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5 Oct

McIlvanney in conversation, Kilmarnock, Oct 12

The majestic Hugh McIlvanney: a Scot who has long graced the pages of British newspapers

Hugh McIlvanney, the multiple winner of the SJA’s Sport Writer of the Year, is making a rare public appearance next week, in an interview with Graham Spiers held at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

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14 Sep

Community show wins Nockolds national radio prize


SJA associate member Ian Nockolds has won a gold award for Sports Show of the Year at the national Community Radio Awards for his work on Somer Valley FM

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30 Aug

Mail’s Townsend saddles up to raise £8,000 for charity

Daily Mail sports writer Marcus Townsend in action on Moon Trip at Windsor on Saturday. Picture by

At the age of 52, sports journalist Marcus Townsend, the Daily Mail’s racing correspondent, has ridden in his first horse race and raised £8,000 for charity

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24 Aug

Special reduced rates for members at SJA Golf Day


The 2016 SJA Autumn Golf Day, for the Phil Sheldon Trophy, is taking place at Muswell Hill Golf Club in north London, on Monday September 12

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26 Jul

Memorial service for Ray Ryan in Gateshead, Jul 29

Ray Ryan: old-school sports reporter who loved to get a story

Ryan spent much of his career working in the north-east, and Friday’s event is an opportunity for his many friends and colleagues to say a final farewell

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28 Jun

Curry innovator Peter Grove will be much missed

Peter Grove: varied life in journalism and events

Grove was unique among members of the SJA in being the author of a sci-fi novel and the founder of National Curry Week, a reflection of his work in the travel and hospitality media sector

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21 Jun

Funeral for Peter Corrigan, Penarth, June 29

The funeral for Peter Corrigan will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth

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17 Jun

Peter Corrigan, admired editor and columnist, has died

Peter Corrigan: much-admired, will be much-missed

He rose from fetching tea at the South Wales Echo to be lauded as one of Wales’s most revered sports journalists

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12 Jun

SJA member Rowley receives BEM in Birthday Honours

Patrick Rowley BEM

Pat Rowley, the veteran hockey writer, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced on Saturday

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9 May

University of Derby honours Rippon with degree

Booked out: Anton Rippon wonders if there's any future for mid-lost sports authors who generate book ideas about off-beat subjects

An SJA member has been awarded an honorary degree for “services to journalism and literary production”, and is to receive his award alongside a Hollywood actor and the owner of the football club he has supported since he was a boy

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