Eddie Waring (1910-1986)
Edward Marsden Waring, born on 21 February 1910 in Dewsbury was a tremendously popular sports commentator and television presenter.
After a period as manager of Dewsbury RLFC, Waring became well known as the voice of rugby league commentary on the BBC. His style could sometimes alienate followers of the game, believing it to be conforming to stereotype. During the 1960s and 1970s his eccentric mode of speech and northern accent were regularly referenced on TV programmes such as Monty Python's Flying Circus and imitated by impressionist Mike Yarwood. Students formed the Eddie Waring Society in his honour.Waring branched out, appearing as a presenter on the television series It's a Knockout, and as the UK's representative on the international umpiring team for the European version of the show, Jeux Sans Frontieres, where his striped blazer made him easy to spot.