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SWANSEA HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT LAUDRUP’S SUCCESSORCHRIS WATHAN of the Western Mail says that planning ahead has been a significant part of the Capital One Cup finalists’ success
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
SOME CLUBS have found it difficult going on impossible to appoint – and keep - the right manager. Swansea City have made the task seem so easy you wonder why others have such problems.
FWA AGREES CHARITABLE LINK-UP WITH NATIONAL LITERACY ASSOCIATIONThe Football Writers’ Association is delighted to announce the National Literacy Association as its first charitable partner.
The FWA plans to work closely with the NLA on several projects over the next 12 months and will help to raise funds for the charity from events such as the Footballer of the Year Dinner in May and the successful Barclays FWA Live.
GERRARD NAMED AS FWA TRIBUTE HONOUREESteven Gerrard has been named as the honouree at the FWA Tribute Award this year, which takes place at the Savoy hotel in London.
The accolade is given out to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the national game and will be presented at the gala dinner on January 20.
Martin Lipton: My WeekBy MARTIN LIPTON
Chief Football writer
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.
Football Writers honour United duoWe are delighted to announce that Manchester United legends Paul Scholes and Gary Neville will be the first joint recipients of the Football Writers Association Tribute Award at a Gala Dinner at The Savoy, London, in January 2012.
The recently retired duo follow a long line of Old Trafford stars dating back to Sir Bobby Charlton in 1989 with Denis Law (1994), Sir Alex Ferguson (1996), George Best (2000), Bryan Robson (2006), Ryan Giggs (2007) and David Beckham (2008) all recipients of the prestigous award for their contribution to the game.
FWA Q&A: Christopher DaviesIn the first of our new ongoing feature, we speak to Christopher Davies of The People about life as a football writer...
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Bates re-elected for final yearFollowing the 2011 FWA Annual General Meeting held in London on Tuesday May 24th current National Chairman Steve Bates, who has held the post for the past three years, was unanimously re-elected to serve a final year in office.
The meeting also unanimously approved the appointment of Andy Dunn as Deputy Chairman. Andy will succeed Steve as Chairman of the FWA at the start of the 2012-13 season.
Staggered Parker collects FWA awardScott Parker admitted he was "staggered" to have collected the 2011 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Award.
In what was one of the closest contests of recent seasons, Parker topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham defender Gareth Bale.
The England international - who started his career at Charlton before spells with Chelsea and Newcastle ahead of joining the Irons in 2007 - was guest of honour as he collected the prestigious accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner at the Lancaster London Hotel on May 12.
Parker named Footballer of the YearWest Ham midfielder Scott Parker has been voted 2011 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.
In what was one of the closest contests of recent seasons, Parker topped the poll of journalists ahead of Tottenham defender Gareth Bale, who was last week named the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.