Robert Alun Evans dies aged 86. Tributes to pioneering BBC football analyst

ROBERT ALUN EVEANS, aged 86, has died.

In 1977, the legendary BBC football analyst was one of the pioneers in broadcasting. He became first to broadcast a Wales International in Welsh.

Robert Alun Evans has passed away aged 86


Robert Alun Evans died at the age of 86Credit: BBC

Evans worked as a reporter and presenter for BBC Wales Heddiw, a news and current affairs program.

In a game against Scotland, he would create history as he commented in Welsh.

An outpouring of tributes has been paid to the legendary broadcaster who was also the Head of Broadcasting at BBC Bangor.

Evans’ death was described by a fellow journalist as “sad”. A gentle, thoughtful and excellent broadcaster, Evans greatly influenced my life.

The opportunity to gain work experience was invaluable at the start of my career. I’m forever grateful. “Remembering with fondness the great journalist and broadcaster R Alun Evans.”

A second person said: “Non Welsh-speaking followers might have deduced that we’ve lost someone important.”

R. Alun Evans is a great broadcaster, both in English and Welsh. “He said that broadcasting is an honor.”

Another said: “R Alun Evans had a modern vision and we always took the time to consider his opinions and ideas.” “We will miss the closeness and affection of his love.”

One person commented on the news: “Very Sad to Hear About R. Alun Evans’ Death. He was the only person who could have led an Eisteddfod like he did. With his dignity, knowledge and voice, he could fill in any gaps. “He will be missed greatly.”

Evans has been associated with both the National Musical Eisteddfod (Llangollen) and the National Eisteddfod for a lifetime.

Rhiannon, his wife of over 60 years, and he had two children with her – Betsan and Rhys.

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