Football 2023: BBC’s ‘Voice of football’ John Motson dies aged 77, reaction

Legendary football commentator John Motson has died aged 77.

The BBC pundit celebrated 50 years in the job in 2018 before hanging up his mic in May that year, The Sun reported.

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He later came out of retirement to join talkSPORT.

Motson – known as the voice of football – was famed for his signature sheepskin coat.

During his career, the commentator covered ten World Cups, ten European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and forced to miss the World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking at the time, he said: “I consider myself very lucky I was diagnosed so early that the cancer was dealt with and the positiveness came about because I wanted to get back into my normal life.

“That drive and determination was probably the most positive thing I could’ve had.”

Motson was born in Salford and began his journalist career in Barnet – the team he supports.

He worked as a reporter between 1963 and 1967 before being hired for BBC Radio 2.

His first radio commentary was an Everton v Derby clash in December 1969.

Three years later, Motson became a household name thanks to his work on Match of the Day.

He bowed out after 50 years on the final day of the 2017/18 season and won a Bafta that year.

The football world was quick to pay tribute.

This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.

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