Remembering Tommy DochertyWe at the FWA were saddened by the news that Tommy Docherty had passed away on New Year's Eve. A fine player for Celtic, Preston, Arsenal and Chelsea, he then moved into management with the west London club and went on to manage a number of clubs including Rotherham, QPR, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Derby and Wolves, as well as Scotland, for whom he won 25 caps.
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/
Give Something Back – Dec 14-16A 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:
"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.
Jeff Farmer – Funeral detailsUpdate - 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
FWA student member lands dream job at FulhamFWA 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.
RALPH ELLIS – Funeral detailsRalph'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.
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.
Brian Scovell becomes 1st Life Vice-President
The Football Writers' Association is delighted to announce that Brian Scovell has been made the first Life Vice-President of the Association.
Brian, who was chairman in 1980, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the FWA as both a Life Member and the longest serving member of the National Committee.
FWA AGM – August 7thThe FWA's Annual General Meeting will be held next Tuesday August 7 at noon at the Old Bank of England on Fleet Street, London.
All FWA members are encouraged to attend. On the agenda will be finance, election of officers and the Chairman's report on the past year.
Please contact General Secretary Paul McCarthy if you need more information.
“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.