John Motson Obituary, Death – The well-known broadcaster began his career with the BBC in 1968 when he was hired on as a sports presenter for Radio 2. He went on to have a long and fruitful career with the BBC, during which time he became a well-known and recognizable voice in the industry. In recognition of the many positive contributions he has made to the field, he was presented with an OBE in the year 2001 for his services to the field of sports broadcasting.
The BBC has issued a statement that confirms his passing. The statement reads as follows: “Motson covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, and 29 FA Cup finals for BBC Sport until retiring from the organization in 2018. Since he began working for Match of the Day in 1971, he has provided commentary for over 2,500 different games that have been shown on television. He was known by the nick name “Motty.” His big break came in 1972, when Hereford United defeated Newcastle in an astonishing FA Cup upset in a third round replay game that was moved to the most important slot on Match of the Day.
This game was shifted since it was the most significant game of the day. The game was broadcast on television in real time. In 1977, he made his debut appearance in the FA Cup final as a late substitution and was immediately given the opportunity to lead the team. After that, he went on to become the voice of every major final broadcast on the BBC from that moment on until 2008. These finals included everything from the World Cup to the Champions League.