John Motson dies aged 77

Legendary football commentator John Motson has died aged 77 as the sport mourns the sheepskin icon who has voiced 2,000 games including 29 FA Cup finals and 10 World Cups

By Luke Augustus for MailOnline

09:49 February 23, 2023, updated 10:03 February 23, 2023

  • John Motson has passed away at the age of 77, it was announced on Thursday
  • Motson was married to wife Anne and they had a son together named Fred

Legendary commentator John Motson – who has made wearing a sheepskin coat his trademark – has died aged 77, it has been announced.

Motson was synonymous with the BBC – where he commentated on over 2,000 matches on TV and radio.

His impressive work has spanned 29 FA Cup finals, 10 World Cups and 10 European Championships.

Motson was married to wife Anne – the couple had tied the knot in 1977. They have a son together named Fred who was born in 1986.

Motson, the Salford-born son of a Methodist minister, began his career as a reporter at Barnet Press and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph.

John Motson, who was synonymous with his iconic comments and sheepskin coat, has died
Motson, who televised and radioed over 2,000 games, has passed away at the age of 77
Motson with his wife Anne – the couple have been married since 1977 and have one child

‘Motty’, as he was affectionately known, joined the BBC in 1968 as a full-time sports presenter on Radio 2 – having previously been on BBC Radio Sheffield.

In 1971 he joined Match of the Day and became a regular commentator throughout the 1971/72 season – with his first game being a 0-0 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Read  Are Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo playing tonight? Warriors vs. Bucks start time, TV channel, live stream

An iconic moment in his career came this season when he covered the memorable FA Cup replay between Hereford United and Newcastle United.

Non-league Hereford won 2–1 with Ronnie Radford scoring a winner that remains in folklore.

“Oh, what a goal!” Motson excited.

‘Radford, the goalscorer. Ronny Radford! And the crowd is in the square. What a great shot from Ronnie Radford.’

That game and that moment brought him into the limelight and affection of the sports public.

His long career also included two Olympic Games and Wimbledon’s memorable triumph in the 1988 FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley, when the Crazy Gang defeated Culture Club.

Motson was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting in 2001 and gave up his microphone for the BBC at the end of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button