They think it's all over. It is now.

Last updated : 26 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

Wolstenholme died yesterday in a private hospital in Torquay at the age of 81 with his daughter at his bedside and tributes have poured in from the world of football.

It was as recent as last October that he was at Turf Moor for the 3-3 draw against Barnsley. He was with us to record his interview for the ‘When we were Kings' video but came out to a standing ovation at half time to make the half time draw with former Claret Brendan O'Connell.

It was probably the only time he received a warm reception from the Burnley fans, he was very much disliked by Clarets in the 1960s for always appearing to show bias to the bigger clubs. He was the BBC and of course the big city clubs always had to be shown a preference. I once witnessed him being threatened by Burnley fans at Leicester for this apparently bias. Nothing has changed much then.

He was the commentator at Turf Moor for our big European games and was without any shadow of doubt the top football commentator in the country at that time. He commentated on 23 successive FA Cup Finals and covered five World Cups for the BBC before being replaced by David Coleman.

He brought us the first ever Match of the Day in 1965 in the days when he fronted the programme from the ground, no claptrappers then, but it was without any doubt whatsoever the World Cup Final of 1966 that brought him fame.

His words that day will be remembered as long as football is played. "Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over. It is now, it's four."

Clarets Mad sends condolences to Mr. Wolstenholme's family at this sad time.