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Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last cup final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey. Pic Pacemaker

Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last cup final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey. Pic Pacemaker

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Glenavon v Linfield  Tennents Irish Cup Final
Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last Irish Cup Final football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last Irish Cup Final football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

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Glenavon v Linfield  Tennents Irish Cup Final
Jackie Fullerton prepares for his final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Jackie Fullerton prepares for his final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

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Glenavon v Linfield  Tennents Irish Cup Final
Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last cup final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last cup final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

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Glenavon v Linfield  Tennents Irish Cup Final
Jackie Fullerton during Irish Cup Final football commentary before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park.
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PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/05/2016 Glenavon v Linfield Tennents Irish Cup Final Jackie Fullerton during Irish Cup Final football commentary before todays Irish Cup Final at Windsor park. PHOTO CHARLES MCQUILLAN/PACEMAKER

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016

Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park.  Linfield Vs Glenavon.  BBC commentator Jackie Fullerton commentates on his last ever football match after 37 years behind the microphone. 

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 7th May 2016 Tennent's Irish Cup Final at the National Stadium, Windsor Park. Linfield Vs Glenavon. BBC commentator Jackie Fullerton commentates on his last ever football match after 37 years behind the microphone. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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Jackie Fullerton prepares for his last cup final television football commentary alongside David Jeffrey. Pic Pacemaker

Veteran broadcaster Jackie Fullerton was given a fond farewell for his final match commentary.

The Ballymena man has been the voice of local football for 43 years.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed that the 73-year-old would not feature as part of the BBC's coverage of the Green and White Army's French adventures at the European Championships.

And on Saturday, Fullerton called his final match; the Irish Cup Final between Glenavon and Linfield alongside David Jeffrey who Jackie joked was manager of "the club I own," Ballymena United.

The BBC played an emotional tribute to the father-of-three which brought a tear to his eye and many took to Twitter to give their appreciation.

Having commentated on the Northern Ireland team for 37 years, he estimates he called over 100 matches.

Speaking to this newspaper ahead of the final whistle, Jackie said he had no regrets, just highlights.

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"Commenting on the England match in 1979 (European Championship qualifier, 4-0 to England) was a special moment for me," he said.

"As a young footballer (he played for Ballymena United, Cliftonville, Derry City and Crusaders) I, like many others, dreamed of playing at Wembley. It didn't happen, but commentating was the next best thing."






 

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Jackie Fullerton says he’s thankful for the broadcasting career he has enjoyed

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