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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/



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Give Something Back – Dec 14-16

A reminder that this weekend we are hoping to Give Something Back in press boxes throughout the country. The FWA is teaming up with clubs and charities for the homeless and hungry.  Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy explains below:

"Dear Member,

"Those of you who cover Premier League football will have benefitted hugely from the generosity of the pre-match food and drink on offer. As a way of saying a small 'thank you' and especially in the build-up to Christmas, the FWA are attempting to put a little back.

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Jeff Farmer – Funeral details

Update - Jeff Farmer's funeral details

Here are details for the funeral of our friend and colleague Jeff Farmer, who passed away last week.


Funeral: Monday November 5 at 12.30
Streetly Crematorium, 296 Little Hardwick Road, Straitly WS9 0SG



Reception at Moor Hall Golf Club, Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield,B75 6LN.

Jeff's family have requested no flowers please, but welcome donations to Marie Curie.org.uk 

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FWA student member lands dream job at Fulham

FWA Student member's remarkable story - by Brendan McLoughlin

Adam Micklewright, an FWA student member, has landed his dream job at Fulham – less than a year after being in a coma fighting for his life.

The University of Gloucestershire BA Sports Journalism graduate recently landed the role of academy communications executive with the Cottagers - just weeks after securing a first-class degree on his course.

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RALPH ELLIS – Funeral details

Ralph's family have sent their thanks for the many tributes and messages that have appeared in the days since his passing last weekend.

They have asked us to notify friends and colleagues that his funeral will be on Monday October 15 at Weston Super Mare Crematorium at 1.30pm

Afterwards at The Nut Tree pub in Worle.

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Ralph Ellis RIP

We at the FWA are heartbroken to hear the news that our dear friend Ralph Ellis passed away this weekend.


Ralph, who was a hardworking member of the FWA's National Committee, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year at the age of 60. In typical style, Ralph battled the illness with determination, optimism and good humour, and only three months ago he cycled to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.



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“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.

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Salah and Kirby collect FWA awards

Mo Salah of Liverpool and Fran Kirby of Chelsea Ladies collected their Footballer and Womens Footballer of the Year awards at the Football Writes' Association's annual dinner in London on Thursday May 10.

Both stars were enormously popular winners and gave thanked the FWA and their football colleagues in their speeches. Both had other commitments in their busy schedules - Kirby left later in the evening to attend Chelsea's awards night, while Salah flew in by private jet from Liverpool's own awards event.

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