My second job in radio was as Sports Editor at Hereward Radio in Peterborough, eastern England.
One of my jobs was to present and produce the Friday preview show and my weekly guest to look at the region’s non-league matches was Keith Alexander, who died yesterday at the ridiculously young age of 53 .
I only worked with Keith for a few months but – like thousands of others- i took an instant liking to this kind, warm, knowledgable and funny football man.
On one occasion a strange pronunciation of a name triggered the worst on-air fit of the giggles i or he ever had. We had to finish the broadcast by not looking at each other.
He always demonstrated his passion for the game and was as engaged talking about England as he was talking about Raunds or Irthlingborough.
He was at that stage yet to become an important figure in the game here – Britain’s first black manager – and was pondering a career in the media as a pundit.
Like anyone who loves football, i can only send condolences to the Alexander family and all those who were his friend – as once – for a brief part of my life, i was privileged to say he was mine.