I found it a good read, with a little unknown insight into what goes on in preparation for match day commentaries I've been a long time fan of motty, and he shares his football passion on a similar light with good write ups of some tremendous tournaments, amidst his own personal issues
What a great book! As Motty says in his introduction it is a mix of history and autobiography, which mostly works well, and surprisingly up to date. The last chapter written before Russia 2018 drags a little but before then each World Cup from 1954 - which Motson watched as a child - to Brazil 2014 is covered in easily digestible chapters of 10 pages or so. If there is one flaw it would be a lack of a timeline to span those 60 plus years given that so many games and incidents are covered, including countless league and cup games such as that famous Hereford win over Newcastle that made his name. Given his vast knowledge of the game I would not be surprised if Motty relied on his memory for much of this book. I could not spot any errors! His affection for many players and managers gained through his personal contacts shines through and there is rarely a bad word for any of them, including former England managers pilloried in the press. Given that, the odd criticism stands out and his rivalry with another legend, Barry Davies, came as a surprise, but then only one of them could commentate on a FA Cup or World Cup Final!
With any book written by John Motson, you can expect the usual meticulous attention to detail, and this book is no different. Written in an easy to read style, you can almost imagine Motty reading the words out aloud in that unique and unmistakable voice. Each World Cup brought back so many memories and Motty's honest descriptions of his career and personal life are carefully woven into each chapter. There are some surprises along the way - the attempts made to poach him away from the BBC and his reaction to the shock inclusion of Theo Walcott in the England World Cup squad of 2006, for example. If you're hoping to see some controversial slagging off of players, managers or fellow colleagues, forget it. Instead, enjoy a brilliant book by Britain's most loved football commentator. Timed to coincide with Motty's remarkable 50 year career at the BBC, this book would make a perfect Christmas gift.