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Richard Davies (born 30 April 1933)[1] is a retired British television sports presenter, who anchored World of Sport from 1968 until 1985.

Dickie Davies
Dickie Davies.jpg
Davies in 2012
Born (1933-04-30) 30 April 1933 (age 86)
Wallasey, Cheshire, England
OccupationTelevision presenter
Known forWorld of Sport

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Early lifeEdit

Davies attended Oldershaw Grammar School after passing his eleven-plus, he then did National Service in the Royal Air Force, and worked as a purser on the Queen Mary[2] and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners.

CareerEdit

His first job in broadcasting was as an announcer for Southern Television. In the early stages of his career, Davies was known by his birth name, Richard Davies, but changed to Dickie Davies at the suggestion of his ITV Sport colleague Jimmy Hill.[2] Davies began work on World of Sport (initially called Wide World of Sports) in 1965 as understudy to Eamonn Andrews, taking over the role of presenter in 1968 when Andrews left the show.[2] Davies became known for the white quiff of hair on his forehead and was also much loved by TV comedy impressionists during his years on World of Sport.

After World of Sport ended in 1985,[3] Davies stayed with ITV, presenting boxing and snooker, as well as playing a part in their coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He left ITV Sport in August 1989.[4]

After leaving ITV, Davies joined the original incarnation of Eurosport, which was then owned by Sky and the EBU. He fronted their snooker coverage, including the one-off 1991 Mita World Masters. He presented sports bulletins from his home for Classic FM in its early days.

In 1995, Davies suffered a stroke,[3] which forced him to give up his work on Classic FM,[2] but eventually made a good recovery, although it was a year or two before his speech fully returned to normal. In the late-1990s, he fronted Dickie Davies' Sporting Heroes[3] and Bobby Charlton's Football Scrapbook for British Sky Broadcasting.

In 2005, he presented a one-off special 50 Years of World of Sport for ITV, as part of the ITV 50 celebrations. He also narrated two DVDs looking back on the years of British wrestling coverage on ITV, a sport he admits he hated.[citation needed]

Davies occasionally contributed to ESPN Classic.

Personal lifeEdit

Davies is the President of Sandford Springs Golf Club.

In popular cultureEdit

He is mentioned in the hit song “Dickie Davies Eyes” by Half Man Half Biscuit.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0968957/
  2. ^ a b c d White, Jim (20 November 1995). "The monday interview: Dickie Davies". The Independent. London.
  3. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard (10 September 2002). "TELEVISION: TV HEROES". The Independent. London.
  4. ^ Ball, Peter (23 May 1989). "Davies leaves ITV for a new world of sport - Dickie Davies". The Times. London.