John Motson OBE has watched a lot of great players and unforgettable matches during a commentary career spanning more than 40 years.

However, it was in the little-known Anglo-Scottish Cup final between Middlesbrough and Fulham in November 1975 that 'Motty' had his first opportunity to commentate on the late, great Bobby Moore.

Fulham were beaten 1-0 on a wet Wednesday evening at Ayresome Park, but Moore put aside his disappointment to welcome the soaked Motson into the away dressing room for a post-match chat.

"Bobby's playing career was drawing to a close when I started commentating, but I did meet him on a number of occasions," Motson recalls. "I'm only going to repeat what other people say, he was the perfect gentleman. He behaved with a great deal of humility for a man who had achieved so much.

"I can remember the first time I ever did a midweek game for the BBC, it was a really forgettable one - a rainy Wednesday night in Middlesbrough with Fulham in the final of the Anglo-Scottish Cup. Bobby was playing for Fulham and I was shivering waiting outside in the pouring rain to try and get hold of someone to do an interview. He opened the dressing room door and welcomed me inside to get in the dry. That was the England World Cup-winning captain and I thought 'What a lovely thing to do'."

Moore, of course, went on to follow Motson into the commentary box, working as an analyst and summariser for Capital Gold radio. Again, Motson said the West Ham United and England legend treated his broadcasting colleagues with the utmost respect.

"I did meet him a number of times in his local radio days, of course. He never behaved like a man who was the colossus that he was.

"I think he should have been given a Knighthood for being the only man to captain England to winning the World Cup. I don't think he quite got the credit in his latter years that perhaps he should have done. He never pushed himself forward, Bobby. He was always happy to play a supporting role. If you met him at a function he was always very charming."

Surprisingly, Motson even played alongside the great centre-half at the stadium where he lifted the FA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and FIFA World Cup in the mid-1960s - Wembley.

"Before a final at Wembley of the lower division teams, there was a celebrity match on the Wembley pitch. I think it was ten minutes each-way before the big game. Believe it or not I actually played for ten minutes in the game and at half-time they made all the substitutions because there were about 30 or 40 celebrities who wanted to play the game and I walked off the Wembley pitch with Bobby Moore, because I was being substituted and so was he!

"The other thing I remember about that day was how he was the one who went round the dressing room handing out the kit to everybody. Bobby was a leader, certainly, but he had the humility and the down to earth attitude that he was quite happy to go around and give people their shirts."

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