British soccer fans are mourning the passing of John “Motty” Motson, who has died at the age of 77.
Motson began his journey as a television commentator with the BBC in 1971, after finishing his career as a player at Dulwich Hamlet FC.
During his career, he commentated on over 2000 games on television and radio. From the late 1970s to 2008, Motson was the dominant football commentary figure at the BBC.
In 2008, Motson announced his retirement from live television commentary. He continued to cover games for Match of the Day highlights and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live.
In September 2017, he announced his full retirement from BBC commentary, having commentated on 10 FIFA World Cups, 10 UEFA European Championships and 29 FA Cup finals.