Friday 22 September 2017

John Motson's career in quotes

John Motson is hanging up his BBC mic at the end of the season
John Motson is hanging up his BBC mic at the end of the season

Long-serving football commentator John Motson will end his 50-year association with the BBC at the end of the season.

The 72-year-old has covered 10 World Cups, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England matches. He is renowned for an encyclopedic knowledge of the game - and the occasional on-air gaffe.

Here, Press Association Sport recalls some of his most memorable moments behind the microphone.

"Here's Gascoigne. Oh brilliant! Oh yes! Oh yes!" - Paul Gascoigne scores 'that' goal against Scotland at Euro 96.

"Hold the cups and glasses at home. You can smash them now! David Beckham has scored for England!" - David Beckham's breakfast-time penalty against Argentina at the 2002 World Cup.

"The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club." - Underdogs Wimbledon shock mighty Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final.

"And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction." - England goalkeeper David Seaman apparently defying the law of physics.

"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip." - Reprising Ted Lowe's famous snooker commentary.

"It's Arsenal 0, Everton 1, and the longer it stays like that, the more you've got to fancy Everton." - Veering towards stating the obvious.

"The World Cup is a truly international event." - More than once, in fact.

"Middlesbrough are withdrawing Maccarone the Italian, Nemeth the Slovakian, and Stockdale...the right-back." - A substitution sparks much mirth.

"Whether that was a penalty or not, the referee thought otherwise." - Clearing up a contentious decision.

"The Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts - it's a fabulous kaleidoscope of colour." - Another World Cup, another memorable line.

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