Sky Sports presenter Bob Hall has died, with his death being announced on Friday. Tributes have flooded in for the ITV legend who worked on a variety of sports programmes.
The cause of Bob’s death is yet to be announced, and he was thought to be in his mid-70s.
Bob regularly starred on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday programme, hosted by Jeff Stelling and was a match reporter on Gillette Soccer Saturday.
He was best known for his reporting at ITV Central, Sky Sports Soccer Saturdays and Black Country Radio.
With a career spanning over four decades, Bob became a well-known and respected sports journalist in the Midlands.
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He was recruited by Newbon as part of Central’s superb sports team in 1981 after covering rugby league for the Yorkshire and Granada stations.
After becoming a casualty of a 2004 shake-up, Bob returned to freelance reporting and was a regular contributor to Sky Sports’ popular Soccer Saturday programme, hosted by Jeff Stelling.
Many took to social media to offer their condolences to the presenter.
Gary Newbon said: “It’s a huge shock, we’re all stunned. As a presenter, Bob was a really solid, safe pair of hands, very professional, a good presenter.
Actor and director David Alacey said Bob was a “true gentleman in every sense of the word”.
He said: “He would happily regale anecdotes about his famous friends such as Ron Atkinson and Alex Ferguson.
“Being old school and extremely polite, Bob would often use the term ‘sir’, as in, ‘how are you, sir?’, when, of course, he really did have the gravitas to be called sir.
“So I say – thanks for the memories Bob, I really will miss you, sir.”