FWA Q&A: Dominic Fifield

Guardian football writer Dominic Fifield on ruining people’s holidays in France...Ashley Cole putting the boot in on lap-tops...and curry for breakfast

Your first ever job in journalism?
I had work experience on papers from the Yorkshire Post to the Croydon Advertiser, but the first proper job I was offered was a traineeship at the Guardian. Unless you count working for periods as a press officer at Crystal Palace Football Club, which was far more about dealing with journalists than actually being one.

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FWA Q&A: David Lacey

The Guardian’s David Lacey on newly-wed mothers-to-be...a horsey steak in Albania...and English hacks protesting in Sofia

Your first ever job in journalism?
Cub reporter on the Brighton Evening Argus. First assignment: Paying the managing editor's electricity bill.

Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?

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FWA: Q&A: Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor, chief football writer of the Guardian, on The Hairdryer...scoring for Manchester City...and staying in a brothel  

Your first ever newspaper?
Newark Advertiser. As Jasper Carrott said during his night at the Palace Theatre: 'The only town in the world that's an anagram of . . .'

Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?

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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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FWA Q&A: Joe Lovejoy

JOE LOVEJOY on drinking the profits, Dave Mackay’s key rings and the Alien in Georgia

Your first ever newspaper?
The Kentish Observer, Canterbury.

Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?
Yes. Ran a pub, briefly. No prizes for guessing where the profits went!

What was your finest achievement playing football?

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FWA Q&A: Matt Scott

The Guardian’s Digger and self-confessed Gooner on Sammy, Crossie, Steve McMahon’s finger and being Paolo Rossi in his garden

Your first ever newspaper?
The Daily Star. I was sent there to be Howard Wheatcroft's Gooner nemesis.

Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?
No: I came straight into it from university.

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