Coronavirus threat stops torch relay in Greece for first time since civil war in 1948

SJA committee member and sports historian PHILIP BARKER reports from Sparta where the Greek leg of the Olympic flame torch relay was cancelled because of “unexpectedly large crowds”. For weeks Olympic organisers have been fending questions about the potential impact of coronavirus and realised the symbolic importance of starting the relay. The huge crowds evidently […]

Ingham autobiography out in paperback – ‘for anyone who loves radio sport the way it should be done’

Mike Ingham’s acclaimed autobiography will be universally available at the end of March when it is released in paperback. Ingham, for many years the football voice of BBC Radio, wrote his life story in 2019 as a hardback limited edition. However, After Extra Time and Penalties…Memories of a BBC football correspondent, was so well-received Ingham […]

Pioneers of the polls: How British Sports Awards broke new ground

Voting is open for the 2019 SJA British Sports Awards, with members encouraged to cast their ballots for their Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team of the Year. In his latest column looking back at the history of the awards, PHILIP BARKER charts the emergence of new categories… It is fully 70 years since we first […]

Sixty years since SJA voted for the first sportswoman of the year

We are fast approaching the SJA British Sports Awards when members will vote for sportsman, sportswoman and sports team of the year. We were the first to recognise elite achievement in women’s sport and celebrate 60 years since naming a sportswoman of the year for the first time. PHILIP BARKER takes us down memory lane. […]

Happy 50th to the Football Year Book, the stats bible for the football fan

By PHILIP BARKER Every sports desk worthy of the name has, by now, found room for the 50th anniversary edition of the Football Yearbook. Around 1,000 pages of everything you want to know about the beautiful game, contained within that famous blue cover. To many it will always be ‘Rothmans’ even though Sky Sports took […]

Welcome to the first edition of Shoot: Gifts, features, and a call for a footballers’ beauty contest

Shoot Magazine was launched 50 years ago. PHILIP BARKER unearths his first edition and takes a trip down memory lane The new football season had just started. Every match kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday. Just like this year, Manchester City and Liverpool were among the goals. In 1969 they both scored four on […]

SJA 2019 British Sports Journalism awards welcome three new chairs of judges

The SJA 2019 British Sports Journalism Awards will have a different look this year. We are delighted that Faye Carruthers, Matthew Fearn and Colin Bateman have agreed to take over as chair of judges for broadcast, writing and photography. Freelance broadcaster Carruthers has been a member and supporter of the SJA for a number of […]

When 1969 FA Cup final turned into 40-man brawl between BBC and ITV crews

By PHILIP BARKER Manchester City are at Wembley for the FA Cup final this weekend, just as they were 50 years ago. The domestic showpiece is always keenly fought, except that in 1969 the rival television crews did the fighting. It was the last time that the Cup final was transmitted in black and white. In […]

Report a Cup final? No, you’re a woman – the amazing tale of Mary Raine in 1969

Mary Raine was a pioneering football journalist who made history by becoming the first woman to be heard on Sports Report. PHILIP BARKER tells her extraordinary story. Fifty years ago a football match report on a BBC Radio became national news in its own right. In the words of Peter Barnard, writing in Goal Magazine, it was […]