Sports Commentator John Motson Dies Aged 77


The renowned football commentator John Motson has passed away at the age of 77. Motson was one of the most recognisable voices in English football during his 50 years at the BBC, during which time he provided commentary for more than 2,500 games on radio and television.

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The English football legend Motson died in his sleep on Thursday, according to a statement from his family.

A true legend, “Motty” worked for the BBC for more than 50 years during a noteworthy career, as the organisation tweeted ‘A true legend. Rest in peace, John.”

He began working for the BBC in 1968 and is well known for his FA Cup giant killing commentary for Hereford vs Newcastle in 1972. He was thrust into the spotlight and the admiration of the sporting public since the match received top billing on Match of the Day. Due to his contributions to the Fifa video game series, his voice became instantly recognisable to a new generation some 25 years later with his debut being  Fifa 96 and continuing for the next 10 years.


Noted for his distinctive sheepskin coat Motson covered 29 FA Cup finals, 10 European Championships, and 10 World Cup finals. That year’s Match of the Day included his final appearance; he presided over Crystal Palace’s 2-0 victory over West Brom at home, which was followed by a standing ovation from the crowd. 

Big names from the sporting world have given their condolences including ‘BBC Match of the Day’ host Gary Lineker and Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler who said:

“He was a standard setter for us all. He was a very serious broadcaster but he was a really fun guy to be around. He had a great sense of humour. He was an icon and a beacon to us all.”

Motson, is survived by his wife Anne and son Frederick.


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