Louise Wanless RIPIt is with great sadness that we at the FWA learned this week that Louise Wanless had passed away at the age of 52. Louise was press officer at Middlesbrough and then Sunderland, but much more than that she was a much-loved friend and colleague for so many of our members, and a larger-than-life character in North East football. Colin Young, Chairman of the North East branch of the FWA, pays tribute to his friend here.
Jack Charlton by Colin Young
Colin Young got to know Jack Charlton well as a journalist covering North East football and also the Republic of Ireland. The two of them worked closely when Colin wrote "Jack Charlton - the Authorised Biography."
Here is Colin's tribute to his friend:
Very few men will unite Ireland, England and the rest of the United Kingdom in grief quite like Jack Charlton has this weekend.
“Special moment” as Steph Houghton collects FWA award
CHANGE OF DATE North East FWA Awards now February 23The FWA's North-East awards night has been put back to Sunday February 23rd at the Ramside Hall in Durham.
Originally scheduled for Feb 2, it has been put back to allow for the attendance of our winners.
It is the North East branch's showpiece event of the year, featuring the region's Player of the Year, Women's Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year and many other awards.
Shearer leads North East FWA award-winnersAlan 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.
FWA Q&A: PHILIP QUINNPHILIP QUINN, football correspondent of the Irish Daily Mail, on meeting himself...why a football writer was Man of the Match in Paris...and bunged up for a week at the Tour de France
Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
No. Signed on as a freelance aged 17 in 1979 with the Evening Herald armed with notebook, pen, wide-eyed wonder and, crucially, a copy of the Dublin bus timetables. Nearly 35 years on, the wonder has never left me.
TRAPPISH – THE LANGUAGE THAT IS MAKING LEGEND TRAPATTONI A FIGURE OF RIDICULECOLIN YOUNG of the Daily Mail explains the difficulties of working with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
IF THE football writers who cover England thought Fabio Capello was hard work, a few days with his fellow countryman Giovanni Trapattoni would have them yearning for the good old days under Don Fabio.
My Week: Colin YoungThe non-breakfasting Ireland correspondent of the Daily Mail takes us behind the scenes of the Republic’s qualification for Euro 2012...
Monday November 8
An international week with the Republic of Ireland always starts at Newcastle airport, followed by the joys of a certain low budget airline. Thankfully I always manage to fall asleep on planes as soon as they start to taxi, so I have no idea what all the fuss is about. Myself and my colleague Damian Spellman from the Press Association, another North East football hack, arrive in wind-swept Dublin after midday and head straight to the ...