Motty swaps sheepskin for gown

FOOTBALL commentator John Motson today shed his trademark sheepskin coat for a ceremonial gown.Motty, as he is affectionately known, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Law by Suffolk College.

By Georgina James

FOOTBALL commentator John Motson today shed his trademark sheepskin coat for a ceremonial gown.

Motty, as he is affectionately known, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Law by Suffolk College.

Although not wearing his famous jacket Motty admitted that it would not be long before it came out of his cupboard.

Having received the award John Motson today said: "I am very honoured that the college thought of me especially considering he other distinguished people such as Bobby Robson, who have been honoured in the past.

"The ceremony was very impressive and I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

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Motty, who was at Portman Road last night to watch Ipswich draw with Burnley, said he thought the team played well in the first half but were not so good in the second.

"It's the story of their season," he said.

He continued: "I don't think their league position reflects the capabilities of the team."

With speculation high around Ipswich as to who will succeed George Burley as manager Motty said: "I think there will be an announcement in the next couple of days, but I don't think the new manager will be Peter Reid."

Motty, who has been a BBC commentator for more than 30 years said he felt an element of surprise on hearing the news that George Burley had been sacked, but believes every manager has a life-span these days.

"I think the days have gone when a manager stayed at a club for years and years. The expectation amongst spectators and directors is so much greater than it used to be. The game is so money driven that clubs can't afford to be patient."

This was the second degree that John Motson has been awarded, his first being an MA from Luton University just two months ago.

"This one was more special considering my association with Suffolk," he said.

He was educated at Culford School near Bury St Edmunds and has maintained a cottage in Suffolk for the last 20 years, but admits he does not get to visit it as often as he would like.

Suffolk lumunaries from the stage, sport and screen will also receive awards from the University of East Anglia in Suffolk.

Comedian Griff Rhys Jones, actress Ruthie Henshall and former England hockey international Sandie Lister will also be stepping up.

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