Voices Of Football: Forty Years Of John Motson


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Kev, Swansea says:

    I preferred Barry Davies, but I think his style was more suited to European nights and internationals. I suppose Jonathan Pearce was intended to be the BBC’s successor to John Motson, and I was surprised he didn’t get the World Cup Final last year.

    By the way, I think the grinning ref in the MOTD titles from 1970 was Jonny Gow, who taught me Physics, and oversaw my referee’s exam. Bathing in reflected minor glory has never felt so good.

  2. Dave Wallace says:

    God help us if Jonathan Pearce is the replacement. Such sanctimonious, sweeping statements and name dropping I have heard from no-one else.

    Respect to Motty – he’s had a great career, and to boot his radio commentary is excellent as well.

  3. Gummi says:

    Excellent article. Gave us foreigners a little insight into the footballing culture and British commentary.

  4. B says:

    Ronnie Radford has a lot to answer for.

  5. I have his autograph – received as a young lad after a Chelsea v Manchester United game at the Bridge in the late seventies – we also managed to get referee Clive Thomas’s that day.

    He’s probably a decent bloke but I was never that keen – but I did prefer him to Barry Davies and his slightly supercilious approach. Brian Moore remains the all time king of football commentators for me.

  6. Ted Blair says:

    Motson has become a parody of himself and should have been pensioned off years ago. Barry Davies for me every time, not perfect but who is?

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