Footballer of the Year – voting now open
The Footballer of the Year awards have been delayed for obvious reasons, but voting is now open. Here is a letter to FWA members from our Executive Secretary Paul McCarthy:
"Firstly, I hope you are all as well as can be and coping with the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
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.
Steve Curry – more tributesTributes have been flowing for Steve Curry, our friend, colleague and former FWA Chairman, who has passed away after a short illness at the age of 76:
Norman Giller, his former Express colleague and friend, tweeted: “Reeling from news of Steve Curry’s passing. We were close colleagues at the Express. One of the best contacts men in the football reporting business and a great raconteur. We were together recently and I jokingly mocked him for being overweight. A good man.”
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.
FWA Live – Lampard and Scott on fine formOur latest FWA Live was a great success, with England Legends Frank Lampard and Alex Scott joining Carrie Brown, Neil Ashton and Paul McCarthy on a panel to discuss the FA Cup final, World Cup and many other topics.
Supported by our title sponsors William Hill, it was held at the Landmark Hotel, London, on Thursday May 17 and covered a lot of ground. Frank and Alex kindly donated their fees to charity. Frank donated his to the Matthew Harding Trust while Alex supported Millwall Lionesses, who are struggling to survive.
Footballer of the Year votingVoting has opened for Footballer of the Year, and all FWA members should by now have received an email with a code for online voting. If you have not received an email, however, or would like to register your vote by email, phone, text or post, please contact our executive secretary Paul McCarthy on email@example.com or 07831 650977 . Voting closes on midnight April 30th.
GERRARD IS LIVERPOOL’S GREATEST PLAYER EVER (and Luis Suarez is the best Stevie G has played with)By JIM VAN WIJK
Images courtesy of Action Images
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.
New Chairman and Executive SecretaryThe FWA is pleased to announce that Andy Dunn is the new Chairman of the Association and Paul McCarthy has become Executive Secretary.
Andy takes over from Steve Bates, who served four years as Chairman with distinction. Paul Hetherington stands down as executive secretary after two years' sterling service following the passing of Ken Montgomery.
The FWA Interview: Paul McCarthyBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
Paul McCarthy still misses the adrenaline rush on a Saturday night he experienced when he was sports editor of the News of the World. The 19-hour shift - he left home at 6.30 and returned at 01.30 – did not bother him. Quite the opposite, he loved it.
“The time flew by,” he said. “It was brilliant, especially during the football season. I miss that buzz. I guess it’s like a footballer missing the craic of the dressing-room, the excitement of working with a team of people you like and respect.”