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John Motson almost ready to hang up his sheepskin and end the boys’ own story

Veteran football commentator will call it a day at the end of the season after 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and more than 2,000 matches

An era will end next summer when John Motson retires from his role as a commentator and pundit on the BBC. Motson, known for his longevity, his sheepskin coat and his excitable boys’ own way behind a microphone, will call it quits in 2018 after half a century at the national broadcaster.

Motson came to prominence in the early 1970s when he provided the TV commentary for what began as a run of the mill FA Cup third-round replay. But not only did Hereford’s victory over Newcastle become a celebrated shock, the 35-yard shot from Ronnie Radford that turned the match on its head itself became an iconic moment in televised sport.

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