Taking Pride in my work: Football writing and being LGBT+
By Jon Holmes
I’d been a football writer for more than 13 years before I felt confident enough to write about someone in the game who I knew was, like me, a gay man.
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: http://www.backpassmagazine.co.uk/
The Vanarama Column – Eastleigh Football ClubThe Vanarama Column – Eastleigh Football Club, by Glenn Moore
When Eastleigh owner-chairman Stewart Donald quit the club to take over Sunderland in the summer Spitfires supporters could have been forgiven for fearing the future. The insurance tycoon had bankrolled their push to make the Football League, transforming the Silverlake Stadium in the process. However, ownership rules meant he would have to wind up his investment in the Vanarama National League club and non-League history is full of meteors who crashed to earth after a benefactor departed.