Legendary soccer commentator John Motson has died aged 77.
The BBC pundit celebrated 50 years within the job in 2018 earlier than hanging up his mic in Could that yr, The Solar reported.
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He later got here out of retirement to affix talkSPORT.
Motson – often known as the voice of soccer – was famed for his signature sheepskin coat.
Throughout his profession, the commentator lined ten World Cups, ten European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and greater than 200 England video games.
In 2014, he was identified with bowel most cancers and compelled to overlook the World Cup in Brazil.
Talking on the time, he stated: “I contemplate myself very fortunate I used to be identified so early that the most cancers was handled and the positiveness took place as a result of I needed to get again into my regular life.
“That drive and dedication was most likely probably the most optimistic factor I may’ve had.”
Motson was born in Salford and started his journalist profession in Barnet – the staff he helps.
He labored as a reporter between 1963 and 1967 earlier than being employed for BBC Radio 2.
His first radio commentary was an Everton v Derby conflict in December 1969.
Three years later, Motson turned a family identify because of his work on Match of the Day.
He bowed out after 50 years on the ultimate day of the 2017/18 season and received a Bafta that yr.
The soccer world was fast to pay tribute.
This story first appeared in The Solar and was republished with permission.