St Mary’s report, July 2011

The Football Writers’ Association national committee is pleased report that following discussions with John Nagle at the Football League, Southampton have agreed to resume holding post-match conferences upstairs in their excellent former press room rather than in the players’ tunnel, which had become customary but unsatisfactory in the past few seasons. The club have also agreed to an FWA request that opposing managers are brought up separately rather than at the same time.

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Falmer Stadium Report, July 2011

Since leaving their beloved Goldstone Ground in 1997, Brighton and Hove Albion endured a nomadic existence, lodging first in Kent at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium until 1999 before calling the cramped Withdean “home” until this year.

For supporters and press alike, the wait for a purpose-built stadium has been interminable.

That wait ends on Saturday, August 6 when the Albion kick off the 2011-2012 campaign against Doncaster in their stunning £93 million new home at Falmer. The 22,376 capacity Amex Stadium boasts state of the art press facilities, as FWA national commitee members Brian Scovell and Tony Hudd discovered on a ...

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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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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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