Iconic Aussie sports journalist Mike Gibson has died at the age of 75.
The man they call “Gibbo” with the stylish moustache, was found dead in his Central Coast home and has been praised with his contribution to sports broadcasting.
Mr Gibson enjoyed a glittering career, beginning as a print journalist covering greyhound racing in the 60s before joining Radio 2SM in the 70s, starring on the Gibson and Moore show with George Moore. Mr Gibson then spent two years on 2KY while establishing himself in TV becoming a household name hosting Wide World of Sports with Ian Chappell in 1981.
Mr Gibson started The Back Page program alongside Billy Birmingham in 1997 at Kerry Packer’s famous offer. He spent 16 years on the panel, filming 720 episodes, missing just one episode for a bad back.
Mr Gibson was a tragic North Sydney Bears fan, who also made a name for himself as a newspaper and magazine columnist, and as an opinion writer. He was married three times.
It was his approach to commentating that Mr Gibson will be most remembered for. His animated approach to commentating, waving his hands around to make a point, displayed his down-to-earth personality. His delivery drew viewers in and started a new face of sport commentary.
Social media is awash with tributes to Mr Gibson.
My tribute to the late Mike Gibson, who died yesterday. http://t.co/dPmoSZXRmz
— OzRepublic FitzSimon (@Peter_Fitz) September 23, 2015
Sorry to hear of the death of Mike Gibson. He was the Aussie "Everyman". Every show was like a good-natured chat over the barbie.
— Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) September 23, 2015
His famous quote “by jingo, by crikey” will always be remembered.
Rest in peace. – Jesse Mullens and Joseph Walz
Top photo from SMH Sport’s Twitter.