Final photo of John Motson emerges before tragic death showing legendary BBC commentator smiling | The Sun

A PICTURE of John Motson has emerged showing the legendary commentator looking in good spirits just weeks before his sad death aged 77.

A true football icon, Motty kept attending matches long after his retirement from TV commentary in 2018.

And it has emerged that he attended a match as recently as February 4.

A snap taken by a fan shows Motson smiling at Sutton United's Gander Green Lane earlier this month.

The British football favourite was attending Sutton's League Two 0-0 draw with Stevenage in South London.

Motson was spending his Saturday afternoon in the same setting that he spent countless happy Saturday afternoons during his extraordinary life – at the football.


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Following the sad news of his passing, tributes have poured in for the man whose voice generations of fans grew up with.

"Match of the Day host 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."

While commentator Clive Tyldesley movingly wrote: "As a teenager I just wanted to be John Motson. Nobody else. Terribly sad."

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher poignantly posted: "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."

Motty's commentator pal Martin Tyler said on Sky Sports News: "He was somebody I admired in terms of the profession enormously. His attention to detail was second to none. He was a real example to me.

"He advised me to 'talk little, but say a lot'. That says a lot about John. A wonderful career, a great guy away from the microphone and a great sense of humour. He helped me a lot.

"A friend but a rival I suppose as well, but full admiration of him."

During Motson's incredible career, he covered ten World Cups, ten European Championships, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England games.

A statement from his family said: "It is with great sadness we announce that John Motson OBE died peacefully in his sleep today (Thursday)."

Motson lived in Hertfordshire with his wife Anne, who he married in 1977, and is also survived by son Frederick, 36.

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