2023 British Sports Journalism Awards

The great and good of the sports media industry were out in force for the 2023 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Lottery and Canon. The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge welcomed 700 guests and winners for the gala awards dinner, with Jim Rosenthal returning as master of ceremonies. Adam Crafton of The […]

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 […]

Missing pages deny Book his place in Manchester City’s illustrated history

Manchester City’s official illustrated history has been published to celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary but they seem to have missed out someone very important. Review by ERIC BROWN Alf Ramsey’s England were basking in world cup glory when Manchester City pulled off one of the most significant transfers in their history. Expectant fans awaited big […]

Mike Ingham MBE looks back at amazing career with a special mention for SJA Doug Gardner award

Mike Ingham, for many years the voice of football on BBC radio, has written his autobiography, reviewed by ANTON RIPPON. On 29 May 1985, Mike Ingham was preparing to commentate on the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Ingham and his BBC colleague Peter Jones were waiting to […]

The club that Jack built – how Blackburn won the title thanks to rich super fan

A new book which traces Jack Walker’s galvanising effect on modest second division outfit Blackburn Rovers in the early 1990s is reviewed by ERIC BROWN A young and inexperienced football reporter attending his first match at Ewood Park inquired where the managers could be interviewed afterwards. He was directed towards a terraced house opposite where, […]

Singing winger Grainger shared billing with the Beatles and played against Brazil

By Eric Brown Colin Grainger shared dressing rooms with Stanley Matthews and the Beatles, scored on his England debut against Brazil and counted film stars among his friends. He rose from being a £1-a-week garage mechanic to become one of the finest footballers in England and a highly rated crooner who appeared on stage and […]

Four decades on and Clive Allen still looking for answers to Arsenal transfer riddle

By ERIC BROWN It was, perhaps, football’s greatest mystery. Why did Arsenal make striker Clive Allen the first £1million teenager in English football only to sell him on 62 days later without playing a single competitive game for the club ? Arsenal paid Queens Park Rangers £1.25million for free-scoring Allen on 12 June 1980. The […]