FWA Q&A: RICHARD TANNER

RICHARD TANNER of the Daily Express on steamy windows...signing as a Gerry...and staying in a Munich broom cupboard

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
No. My only other jobs were back in my schooldays – strawberry picking, potato picking, loading fruit and veg lorries and working in a car parts warehouse. Gone downhill since really.

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FWA Q&A: NICK SZCZEPANIK

NICK SZCZEPANIK on a wee problem at Portsmouth...a chilly Big Apple reception for mustard...and feeling dicky in Bucharest

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Quite a few, most recently arts publicity. Best football-related memory of that is spending a day while a Brighton Festival press officer with the late, great Brian Glover, Mr Sugden from Kes. And a Barnsley fan.

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Junior FWA Q&A

Conor Schmidt (son of The Times sports writer Alyson Rudd) on a rare Brede at Fulham and pouring brandy down a diner’s cleavage

Tell us a little about yourself...age, school, favourite and least favourite subjects?
I am 14 and I go to Hampton school. My favourite subject is Spanish and my least favourite is geography.

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FWA Q&A: THE SECRET FOOTBALL WRITER



THE SECRET FOOTBALL WRITER on ZZ tops...an offal meal in Bordeaux...and expensive Russian wives

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Stacking shelves at Sainsbury's helped to pay my way through school and university - a remarkably unremarkable job only made bearable by the freely available freshly squeezed orange juice in the chillers out the back which got many of us through the 7am Saturday/Sunday starts. Ownership of the reduction labels for soon to be out of date produce also provided family and friends with some amazing bargains.

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FWA Q&A: GRAHAM NICKLESS

GRAHAM NICKLESS on why he likes Friday...not being hot stuff in Dijon...and getting shirty about numbers

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
My first full-time job after school was working in London as an insurance clerk.

Most memorable match?
Watching England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley to win the World Cup on my family’s black-and-white TV alongside my late dad, Fred, in 1966.

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FWA Q&A: JOHN LEY

JOHN LEY of the Daily Telegraph on a numb right arm..a Faroe time eating puffin....and missing out on the world’s largest brandy


Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
No, apart from a paper round. I started in the profession at 15, while still at school, working part-time for the Hayters Sports Reporting Agency, plugging in telephones (the ones that weren’t mobile) and reading copy over for journalists to copy-takers. Although now as a production journalist at the Telegraph, I handle all sports.

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FWA Q&A: Jacqui Oatley

JACQUI OATLEY of BBC Radio 5 Live on when she made Wenger lose the will to live...laughing at a guest’s name...and cold cabbage in Donetsk

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Yes, I accidentally fell into intellectual property. I did a German degree before travelling round the world for a year, expecting to know what I wanted to do by the end of it. But I still had no idea. I didn't realise that a career in football was a realistic option. I moved to London and, via a language agency, became sales and marketing manager ...

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FWA Q&A: BOB “the Cat” BEVAN MBE

BOB “the Cat” BEVAN MBE on a Shorthorn...fun with the Fire Brigade in Mauritius...and Duncan Edwards’ autograph

Have you ever worked in a profession other than after dinner speaking?
Trainee rep in a builder’s merchants in Shoreditch, East London, then sub-editor on Lloyd’s List and Shipping Gazette (world’s oldest daily newspaper) rising to Asst Chief Reporter by age 20, sold Kleen-e-zee Brushes round the doors part-time while at the List as we worked afternoons and evenings, Head of PR for Shorthorn Society and produced six editions of the Dairy Shorthorn Jounal (which I’ll show you if you’re not careful), Deputy ...

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FWA Q&A: Paul Lennon

Paul Lennon of the Irish Daily Star on a smelly Stafa...taking the Pierce...and why Jack is all right

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
In weekly newspapers, The Drogheda Local News and Meath Weekender in Navan, I covered news, features, music and many sports. While football featured prominently, so too did gaelic football and, to a lesser extent, hurling. When I began to work in Dublin, I initially combined football with the two gaelic codes.

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