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Love letters: football commentators on their handwritten notes

John Murray, Ian Danter, Kris Temple and Peter Drury on how they write their notes and why they hold so many memories

By Mark Sanderson for When Saturday Comes

John Murray, the football correspondent for BBC Radio 5 live, sits in his office, surrounded by lined A4 paper. By his side, two one-foot piles of it constitute the notes he has prepared for commentary so far this season. There are far more in his collection. He knows that, tucked away in a box somewhere, he will find notes from one of his most memorable early matches, in 1992, when he commentated for TFM radio on Middlesbrough’s game with Wolves. On that sheet, in small but legible blue biro, will be the names of Jon Gittens and Paul Wilkinson, whose goals at Molineux sealed Boro’s promotion into the Premier League.

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