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Ivan Sharpe – the FWA’s Founding Father

 MIKE COLLETT, FWA member and resident historian, has done more than most to revive the name of Ivan Sharpe, one of our founding fathers, back to prominence in the History of the game. Now that the National Football Museum have taken over Ivan's personal collection of memorabilia from over 60 years as player and journalist, Ivan's remarkable story and lasting legacy to the beautiful game can be told.  This article by Mike first appeared in BackPass magazine. Our thanks For permission to reprint it:

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NICK SZCZEPANIK on a wee problem at Portsmouth...a chilly Big Apple reception For mustard...and feeling dicky in Bucharest

Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Quite a few, most recently arts publicity. Best football-related memory of that is spending a day while a Brighton Festival press officer with the late, great Brian Glover, Mr Sugden from Kes. And a Barnsley fan.

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History of the Football Writers’ Association Football of the Year Award

(Former recipients of the Footballer of the Year award join the 1997 winner, Gianfranco Zola, For the 50th Football Writers's Association Footballer of the Year Awards Dinner - Photo by Samantha Pearce/PA)

No History of the Football Writers’ Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year award would be complete without first understanding what the FWA is.


Jimmy Greaves 1940-2021

Jimmy Greaves, one of England's greatest-ever goalscorers, passed away today.  His record of 466 goals in 661 games will take some beating, and the Former Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham and England Forward was widely regarded as the deadliest finisher in the game.

For those of us lucky to see him play, and later work with him in his colourful media career afterwards, Jimmy was a delight, never to be Forgotten.  Norman Giller first met him as a teenage reporter when Jimmy was making a name For himself at Chelsea and the two Essex boys became friends For life.   Here is ...

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Student Football Writers of the Year awards – Ella Graunia Cook and Jacob Tanswell win

Congratulations to the winners of our inaugural Student Football Writers of the Year awards. Ella Graunia Cook has won the Vikki Orvice award and Jacob Tanswell has won the Hugh McIlvanney award – both were considered worthy winners by our judging panel, who were deluged with 536 entries to these first awards of their kind.

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Football Writers’ Association Student Football Writer of the Year Awards

As part of its long-term commitment to the next generation of football writers, this year the FWA is initiating a pair of exciting new awards. Named after two much missed greats of the trade, the Vikki Orvice Award and the Hugh McIlvanney Award are For the Student Football Writers of the Year and open to anyone who is currently engaged in full time education.

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Jack Rollin 1932-2021

Jack Rollin, a long-standing FWA member and dear friend and Former colleague, passed away in January. Below is a short obituary, and a tribute from his Former editor Ian Marshall.


Jack was a pioneer and leading light in the the world of football’s facts and figures and a wonderful raconteur of footballing anecdotes. He was always ready to help with requests from many quarters to check or research facts, long beFore the digital era when statistics became easily accessible.

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Harry De Cosemo – Dealing with disability in sports journalism

Disability Awareness Month runs until December 20, and Harry De Cosemo, an FWA member who covers football in the North East For publications including The Morning Star and Eurosport, explains the challenges - and rewards - of  his life as football journalist with Cerebral Palsy.

 Writing this article is going to be difficult. I know my disability better than anybody; it has been my constant companion and part of me For my entire life. Yet, off the top of my head, I can think of a number of people who can articulate its impact much better than I ever ...

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Press Box Confidential – Episode 6 out now

Episode 6 of Press Box Confidential is out now. Paul McCarthy is joined by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail and ESPN's Mark Ogden to discuss Manchester City's title-winning drama in 2012.

We are delighted to be teaming up with our title sponsors William Hill again to produce a brand new podcast called Press Box Confidential, where two leading FWA members will join Paul McCarthy each week to discuss their first-hand experiences of some of the most memorable moments in football History.

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