Accommodation Search

Join in

Send page to a friend

Featured Destination

July 2019: Blackpool and the Lancashire Coast

It’s illumination time in Blackpool. Lancashire in October is not likely to be your choice for a sunshine break, but that is not why ...More
More Uk destinations

John Motson

On October 9 1971 John Motson, beginning his year’s trial with BBC TV, commentated on a 0 – 0 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea. Forty years and by his reckoning about 10 sheepskin coats on and he is still providing the words to colour in sporting pictures on our screens, most memorably for some of us Ronnie Radford’s 1972 FA Cup goal against Newcastle. Motty is a national treasure, rarely ruffled. His reaction to David Beckham’s vital free-kick equaliser against Greece in a 2001 Euro qualifier, however, let the mask of neutrality slip for a few seconds, his voice for a moment only audible to dogs. We salute his professionalism, his gentle good humour, and his passion for the game, traits that make him rather more of a hero than many of those he watches today.

More about John Motson

Previous heroes of the hour

More British Heroes

Brit Quote:
The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping. - Izaak Walton
More Quotes

On this day:
Law passed allowing Jews to serve in parliament - 1858, Great Reform Demo - 1866, Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson - 1986
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages