Dickie Davies in the World of Sport Studio.
30 April 1933
Wallasey, Cheshire, England, UK
|Known for||World of Sport|
Davies attended Oldershaw Grammar School, he then did National Service in the RAF and was a purser on the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners. His first job in broadcasting was as an announcer for Southern Television. In the early stages of his career Davies was known by his birth name, Richard Davies, but changed to Dickie Davies at the suggestion of his ITV Sport colleague Jimmy Hill. Davies began work on the World of Sport (initially called Wide World of Sports) in 1963 as understudy to Eamonn Andrews, taking over the role of presenter in 1968 when Andrews left the show. Davies became known for the white quiff of hair on his forehead (see Poliosis), and this became his trademark appearance, and was also much loved by TV comedy impressionists during his years on World of Sport.
After World of Sport ended in 1985, Davies stayed with ITV, presenting boxing and snooker, as well as playing a part in their coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He left ITV Sport in August 1989.
After leaving ITV, Davies joined the original incarnation of Eurosport, which was then owned by Sky and the EBU. He fronted their snooker coverage, including the one-off 1991 Mita World Masters. He presented sports bulletins from his home for Classic FM in its early days.
In 1995 Davies suffered a stroke, which forced him to give up his work on Classic FM, but eventually made a good recovery, although it was several years before his speech fully returned to normal. In the mid-1990s he fronted Dickie Davies' Sporting Heroes and Bobby Charlton's Football Scrapbook for British Sky Broadcasting.
In 2005 he presented a one-off special 50 Years of World of Sport for ITV, as part of the ITV 50 celebrations. He also narrated two DVDs looking back on the years of British wrestling coverage on ITV, a sport he admits he hated.
He is a board member of a frozen food company, and occasionally contributed to ESPN Classic.
Reference is made to Davies in the Half Man Half Biscuit song, "Dickie Davies Eyes".
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