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Oh No Its Nil-Nil Motty!

Legendary commentator John Motson will be in Burnley this Saturday covering the Pompey game for Match of the Day . This will be the first time in 35 years he will have commentated on a Clarets game at Turf Moor and we can thank Sonya Kilby, wife of course of Burnley chairman, Barry for the dubious homour of making sure he put it in his schedule.

Speaking to the Official Burnley site, Motty said:

'Over the last five or six years watching football in my own capacity I seem to have stumbled on Burnley away from home on a few occasions.

'I remember seeing them at Luton and West Brom and bumping into the chairman's wife Sonya and she asked me why I had never done a home game.

'I said I ought to go to Burnley and this is the one.

'I'm looking forward to it. It's been a long time but I'm pleased I'm coming back.'

I am not sure Clarets fans will think this is a good omen. This is a must-win game for the Clarets in our efforts to avoid the drop and a draw would be a disaster against the administration-threatened bottom club, Portsmouth.

Our problem is that Motty has been a jinx on Match of the Day this year with the BBC commentator sitting through four consecutive goalless draws unable to describe a goal in 2010 until recently.

Motty had never endured such a barren run in more than 40 years behind the microphone.

He sat through February's goalless game between Tottenham and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane and January's goalless clashes between West Ham and Blackburn, Villa and Arsenal and Spurs and Hull. In fact the last goal he saw whilst commentating until recently was scored by Fulham defender Chris Smalling. It was his calamitous own goal that helped Chelsea beat the Cottagers 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on 28 December 2009.

There is however some good news of sorts, the jinx was broken. Motty did cover the recent midweek clash between Wolves and Spurs at Molineux. A game which finished 1-0 to Wolves but not a score that helped the Clarets

So let's hope the 'Voice of Football' can avoid the 0-0 jinx returning at Turf Moor and let's also hope there are plenty of goals for him to rave about, all going into Pompey's net!

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Date:Thursday February 25 2010

Time: 4:22PM

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Not sure which game he covered last weekend on MOTD or the matches since the Wolves v Spurs game .Anybody know?
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25/02/2010 16:27:00

Not the biggest fan of Motty on the box as I think he gets a bit hysterical about pretty mundane matters. However, he is a different man on the radio where he tends to concentrate on describing the action and portrays it really well. Unlike that plank Alan Green.
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25/02/2010 17:39:00

Kinda like Motty though, he's been around so long it's hard not to! One of footy's characters and a legend although some prefer to say leg-end which is a tadge harsh!
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25/02/2010 18:15:00

Remind me tmp to tell you at The Emirates my stories of Mr Motson, his wallet, his evening activities away with the national team and maybe you will have another view to consider!
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25/02/2010 19:48:00

Anyone else think Motty has the same cheekbones as Claret Charlie?
Couch Potato
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25/02/2010 21:33:00

On the picture TMP has used he certainly looks to have the same size lug'oles as HRH. You could pick up TV from Outer Space on those beauties.
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25/02/2010 22:09:00

Ha ha ha....I agree Rickers! It wouldn't take much of a breeze for him to achieve take off.
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26/02/2010 00:20:00

I take grave exception to these spurious references to our Great Welsh Burnley Supporting Prince. Along the lines of 'Biggus Dickus' I had a mate who was in the navy, and as Prince Burnley was about to be whistled on board the ship he told all the boys . . . 'If any one of you laugh at at his ears . . . . Ten'shun, company prepare to meet HRH Wing Nut.
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26/02/2010 00:34:00

By the way, Motson is football personified, just like McLaren was in rugby. Where will we be without him? I think he's chosen the right match for goals, hopefully by Nugent and Fletcher. Am I the only one worried about the Pompey players' response to administration? . . . . Nah, 3-0 to us nailed on.
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26/02/2010 01:09:00

As long as we win, I ain't bothered who covers the match Rupert the Bear could cover it for me!!. Although got to admit Motty is a legend.
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26/02/2010 09:22:00


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