Tributes have been pouring in via social media following the death of the ‘voice of Italian football’, Peter Brackley, after suffering with an illness.
Brackley is most famous for his commentary on the Italian Serie A through the 90s for Channel 4 and his work with broadcasters Sky, ITV and the BBC.
Many big names in the TV and footballing world took to twitter yesterday to pay their tributes to the man who many will consider one of the best of his time.
We’re saddened to hear about the passing of commentator Peter Brackley, one of the evocative voices of @channel4‘s Football Italia coverage in the 1990s.
This one’s for you Peter ⚽️🇮🇹pic.twitter.com/SpKi9ZeiXi
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) October 14, 2018
Various members of the industry were full of fond memories, including current BBC commentators, Steve Wilson and Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker;
Peter Brackley. One of the great names of BBC Radio Sport. A wonderful commentator & the voice of Italian football when it was the best league going. Above all, a very funny and very warm man. Saw him at The Amex regularly and will miss him making me smile. Another sad day.
— Steve Wilson (@Wilsonfooty) October 14, 2018
We are very saddened to hear that Peter Brackley, a man who introduced a whole new generation of fans to Serie A and one of football’s most iconic voices, has passed away. pic.twitter.com/EZ2hqAxvFZ
— Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK) October 15, 2018
Saddened to hear that Peter Brackley has passed away. Loved listening to him do Italian football in particular. A real Serie A of a commentator. #RIPPeter
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 14, 2018
Brackley also produced commentary for the computer game, Pro-Evolution Soccer (PES) up until the 2006 edition. Their official account took to twitter to pay their own tribute.
We’re deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Peter Brackley. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
He’ll always be a PES commentary legend. ❤️
— Pro Evolution Soccer (@officialpes) October 14, 2018
But it will be Channel 4’s coverage of the Serie A that Peter will be remembered most fondly for, as he oversaw the start of FootballItalia following Paul Gascoigne’s ground-breaking transfer to Lazio in 1992 and was the voice of Italian football in this country for a decade.
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) October 14, 2018
What sad news about Peter Brackley. I recently stumbled upon this great photo of him and Ray Wilkins prepping for a Football Italia commentary pic.twitter.com/1cAMM5S5La
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) October 14, 2018