Women in football journalism event

We are delighted to join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day by announcing that on the 9th April, the Football Writers’ Association and Snack Media will host an event dedicated to promoting and supporting female football writers and broadcasters.

The first FWA all-women panel will be populated by some of the most recognisable names within the football media world and are also fantastic role models for all aspiring writers and broadcasters – not just for women.

We believe that football is a game of opinions, and the greater the diversity of voices we hear in the sport the better our understanding of it will be.

This event, which seeks to encourage young women who aspire to a career in football media, will take place in Sway Bar, just off Covent Garden. Tickets are FREE but must be applied for through Eventbrite as places are limited.

The Football Writers’ Association Speakers’ Event last October featured Patrick Barclay, Paul McCarthy, John Cross, Raphael Honigstein and Joel Beya. That evening 80 young journalists attended and received advice on taking their first steps in the world of football media from some of the industry’s best-known figures.

April’s event is another chance for the Football Writers’ Association to continue its pledge to promote up and coming personalities within the sports media industry and broaden the voices speaking about football for the good of the sport.

Running Order:

Doors open: 18:00
Panel Starts: 18:30
Panel Ends: 19:45

Address:

Sway Bar
61-65 Great Queen St,
WC2B 5BZ

The event is part of a joint FWA/Snack Media initiative to attract a more diverse workforce to the sports media industry and will be followed by other campaigns, initiatives and recruitment drives in the coming months.

apply for tickets here: https://bit.ly/2H9tyZV

Shearer leads North East FWA award-winners

Alan Shearer led a glittering line-up at the North East FWA’s annual awards dinner, as the former Newcastle and England captain collected the region’s Personality of the Year award, in association with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Shearer was one of many famous football faces at the Ramside Hall, Durham, for another great evening that was superbly organised as ever by Colin Young, secretary of the North East branch of the FWA.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka collected the Player of the Year award, while Sunderland’s manager Jack Ross picked up the Young Player of the Year award on behalf of the club’s former striker Josh Maja.

Beth Hepple of Durham was voted Womens’ Player of the Year, and presentations were made to Stockton Town, South Shields and Marske United in recognition of their successes in non-league football last season.

There were also special awards for two people who have worked closely with the FWA over the years. Adrian Bevington, former head of communications for Middlesbrough and England who is now Boro’s head of recruitment, was presented with the Bob Cass award for his outstanding contribution to North East football.

And Louise Wanless, who also worked at Boro before becoming head of communications at Sunderland, won the John Fotheringham Award.

Steve Harper spoke wittily about his good friend Shearer, who then gave an insight to his life as a player turned pundit, in a Q and A session with BBC’s Ian Dennis who conducted his Master of Ceremonies duties with superb professionalism.

Shearer has raised over £11m for charities since retiring, and said he gets more satisfaction from his charity work than any of his many achievements on the pitch. The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, for whom Shearer is a patron, was also represented.

Other former players included Gary Pallister, Kevin Ball, Jim Montgomerie, Craig Hignett, Martin Gray and John Hendrie. The FWA National Committee was represented by former Chairman Steve Bates, Gerry Cox and Paul McCarthy, and the evening was supported superbly by our sponsors William Hill.

“This is always a special night, bringing together the region’s football family and celebrating the best of the game,” said Colin Young, who paid special tribute to the Ramside Hall for hosting the event.

“The focus is often on the Player of the Year awards and we were proud to honour both Martin Dubravka and Beth Hepple.

“However, it’s also very important that we recognise the significant contributions made by dedicated individuals within the game and the wider community, and we were grateful to have the opportunity to do that last night.”

 

Gareth Southgate to be honoured by the FWA

We at the Football Writers’ Association are delighted to announce that the recipient of our Tribute Evening at the Savoy in January will be Gareth Southgate.
Following discussions with Gareth, his team and the FA, we have decided against our traditional event. Unlike previous Tribute dinners, this one will not focus solely on Gareth’s career but on what he has created as England manager with a new style of leadership and culture which helped the squad to a World Cup semi-final this summer.
It will also be a celebration of the squad and staff as a whole and Gareth’s determination to bring the England team closer to both the supporters and the media, something which he achieved with spectacular effect during the summer and post-World Cup.
The speakers on the evening will reflect the significant change in culture and Gareth’s determination to build on the foundations in Russia as England prepare for fresh challenges.
The dinner will take place on Sunday January 20, 2019 at The Savoy and the ticket price has been held at £96 per person thanks to the generosity of our title sponsors, William Hill.
FWA members can purchase tickets individually or in tables of either 10 or 12, and we are able to take bookings for smaller groups of FWA members. Please let Paul McCarthy, FWA Executive Secretary, know your ticket requirements by email paul@maccamedia.co.uk
We look forward to an enjoyable night, which is one of the highlights our calendar.

Photos: Press Association Images

Games of Remembrance

The FWA is pleased to support two important Games of Remembrance on Thursday November 8 in Nottingham.  Representative teams from the Armed Forces of Great Britain and Germany will play two matches to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice.

The first game, between the women’s teams, is at Notts County’s Meadow Lane kicking off at 12 noon, and then the men’s teams will play at Forest’s City Ground at 7pm.  It is aimed at families especially and ticket packages are very reasonable – for details visit https://www.gamesofremembrance.com/

Guardiola to be honoured at Northern Managers Awards dinner

Pep Guardiola will lead the list of successful managers to be honoured by the Football Writers’ Association at the 38th Northern Managers’ Awards Dinner on Sunday November 4 in Manchester.

The Manchester City manager will be rewarded for leading his side to the Premier League title at our annual gathering in Manchester, which is always a star-studded event and will again be in association with FWA sponsors William Hill.

This year’s event, at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Peter Street, Manchester, will also honour other trophy-winning managers from the North, including Paul Cook of Wigan Athletic, Tony Mowbray of Blackburnm Rovers, Paul Warne of Rotherham United, John Coleman of Accrington Stanley, John Askey formerly of Macclesfield Town and Mickey Mellon of Tranmere Rovers.

As usual, there will be an array of stars from the world of football, and funds will be raised for a nominated children’s charity. BBC Radio’s Ian Dennis will be MC for the evening and also host the traditional quiz.

Tickets are £70 for FWA members and £75 for non-members, available by contacting FWA NW branch secretary Richard Bott on rbottmanc@aol.com Discounted rooms are available at the Radisson. Reception will start at 6.45 and dress code is lounge suit.

You can find out more details from FWA NprthWest branch chairman Andy Dunn, Paul Hetherington or Steve Bates.

More details to follow closer to the event.

Some clips here from last year’s event, when David Wagner was among the winners:

https://youtu.be/8GAa8MQSDUM

https://youtu.be/Sl1RPLvtjB0

https://youtu.be/mAnMsA8XAn8

FWA AGM – August 7th

The FWA’s Annual General Meeting will be held next Tuesday August 7 at noon at the Old Bank of England on Fleet Street, London.

All FWA members are encouraged to attend. On the agenda will be finance, election of officers and the Chairman’s report on the past year.

Please contact General Secretary Paul McCarthy if you need more information.

 

“The best World Cup of the lot”

The World Cup in Russia was a huge success on the pitch, and also a triumph off it, with excellent working facilities for journalists and an outstanding effort from the FA’s Media Operations team for those covering England.

In this audio podcast, Henry Winter of the Times, who has covered eight World Cups, and Gerry Cox of Hayters Teamwork, who has covered seven, discuss what it’s like to be part of the media at the biggest sporting event in the World, and how this summer’s version compares with previous ones.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-610769201/henry-winter-on-covering-the-world-cup-since-1990

FWA Live – Lampard and Scott on fine form

Our latest FWA Live was a great success, with England Legends Frank Lampard and Alex Scott joining Carrie Brown, Neil Ashton and Paul McCarthy on a panel to discuss the FA Cup final, World Cup and many other topics.

Supported by our title sponsors William Hill, it was held at the Landmark Hotel, London, on Thursday May 17 and covered a lot of ground.  Frank and Alex kindly donated their fees to charity. Frank donated his to the Matthew Harding Trust while Alex supported Millwall Lionesses, who are struggling to survive.

The panel was split 3-2 in Manchester United’s favour on the outcome of the FA Cup final, and Germany were most widely tipped to win the World Cup, with England expected to reach the quarter-finals according to our panellists.

The audience, which included a number of sports journalism students tutored by FWA member Brendan McLoughlin at the University of Gloucester, were able ask questions of Frank and Alex, who were happy to pose for photos and autographs afterwards.

There was also a good turnout from members of the FWA national committee.

Look out on the FWA YouTube channel for footage from the evening over the coming days.

https://www.youtube.com/user/fwaofficial/featured

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London.

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London.

(Left to right) Carrie Brown journalist, Frank Lampard former England international and Chelsea player, Paul McCarthy Executive Secretary of the FWA, Alex Scott former England international and Arsenal Ladies player and Neil Ashton journalist during the William Hill FWA Live event at the Landmark Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday May 17, 2018. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire