A career that has spanned over five decades, 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games will end tomorrow as BBC football commentator John Motson brings the curtain down on a glittering career in the final round of Premier League games. The 72-year-old will be commentating on West Brom's clash with Crystal Palace and revealed to Press Association Sport that his famous sheepskin coat will not be making an appearance:
It’s already too hot for the sheepskin. It was too hot last week at Watford, so don’t worry, the sheepskin has been put away now.
Motson was asked about how he was feeling heading into his last day on the job but the English man stated that he wasn't too bothered about the occasion:
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’m just feeling quite calm and collected about the whole thing. 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.
But the match is something I’ve got to deal with first and I shall do it in the normal way.
The BBC will also be commemorating Motson's contribution to football with an evening of shows to the 72-year-old on May 19th and 'Motty' has come out and thanked the broadcaster for their kind gesture:
I'm truly humbled that the BBC is dedicating such a special evening to me.
I've been very lucky to have witnessed some incredibly special moments in football and I look forward to sitting down with my family, and many football fans in the country, to look back on the past 50 years.