As part of the FA’s 150th Anniversary celebrations, there will be an FA England Awards evening held at St George’s Park on Sunday, February 3 2013.

In memory of Brian Woolnough, the FA have initiated an award for outstanding journalism for those reporters who have covered England over the past 12 months.

To be known as the Brian Woolnough Tribute Award, it is open to all journalists, not just members of the Football Writers’ Association, and covers England match reports, comment, interviews and news stories throughout 2012.

The FWA has been asked to help collate entries on behalf of the FA. Entries will then go before an FA panel who will draw up a short-list with the winner being announced at the Awards evening in February.

It is fitting this award should be named in honour of Wooly. He had a real passion for the England team and spent many years covering successive England sides around the world and at major tournaments.

As FWA chairman, Andy Dunn, said: “Those of us who worked alongside Brian over the years knew what England meant to him. He took pride in covering the national team and craved success for it as much as any England player or manager.

“We’re delighted the FA have named a journalism award in his honour and I’m sure it will become as prestigious as any of the other industry awards for great writing and news coverage.”

The charitable partner for the FA England Awards is the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research, to mark 20 years since the World Cup-winning captain’s death.

To enter the Brian Woolnough Tribute Award, candidates should supply THREE articles published in 2012 in paper or on websites which they consider their best example of England coverage.

This can be a match report, a commentary piece, a column, an interview or news story, as long as its primary basis is England coverage.

Entries can be sent as either a PDF to or as hard copy to:

Football Writers‘ Association
56 Belvedere Gardens
Hampshire RG24 8GB

Closing date is Monday, December 31 2012 and a short-list will be announced by the middle of January.

Any queries, contact Paul McCarthy on 07831 650977 or

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