Three regional football journalists join The Athletic

New digital sports subscription publishers The Athletic have added three leading regional paper writers to their expanding team.

Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce and Wolves reporter Tim Spiers have all announced their departures via social media. 

The Athletic, an American company which launched in 2016, plans to launch a UK edition in August and are recruiting 50-55 editorial staff.

Their site promises no advertising and no click bait and plans to charge £40 a year for access to exclusive, high-quality content. 

Hay, who has reported on Leeds for years, was shortlisted at the SJA British Sports Journalism awards in the regional writer category.


A spokesman for The Athletic told Hold The Front Page: “We are looking forward to launching The Athletic’s written, audio, and video journalism in the UK. This is the home of the world’s most popular football league, of a wealth of brilliant writers and of fans with an insatiable appetite for coverage of their teams.

“The Athletic is building a line-up of the most talented and connected football journalists and our ambitious plans include not only comprehensive coverage of every Premier League club, but also highly localised football reporting beyond the top flight. More details will be released as the new season approaches.”


US sports subscription publisher moves to UK