North East Legends to be honoured on Oct 10


BRYAN ROBSON and Peter Reid, two of England’s finest midfielders and later successful managers in the North East, will be presented with a Legend Awards by the North East Football Writers’ Association on October 10th at the Ramside Hall in Durham.

The inaugural award is in recognition of the contribution the two men made as managers in North East football, as they helped to put Middlesbrough and Sunderland on the football map in the formative years of the Premier League.

Two of their most famous former players from Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Kevin Phillips and Nigel Pearson, will also join in on the tribute night taking part in a Q&A session on stage with Simon Crabtree, one of the region’s most popular broadcasters

After his record-breaking playing career with WBA, Manchester United and England, Robson went on to become player-manager of Boro. He later signed Phillips when he was manager of West Brom, his first club.

Phillips made his name at Sunderland when he was signed by Reid, the former Bolton and Everton midfielder, in 1997, scoring 130 goals in 235 games.

Pearson was Robbo’s captain at Middlesbrough after joining the club when they were still at Ayresome Park, and captained Boro to two promotions to the Premier League and in their first FA Cup Final and League Cup Final appearances at Wembley before his retirement in 1998. He later went on to success as manager of Leicester City.

Tickets are £45 for the R&R Reid and Robson North East Legends Award Night at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa on Thursday October 10 and £400 for a table of ten.

Contact Claire Stephen on 0191 375 3080 or

Also, Colin Young, NEFWA secretary via

The event is supported by William Hill, title sponsors of the FWA.

Vikki Orvice Celebration – Nov 13 at Lord’s

We are pleased to announce a special evening to celebrate the life of our dear friend and FWA vice chair Vikki Orvice, and would like to invite you to buy tickets for this star-studded event, on Wednesday November 13th 2019 at Lord’s Cricket Ground in the Nursery Pavilion. 
Vikki sadly died of cancer in February after several years of treatment. We plan to spend the evening remembering the highlights of Vikki’s working life as a trailblazing sports journalist, while raising vital funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, via auction and raffle. Many fantastic prizes have already been pledged. 
Vikki was the first female vice-chair of the FWA and a significant influence on our organisation over many years. She was a driving force for the changing face of the association in terms of inclusivity and we owe much to her pioneering spiritThis is your chance to pay your respects to Vikki while enjoying an evening of laughter and entertainment amongst colleagues and sportspeople.
Please click on the link below to buy your tickets for a three course meal with wine. You have the option to buy tickets on an individual basis or a table of 10. Sponsorship and corporate packages are also on sale directly via the link.
Join us to celebrate the life of our beloved Vikki Orvice, a founding member of Women in Football, Sun sportswriter and vice-chair of the Football Writers’ Association. Vikki was a trailblazer for female journalists and a great friend to all who knew her. Every penny raised will support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. 
For any queries, please contact the Royal Marsden’s special events manager, Emma Payne, on or 020 7811 8021.
We very much hope to see you at Lord’s on November 13th.

FWA Vanarama Golf Day – Oct 7th

FWA and Vanarama team up again for annual Golf Day at Stoke Park, October 7

We are delighted to announce that Vanarama, the vehicle leasing company, are continuing their sponsorship of the FWA Golf Day, which will again be held this year at the magnificent Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire on Monday October 7th.
The day will follow the same format as previous years, with bacon butties and coffee on arrival from 9.30am, and tee-times on the first and tenth from 10.40am until noon. The format again is stableford fourballs off ¾ handicap, with the best two scores on each hole counting for the team prize. There is also an individual competition for FWA members only, who will compete for the Joe Melling trophy, in honour of our former Chairman.  There will be a prize-giving dinner starting at around 5.30pm.
Places are limited, so if you wish either to enter a team, bring a guest or play as an individual please e-mail  to register your interest. Please include details of handicaps for you and guests, and any special dietary requirements.

Once again we will be supporting Prostate Cancer UK in honour of our former colleague and friend Ralph Ellis, who organised the Golf Day until his untimely passing last year.

Ralph will be in our thoughts as we enjoy one of the best days in the FWA’s social calendar.



PEP GUARDIOLA and JURGEN KLOPP will be the star names at the FWA’s 39th Northern Managers Awards dinner, on Sunday November 24th in Manchester.

Guardiola led Manchester City to an unprecedented treble last season, retaining their Premier League title and adding the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Klopp took Liverpool one better than last season, beating Spurs to win the Champions League and challenging City all the way in the league.

Chris Wilder is among a host of other successful managers honoured for winning promotion with Sheffield United.

The full list of winners is:

JURGEN KLOPP (Liverpool)

PEP GUARDIOLA (Manchester City)

CHRIS WILDER (Sheffield United)



MICKY MELLON (Tranmere Rovers)



BARRY LEWTAS (Liverpool Under 18’s)

NICK CUSHING (Manchester City Women).

Each of our winners will be presented with an inscribed crystal glass award and the function will be compered by BBC Radio presenter Ian Dennis. The evening will be enhanced by the traditional video tribute to the successful managers and the annual quiz. Details of the menu, vegetarian options and the wine list will be published at a later date.

Tickets can be ordered from the secretary Richard Bott ( at the same price as last year: £70 FWA members, £75 Non-members or guests. Book now: Tables of 10/11, smaller groups or individuals. Reception: 6.45 for 7.30pm. Dress code: Lounge Suits

Venue is the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester (formerly the FreeTrade Hall) and room rate for our members and guests is £130 inc Breakfast & VAT (for a single room) or £148 inc Breakfast & VAT (for twin or double) Rate available for a limited time only.

Ring 0161 835 9929, Press Option 1 for Reservations and quote 1124FOOT

You can see highlights of last year’s events here:

Racism, club ownership and City to retain their title – FWA Live

Our latest FWA LIve event at the Landmark London on August 6 was a huge success, with a wide range of topics discussed by our panel in front of a packed house.

Chris Hughton, Simon Jordan and Teddy Sheringham were our special guests from the world of football, and joined FWA Chair Carrie Brown and Times football correspondent Henry Winter on a panel hosted by Gerry Cox, former Chairman of the FWA.

The first 45 minutes involved a panel discussion on the likely winners of this season’s Premier League (Manchester City were overwhelming favourites), transfer dealings this summer, the fates of the newly-promoted clubs and how Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will fare.

After a short break, panellists took questions from the 100 or so guests, resulting in lively and revelatory discussions about racism, club ownership, the difficulties of management and more.

The event was streamed live on Facebook thanks to our title sponsors William Hill, and you can see the first 45 minutes on the FWA’s Facebook page here:

And a substantial sum was raised for our charity Alzheimer’s Society.  See the great work they are doing on research into a disease that increasingly affects not only football but society as a whole

(Left to right) Gerry Cox Former Chairman of FWA/Hayters TV, Chris Hughton Former Brighton Manager, Simon Jordan Former Crystal Palace Owner & Broadcaster, Teddy Sheringham, Carrie Brown FWA Chair and Henry Winter  of The Times.

Simon Jordan, Former Crystal Palace Owner & Broadcaster, and Teddy Sheringham during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.

Carrie Brown- FWA Chair and Henry Winter of The Times during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.

Chris Hughton, Former Brighton Manager, during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.

General view during the FWA Live Season Preview at The Landmark Hotel, London.

FWA Live – Hughton, Sheringham and Jordan

We are delighted to announce a star-studded line-up for our latest edition of FWA Live, which will be at the Landmark Hotel, London on Tuesday August 6.  Chris Hughton, Teddy Sheringham and Simon Jordan will complete a panel including FWA Chair Carrie Brown and The Times Football Correspondent Henry Winter, with proceedings overseen by Gerry Cox.

Much-respected manager Hughton will be joined by former Spurs, Manchester United and England striker Sheringham, as well as Crystal Palace’s former owner Jordan, now a regular on TalkSport.  They will look back on the summer’s transfer activity and look forward to the new season, with previews and predictions about who will thrive, survive and win the big prizes in the Premier League and elsewhere.

The event is brought to you in conjunction with our headline sponsors William Hill and proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tickets are only £10 including a free drink, and can be ordered here:


Growing Women’s Football – Panel this Thursday 11th

50 per cent discount on tickets for FWA members.

Carrie Brown, FWA Chair, will be taking part this Thursday 11th July in a panel discussion about Growing Women’s Football following the successful World Cup in France this summer.

The event, hosted by Snack Media’s Digital Sport, will be held at the office of law firm Howard Kennedy, near London Bridge from 17.30 to 21.30 .

Tickets are available from the following link and there is a 50 percent discount for FWA members who enter the Promo code: FWA50

Tickets here:

Carrie is moderating a panel that also includes representatives from:

Twitter – Bruna Zanin-Juresic, Global Sports Partnerships
Visa – Adrian Farina, Head of Marketing, Europe
Engine Sport – Lisa Parfitt, Managing Director
Endeavor – Robin Clarke, SVP International

Wolves at the double in FWA Midlands awards

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association and FWA MIdlands branch chairman.

Nuno Espirito Santo and Raul Jimenez completed a Wolves double at the Football Writers’ Association Midlands awards.

Mexico international Jimenez won FWA Midlands Player of the Year while Wolves boss Nuno was named the Manager of the Year on Wednesday April 24.

Members voted for the pair after an impressive first season back in the Premier League for Wolves.

Wolves legend Steve Bull, the club’s record scorer and vice-president, collected the awards on behalf of the pair, who were preparing for their 3-1 win over Arsenal, at the event which was sponsored by law firm Stewarts, along with FWA official sponsor William Hill.

Jimenez, who became the club’s record buy when he turned his loan from Benfica into a permanent £32million transfer last month, has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season.

The striker has netted 12 times in the Premier League and has impressed with his work-rate and the speed with which he has adapted to English football.

Nuno has continued to build on the club’s Sky Bet Championship title win last season and victory over the Gunners put Wolves seventh. They also lost a thrilling FA Cup semi-final 3-2 after extra time to Watford earlier this month.

Wolves have set a new club record points total in the Premier League this season and could return to Europe for the first time since 1981 if they finish seventh and Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill, Burton boss Nigel Clough, West Brom interim manager Jimmy Shan and Birmingham boss Garry Monk all attended the lunch, at the Burlington Hotel in central Birmingham.

Ron Atkinson, Steve Froggatt, Kevin Phillips and Geoff Thomas were among other former managers and players in attendance.

A tribute was paid to former Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash in October. Sir Doug Ellis and FWA stalwart and ex-West Brom director Jeff Farmer were also remembered, after passing away in the last year.

A raffle for Prostate Cancer UK raised £660 in memory of former national committee member Ralph Ellis who sadly passed away last year. His widow Sue was one of our special guests.

Clubs donated signed memorabilia with the Football Association providing a signed Gareth Southgate England shirt and Leicester donating four hospitality tickets for a game next season.

It was also the first official function for Carrie Brown, our new Chairman, who was with former Chairman Paddy Barclay and Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy.  Jacqui Oatley and Nick Mashiter were also representing the National Committee in what was an undoubted success.

Thanks to Mark Radford photography for the pictures.


Pathway to sports journalism and broadcasting

‘The Football Writers’ Association Speakers Event 2019 – Pathway to sports journalism and broadcasting’ took place on April 9 at the Sway Bar in Central London.

Our panelists were interviewed by Snack Media after the event.

Jacqui Oatley, Sports Broadcaster for BBC & ITV

Anna Kessel, Women’s Sports Editor, The Telegraph

Natasha Henry, Freelance Sports Journalist

Vaishali Bhardwaj, Sports Reporter & Broadcaster for the Evening Standard

Alison Bender, Sports Broadcaster for ESPN, BBC & BT Sport

FWA AGM – Tuesday April 23

The Annual General Meeting of the Football Writers’ Association will be held at noon on Tuesday April 23 at The Old Bank of England, Fleet Street. 

 All National Committee members seeking re-election must attend or give a minimum 72 hours notice of apology.

All FWA members are welcome.  Please let Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy know if you wish to attend.