murray. His infectious enthusiasm made him the perfect commentator for motorsport.
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13/03/2021 18:59:55 5 0
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What a man! RIP Murray, you truly were a legend
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DMT
13/03/2021 18:59:58 17 0
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His commentaries added to the excitement at a time when formula one was actually exciting anyway, and that must have taken some doing.
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13/03/2021 19:00:08 11 1
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Bless you, Murray. Only saw you once on a tube train and you were engrossed in a car racing mag - what else ? And were you the original commentator's curse ? "Surely, with two laps to go, nothing can stop Nigel Mansell winning this Grand Prix. AND HE'S SPUN OFF !!!!!" Yes, it's never been quite the same since you finished.
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13/03/2021 19:00:16 34 0
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Loved Murray's commentary, I even remember the Hunt days too. Very rare for me to say but this is one celeb I will miss and I thank him for the joy he brought me over the years.
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14/03/2021 11:39:28 1 0
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Hi Mark...I've upvoted your comment because the sentiment is spot on...but celeb? he was far more than that. He actually did something that the whole world if F1 admired.
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13/03/2021 19:00:21 5 14
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Walker was a fan and an enthusiast, and expressed this well, but was a terrible commentator, a function which requires a bit of detachment. He was hardly alone in this, as excitement is infectious, and often over-rules competence, and there are other examples. I guess different sorts of spectator respond to different sorts of commentator.
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13/03/2021 19:05:53 11 1
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If you can't say something good about someone who has died then don't say anything at all.
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PC
13/03/2021 19:00:44 3 0
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Thanks for all the memories of the 80's and 90's, Muddly Talker.

Just watched back a compilation of some of the famous ones, and the kids are in stitches.
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Deb
13/03/2021 19:00:51 9 0
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I meet him once, and he was a true gentleman and a legend. RIP
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13/03/2021 19:00:58 39 1
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This is probably the first one that actually hits me, that is not in any way being disrespectful to all the greats that have been and gone during my life time but this man was a huge part of my early informative years. His ability to project enthusiasm, knowledge and passion through just voice alone is something I doubt will ever be equalled or surpassed. Hugely inspirational and respected.
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13/03/2021 23:17:52 3 1
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I’m not even a real fan of F1 but he could draw you in with his enthusiasm, knowledge and delivery and I’d be sitting there enjoying watching a sport I’m not especially interested in. Rest in peace Murray, 97 years extremely well lived
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13/03/2021 19:01:01 9 0
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Good innings well played.
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13/03/2021 19:01:10 7 1
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Just simply a Legend! RIP Murray.
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13/03/2021 19:01:27 6 1
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RIP MW Best Commentator Of Anything Ever
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GK
13/03/2021 19:07:05 4 0
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I’d say joint best commentator alongside richie benaud imo
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13/03/2021 19:01:42 3 0
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Thanks Murray for all my childhood memories of watching F1 on Sunday Grandstand , listening to your upbeat amazing commentary. There is and will always be only one MW - RIP Sir
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13/03/2021 19:01:58 4 0
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RIP Murray, You were just F1 commentary through and through, took a long time for Martin to even get close....
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13/03/2021 19:02:01 6 0
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Grew up listening to you and James Hunt. Both my hero’s. Sleep well
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13/03/2021 19:02:01 38 1
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Murray Walker was the true champion of the F1. He made sport popular as much as any team and driver did. Should have at least one section of track or stand at Silverstone named after him.
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13/03/2021 19:02:03 5 0
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Legend in F1 alongside the drivers, simple as that
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13/03/2021 19:02:26 8 0
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Had the privilege of meeting and conversing with Murray on a one to one basis at the Silverstone Classic not long after his retirement. A true gentleman and F1 enthusiast.
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13/03/2021 19:02:27 9 0
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enthusiasm, warmth, extensive knowledge & an ability to laugh at himself. I remember a story he told about a time he commentated with James Hunt. every 15 minutes or so James would leave the booth and could be found on the steps outside, enjoying a Camberwell Carrot due to the poor quality of the racing.
Thanks Murray
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13/03/2021 19:02:30 7 0
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Brilliant commentator of the British Touring Cars.
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13/03/2021 19:02:31 9 0
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Served in 4th Armoured Brigade in WW2. Rode Sherman tanks into battle and rose to Captain. Was THE voice of F1. His love for the sport showed on through his mic. Born couple of miles up the road from me. Total legend in my eyes. RIP Murray.
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RJS
13/03/2021 19:25:28 3 0
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One thing I often wondered - Murray was a tank commander. Brian Johnston was a tank adjutant (mechanic) - did they ever meet? Now, we will never know :-(
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13/03/2021 19:02:37 7 0
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Such a shame, very sad to read of his passing. R.I.P Murray
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13/03/2021 19:02:44 7 0
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A brilliant commentator for his sheer love and enthusiasm with which he infected a legion of fans. I’m off to listen to him commentating the Mansell Senna duel at Monaco.
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13/03/2021 19:02:46 55 1
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I'm totally choked, much more so than I thought I would be. Murray was the reason I fell in love with F1 - it was his voice describing James Hunt winning the championship in a very wet Japanese Grand Prix that hooked me for life. Its the abiding memory I have of my late Dad, watching that late night race with him. Murray - you were a small but important part of my life - much love and God bless.
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13/03/2021 19:44:30 25 1
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I had exactly the same introduction. Watched James Hunt win in torrential rain listening to this madman commentator who was more excited about motorc racing than anyone in the world. Hooked since then and never tired of Murray's words or voice. Legend is a much overused word these days but it is the only word that does justice to Mr Walker. RIP.
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13/03/2021 19:02:53 32 0
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What a true gentleman and lovely man Murray was, I had a good chat with him at Goodwood a few years ago and he was totally at ease. Murray Walker commentating over Fleetwood Macs, The Chain will forever be Formula 1 for me. RIP Murray.
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13/03/2021 19:02:54 20 0
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He was the standard by which all others shall be judged.

Marvellous - and sadly missed.
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13/03/2021 19:02:56 9 0
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A true icon of British Sporting History, his commentary was as electrifying as the races themselves and I enjoy the company of his just as must the race. Will never forget the "lump in my throat as Hill won the championship". He gave so mush to the sport and I am truly priveleged to of lived through his era.
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13/03/2021 19:03:06 2 0
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A lovely tribute. A true gentleman and a wonderful commentator.
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13/03/2021 18:57:50 10 2
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Peter O’Sullivan
Harry Carpenter
Dan Maskall
Peter Ellis
Sid Wodell

Murray Walker

There’ll never be commentators like them. Murray was my favourite.
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13/03/2021 19:03:37 5 2
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I was going to add Peter Allis but maybe he is already there :-)
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13/03/2021 19:03:46 6 1
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THE voice of F1 - enthusiastic, entertaining, knowledgeable and relevant
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13/03/2021 19:03:55 24 1
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The sign of a person who has lived their life well is when there is no-one who has a bad word to say about them.

Murray, you have been missed since you retired and now will be ever more.
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Bob
13/03/2021 19:04:08 41 3
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'There's nothing wrong with Murray, except that he's dead.'

No other commentator for any other sport has ever matched the enthusiasm this man provided us with. He clearly loved what he did, and his commentary was just a reflection of that love.
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13/03/2021 19:50:35 12 1
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A true Murrayism if ever there was one . . . .well said and so blooming sad at the same time. "What AM I saying"
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13/03/2021 20:47:42 3 0
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So true.
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14/03/2021 12:00:08 1 0
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Unless I'm very much mistaken, he was a legend.
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13/03/2021 19:04:13 8 1
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One of the greatest, the voice of motor racing
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13/03/2021 19:04:15 48 4
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RIP Murray...joining the legends of my youth...Dan Maskell, Peter Alliss, Bill McLaren, Kenneth Wolstenholme, John Arlott, Harry Carpenter. We won't see their like again.
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13/03/2021 19:17:28 39 3
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Down voters? Probably never heard of them. Just trolls being unbelievably funny. Sad really.