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Who is Motty?

Apologies to those who are more than aware of the legendary John Motson.

It will be hard to believe for many British football fans, but some people around the world may never have heard of the great man!

"Motty" has been a member of the Match of the Day team for nearly 30 years and is regarded by many as the BBC's voice of football.

With his famous sheepskin coat and encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, he is loved by casual TV viewers and fanatical supporters alike.

John Motson
The real Motty
When we asked him to agree to be made into a "desktop toy" he was delighted to become an online personality - alongside his well known roles on TV and also BBC Radio Five Live.

The son of a Methodist minister, John joined the Barnet Press newspaper as a junior reporter at the age of 18.

Motty later moved to the Morning Telegraph in Sheffield where he first covered league football.

A short freelance spell with BBC Radio Sheffield was followed by a switch to network radio in 1968.

On Radio 2 (then BBC Radio's main sports station) he made his name as a sports presenter as well as a commentator on football, tennis and boxing.

At the age of 26, Motty became a junior member of the Match of the Day staff in 1971, following the departure of Kenneth Wolstenholme, and soon became one of its key commentators.

John Motson
Early days - Motty in 1971
Between 1979 and 1994, Motty was the BBC's TV commentator for 29 consecutive major cup finals - FA Cup, World Cup and European Championships.

He completed his 30th assignment at this level with the final of Euro '96 and subsequently covered the World Cup final in 1998 and Euro 2000.

Altogether, Motty has covered well over 1,000 matches for the BBC.

He has also researched and narrated over 30 football videos and written four books, including Motty's Diary - A Year In The Life Of A Commentator, which was published in 1996.

In 1998 Motty was honoured with his own 'audience with' show on BBC ONE, The Full Motty.

He recently returned to his roots, joining BBC Radio Five Live's team of commentators for Premiership matches, while continuing to cover England and FA Cup games on Match of the Day.

He has also been a regular contributor of written articles to BBC Sport Online since its launch in July 2000.

Now the Mini Motty toy is set to bring him to a new worldwide audience, keeping football fans up to date with all the news even when they cannot get near a radio or television.

Motty and his wife Anne have one son, Frederick, 14.

Away from football his interests are running, the cinema and reading thrillers.

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