Former 'Match of the Day' commentator John Motson has died aged 77.

Former Match of the Day commentator John Motson has died aged 77

Former Match of the Day commentator John Motson has died aged 77

The legendary football commentator, who was known affectionately as "Motty", covered 10 World Cups and 29 FA Cup finals for BBC Sport before retiring from the organisation in 2018, and several stars, including former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, have paid tribute to the star.

Jamie wrote on Twitter: "RIP John Motson

An absolute Legend of the game.

So many of us grew up listening to this man describe the action and goals on MOTD and cup finals. Sad loss."

TV presenter David Baddiel posted: "John Motson. Oy. Feels impossible: a voice that, at one time, *was* football. RIP. (sic)"

TalkSPORT broadcaster Jim White tweeted: "Sad news, legendary football commentator John Motson has died. He was 77."

John made his breakthrough on 'Match of the Day' in 1972 when commentating on a famous FA Cup replay between underdogs Hereford and top flight side Newcastle United.

The match ended up being the main game on the show after Hereford secured a shock 2-1 win, with John remembered for his commentary of Ronnie Radford's sublime 30-yard strike.

John - who was awarded an OBE for services to sports broadcasting in 2001 - commentated his final game for 'Match of the Day' in 2018, when he took the mic for a Premier League fixture between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

He was given a standing ovation on the pitch after the match.

In 2021, the star admitted he was glad he didn't have to worry about shirt numbers in the Premier League since retiring.

He said: "The difficult bit now, and this is the bit why I'm glad I'm not still doing it anymore, is the shirt numbers.

"In my day they were always 1-11. Now the numbers go up to 50-something. I'd find that difficult.

"And also the number of substitutes. Dealing with one player coming on and one going off was OK in the early 70s.

"Now you've got up to nine subs on the bench and any three of whom could come on.

"I always found in my later years working out who was coming on was bad enough, but trying to remember who had gone off was even harder. I found that juxtaposition quite tricky."

John's cause of death is not yet known.

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