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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 00:16 GMT
New Year honour for BBC maestro
Barry Davies
Barry Davies has become an MBE for services to sports broadcasting in the New Year Honours List.

The award comes only three months after he commentated on his last football game for Match of the Day, the programme he is most associated with.

The 65-year-old worked on Match of the Day for 35 years, and was the BBC's longest serving football commentator.

Davies, who lives in Berkshire with his wife Penny, continues to commentate for the BBC on a wide range of sports.

Davies was educated at Cranbrook School, Kent, which has also produced two other noted sports commentators, Brian Moore (football) and Peter West (cricket).

He attended London University before entering the Royal Army Dental Corps.

Davies joined BBC Radio in 1963 after leaving the army, where he had gained his first broadcasting experience with British Forces Network in Cologne.

He then switched to ITV to become a football commentator before returning to the BBC in 1969. Since then he has covered many sporting occasions including World Cup finals, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon.

He also presented the highly-regarded Maestro series for BBC TV.




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