Parallels uncovered in Motson interview

Graham Spiers, The Times’ Scottish football correspondent, has interviewed John Motson, the recently-retired BBC football commentator, as part of a series for BBC Radio Scotland.

Child of the Manse is a six-part series being compiled by Spiers, who is the son of a Baptist minister. Motson is the son of a Methodist minister.

Spiers told “Both our fathers were fiery preachers, who’d bang out their sermons on the Saturday morning, on a typewriter, and then take their sons to football in the afternoon, because they were also passionate about football.

“It was uncanny, how identical the ritual was and how we, sons, remembered it.”

The series is being broadcast next month.

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