FWA AGM – September 21
The Annual General Meeting of the Football Writers’ Association will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 11am at the following address.
20 Devereux Court
London WC2R 3JJ
Press Box Confidential – Summer SpecialsWe are delighted to announce a new series of Press Box Confidential starting today, looking ahead to Euro 2020 by looking back on Euro 1992 with FWA members and former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Smith joining hosts Paul McCarthy and Des Kelly.
Keep coming back throughout the tournament for more summer specials, brought to you in association with our title sponsors William Hill. Listen on Apple, Spotify and here:
Press Box Confidential – Episode 6 out nowEpisode 6 of Press Box Confidential is out now. Paul McCarthy is joined by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail and ESPN's Mark Ogden to discuss Manchester City's title-winning drama in 2012. https://play.acast.com/s/press-box-confidential/6.welcometomanchester
We are delighted to be teaming up with our title sponsors William Hill again to produce a brand new podcast called Press Box Confidential, where two leading FWA members will join Paul McCarthy each week to discuss their first-hand experiences of some of the most memorable moments in football history.
Mental well-being advice for football writersPaul McCarthy, our Executive Secretary, has posted an important message on Twitter about mental health (below). The FWA and our chair Carrie Brown have worked hard with the FA, via their HEADS UP campaign, to develop a resource pack specifically for FWA members: https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/toolkit/mental-health-some-pointers-for-football-writers/
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.