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John Motson's career in quotes

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. He is renowned for an encyclopedic knowledge of the game - and the occasional on-air gaffe.

Here, Press Association Sport recalls some of his most memorable moments behind the microphone.

"Here's Gascoigne. Oh brilliant! Oh yes! Oh yes!" - Paul Gascoigne scores 'that' goal against Scotland at Euro 96.

"Hold the cups and glasses at home. You can smash them now! David Beckham has scored for England!" - David Beckham's breakfast-time penalty against Argentina at the 2002 World Cup.

"The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club." - Underdogs Wimbledon shock mighty Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final.

"And Seaman, just like a falling oak, manages to change direction." - England goalkeeper David Seaman apparently defying the law of physics.

"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip." - Reprising Ted Lowe's famous snooker commentary.

"It's Arsenal 0, Everton 1, and the longer it stays like that, the more you've got to fancy Everton." - Veering towards stating the obvious.

"The World Cup is a truly international event." - More than once, in fact.

"Middlesbrough are withdrawing Maccarone the Italian, Nemeth the Slovakian, and Stockdale...the right-back." - A substitution sparks much mirth.

"Whether that was a penalty or not, the referee thought otherwise." - Clearing up a contentious decision.

"The Brazilian supporters are wearing yellow shirts - it's a fabulous kaleidoscope of colour." - Another World Cup, another memorable line.

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