Liberty Stadium facilities report

Brian Scovell reports on our Facilities Committee visit to Swansea City FC on April 17, 2012...

Tony Hudd and I visited the highly impressive Liberty Stadium on a very windy day and we concluded that many of the Barclays Premier League clubs have yet to match its standards. For example, the two press boxes are on the half-way line - the 52-seater higher up and the other one, which has more than 40 working stations along a wide corridor, on a lower level - whereas more clubs are now placing their corporate boxes on the halfway line.

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FWA Q&A: Brian Scovell

Former Daily Mail sports writer BRIAN SCOVELL on the Wembley bung bag...being sick at Brighton...and mistaken for Bobby Charlton

Your first ever newspaper?
The defunct Isle of Wight Mercury. My mother wanted me to be a banker - ugh! - but when I spent two years in hospitals after a German bombing raid I read the work of Tom Phillips, the chief sports writer of the Daily Herald, and I vowed I would be another Phillips. I started writing pieces about matches broadcast from a portable radio in the childrens' ward and when I returned home, I was a regular ...

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Carrow Road report, July 2011

Attended by Joe Ferrari, Head of Media, and his assistant Gemma Gifford and FWA's Brian Scovell, Tony Hudd and Jim Van Wijk.

We were assured that the club will meet the minimum requirements of the PL and if it stays up, there are plans to either knock down the main stand and build another one or extend it adding 3,000 plus seats including a topgrade press facility.

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Loftus Road report, June 2011

Brian Scovell and Christopher Davies were the Football Writers’ Association national committee representatives who visited Queens Park Rangers to see media officer Ian Taylor about their new press facilities. If all goes to plan the press box/press room/mixed zone will be excellent. As you will know, Loftus Road does not have too much space but they seem to be making the most of it.

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Liberty Stadium report, May 2011

Dylan Thomas famously wrote "Swansea is the graveyard of ambition." Championship promotion hopefuls Swansea City Football Club beg to differ with the great man.

When Football Writers' Association national committee members Brian Scovell and Tony Hudd visited the Liberty Stadium to check out their press facilities ahead of the Swans' push for promotion they found a lively, vibrant club willing and able to meet the challenge of Barclays Premier League football.

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Book Club: ‘Thank You Hermann Goering’

In his time working for the Daily Sketch and Daily Mail, Brian Scovell probably reported on more Test matches and international football matches than any other English sportswriter. This fascinating, amusing and moving memoir is filled with hundreds of anecdotes and insights into top sports personalities and other public figures, including previously untold stories about Maggie Thatcher, John Major, Princess Diana, Brian Lara, Enoch Powell, and Alan Sugar.

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Book Club: Scovell achieves third Double

Brian Scovell, our longest serving member on the FWA Committee, has achieved a third Double in the season that Tottenham Hotspur won the first Double of the last century. His biography of Bill Nicholson commemorating the 50th anniversary has been widely reviewed and his 25th book has just come out, a memoir entitled "Thank You Hermann Goering - A Life of a Sports Writer." Frank Keating said of it "a triumph, it's a terrific piece of work and I read it in one sitting, well, two."

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Brian Scovell Writes…

Over the years chairmen and committee members of the FWA have given advice to the 92 clubs about their press facilities. Around a third of them benefited, the last being Colchester which has proved to be a great success story. Three years ago we set up a Facilities sub Committee made up of myself, Tony Hudd and Jim Van Wijk and arising from an incident at Southend's Roots Hall - when a steward declined to give some our members a programme and a team sheet - I wrote to Lord Brian Mawhinney, the President of the Football League, and asked ...

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