ROBERT ALUN EVANS has passed away at the age of 86.
The legendary BBC football commentator was a pioneer, becoming the first broadcaster to commentate on a Wales international in Welsh in 1977.
Evans was previously a presenter and reporter for the BBC Wales news and news program Heddiw.
He then made history by commentating in Welsh on a game against Scotland.
There were numerous honors for the legendary broadcaster, who also worked as broadcaster at the BBC in Bangor.
A fellow reporter said of Evans after his death: “Sad to hear of the death of R. Alun Evans. He was an excellent presenter, a gentle and thoughtful man, he influenced me a lot.”
“I had the opportunity to work with him early in my career and I am forever grateful to him. I fondly remember the great journalist and broadcaster R. Alun Evans.”
Another person added: “Non-Welsh speaking followers may have found out that someone big has left us.”
“R Alun Evans was a brilliant broadcaster in both languages, in Welsh he was unique. He said it was a privilege to broadcast.”
A third said: “R Alun Evans was modern in his vision and our conversations were always an opportunity to step back and reflect on his ideas and opinions. We will miss his loving affection and closeness.”
And another commented: “Very sad to hear of the passing of R. Alun Evans. No one could guide an eisteddfod like he could. He could fill any gap with his knowledge and dignity and unique voice. He’ll be great. Missed.”
Evans had a lifelong association with the National Eisteddfod and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
He was married to his wife Rhiannon for over 60 years and they had two children together – Rhys and Betsan.