Voice of football revealed as fans vote for greatest commentator

Late sheepskin-loving soccer encyclopedia John Motson has been voted the greatest football commentator of all time

JOHN Motson has been voted the greatest football commentator of all time in a poll of fans.

The late sheepskin-loving soccer encyclopedia beat Brian Moore, David Coleman and Clive Tyldesley to top spot.

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Late sheepskin-loving soccer encyclopedia John Motson has been voted the greatest football commentator of all timeCredit: Getty

Motty’s line, “The Crazy Gang has beaten the Culture Club”, as Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final was named the fifth most iconic.

But the top piece of commentary was Kenneth Wolstenholme’s “Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over — it is now” as England won the 1966 World Cup.

The survey for CopyBet.com found 33 per cent of fans want commentators to have great player knowledge.

Meanwhile, 26 per cent look for impartiality.

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24 per cent of fans want an engaging narrative.

Knowledge was the top asset for a pundit.

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright were joint favourites.

A spokesperson for the site said: “We’ve been blessed with some amazing commentators over the years and sadly we’ve lost some of the greats in recent years.

“For many of us, our memories of particular moments are likely entwined with the lines of commentary.

“It’s hard not to think of that winning goal from Aguero and not hear the words of Martin Tyler or England winning the World Cup and not hear ‘they think it’s all over…’”