Dave Smith – funeral details

England press teamDave Smith (centre, with ball) in 1992 at Euro 92 Sweden

The funeral of Dave Smith, former Shoot editor who passed away recently, will be on October 4 in Peterborough.

Dave passed away at the age of 56 after a short illness. His son Joshua said:

“Dad’s funeral will be held at Peterborough Crematorium, PE6 7JE at 1pm on Wednesday 4th October, with the wake at The Harrier, Gunthorpe Rd, Peterborough, PE4 7DS.

‘Flowers may be sent to the chapel of rest, Co-operative Funeral Care, Fitzwilliam Street, Peterborough, PE1 2RX. Donations in lieu if desired may be made at the service for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

“Please feel free to wear colours or football shirts!  All welcome!”

Dave was a hugely popular character during his 30 years or so as a football writer, starting at the Spalding Guardian before going to Match magazine and then Shoot, where he became editor in its heyday of the early 1990s.

After leaving Shoot in 1997, he was as launch editor of Football 365, and then the Premier League’s original website and latterly the PFA’s website, as well as freelancing for the Sunday Mirror.

Dave had an amazing contacts book from his days as editor of the UK’s leading football magazine, and he helped a number of players with their autobiographies.

He was also tremendous fun, as anyone who covered the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and 1992 European Championship can testify. Rob Shepherd said: “While he was a top guy, he was also a bloody good football journalist who had great contacts and knew the game.”

Dave had been on Derby County’s books as a teenager and was regularly man of the match in England’s media games, even when the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Trevor Brooking and Jean Tigana were playing. He once spent a week training at Fulham for a feature, and although the players treated him with derision on the first day, by the end of the week he had won them over and they were urging him to turn professional!

Adrian Curtis, who worked with him at both Match and Shoot, said: I only ever had good times with Dave and I cannot recall him ever losing his temper. Our friendship was a solid one and he would do anything for his mates.”

Lawrie Madden the former Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday defender who became a journalist and broadcaster, added: “I met Dave when he was at the PFA and he was always friendly and gave me a great deal of help and advice when I was starting in journalism.”

Dave is survived by his wife Carole and sons Josh and Ben, who have set up a Facebook page for friends and colleagues to post pictures and tributes here: http://bit.ly/2vXWDhQ

Funeral details to follow…

England press team

Northern Managers’ Awards evening – tickets on sale now

37th Northern Managers Awards Dinner, in conjunction with sponsors William Hill  will be held at the RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN HOTEL, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP . on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26th 2017

Reception: 6.45pm for 7.30pm Dress Code: Lounge Suit

* TICKETS can be ordered from committee members Paul Hetherington, Dick Bott or Steve Bates, at the same price as last year: £65 FWA Members, £70 Non-members and Guests. Book now for Tables of 10/11, smaller groups or individuals. The discounted room rate at the RADISSON BLU, which is available for a limited time only, is £120 inc. Breakfast & VAT (for SINGLE or TWIN occupancy). Ring 0161 835 9929 and press Option 1 for Reservations and quote 03 12 FWA.

* This year’s award winning managers are: JOSE MOURINHO (Manchester United), RAFA BENITEZ (Newcastle United), DAVID WAGNER (Huddersfield Town), CHRIS WILDER (Sheffield United), PHIL PARKINSON (Bolton Wanderers), DARREN FERGUSON (Doncaster Rovers), GARY BOWYER (Blackpool). Special Award winners: GARY MILLS (York City), GRAHAM FENTON and LEE PICTON (South Shields) , NICK CUSHING (Manchester City Women).

* This year’s designated Children’s Charity is THE SEASHELL TRUST

Menu, wine lists and other details will be forwarded nearer the date.

Richard Bott

(secretary FWA North)

FWA Live update – Les Ferdinand joins the panel

Les Ferdinand has joined the star-studded panel for our special FWA Live next Wednesday August 9th to raise funds for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Football Writers’ Association are hosting a charity evening to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and have pulled together some of the biggest names in the football and media world to preview the upcoming season. The BBC’s Jacqui Oatley will host the special panel event and panellists, include Gary Lineker, the FA’s Paul Elliot, The Times chief football writer, Henry Winter and now QPR Director of Football, Les Ferdinand.

All money raised will be donated to the London Fire Relief Fund which is organised by the British Red Cross and that total will be matched by the FWA’s title sponsors, William Hill.

Date: Wednesday August 9 Time: 7.00-10.00pm

Location: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT    Tickets are £25 (including free drinks and canapes) from:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fwa-live-season-preview-in-aid-of-the-london-fire-relief-fund-tickets-36538711269

For more information, contact Paul McCarthy
07831 650977 paul@maccamedia.co.uk

Wayne Rooney honoured to receive FWA Tribute


Wayne Rooney celebrated his record-breaking success in style when he was honoured at the FWA’s Tribute Evening.

Just 24 hours after becoming Manchester United’s leading goal-scorer, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record which had stood for more than four decades, Wayne was guest of honour at a glittering event at The Savoy.

In front of almost 400 guests, Wayne received his trophy from FWA chairman, Patrick Barclay, who described him as a ‘genuine role model’ and paid tribute to not only the United star’s goal-scoring prowess but also his selflessness.

Patrick was joined by former England manager, Roy Hodgson, who gave Wayne the captaincy and watched him mature both as a player and a man.

Hodgson said: “When I first met Wayne, I didn’t know what to expect but I met a man who just loved to play football. Whenever a young player came into the squad for the first time, it was Wayne who put an arm round his shoulder and made him feel welcome.”

Wayne’s former United team-mate, Darren Fletcher, joined in with the praise – and talked about the competitive streak which singled him out even as a teenager joining from Everton.

“He was absolutely driven from the first training session after joining United. There are so many qualities to him and that’s what has made him the leading scorer and most capped outfield player for England and now the greatest goal-scorer in Manchester United’s history.”

Patrick Barclay on Graham Taylor

From FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay:

To all football writers, Graham Taylor was a very special football manager, one of our own in the sense that he understood journalism from the early age due to the work of his dad. Some of us even had the pleasure of meeting Tom in his domain, the press boxes of Lincolnshire, and therefore we understood that parental influence had contributed to Graham’s wonderfully cheerful personality and unfailing good manners, both of which were exhibited in the face of adversity as well as the more convivial atmosphere of a pre-match cup of tea during his later life as an analyst.

Graham had a lovely sense of humour and a keen eye for pomposity in a pundit or even a fellow manager who seemed to be getting above himself. But everything he said was good-natured. He was a decent footballer and an exceptional manager and yet most of us will him as remember one of the game’s truly fine men. Our sympathies are with his family and friends.

Wayne Rooney to be honoured by FWA

Wayne Rooney will be honoured for his services to English football by becoming the latest recipient of the Football Writers’ Association’s Tribute Award.Wayne Rooney-1

The England and Manchester United captain will receive his award at the FWA’s annual tribute dinner, to be held at the Savoy Hotel, London, in January 2017.

Rooney, who was voted Footballer of the Year by the FWA in 2010, joins a list of illustrious names who are previous recipients, including fellow former England captains Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and the greatest of them all Bobby Moore.


Patrick Vieira receives FWA Tribute


Patrick Vieira is the recipient of the FWA’s annual Tribute award.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder, who won the World Cup with France in 1998, was honoured at a glittering dinner on Sunday Jan 24th at the Savoy Hotel in London.
Vieira admitted he was “deeply honoured” by the award and spoke of his relationship with the media throughout his career, initially as a player and now a manager, as he begins a new role with New York City FC

See interview here


Brazil 2014 – a reporter’s guide to safety and security

Essential Do’s and Don’t’s For Reporters Going to Brazil

brazil2014(by Mike Collett, Reuters global football editor who has visited Brazil six times in three years)

There is no doubt Brazil is a beautiful country, but it is a country with a dark side. We all know it has wonderful beaches, samba music and a fantastic football tradition, but they will count for little if you are held up in broad daylight by some knife-wielding, wild-eyed scumbag lowlife demanding your wallet, mobile phone and laptop.

So to try and help you avoid becoming a victim while you are out there, I’ve put together a guide based on my own experiences with some tips that Reuters journalists have been asked to observe while in Brazil:

1) Most importantly do not resist a robbery attempt. Turn over your valuables quickly and without comment. To try to minimize becoming a target, do not  carry or wear valuable items that will attract the attention of thieves. Try to dress down in public and avoid using your phone while walking around in the streets. To minimize your chances of being attacked, please try and follow these tips too:

2) Keep your wits about you. Do not wander around listening to music through your headphones. Do not relax in the street. As Shaw Taylor used to say: “Keep ‘em peeled”

3) Be very careful when withdrawing money from ATM machines as debit card fraud is very common in Brazil at the moment. Avoid ATMs in the airports. Many airport ATMS have been tampered with because so many foreigners use them and often don’t realize until much later their cards have been copied etc.

4) Apart from when you are collecting your accreditation, you should not have to keep your passport on you all the time. Carry a copy instead and leave your passport in a hotel safe or other safe location.

5) Don’t carry around credit cards you don’t need or an excess of cash. Have enough to pay your way for a day and to satisfy a robber if you are held up, and keep the rest somewhere safe. In fact keep a “second wallet” with just cash in it. Leave your main wallet in your hotel safe.

6) Be alert if you go out at night. Maintain control of personal effects like phones and bags in bars and restaurants. Try not to get too drunk !

7) Keep to the main roads: Wealth and poverty are intermingled in Brazil where some of the most dangerous slums are next to the most expensive apartment blocks, and taking a wrong turn can get you into trouble.

8) Try to take taxis from your hotel or from a taxi stand if you need one. Take official taxis at airports.

9) Be wary of pickpockets working a crowd or on public transport.

10) Try not to drive at night, especially long distances. Avoid driving on your own.

11) Don’t open your hotel room door until you positively confirm who is on the other side. Regarding hotels: you can ask whom you like back to your room, and without being silly or sexist about it watch out for this scam. You may meet a very attractive person and invite her back to your room. What you don’t know is that she is working in league with a gang, texts your room number to her accomplices downstairs and she lets them in  to your room, so you end up with rather more than you bargained for.

12) Do not walk on beaches or in parks after dark.

13) Be careful about using public wifi. Brazil has the world’s second highest incidence of online banking fraud.

14) Do not use a laptop, iPad or iPhone in the back of a taxi as thieves on motorbikes habitually weave through traffic jams looking for robbery opportunities.

15) Take care in stadiums and in press tribunes in stadiums and keep watch over your gear – especially in media work rooms.   Professional gangs may have managed to get accreditation or stadium passes, as they have succeeded at doing in many international sporting competitions in Latin America in the past few years. BE VERY ALERT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF THEFT IN STADIUM – IT IS A MAJOR PROBLEM in LATIN AMERICA.

Bear in mind that although we will be in Brazil in June and July, it is the Southern Hemisphere winter and with Brazil being so close to the equator, it gets dark very early in the evening, around 6pm in Rio …. and that makes for a very long , dark evening and night. It takes a bit of getting used to. It can be very sunny and warm with the sun high in the sky around 5.15pm or so, but gets dark and can get  very   chilly very quickly, so if you are going to be out late afternoon and into the evening, make sure you take some warm clothing with you.