Brian James RIPWe were saddened to hear of the death of Brian James, the former Mail and Sunday Times writer, who passed away last week at the age of 87. He was a former FWA member and one of the finest sportswriters of his generation. He was particularly well remembered for sticking to his prediction, against pressure from executives at the Mail, that England would win the World Cup in 1966.
Derek Hodgson rememberedDerek Hodgson, who passed away earlier this month, had many friends among the FWA, notably James Mossop, who was still meeting him and other former colleagues on a regular basis as part of the 'Ampersands' social group.
Jim spoke to the Sports Journalists' Association website last week: “I’m shocked and saddened to learn of his sudden death. I was drinking and dining with him and fellow old-timers only last Wednesday. At 87 he enjoyed a good innings.
Wakelet updateThe Football Writers' Association is happy to endorse a new digital platform, Wakelet, which enables members to collate their cuttings, posts and pictures in one place.
Gone are the days of cuttings books full of newspaper clippings slowly fading away. The new free service from Wakelet allows journalists to keep all their articles and posts in one place, and share a link to their collection with others.