FWA Q&A: JAMES NURSEY

JAMES NURSEY of the Daily Mirror on a bad gag at Peterborough...the hairdryer from Bruce and O’Neill...and being on the bleach in Bulgaria

Your first ever newspaper?
The Argus in Sussex in 2001. I had a job covering Non-League football for the paper and various other sports.

Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?

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Not a vintage season but United’s goal power could surprise Europe

As the Barclays Premier League reaches the halfway stage footballwriters.co.uk asked the Daily Mirror’s Chief Football Writer MARTIN LIPTON for his views on the season so far.

As the Barclays Premier League season reaches the halfway mark, how would you assess 2012/13 so far?
It’s been quite entertaining and enjoyable, but I also think the standard of the top teams is a long way behind what it was in 2008 and 2009 which for me was the high watermark in English football for the quality of players available. We still have some fantastic footballers, though, it’s been a pleasure to ...

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FWA Q&A: Steve Anglesey

Daily Mirror columnist STEVE ANGLESEY on undercooking Spear of Destiny’s chips...an un-matey deputy sports editor...plus a loud argument, noisy sex and deep snoring

Your first ever job in journalism?
Book and film reviews for the posh Cheshire Life magazine, mid 1980s. Which naturally led to a job writing about American football in 1987.

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My Week: Darren Lewis

DARREN LEWIS of the Daily Mirror on an offensive Mark...root canal treatment...and getting shirty with Adebayor

MONDAY April 23
MY DAYS always start with a chat with the Mirror's sports news editor Mike Allen. We talk through stories, ideas, potential issues and plan for that day's paper. Today I am actually working on non-football stories with the focus on Chelsea's rematch against Barcelona tomorrow night. We have three men there, Martin Lipton, Oliver Holt and John Cross.

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The FWA Interview: Oliver Holt

SPORTS WRITING HAS NEVER BEEN SO GOOD says Oliver Holt

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

OLIVER HOLT believes the standard of British sports writing is higher than it has ever been.

The Daily Mirror writer recently won the Sports Journalists’ Association Sports Columnist of the Year award which, for once, left Holt almost speechless.

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Martin Lipton: My Week

By MARTIN LIPTON
Chief Football writer
Daily Mirror

Friday Oct 14: Still recovering - probably quicker than Fabio Capello - from the late-breaking news of Wayne Rooney's Euro 2012 ban and the press conference leftovers from Chelsea to devour as well. A few calls to UEFA - to confirm an appeal would be a shot to nothing, with no chance of the ban being increased - and the FA to pass on the news and seek a reaction. Otherwise, quite a quiet day.

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