North West clubs pay tribute to illustrious football commentator John Motson who has died aged 77

North West clubs have paid tributes to legendary BBC football commentator John Motson who has died aged 77.

Motson, who started working for the BBC in 1971 where he featured on Match of the Day, hung up the microphone in 2018 after commentating on his final match between Crystal Palace and West Brom in the Premier League.

Renowned for his sheepskin coat, Motson, who was more commonly known as ‘Motty’, was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his services to sports broadcasting in a career in which he commentated on almost 2,500 televised matches.

Motson was also commemorated at the Bafta awards in 2018 for his work in the industry, and after leaving the BBC, he took up a position with Talksport.

North West clubs, including Everton and Manchester City, have paid their respects to the iconic broadcaster. Match of the Day presenter, and former Everton and England striker, Gary Lineker, tweeted:

‘Deeply saddened to hear that John Motson has died. A quite brilliant commentator and the voice of football in this country for generations. He’ll be very much missed. RIP Motty’

The saddened news comes after sports presenter Dickie Davies, who anchored the ITV World of Sport show for over two decades, died on Sunday aged 94.