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He will definitely be missed, what a brilliant commentator!

To many football fans across the land who can't make always make it along to games, radio commentary is a way to tune into the match from the comfort of your front room or the car.

While commentators on the television have to show some restraint and not be biased when reporting, local radio commentators are free to get as excited and go as nuts as they want.

And while every team and has their own famous commentator, one of the most lively, charming and above all else, entertaining, was Ali Brownlee, the voice of Middlesbrough.

Over the years, Brownlee's energetic commentary style gave Boro fans plenty to smile about, even if their side were losing – or having to watch Afonso Alves.

But after over three decades of work, Brownlee sadly passed away on Sunday evening after a short battle with bowel cancer. Tributes from the world of football and Teesside flooded in:

And to remember Brownlee's brilliant commentary, here are some of his best moments on the mic: 

1. Gerrin you big Aussie! 

Back in the 2004-5 season, Middlesbrough faced Manchester City on the last day of the season, with Boro needing a point to qualify for the UEFA Cup, if City won, they'd take the last spot.  But when Man City were awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game, Schwarzer had to step up and save a Robbie Fowler spot kick. He did and Brownlee's commentary was utter gold.

2. Boro's great escape part 1: 

After losing 2-0 in Basel, and then conceding after just 23 minutes meant that Boro needed to score four times to reach the UEFA Cup semi-finals...which is exactly what they did!  And once again Brownlee didn't disappoint with his commentary. 

3.Boro's great escape part 2: 

After living so dangerously in the last game, in the second leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final against Steaua Bucharest, Boro once again had to pull off a miracle. Boro lost the first-leg 1-0 and then conceded two early goals before they mounted one of the best comebacks ever, scoring four times in less than an hour! And when Massimo Maccarone 89th-minute goal went in, Brownlee went absolutely insane, dropping the mic and celebrating like it was the end of Rome!

His commentary will definitely be missed.

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