“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.
“Can you do 30 seconds, Mike?”Henry Winter, Football Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, looks back on the career of BBC chief football correspondent Mike Ingham, who retired after the World Cup.
Football hurtles back with indecent haste, but a friendly face - and familiar voice - will be absent from the Press room for the first time in 30 years.
“IT WAS A MIX OF ANGER, DEFIANCE AND CONFRONTATION” – Daniel Taylor of the Guardianfootballwriters.co.uk looks at the media coverage of Arsene Wenger’s most amazing press conference
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
TWO THINGS took the assembled football writers attending Arsene Wenger’s press conference on the eve of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich by surprise. Firstly, that a manager known for being so helpful to the media suddenly turned on the French equivalent of the hair-dryer and secondly, that a story about him being offered a new two-year deal upset him so much.
GERRARD IS LIVERPOOL’S GREATEST PLAYER EVER (and Luis Suarez is the best Stevie G has played with)By JIM VAN WIJK
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Steve Gerrard felt "humbled" to be honoured as the recipient of the 2013 Football Writers' Association’s award at a gala tribute dinner in London's Savoy Hotel on Sunday January 20.
THE SAVOY SHOW GOES ON THANKS TO A DEGREE IN APPLIED STATISTICSBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
FOOTBALL WRITERS are used to working to deadlines. However many words may be needed for the match report, whatever the deadline...even if the WiFi goes down or the lap-top waves its ignominious magic wand and makes the copy disappear into the ether...words will be filed on time. Somehow.
FWA Q&A: RORY SMITHRORY SMITH of The Times on being mistaken for a drugs trafficker in Chile...why Ian Herbert grew a beard in 17 minutes...and Joycey’s two-foot long loaf
Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?
Regulars at several pubs in west Yorkshire will bear witness to the fact that I’m a better barman than a journalist. I was a Christmas card salesman for a while, too – in an office, not door-to-door, like some sort of festive tinker – but the best job I ever had was with a landscape gardener. My boss was a raging alcoholic. We’d do ...
WORLD UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP SHOULD BE THE PATH TO OLYMPIC GOLDHenry Winter has enjoyed covering the “easy” Olympic Games but for the future participation of Team GB the format must be changed
IN EVERY sense the cheery goodbye by a policeman was unexpected as Henry Winter left the City of Coventry stadium after Great Britain’s women had been knocked out of the London 2012 Olympic Games football tournament by Canada.