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 By PA Sport

Broadcaster John Motson given pitch presentation at Crystal Palace

John Motson signed off from his 50-year career behind a microphone with a BAFTA award and an on-pitch presentation by Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

Motson received a Special Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sports broadcasting at the 2018 British Academy Television Awards.

Four hours earlier, the 72-year-old was given a framed programme and a microphone trophy by Hodgson after finishing his final match, in which Palace beat relegated West Brom 2-0.

After receiving his BAFTA from comedian John Bishop, Motson said: "As everybody knows the commentator is only the voice at the end of a very professional and sometimes complicated process.

"So I'm dedicating this to the BBC sports department where I've worked for 50 years and been so grateful to have so much professional support behind me.

"To BAFTA, thank you very much, and I never saw this coming.''

Motson's career was hailed by a number of prominent football media figures, including BBC Breakfast and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker, who tweeted: "We will miss John Motson. His voice will always be ringing in our ears.''

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker simply tweeted: "Well played Motty, well played.''

Motson's final match looked destined to finish goalless until Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring in the 70th minute, with Patrick van Aanholt adding a second to seal an ultimately convincing win.

In the course of his incredible career with the BBC, Motson provided commentary for 29 FA Cup finals and six World Cup finals.

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