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John Motson among the greats of football commentary

Long-serving football commentator John Motson will end his 50-year association with the BBC at the end of the season.

The 72-year-old has covered 10 World Cups, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 200 England matches.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at five other football commentary greats:

KENNETH WOLSTENHOLME

The opening commentator on the first Match Of The Day in 1964, Wolstenholme covered every FA Cup final between 1949 and 1971. His impeccably-timed description of Geoff Hurst scoring England's fourth goal against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final - "some people are on the pitch... they think it's all over... it is now!" - remains the country's most iconic piece of commentary.

DAVID COLEMAN

Before becoming the genial host of A Question Of Sport, Coleman was the BBC's senior football commentator for almost a decade from 1971. While his trademark was a precisely-delivered exclamation of "1-0!" as the ball flew into the net, Coleman - like Motson - was also synonymous with the occasional on-air gaffe - a trait which became affectionately known as 'Colemanballs'.

BRIAN MOORE

The voice of ITV's football coverage of the 1970s and 80s, Moore's The Big Match brought highlights to the more child-friendly time of Sunday afternoons. Moore covered the FA Cup final on ITV every year from 1969 to 1988, and memorably declared "it's up for grabs now" as Arsenal's Michael Thomas ran through to score the dramatic late winning goal at Anfield to snatch the title from Liverpool in 1989.

BARRY DAVIES

Seen as something of a rival to Motson - he was preferred by the BBC for the 1994 World Cup final - Davies was less about the stats and more about the empathy. During England's roller-coaster quarter-final against Cameroon in 1990, Davies sounded like he was suffering every bit as much as the viewing public. Yet perhaps his most famous line - "where were the Germans, and frankly, who cares?" - actually came during an Olympic hockey match.

MARTIN TYLER

Formerly Moore's number two at ITV, Tyler made the bold move to satellite television and has spearheaded Sky's coverage of the Premier League since its inception in 1992. Tyler has covered every major moment of the league's 25 years and his enthusiasm shows no sign of waning - as his breathless exhilaration at Sergio Aguero's title-winning goal for Manchester City in 2012 would testify.

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