Sunday 18 February 2018

Memory Man's most unlikely broadcast we never got to hear

In a globe-trotting adventure to Brazil, Jimmy Magee gave locals an unusual commentary, writes Wayne O'Connor

Jimmy Magee
Jimmy Magee
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

With his passing last week Jimmy Magee left behind thousands of memories, but it remains unlikely that we will ever hear his most unique broadcast.

In 1977 the 'Memory Man' embarked on a world tour that took him from Dublin to Brazil by way of the Tour de France, the World Chess Championships in Switzerland and a golf tournament in South Africa. He then boarded a flight to Senegal, before moving on to Rio de Janeiro.

It was here Magee got the chance to reach what was probably his largest-ever TV audience, in one of the world's most populous countries. It was unfortunate that his commentary on a domestic club match at the home of South American soccer was in a language spoken fluently neither by the broadcaster, nor by most of his audience.

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