Tributes paid to 'voice of Yorkshire cricket'

Tributes have been paid to Dave Callaghan, the man widely regarded as the voice of cricket, who has died aged 63 following a heart attack.

Mr Callaghan, who worked for BBC Radio Leeds and Look North, was taken ill on Friday and died on Monday night.

Yorkshire Cricket Club (YCC) said he was a “much loved-personality” and “held in the highest regard.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan said on Twitter: “We have lost one of life’s great men.”

Mr Callaghan had worked in sports journalism for more than 45 years, working as sports editor at BBC Radio Leeds and as a commentator for Leeds United.

The YCC team held a minute’s silence and wore black armbands in tribute to Mr Callaghan, known as Cally, ahead of their game with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club on their current tour in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Mr Callaghan was principally “considered by many as the voice of Yorkshire Cricket”, YCC said.

In a statement, the club added: “Dave’s passion for Yorkshire cricket was unparalleled and his commentary will forever be associated with some of the greatest moments in our modern history.”

Mark Arthur, the club’s chief executive, said: “Dave was a very special person who loved Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

“He will be missed by everyone associated with Yorkshire Cricket.

“This is a terribly sad day and our thoughts are with his wife Pat and his family.”

Michael Vaughan, who played cricket for Yorkshire and England, captaining the Ashes win in 2005, also paid tribute to Mr Callaghan on Twitter.

Gareth Jones, the current sports editor at BBC Radio Leeds, said Mr Callaghan was “a man who truly loved his sport and loved his work”.

“A true professional, who worked tirelessly – always going the extra mile – and all the years I’ve know him I never once heard him moan once about any aspect of his job.

“He always had a smile on his face and we will never forget him.”

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