Newcastle United commentator and voice of the Toon, Mick Lowes, is leaving BBC Radio Newcastle.
He’s been covering the action at St James’ Park for over 25 years, and his last game will Newcastle v Blackburn Rovers on November 26th.
Speaking about the decision, Mick Lowes said: “It has been an honour, joy and privilege to not only work with one of the world’s great football clubs for 25 years, but – more importantly – to serve the most relentlessly loyal football supporters on the face of this planet. But the problem with roller-coaster rides is getting off them while they’re moving! This has been a hugely difficult decision to make, but a right one nonetheless.
“A quarter of a century working with the likes of Benitez, Dalglish, Given, Hall, Keegan, Robson, Shearer and Speed, as well as co-commentators John Anderson and Mick Martin, who gets to do that? The luckiest guy in the world that’s who. And he’ll never forget it!”
BBC Newcastle Editor Doug Morris added: “I’ve worked with Mick on and off for 25 years, and you’d be lucky to find anyone more respected for his commentary and knowledge of the game anywhere in radio – he’s simply a legend in broadcasting. Mick has been great to work with and his integrity has always shone through. He will be a genuine loss for the team here but more importantly for the audience. I have huge respect for Mick and his decision, which I know was a very hard one for him to make.”
Wendy Taylor, Head of Media at Newcastle United FC, said: “The news that Mick Lowes is to retire from football commentary on BBC Newcastle was greeted with sadness today, but also with huge respect. Mick has been the voice of Newcastle United commentary for 25 years and has covered the club through the highs of Cup final appearances and Champions League nights to the lows of relegation.
“Throughout those times Mick has always been a constant, authoritative and passionate voice and one instantly recognisable on the North East air waves and to supporters worldwide via NUFCTV. Hugely respected and extremely knowledgeable, Mick is one of the very best in the business. His knowledge of Newcastle United is second-to-none and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with him over the years. We wish Mick the very best for the future.”
Matthew Raisbeck will take over the commentary of Newcastle United’s games from December until a permanent replacement is appointed.