Chairman’s messageDear Member,
I’d like to wish you a very happy 2018, and to pass on a few personal – and private - thoughts from the Football Writers’ Association chair.
We promised to increase the FWA’s size and diversity and, while the latter was always going to be the greater challenge, the growing influence of women is reflected in Vikki Orvice’s election as vice-chair and the lively committee presence of Carrie Brown. I would still like to improve the racial balance of the committee and hope that before the AGM in May we will do that.
Cliff Jones to join Pele celebrationsCliff Jones, the legendary former Tottenham, Swansea and Wales winger, will join us at the Savoy on Sunday to pay tribute to Pele.
Jones was in the Wales team beaten by Pele's goal as Brazil won 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, but the flying winger insists it would have been closer if the great John Charles had not missed the game through injury. He said: "I still say to this day if John had played in the quarter-final it could have been a different result because he would have caused Brazil problems they'd never faced before."
Gordon Banks to attend Pele celebrationThe Football Writers' Association is delighted to announce that World Cup winner Gordon Banks will be among our special guests when we honour Pele at the FWA Tribute night on London on January 21.
Banks will join us at the Savoy Hotel in London to pay tribute to Pele when the great Brazilian flies in to receive his lifetime achieve award from the FWA. The former Chesterfield, Leicester and Stoke goalkeeper played 73 times for England and was in goal when Sir Alf Ramsey's men beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final.