Iconic commentator John Motson says he stays away from pub quizzes as he feels too much pressure to get the football questions right.
The broadcaster, 76, commentated on more than 2,000 matches on TV and radio throughout his career.
And while he can usually recall details of games he has covered with ease, he gets “nervous” about testing himself in quizzes in case he gets a question wrong.
He said: “When you’ve covered a game it sticks in your mind better than one you’ve watched on television.
“So a lot of games I’ve done come back to me very readily, cup finals, World Cup finals, league games, FA Cup ties. Everything really. I don’t go to too many of those [pub quizzes] because I’m a bit nervous that if I get it wrong I’ll be very much a target.”
John retired from BBC One’s Match of the Day in May 2018 and he is glad he doesn’t have to worry about ridiculous shirt numbers in the Premier League nowadays.
He said: “The difficult bit now, and this is the bit why I’m glad I’m not still doing it, is the shirt numbers.
“In my day they were always 1-11. Now the numbers go up to 50-something.
“And also the number of substitutes. Dealing with one player coming on and one going off was OK in the early 70s.
“Now you’ve got up to nine subs on the bench and any three of whom could come on. In my later years working out who was coming on was bad enough, but trying to remember who had gone off was even harder.”
Before launching a broadcasting career in the 1960s, Motty practised commentating in the bathroom.
He said: “I practised a few times. I used to try to do commentaries when I was in the toilet at home. I used to imagine trying to be a commentator, I found my voice was quite suited to the microphone.”
John was known for wearing his trademark sheepskin coat in the commentary box – but does not own one anymore.
Speaking on the Blank podcast, he added: “I still have the nearest thing to it. I tried to get one made a couple of years ago, as a souvenir.
“I’ve got a coat that looks like the sheepskin, but it’s never quite the original dark brown. The originals I had when I was commentating have been consigned to the bin or rather given to a worthwhile charity.”
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