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Legendary football commentator John Motson will call a game for the final time tomorrow as he hangs up his mic for good.
In a career spanning 50 years, 'Motty' has delivered commentary on 10 World Cups over the years, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and over 200 England games - not to mention being of the iconic voices of Match of the Day.
:raised_hands: :microphone2:- The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 11, 2018
- Years as commentator: 50
- World Cups: 10
- European Championships: 10
- FA Cup finals: 29
- England games: Over 200
The incredible career of John Motson comes to an end this weekend.#ThanksMotty pic.twitter.com/bh9fZhNA72
The 72-year old produced his final live radio commentary for the BBC back in March and will now bow out completely by describing the action in the game between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion for Match of the Day on Sunday.
It's well and truly the end of an era and Motson is already subject to several wonderful tributes. Crystal Palace have made him the programme's cover star, he's got his own emoji and the BBC are dedicating two shows to him on 19 May.
One-off documentary? :white_check_mark:- BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 11, 2018
Motty Mastermind? :white_check_mark:
BBC commentary legend John Motson is getting a huge send off!
:point_right: https://t.co/dydnoCuwEl#ThanksMotty pic.twitter.com/eMgAyN2fsF
The cover star of our final programme of the season is the one and only John Motson!- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 11, 2018
Find out how you can get yourself one, which includes an interview with the man himself, here...
:point_right: https://t.co/RQix69wbae#thankyoumotty pic.twitter.com/p4HiXYsn2a
When quizzed on how he's feeling going into his final game, Motson told The Independent:
"At the moment I'm perfectly balanced and quite cool about it. I'm not going to make a really big deal of it - I've known since September that this was going to be my last season.
"I do like Selhurst Park as a commentary position anyway so I'm not worried about that side of it.
"I know it's going to be a special day because I've also got the BAFTA awards in the evening and they're giving me a lifetime achievement award which I'm very thrilled about, so the day is going to go on into that."
Sadly, Motson did reveal that his trademark sheepskin coat won't be sported for the final time because of the end of season weather but it will an incredible send-off regardless.
Thanks for the memories and all the best in your retirement, Motty.
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