Letter : Missing Motson

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From Mr Richard Lever

Sir: With the FA Cup final imminent, it is with great regret that I note that the BBC commentary of the season's blue riband fixture has now been handed to Barry Davies in place of John Motson.

Formerly Mr Davies demonstrated passion and flair: "Lee .... Interesting! Very interesting! Just look at his face! Just look at his face!" He now, however, understates and praises with minimum embellishment: "Cantona. [Silence] Brilliant!"

Although John Motson can occasionally overpower with statistics, his enthusiasm, impartiality and ability to capture the rising tempo of a game in the same way as Peter O'Sullevan during a horse race is virtually unparalleled.

Let us hope Mr Davies dispenses with some of the pomposity and instead enthuses with full impartiality in those scenes of grandeur.

Yours faithfully,

RICHARD LEVER

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