DENTON broadcaster John Gwynne is back in the cricket game after landing a plum job at Lancashire County cricket Club – at the age of 73.
At the time when many people will be winding down, the man behind the microphone is just getting started all over again after becoming the matchday announcer at Old Trafford.
It also meant going back in time as he had to go through an interview process – 31 years after having one in the same location.
John, father of Denton and Reddish MP Andrew, said: “In 1988, I had an interview at Old Trafford as a new telephone service called Cricket Call was looking for a Lancashire commentator.
“There were a few nerves then but none on this occasion.
“I knew the former announcer, Matt Proctor, was leaving after 27 years but I spotted an article saying the closing date was coming up.
“So I thought, ‘why not?’ I’m in pretty good health and the home fixtures fit in with my other commitments, so I went for it.
“And the day after I had my interview, I was told I’d got the job.”
Fans attending Lancashire’s matches this season will be welcomed by a familiar voice, all the bowling changes and new batsmen will be made in John’s dulcet tones.
Even calls for people to go back to their cars as they have left their lights on or their window open will be made by the legendary broadcaster.
After starting on Cricket Call, John became Lancashire commentator on radio and became familiar as the voice of darts for 20 years on Sky Sports.
He still can be heard on our screens when he does football match reports on the Soccer Saturday show, a job he has done since 1997.
Even as a seasoned veteran who has been around the world, the thought of working at Old Trafford still provides a thrill – even if the thought of ran-effected days of play does not.
John added: “I’m really looking forward to getting started.
“For years, I was the voice of Lancashire on the radio as I was heard on BBC Radio Manchester, Radio Lancashire and Radio Merseyside.
“Now I’ll be the voice of Lancashire in the ground.”
John will travel the length and breadth of the country – from Wick in Caithness to Chichester in Hampshire – this summer to compere at darts exhibition events.
He is not the only busy member of his family as his son debates policies at the House of Commons, with him being a prominent voice on Brexit.
Daughter-in-law Allison will also be standing for election as a Tameside councillor in the Denton North East ward.
But they still had time to express their pride in the ‘old man’.
“Andrew was very proud when I learned I’d got the Lancashire job,” John said. “He put on social media, ‘My dad’s 73 and he’s got a new job!’
“He’s as proud of me as I am of him.”