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: JEREMY CROSSJEREMY CROSS of the Daily Star on why Oakwell is flipping awful...a £40 mousse...and happy to have Pele put the boot in
Have you ever worked in a profession other than football?
Yes. I was a postman for a summer after completing my A levels. The 3am starts put me off for life!
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 ...
My Week: Ian DennisIAN DENNIS, senior football reporter for BBC Radio 5 Live, on purple paisley pyjamas...a race against time in Oxford...and snoring football writers
Monday May 21
A feeling of relief that the England media trip to Spain was cancelled. The prospect of another flight 24 hours after getting back from Munich was not one to relish. So it was off to Salford for a meeting with the head of radio sport and get my equipment repaired ready for the Euros.