John Motson

John Motson

Jul. 10th, 1945
Born in
Salford, Lancashire, England, UK

John Motson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Match of The Day (UK) TV Show
Match of The Day (UK)
World Of Sport (UK) TV Show
World Of Sport (UK)
Old Big 'Ead: A Tribute to Brian Clough TV Show
Old Big 'Ead: A Tribute to Brian Clough

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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John Walker Motson, OBE (born July 10, 1945, Manchester, England), also known as Motty, is an English football commentator. Since 1971, he has been a commentator for over 1,500 games on television and radio, including covering all the major football championships: World Cups, FA Cups, and European Championships.

For a 30–year period from the late 1970s to 2008, Motson was the dominant football commentary figure at the BBC (apart from a brief spell in the 1990s, when his friend and rival Barry Davies was selected for two FA Cup final commentaries and the 1994 World Cup final).

In 2008, Motson announced his retirement from live television commentary. The Euro 2008 final was his last live television broadcast. He has continued since then to cover games for Match of the Day highlights.

  • He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Sports Broadcasting.
  • His father was a Methodist minister.
  • He joined the Barnet Press newspaper as a junior reporter aged 18.
  • Is an avid supporter of Boston United football club.
  • Son, Frederick.

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