Arrivederci 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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4 Responses

  1. Adam Bird says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting John Motson at a footballing dinner and was one of the nicest people that I have ever met. He will indeed be missed, even if he did made the odd gaff!

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    A very well-balanced piece, although crucially with the right conclusion – that Motson is now well past his sell-by date. Possibly the reason I’ve never taken to Motty’s deteriorating style is because of the effect his monopoly on BBC football had on the far superior Barry Davies. The nadir of this was the draw for the 2006 world cup, when Davies’ traditionally elegant and dignified comment on the ceremony and the occasion was replaced by Motson’s insane ramblings, to the point where not only did he proclaim that Brazil were in England’s group when it was patently obvious to everyone watching that they were not, but also started complaining because the Master of Ceremonies was talking over him and spoiling his concentration! At that point I decided that this was not a harmless statistic-obsessed buffoon, but an egomaniac who wanted nothing more than for the world to listen to him, regardless of his place in the scheme of things. Now, in a more charitable mood I’m more inclined to believe that his behaviour was simply the result of his fraustration at having his incompetence revealed to the world. And yet strangely, he’s a pretty good radio commentator still.

  3. Michael Oliver says:

    The article pretty well sums up my feelings about Motty. I’m now in my mid-thirties, and Motty was like a surrogate father to me as I grew up watching the (lack of) football on the BBC.

    Good point about the advent of the Internet, and how it plays its part in making Motty’s style redundant. I also agree with the previous poster about the 2006 WC draw. When Sweden were drawn again in England’s group, the camera zoomed in on Eriksson, to the sound of Motty orgasmically screaming that England had drawn the Scandanavians yet again. Somebody should have pointed out that he wasn’t at a football match!

    Still, he has left a legacy of unforgettable lines. As I grew up in Northern Ireland, my all-time favourite has to be from the 1982 WC during NI’s momentous 1-0 victory over the hosts Spain.

    “And Arconada… ARMSTRONG!”

  4. Allan Moore says:

    A good article, which like the article below, somehow sums up my feelings for Motson….

    Not sure if i will be pining for Motson though, couldnt stand theconstant shoehorning of England into every game. At least he wasn’t Clive Tyldsley

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