And so, all that is will eventually come to pass. This coming weekend, John Motson will deliver his final live BBC commentary.
Motson’s first ever BBC broadcast was radio commentary for a match between Everton and Derby County in 1969.
Almost 50 years, 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships and 29 FA Cup Finals later, the 72-year-old will conclude his live work this Sunday when Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates for the early kick-off.
Motson announced that this season would be his last behind the mic back in September. So, while the Arsenal-Watford game will be his last live commentary, he will still feature on Match of the Day until he wraps it all up with FA Cup Final number 30 in May.
Of course, it goes without saying that whether or not you enjoy his ouevre, the man is an institution, part of the furniture when it comes to the English game. Most fans won’t remember a world pre-Motty.
While he became something of a caricature in latter years, that unmistakable nasal whinny is embedded deep within us all.
Taken as a whole, the man has had a cracking innings up in the gantry and is utterly deserving of all the misty-eyed testimonials that are bound to be coming his way come the end of the season.
Personally, Pies think Motty’s finest hour came with the ‘rap’ he performed as a hidden track on the FIFA ’97 soundtrack.
Go on, treat yourself.