The BBC have begun their search for a new squawky-voiced man to occasionally shout “oh, what a goal!” after John Motson announced his retirement.
‘Motty’, as he is fondly known by his decades’ worth of colleagues, has called time on his glittering career after admitting he no longer has the energy to keep out-Partridging the competition.
He told Football Burp he now plans to spend more time skinning sheep and relaying his Ronnie Radford anecdote to anyone who’ll listen.
Motson’s retirement has sparked widespread reminiscing of his greatest moments as a commentator, including the time he shouted “oh, what a goal!” when Paolo Rossi scored for Italy in the 1982 World Cup final.
Others recall the time he yelled “oh, what a goal!” after Michel Platini’s Euro ’84 winner against Portugal as their favourite moment.
And more still have declared his immortal line “oh, what a goal!” when David Platt scored against Belgium at Italia ’90 as their undisputed favourite Motty Memory.
If you have a favourite of your own, please shout “oh, what a goal!” out the window until someone identifies the goal in question and stops to reminisce about it with you.