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He may not have been a player but that didnt stop him becoming a Scottish footballing legend because of his broadcasting and journalism covering the game over the years.

Rest in Peace Bob.


Broadcasting legend Crampsey dies

Crampsey had an encyclopedic knowledge of Scottish football
Writer and broadcaster Bob Crampsey has died, aged 78, after a long illness.

Over the years, he had contributed to sports programmes on BBC Scotland, Scottish Television and Radio Clyde.

He came to prominence in 1965 when he won the BBC's Brain of Britain competition and was a semi-finalist on Mastermind in the early 1970s.

His early career was in education, where he became rector of St Ambrose High in Coatbridge. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.

Crampsey attended Glasgow University, but his thirst for learning was such that his education did not end with his graduation.

He was a keen musician, historian and linguist and wrote books on subjects as diverse as Glasgow's 1938 Empire Exhibition, football manager Jock Stein and merchant Sir Thomas Lipton. MY SPORT: DEBATE
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Of his many interests away from sport, he had a love of American musicals and the American Civil War was his specialist subject on Mastermind.

Crampsey was born and brought up within a few yards of Hampden Park in the south side of Glasgow, and close to Cathkin Park, home of Third Lanark, on whom he became an authority.

He often spoke fondly of his favourite football match, the classic 1960 European Cup final at Hampden between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.

For many people the enduring memory will be of his Now You Know column in Glasgow's Evening Times and his engaging contributions to radio sports programmes.

He became a part of the BBC Radio Scotland Sportsound team in 1987 and his observations were enjoyed by thousands of listeners until he retired in 2001.

For all his love and knowledge of football, he always insisted he got most enjoyment from watching English county cricket and, in particular, Somerset.
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