How well do you know your sports writers? Take a break from the Christmas festivities and test yourself with these teasers compiled by our resident blogger Roll In Manger aka NORMAN GILLER
There have been 19 winners of the SJA Sports Writer of the Year award since its inception in 1976. See how many of them you can identify from the anagrams and accompanying clues. Correctly identify 14 or more to prove you know the masters of our trade.
2. HAVE MY GIN LUNCH
The only sports writer to be voted Journalist of the Year. The Observer, Daily Express and Sunday Times have been among his parade of papers.
3. A TREKKING FAN
Former chief sports writer for The Guardian who had a spell in television as special features editor at Thames.
4. DRANK TAN OIL
Winner of the Sports Writer of the Year award in 1983, and for many years an outstanding observer of the tennis scene.
6. JELL OFF PEW
Sports Writer of the Year in 1985, and famously got the “Don Revie Deserts England” scoop.
7. TWO LANE JAMS
He has travelled the sports beat with the Express and Independent, and had a spell with the Vancouver Sun.
9. EVIL CALM CHINA
Voted Sports Writer of the Year when on the Daily Telegraph, he spent four years as the driving force of the English Institute of Sport
10. CRY RAT PACK BAIL
Dundee Football Club supporter and author of Anatomy of A Winner, who used to be chief football commentator at The Times.
12. LOBS ON ICING
Sports Writer of the Year in 1998, he later spread the message as spokesman for the FA, ECB and ICC.
13. CLINK THEM LIVE
Australian-born writer, equally at home reporting tennis or boxing for the Guardian and Observer.
15. LEAN ALE
He switched from Times cricket correspondent to writing with flair and authority about horse racing.
16. HE PENS ON JETS
The reporting of this Welshman’s view of England winning the World Cup in Australia in 2003 earned him many accolades.
18. MINUTE ALARMS
A multi-award winner who made a headline-hitting transfer from The Times to the Daily Mail in 2008.
19. CLOTHE THE AIRMAN
Times man who has been a winner on and off the cricket field.
I hope you all have a cheerful Christmas and a New Year of peace and prosperity (I have reached the old hack stage where I am more interested in posterity).
1. Ian Wooldridge; 2. Hugh McIlvanney; 3. Frank Keating; 4. Ronald Atkin; 5. Mike Langley; 6. Jeff Powell; 7. James Lawton; 8. Patrick Collins; 9. Michael Calvin; 10. Patrick Barclay; 11. Paul Hayward; 12. Colin Gibson; 13. Kevin Mitchell; 14. David Walsh; 15. Alan Lee; 16. Stephen Jones; 17. Duncan Mackay; 18. Martin Samuel; 19. Michael Atherton.
- Entry forms for the full range of professional categories at the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards – including regional sportswriter of the year, photography and cartoonists – can be downloaded here
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UPCOMING SJA EVENTS
Mon Mar 24: SJA British Sports Journalism Awards, Grand Connaught Rooms, London
Mon Apr 14: SJA Spring Golf Day: Croham Hurst GC, Surrey. Booking details to be announced