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Tuesday 7th November
One of the best known personalities and voices in sports broadcasting, John still holds a regular commentating slot on the weekly Match Of The Day rota and celebrated his 40th anniversary on the show in October 2011. More recently John has been providing the narration for Footy Pups on Cbeebies.
Between 1979 and 2008, John was the BBC's voice on major cup finals including his record-breaking sixth World Cup Final in Berlin in 2006 and his 29th FA Cup Final in May 2008, an achievement not reached by any other commentator.
John was thrilled to be awarded the OBE for services to sports broadcasting in HM The Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2001. He was voted Commentator of the Year by the Royal Television Society in 2004, by Four Four Two in 2005 and by FHM and Zoo in 2006.
John was once described by a television writer as "a national institution" to which he modestly replied "some people think I should be sent to one...".