John Motson voted the greatest football commentator of all time by football fans – while Gary Lineker shrugs off controversy as most popular presenter

John Motson speaks on BBC Sport prior to The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.
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John Motson has been voted as the greatest commentator of all time by football fans.

Motty passed away this year at the age of 77, leaving a 2,000-game legacy behind the mic and plenty of memories. He beat several classic commentators, along with a number of memorable voices still heard on TV such as Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury and Martin Tyler.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.