Football Twitter goes wild for cathedral bust that looks like John Motson
The likeness was caught by Mike Williams, who was on his honeymoon in Naples.
A video of a cathedral bust that looks like former Match Of The Day commentator John Motson has amused thousands on Twitter.
Mike Williams, 32, a sports presenter for the BBC, happened upon the bust during his honeymoon in Naples.
“Delighted to have finally been able to see the famous stone bust of John Motson in Naples’ historic il Duomo cathedral,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Every year, Ronnie Radford leads a pilgrimage of Motty fans from Hereford out here to Italy to pay homage to the great man. A wonderful moment of reflection.”
Delighted to have finally been able to see the famous stone bust of John Motson in Naples’ historic il Duomo cathedral.— mike williams (@mikewills_sport) June 18, 2019
Every year, Ronnie Radford leads a pilgrimage of Motty fans from Hereford out here to Italy to pay homage to the great man.
A wonderful moment of reflection🙏 pic.twitter.com/fUuUwOGUxF
The post accrued more than 2,500 likes on Twitter, and prompted plenty of comments also.
AMAZING— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 18, 2019
Barry Davies went to see it one year, "It's a great likeness" he said "look at his face, just look at his face!"— Carl Baldwin (@DarkchatCarl) June 18, 2019
“We wanted to visit the famous Duomo di Napoli so that’s pretty much the first place we headed,” Mike told the Press Association.
“We spent about 45 minutes inside and it was just as I was leaving that I spotted this stone bust.
“I was looking at it for at least 30 seconds before it dawned on me that whoever it was meant to be was also a dead ringer for John Motson.
“The reaction has been hilarious. People have been sending me mocked up pictures of the bust in a sheepskin coat and different Motty memes all day.”
And while Mike isn’t sure who the bust is supposed to be, he hopes the cathedral benefits from the likeness to one of football’s best-known voices.
“(I) have no idea who the statue actually is,” said Mike. “But (I) am hoping the Duomo di Napoli now gets an influx of British football fans keen to pay tribute to St John of Motson.”