Barnet Football Club has paid tribute to football commentator and Bees 'legend' John Motson.

The BBC stalwart, who commentated on almost 2,500 games for the corporation, working on Match of the Day from 1971 until he retired in 2018, died today aged 77.

He had begun his career on the Barnet Press at the age of 18, and often named the club when asked who he supported.

READ MORE: John Motson – The unmistakeable voice of football known simply as ‘Motty’

A statement on the club's website reads: "A friend of the club and a personal friend of our chairman, John had a deep-rooted affiliation with the Barnet FC, having started his career in the newspaper business as a reporter for for the Barnet Press back in 1963.

"He attended many Barnet FC matches across the years, with his last being in November 2022 at The Hive Stadium against Torquay United.

"He was always so enthusiastic about the club and always willing to give of himself. When we made our Underhill film, John graciously contributed.

"Hugely respected by so many, John was known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game, trademark sheepskin coats and an unmistakable voice.

"RIP Motty."

Barnet FC chairman Anthony Kleanthous said: “There have been many Barnet FC legends over the years and it is fair to say that John Motson is up there with the very best of them.

“We will miss him dearly and our deepest condolences go to his wife Anne and son Frederick.”

Barnet FC will hold a minutes’ applause before kick-off this Saturday, when the club faces Aldershot Town at The Hive London.

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