John Motsons 50year career to be celebrated by BBC with special emoji

Motson’s final commentary before retirement will come from the  Crystal Palace vs West Brom match on May 13th.  Later that evening, he will be presented with a Special Award at the TV Baftas at the Royal Albert Hall.On hanging up his microphone for the last time, Motson said: “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.” The programme will include testimonies from his wife Annie and son Fred, as well as Gary Lineker, Ian Wright, two of his longest standing co-commentators Sir Trevor Brooking and Mark Lawrenson along with celebrity football fans Sir Elton John, Noel Gallagher and Sir Rod Stewart.A second programme, Motty Mastermind, will see Motson host a special edition of the quiz show, before Countdown to the Full Motty showcases the greatest moments of his career.Speaking of a special addition to Twitter, which will see a picture pop up when particular hashtags are used, the BBC said: “A special Twitter emoji will give fans a unique way to celebrate John’s remarkable career.”  Gary Lineker will be among those paying tribute to John Motson Gary Lineker will be among those paying tribute to John Motson After a 50-year career as one of Britain’s greatest broadcasters, John Motson will no doubt be sorely missed by generations of football fans.So what better way to honour his legacy, according to the BBC, than to create a bespoke Twitter emoji in his image?Motson’s retirement is to be marked on Twitter to make him “the first ever UK sport broadcaster to have their own bespoke Twitter emoji”, accompanying a special night of programmes to celebrate his long career.On May 19, BBC Two will dedicate an evening to Motson, who has informed the nation across 10 World Cup finals, 10 European Championships, 29 FA Cup Finals, 200 England internationals and more than 2000 football matches.Motty: The Man Behind The Sheepskin will take the broadcaster “on a poignant but fun-filled journey around the football grounds that have provided the backdrop for so many remarkable commentaries”, the BBC said.  John Motson John MotsonCredit:Rex Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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