‘Hillsborough fills me with anger even now’

Six years before England last won the World Cup, James Lawton was beginning his reporting career at The Flintshire Leader. The 16-year-old Lawton covered all the council and court stories before being made sports editor, in addition to his usual reporting duties.

Some 46 years later, Lawton was being lauded by his peers as sports columnist of the year at the 2006 SJA Sports Journalism Awards, and all despite his avowed admiration for David Beckham.

Lawton’s career-long achievements were recognised in a lengthy interview by the trade magazine, the UK Press Gazette. Read the full article here.

Read more about the SJA Sports Journalism Awards here.