Legendary football commentator Jon Motson dies
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On Thursday, February 23, legendary football commentator John Motson passed away at the age of 78.
His family confirmed his death.
" It is with great sadness that we announce that John Motson passed away peacefully in his sleep today,” the statement said.
The BBC, whose voice he was until 2018, also confirmed the death of the legendary commentator in a statement.
“Motson covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and 29 FA Cup Finals for BBC Sport before leaving the organization in 2018. Popularly known as “Motty”, he worked on “Match of the Day” since 1971 and has commentated on nearly 2,500 televised games,” the statement said.
Motson began his career as a newspaper reporter for Barnet Press and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph. It was while at Sheffield that he first felt the taste of working behind the microphone. At the BBC, he was first put in charge of the FA Cup Final in 1977 as a replacement for David Coleman. He soon became the voice of every major final on the BBC, including the World Championships, until 2008.
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