Cliff Morgan understood that the passion was the point

Like the writer Frank Keating, the late broadcaster always saw the glory and heroism in sport – never the drudgery

Donald Trelford, once editor of this parish, laid it on the line for Mail readers when Cliff Morgan died last week. Forget oleaginous corporate eulogies from the BBC; remember how Cliff was summarily sacked from broadcasting 15 years back because he was "too old-fashioned, too passionate about sport".

Only a few days before, hundreds of fans had filled a big London hall to salute the memory of Frank Keating, the great Guardian and Observer writer, because he, too, was passionate about evoking sport's wonderful moments, about capturing its heroism and romance. Would Cliff or Frank have cared a fig whether, say, Gareth Bale's transfer to Real Madrid is paid as a lump sum or staggered over three years? No: which is why we mourn their passing. © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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