Kevin McCarra 1958-2020We at the FWA are saddened that our dear friend and colleague Kevin McCarra has passed away at the age of 62. Kevin was a much-loved member, friend and colleague. His good friend Philippe Auclair has written this tribute to the former Guardian football correspondent.
"There are few things which are harder to write than a tribute to a friend who has just died. I knew Kevin was desperately ill, but somehow hoped against hope that he'd pull through one more time. Then the phone rang late on Saturday night, and as soon as I saw who was calling, I ...
Important news for the self-employedAlison Mitchell, Chair of the Cricket Writers' Club, with some important news for freelancers and self-employed journalists and broadcasters:
"The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has this evening announced a Self-Employed Income Support scheme to help the self-employed who need it most. The Sport Freelancer Collective welcomes this significant move. The scheme is not perfect however, in particular excluding anyone who only recently went self-employed, and not providing support for all who are affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Football Book of the Year longlist announcedThe 12 titles chosen by the FWA for the longlist of the Football Book of the Year award have been revealed. The FWA books committee has chosen the 12 titles below and congratulate the authors. They will be further reduced to a shortlist for the final award, which is due to be held at Lord's Cricket Ground in September, along with other Sports Books of the Year.
Sports Freelancers Collective latestIN these difficult times, the FWA has joined forces with the Sports Journalists' Association https://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/ and other bodies to support freelance journalists and related small businesses that are badly affected by the current shutdown in sport.
Philippe Auclair is overseeing things from the FWA's point of view and will post regularly here in order to keep you updated with what support there is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Memories of Vikki OrviceA star-studded gathering of the good and the great from sport and the media gathered at Lord's on November 13 to honour the legacy of Vikki Orvice and raise a six figure sum for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Over £103,000 was raised among an audience of 400 people who turned up to pay tribute to Vikki, who passed away last February. It was an emotional and moving evening, with tears and laughter in equal measure, superbly hosted by Jacqui Oatley, Vikki's friend and FWA committee member.
Vikki Orvice fundraising dinner
A gift to you from our birthday girl.
The FWA’s first female vice-chair, Vikki Orvice, should have celebrated her 57th birthday on Friday.
Sadly we can’t mark the occasion with Vikki this year as she passed away in February. Instead we will celebrate her life with a fundraising dinner on Wednesday (13th) for the The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
Philippe Auclair of France Football looks ahead to Arsenal v Bayern MunichPhilippe Auclair of France Football on the chances of "schizophrenic" Arsenal producing their best to topple European giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
WHEN THIERRY BECAME HENRYPHILIPPE AUCLAIR thinks Thierry Henry has a right to be considered France’s greatest footballer but in a ‘love letter’ he explains the character of the player changed...
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
IT IS sad that a player who gave Arsenal, English and French football such joy, so many moments of incredible skill, scoring breathtaking goals after a 60-yard lung-bursting run should be remembered as much for a handball (pedants will argue two handballs) as the pleasure he served up.
CONFESSIONS OF THE FOOTBALL WRITERSwww.footballwriters.co.uk is one year old next week. We take a look back at some of the revelations in the popular Q&A section.
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
THE IDEA was to learn more about the football writers who spend their lives searching for stories that players, clubs and administrators would rather not be made public.
FWA Q&A: Philippe AuclairIn this week's FWA Q&A, we chat with Philippe Auclair of France Football about the Flintstones, Richard E Grant and having Thierry Henry's coathanger at home...
Your first ever newspaper?
France Football, as it happens, if it’s football we’re talking about. Otherwise, Le Courrier Cauchois, a minuscule weekly from my native Normandy, for which I wrote ‘colour pieces’ about local history while still at school.