Legendary BBC football commentator John Motson has died at the age of 77.
The broadcaster enjoyed an illustrious 50-year career with the BBC, working on Match of the Day since 1971.
According to the BBC, he commentated on over 2,500 televised games and covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and 29 FA Cup finals for BBC Sport.
Revered across the British game, Motson was often seen beside the pitch pre-game with a microphone and his trademark sheepskin coat.
Tributes have been pouring in for the commentator since the news broke earlier this morning.
Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane shared of video of “the legend” commentating on Ireland’s last-gasp equaliser against Germany in the 2002 World Cup.
— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) February 23, 2023
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher described him as a “legend of the game”.
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.
🎙️ ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/R9nWShRTzD
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 23, 2023
"RIP John Motson. An absolute Legend of the game,” he wrote.
"So many of us grew up listening to this man describing the action and goals on MOTD and cup finals. Sad loss."
Born in Salford to a Methodist minister father, Motson began his career with stints on the Barnet Press and Sheffield Morning Telegraph.
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of John Motson.
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
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 23, 2023
He joined the BBC full-time in 1968, having worked at first as a freelancer for BBC Radio Sheffield.
His final game for Match of the Day was between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion in 2018.