About Me

I’m a UK freelance journalist based at Castle Donington in the East Midlands, close to Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.

I’ve been a regular writer on football for The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers for 25 years, during which time I’ve also contributed to the Guardian, Sunday Times and Sunday Express as well as a number of magazines.  Nowadays, I write often for the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph.

I also write about cricket for the ESPN Cricinfo website and run The Sports Bookshelf, a website dedicated to books about sport.

My journalism career began in 1975 when I was appointed by the weekly Doncaster Gazette as a junior reporter and immediately shipped off to journalism college in Newcastle, where I had five months of intensive study, after which I passed the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Proficiency Certificate.  This is the standard industry qualification.

From Doncaster I moved to Sheffield, joining the sports desk of the Morning Telegraph in 1977 and remaining there for four years, in which time I trained as a sub-editor as well as writing about horse racing, squash and (lots of) football.  In 1981 I moved to the East Midlands to work on the sports desk of the Leicester Mercury, where I succeeded Martin Johnson as cricket correspondent.

I went freelance in 1991 and became one of The Independent‘s regular contributors. I continue to write for that newspaper and The Independent on Sunday throughout the cricket and football seasons.  My reports also appear regularly on ESPN Cricinfo.  Recent magazine work includes articles in the Professional Cricketers’ Association magazine First Class and the League Managers’ Association magazine The Manager.

For the last two years, I have written the content for the official Football Association England Annual.

The Sports Bookshelf  website, a unique resource for lovers of books about sport, is designed, written and edited entirely by me.

You can contact me on 07930 424487

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