FWA Q&A: ANDY DILLON

ANDY DILLON of The Sun on being Vince Champagne...his fear of Harry’s open car window...and a naked sauna with an unknown female...

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
I worked on a building site labouring as a teenager but got sacked after having a fight with the foreman. Construction's loss is football's gain I like to think. I have also had various jobs including filing the insides of the telescopic legs of fold up fishing chairs to make them fit and buttering bread at the Student Union while at University. I also made cash as a ...

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THE FAX BEHIND THE MOST SENSATIONAL TRANSFER IN BRITISH FOOTBALL

Football writers are reluctant to reveal their sources, but here JACK IRVINE tells the details behind the exclusive story of the ground-breaking transfer of former Celtic striker Mo Johnston to Rangers.

By JACK IRVINE

The Sun has been a potent force in Scottish journalism since its launch in 1987.

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FWA Q&A: TOM HOPKINSON

TOM HOPKINSON of the People on packing Hula Hoops and Hobs Nobs...the missing dentist’s chair...and no Kidding, looking like Ronaldo

Your first ever job in journalism?
I had three months on the Coalville, Ashby and Swadlincote Times but have always felt my first proper job was on the Romford Recorder. So many on Fleet Street got their breaks with the Recorder Series - it was and I'm sure still is a fantastic training ground - and I got mine when I replaced the man who replaced my People colleague, Dave Kidd. I'll be for ever grateful to Peter Butcher, our ...

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Brodkin the lone Guardian of the Sports Desk

BY CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

For Jon Brodkin, December 25 was just another working day on the Guardian sports desk. With one significant difference – he was the only member of the staff on duty along with colleague Penny Woods who was looking after the web site.

Yesterday was the first Boxing Day the Guardian had published during deputy news editor (sport) Brodkin’s time with the newspaper so a Christmas work rota had never been necessary.

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Barclay to leave The Times in January

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

Patrick Barclay is to leave the Times next month after two and a half years as the newspaper’s chief football commentator.

His departure is by mutual consent, a phrase that raises cynical eyebrows when related to a managerial exit but Barclay, one of the most experienced and respected football writers in what older hacks still call Fleet Street, insists it is true.

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Steve Tongue: My Week

Find out what The Independent on Sunday's Steve Tongue has been up to with the latest in our My Week series...

Friday November 4

To NUJ chapel meeting regarding the forthcoming merger of sports desks on the Independent, Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard. There have been times in the past 38 years when union subs have felt a luxury but the Indy chapel remains one of the best supported in what we used to call Fleet Street. Militant mood on hearing that there could be up to 20 redundancies overall, the feeling being that resources are already stretched ...

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Glenn Moore: My Week

Find out what The Independent's Glenn Moore has been up to with the latest in our My Week series...

Friday October 28
I'm normally in The Independent's Kensington office on Fridays, working on our Saturday sports supplement, but there's a change of schedule today. I'm up early to finish off a story about ‘The Four Year Plan’, a highly-revealing forthcoming film about QPR in the Briatore/Ecclestone era, then it's off to the fourth and final day taking the FA’s Youth Award, module 1, one of the new generation courses which focuses on ...

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Mike Collett: My Week


Find out what Reuters Soccer Editor Mike Collett has been up to with the latest in our My Week series...
Thursday Oct 20
The one thing certain about being a journalist is that no two weeks, no two days in fact, are ever the same. As the football editor of Reuters, the world’s largest international news agency, I tend to spend a fair amount of time travelling. This year alone I’ve been to Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, France….and Aldgate in east London where the Reuters sports desk is based. It so happens that writing the diary ...

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FWA Q&A: Philippe Auclair

In this week's FWA Q&A, we chat with Philippe Auclair of France Football about the Flintstones, Richard E Grant and having Thierry Henry's coathanger at home...

Your first ever newspaper?
France Football, as it happens, if it’s football we’re talking about. Otherwise, Le Courrier Cauchois, a minuscule weekly from my native Normandy, for which I wrote ‘colour pieces’ about local history while still at school.

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