Geroge Andrews Obituary: Ports Vale legendary commentator George Andrews has sadly passed away at age 64. The local reporter has been part of the soccer community for four decades.
A former soccer player, George dedicated his life to reporting games. He began his journey with BBC Radio Stoke in the 80s and remained a prominent figure up until his demise.
Last year, Andrews reported on his 5000th match, a dream he fulfilled while working with HitMix Radio. Several sports personalities paid tribute to Andrews, including former Stoke City boss Lou Macari.
Marci said Andrews was born with a microphone in his hand. A man who loved soccer dearly, George will be missed by the entire community.
George Andrews Obituary
The sports reporter George Andrews passed away in the early morning of October 6, 2023. The family of the local reporter said he had a short battle with illness before he drew his last breath.
A famous sports personality among Port Vale supporters, George Andrews, began his reporting journey with BBC Radio Stoke in the 1980s.
George worked with the BBC until the 1990s. He first reported on Stafford Rangers before moving to cover Port Vale matches.
He did commentary on various games, including the Old Firm, Merseyside, North East, all Midland, all London and East Anglian derbies, and El Classico.
Talking about what inspired him to start broadcasting, George once said it was luck by chance. He was filling in for ill Roger Green, who owned a Staffs news agency.
That day, he got called by Chris Florence from Radio Stoke, and Andrews ended up covering Stafford home and away. This triggered a chain of events, with John Abberley leaving Radio Stoke, Niger Johnson joining Stoke, and Andrews getting a chance to cover Port Vale.
In 2020, George joined HitMix Radio after being axed by Signal Radio. The legendary reporter said he joined the team at HitMix Radio to fulfill his dream of covering his 5000th match.
During the time of his presentation, George said it was a new chapter of his life. He further stated he felt he wanted to give something back and contribute while continuing his love affair with the great sports community.
Last year, George fulfilled his dream and reported his 5000th game of his career, an incredible milestone.
George Andrews Demise: Tributes Pour In For The Reporter
After the news of the commentator’s passing hit the internet, several media personalities and outlets paid tribute to the famous reporter.
The South East Staffs School’s former captain, Andrews attracted the likes of Shrewsbury Town and Chester City. But instead of becoming a soccer player, Andrews decided he would rather report on the matches.
A beloved man among his peers, Port Vale FC was one of the first ones to report on the commentator’s demise.
The social media account of Port Vale FC wrote, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of broadcast legend George Andrews. An ever-present figure in the Vale Park press box, George will be sadly missed by all.”
The account also sends their love and thoughts to Andrews’ wife, Christian, and his family.
Stock City FC also paid their tribute to the reporter. The club said they were saddened to learn the passing of the media hero. They also reiterated that George will be missed by all.
Leek Town FC, Hanley Town FC, and Crewe Alexandra FC are other soccer teams that paid their tribute to George Andrews.