Five minutes with... John Motson
BROADCASTING legend John Motson held a captive audience at Gloucester Guildhall last night as he talked about his career in the industry.
We caught up with him in the bar afterwards for some quick-fire questions.
What are your top three moments in football?
John: "England winning 5-1 in Germany in 2001 and Michael Owen's hat-trick.
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"Ricky Villa's winning goal in the FA Cup final for Spurs against Manchester City.
"And I'd also have to say, because it meant so much to me at the time, Hereford beating Newcastle in 1972 with that memorable goal from Ronnie Radford."
Who are your top three managers?
"Brian Clough, he's right up there. He was such a character. I'd have to say Sir Alex Ferguson because of his record and the third I'd say Alf Ramsey as he's the only one who's won the World Cup for England so he has to be in there."
What's the most difficult interview you've ever done?
He sighs. "That would be with Brian Clough. Many of them. He used to leave me up and down but it was still captivating listening to him.
"If you go on YouTube there is some really memorable stuff with me and Cloughy in the 70s and 80s.
"Managers back then were not so available as they are now.
"Rather than coming in and being asked questions that everybody else heard the answer to you could go and perhaps do a Football Focus interview and it would be just yours.
"Everybody is more available because they have to be now."
Is the game better for having people with strong personalities such as Clough?
"I think it's great. Jose Mourinho is the nearest you get to the Brian Clough of today and he knows who to play to the gallery."