Just In: Legendary BBC football commentator John Motson dies at 77

John Motson

John Motson, the legendary BBC football commentator who became known as “the voice of football,” has died at the age of 77.

Motson worked for the BBC’s flagship Match of the Day programme for more than 50 years, covering over 2,000 televised games, including 29 FA Cup finals and ten World Cups, according to the Independent.

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That game was featured prominently on Match of the Day, and his words became an essential accompaniment to footage of Ronnie Radford’s famous long-range goal.

After working as a newspaper reporter in Barnet and at the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, Motson joined the BBC in 1968 as a sports presenter on Radio 2.

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‘Motty’, as he was affectionately known, shot to limelight with the way he handled the match in which non-league Hereford’s famously slayed giant Newcastle United in 1972.

His career, which spanned more than 50 years, also took in two Olympic Games and Wimbledon’s memorable 1988 FA Cup final triumph against Liverpool at Wembley as the Crazy Gang beat the Culture Club.

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Motson was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to broadcasting. He hung up his microphone for the BBC at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

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