'The voice of football' - John Motson tributes pour in after death of much-loved British commentator
A short statement from Motson's family confirmed he had "died peacefully in his sleep" on Thursday.
He covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and 29 FA Cup finals in an astonishing 50-year career for the BBC before retiring from the corporation in 2018.
Motson's BBC colleague Gary Lineker and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher have been among those to pay tribute to the broadcasting icon.
"Deeply saddened to hear that John Motson has died," Lineker tweeted.
"A quite brilliant commentator and the voice of football in this country for generations. He’ll be very much missed. RIP Motty."
Carragher's post read: "RIP John Motson. An absolute Legend of the game. So many of us grew up listening to this man describe the action & goals on MOTD & cup finals. Sad loss."
Another of Britain's most famous commentators, Clive Tyldesley, also expressed his sadness over the loss of Motson, as he wrote on Twitter: "As a teenager I just wanted to be John Motson. Nobody else. Terribly sad."
A host of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, have paid their respects to Motson, with further on-pitch tributes likely to follow across the Football League this weekend.
Read some of the moving tributes to Motson below:
RIP John Motson 💔— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 23, 2023
An absolute Legend of the game.
So many of us grew up listening to this man describe the action & goals on MOTD & cup finals. Sad loss.
🎙️ ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/R9nWShRTzD
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Motson.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 23, 2023
He called one of the most iconic goals in our history, and many more.
There will never be another like Motty 💙 pic.twitter.com/pZSBiQvLCc
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John Motson.— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 23, 2023
One of the greatest commentators of his generation, he was synonymous with so many of the beautiful game's most incredible moments.
Rest in peace, John ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Xr6R2lpYVV
A truly iconic voice of the game and a friend of Chelsea.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 23, 2023
Our thoughts go out to John’s family and loved ones at this incredibly sad time.
RIP John Motson, OBE. 💙 pic.twitter.com/Vw3A9u6wEQ
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of John Motson.— West Ham United (@WestHam) February 23, 2023
The voice of British football, Motson commentated on our 1980 FA Cup final.
Rest in peace, Motty. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fVaiGDoctB
In memory of John Motson, a defining and legendary voice of English football. pic.twitter.com/22ZpCB24E5— EFL (@EFL) February 23, 2023
Rest in Peace John “Motty” Motson an absolute legend and gentleman ❤️🙏🏿😔 pic.twitter.com/8juZzCyvIH— Kevin Campbell (@1kevincampbell) February 23, 2023
RIP John Motson— John Terry (@JohnTerry26) February 23, 2023
The voice of football 🎙️ ⚽️💔 pic.twitter.com/bYWsABxyuY
One of the greatest moments in our history perfectly described by the legend John Motson. #RIPMotty https://t.co/t75HPlfNNe— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) February 23, 2023
Sean Dyche pays tribute to John Motson during todays press conference 💙pic.twitter.com/PbuHXGV34y— TheMightyBlues (@MightyBluesYT) February 23, 2023