After ESPN became part of the BT Sport family, Ray joined the football team as chief football reporter, bringing a wealth of experience having worked on some of the biggest sporting events in the world.

In 1986, Ray moved to BBC Manchester as an assistant producer, working on various sports including snooker, darts and bowls, as well as the iconic quiz programme A Question Of Sport.

He was with the BBC for 26 years and in 2009 joined ESPN as the lead presenter of its football coverage.

Ray has been a big supporter of Sport Relief and became the project’s action hero.

In 2002, he was dropped 100 feet into a pile of boxes; in 2004, he was suspended from a crane and swung into a giant ball of dung and, in 2006, was tied to a post and bombarded by 15,000 bouncy balls.