Simon Lillicrap

Simon Lillicrap is a Football League aficionado casting a keen eye over tennis, athletics and more. Having been at The Sportsman for three years and with a bank of experience from Opta, BBC and ITV, his ability to relate all sporting things back to a particular League One club is remarkable, if a little unnerving.

Jack Porter

Smug self-satisfaction at possibly being the only joint Altrincham F.C/ Olympique Lyonnais supporter in the world. Currently growing hair for as yet unknown political protest. Mancunian.

David Irwin

David Irwin is an Irish sports journalist. Currently based in Manchester. 

Jack Kitson

Offers opinion and analysis on a range of sports, including football, tennis and golf. Specialised subject = football managers. Prone to the odd 'S' adjective.

Mark Taylor

Manchester-based journalist with more than 20 years' experience in newsrooms as an editor, reporter, sub-editor, production editor and content manager.

Lover of rugby league and football as well as being a recovering sneaker and football shirt collector.


Chris Knight

Statto, cricket tragic, football fan, and also partial to a bit of golf, rugby and tennis.

Sean Raymond

A sports journalist who specialises in horse racing, football and boxing writing for various publications.

Steve Chambers

A sporting all-rounder, who loves everything from horse racing to football, and cricket to rugby league.  Victorious in the sports round on my only TV appearance on Eggheads!

John Davidson

John Davidson is an Australian freelance journalist. He has written for The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Inside Sport,, The Blizzard, Rugby World, The Sun, League Express, Rugby League World and The Worldgame, among others.

Chloe Beresford

Chloe Beresford is The Sportsman's Serie A football editor.

She supports Fiorentina and as well as writing for The Sportsman, contributes to Football Italia and Unusual Efforts. Chloe has been featured in Mundial magazine and on Guardian Sport and enjoys regular travel around Italy, taking in as many games on the peninsula as possible. 

Graham Ruthven

Graham Ruthven is a football writer working for the Guardian, Eurosport, Yahoo Sport and others. Glasgow-based, but with a soft spot for Spanish football. Still maintains Dennis Bergkamp didn't mean it.

Jason Pettigrove

European football journalist specialising in La Liga. Member of Sports Journalist’s Association, Football Writers’ Association and International Sports Press Association.

Greg Lea

Greg Lea is the editor of The Set Pieces and a freelance football writer based in London. He has had work published by FourFourTwo, The Guardian and ESPN.

Ross Heppenstall

Ross Heppenstall has written for every national newspaper in the UK for well over a decade and is a respected authority on football, rugby union and rugby league.

William Kedjanyi

William Kedjanyi is The Sportsman's Cycling Correspondent. A freelance Journalist who writes about a wide range of sports including cycling. A long time fan of the Tour De France, he adores a summit finish and lives for the climbs of the Grand Tours. He is also a time trial enthusiast who is writing about his fifth Tour - his favourite current rider is Nairo Quintana.

Gary Moss

Gary Moss is an active blogger on the snooker scene, following the sport since the late 1990s.

Matthew Crist

Matthew Crist has been following football for more than 30 years and writes about the history of the game, along with current issues and the latest major talking points

Russell Palmer

Ghosting in at the far post. Football, Golf and Racing, not necessarily in that order.

Andy Edgeworth

Andy Edgeworth is a journalist based in Manchester. He is a Manchester City fan with a love of all things Calcio.

Katherine Lucas

Freelance sports journalist specialising in football and cricket for various online publications. Spurs fan, no longer long-suffering. 

Tom Sanderson

Tom Sanderson mainly covers Brazilian football from São Paulo, Brazil and has been featured on Guardian Sport, These Football Times and World Football Index. His other sporting interests include boxing, MMA and cricket. 

Elliott Bretland

Elliott Bretland is The Sportsman’s Senior Staff Writer after previously working at the Daily Mail and for Onefootball.

Having lived in London and Berlin, he is now back in Liverpool but that doesn’t stop him travelling around Europe to watch football.

Sean Cole

Sean Cole has written for the Guardian, VICE Sports and When Saturday Comes amongst other places. He supports Birmingham City and once scored a hat-trick at St Andrew’s (in a half-time game).

Adam Digby

An Italian football writer for beIN SPORTS, FourFourTwo & Sport 360, Adam Digby is also the author of «Juventus: A History In Black & White».

James Stevens

James Stevens is a leading horse racing journalist contributing to Racing Plus, Racing Ahead and ITV. A football writer for Newport County AFC, he covered his side’s remarkable Great Escape from relegation. Still ecstatic after tipping Labaik at 50-1 at the Cheltenham Festival.



Patrick Boyland

Patrick is a freelance sports journalist who has written for The Liverpool Echo, The Guardian and the Blue Room on Everton FC. He has also worked as a staff writer for MARCA in English and Gazzetta dello Sport, where he focused on European football.

Kieran Spratt

Boxing aficionado and long-suffering Ipswich Town fan. Previous work includes Boxing News, SPORTbible and ODDSbible.

James Nalton

James Nalton is a sports journalist for the Morning Star newspaper, covering many sports but with a focus on football and rugby league. He is the founding editor of global football publication World Football Index, and covers world soccer through match reports, scouting, and by documenting tactical changes at club and international level.

Harry De Cosemo

A football journalist specialising in Newcastle United and European football for FourFourTwo, SportsKeeda, the Press Association and more

Robin Bairner

Robin Bairner has spent over 10 years reporting on European football and specialises in the French and Scottish games. He has attended two major tournaments for Goal and has been found in the likes of The Blizzard, The Guardian and When Saturday Comes.

Darren Russell

Darren Russell is a combat sports journalist based in the North West of England. He has attended events across the world ranging from the industry leader, UFC to regional shows such as Tanko. He is also a former football scout, working for Everton and Brentford.

Alex Keble

Alex is a freelance sports journalist based in London who writes for the likes of FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Blizzard, and BT Sport. He specialises in tactical analysis and all things Premier League.

Matt Ford

Matt Ford is a Cologne-based football journalist who specialises in German football and fan culture. He covers the Bundesliga for Deutsche Welle and others.

Anthony Eadson
Ben McAleer

Ben McAleer is's editorial officer and contributor to Sky Sports, Football.London and Unibet, among others. A pessimistic Spurs fan with a fondness for all things Luka Modric.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a journalist and author from Nottingham and is now based in London. He's a Notts County fan and passionate England national team supporter.

Matt Law

Matt Law is a freelance sports writer, who is currently the European Football Editor for Sports Mole, while he also contributes to FootballFanCast.

A Manchester United fan, he is one of the few people known to have travelled to Azerbaijan and scored at the Emirates Stadium in the space of a few months.

Matt also covered boxing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 European Games.

Jack Wynne

Jack Wynne is a freelance journalist who has a keen interest in a number of sports, including boxing, football, tennis, rugby league and snooker.

Paul Wilkes

Paul Wilkes is a Premier League and European Football Journalist, with a strong focus on Liverpool, Manchester United, La Liga and the Bundesliga. He writes for various outlets including FourFourTwo and Goal.

Dale O'Donnell

Dale O’Donnell is a freelance journalist and the editor of Stretty News. He contributes to the likes of Daily Mail, BBC and many others.

Liam Canning

Liam Canning is an NCTJ-qualified sports writer, focussing on football and tennis with a soft spot for rugby union.

Rebecca Knight

Long-suffering Chelsea fan with a soft spot for all things La Liga and Mourinho and a love of the beautiful game. Especially when we’re winning. One half of the weekly 'Did It Cross' podcast. It's what happens with a Chelsea fan marries a Liverpool fan - lots of debate.

Richard Hall

Italian Football writer and Milanese football expert who contributes to @BTSport @ESPNFC @Guardian_sport @FootballItalia @beINSPORTSUSA @SiriusXMFC and created @GentlemanUltra

Stephen Tudor

Stephen Tudor is a freelance football writer who regularly writes for FourFourTwo, Unibet, and others. He only knows slightly less about the beautiful game than you do. 

Edward Stratmann

Edward is a freelance football writer who writes regularly about the on-field aspects of the game, with a particular focus on tactics and analysis. In addition to featuring on Everton's Official Website, AS Roma’s Official Website, Wyscout, FourFourTwo, Squawka, Yahoo Sports UK and These Football Times amongst others, you can also find his work at Licence to Roam, a football blog I co-founded in 2013.

Kris Voakes

Kris has been Features Editor for The Sportsman since September 2019. He previously spent four years as Manchester United Correspondent for Goal, having also held roles as International Football Correspondent and Italian Football Editor with the same platform. He started his career as a daily show producer at talkSPORT and loves nothing more than picking fantasy sports teams comprised entirely of fellow red-heads.

Karl Matchett

European and MLS football journalist for Bleacher Report, ITV, and others.

Brian Strahan

Brian Strahan is a freelance sports journalist and author, based in Dublin. 

Ross Brown

Ross Brown is the chap in charge at The Sportsman. Previous roles include Editor-In-Chief of FHM, Shortlist Magazine and Time Out GCC, plus Senior Vice President of PMK*BNC London (clients included David Beckham’s HaigClub, American Express and American Airlines). 

Jordan Street

Lover of all sports, namely soccer and American football. Contributor on It’s Round and It’s White as well as others. Manchester United follower, owner of popular Red blog, Old Trafford Faithful. Tom Brady admirer.

Nick Dorrington

Nick Dorrington is a freelance journalist who specialises in South American football. His work has been published by the likes of ESPN, The Independent and When Saturday Comes

David Hughes

David Hughes is a freelance writer, Opta analyst, and lover of the nitty gritty lower leagues.

Stefan Bienkowski


Stefan Bienkowski is a sports writer who specialises in German football. As a passionate fan and critic of the Bundesliga and German national team, Stefan has corresponded on the league for the Washington Post, Guardian, Daily Mail, Independent, New York Times, BBC and Al Jazeera. 

Ben Darvill

English and creative writing graduate. Goalkeeper. Sports fan. Long suffering England football supporter.

Sam Ludbrook

Sam is a sports journalism graduate, who is currently freelancing at Manchester United for MUTV, doing work for their mobile and web app. He has written for the Manchester United website and matchday programme. 

Roy Brindley

Roy Brindley may be best known as a poker professional and SKY Sports commentator but he is also a sports journalist, former magazine editor and author. Formula 1, Greyhounds, Snooker and Darts are his areas of expertise where he also acts as a pundit and odds compiler for the gambling industry

Colin Hubbuck

The editor of the NFL International Series programmes since 2007, Colin Hubbuck has written about American sport for 24 years for the likes of Sport, Forever Sports, First Down, Slam Dunk, Time Out and ZOO Weekly.

Chris Ridgway

Stockport County fan, boxing enthusiast, radio pundit, distinctly average FIFA player. 

David Cartilidge

David Cartlidge is a Spanish football expert based in the country, covering all levels of the game from youth to international. You can find his work at beIN Sports, FourFourTwo and more.

Martin Laurence

Martin Laurence is a football writer and statistics analyst for A long-suffering Aston Villa fan, he has contributed to the club's official website and pens regular articles for The Guardian and Sky Football, amongst others.

Patrick Gleeson

Freelance journalist specialising in European football. Staff writer at Goal. Long-suffering Brighton fan with a new-found love for the Premier League.

Trevor Murray

Freelance sports journalist from Ireland whose work has been featured in Bleacher Report UK, Yahoo News, and others.

Adam Powers

Adam Powers is a sports journalism student at the University of Brighton. Previously featured on Mail Online and FourFourTwo. Always has time for a stat or pun.

Gary Quinn

Deputy Editor here at The Sportsman, former BBC producer and Daily Mirror executive, loves a good story.

Alex Turk

Alex is a freelance football writer who has had his writing published across many websites including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News.


Posts made by the TheSportsman system gives you live odds,results and goals throughout your favourite sport 24/7.

Mike Holden
Adam Hurrey

Adam Hurrey is a freelance football writer for ESPN and the Telegraph, among others, and the author of the book Football Clichés.

Gabriel Sutton

Gabriel Sutton is a Midlands-based football writer who specialises in the EFL. He writes for various websites including The Sack Race, Goal and WhoScored.

FPL Bottom Line

Fantasy Premier League 24/7. Anything I don't know about FPL isn't worth knowing. 

Here to give you tips, hints, and pointers to beat your mates.

Ed Needham

After more than 20 years experience editing some of the largest magazine brands in the world – including FHM in its heyday and Maxim when it was the world’s biggest men’s title – Ed Needham launched his own magazine, Strong Words, in February 2018. The magazine is a useful and entertaining guide to new books, with reviews, recommendations and profiles. Published nine times a year, Strong Words is aimed at people who buy books for pleasure and want to make sure their reading pounds are going on the right titles for them. For more, go to

Harry Kettle

Harry Kettle is a Wolves fan and general sports fanatic from Warwick. Big advocate of last minute drama

Daryl Carter

Horse racing journalist, race analyser and tipster.

Contributing to The Racing Paper and The Sportsman.

Convinced nobody can love Altior as much as me.

Callum Rice Coates

Callum Rice Coates is a writer for These Football Times. His work has also been featured on 90min, Yahoo Sport and Sports Illustrated. 

Marc Gatford

London-based boxing anorak.

Sam McGuire

Sam McGuire is a full-time football writer for Football Whispers and covers all things Liverpool related. He has also written for the likes of Sky Sports News, Yahoo, ESPN and the Liverpool Echo

Simon Harrison

Simon Harrison is a freelance football writer for Perform Group, FourFourTwo, WhoScored, Marca in English and others.

Adam Addicott

Adam Addicott he a freelance sports journalist from south west England. He is the editor of and has worked at multiple tennis tournaments in both Great Britain and Spain. His work has been featured on numerous websites such as Fansided and Newstalk.

Steven Allen

Resides in the sunny town of Wigan, life-long fan of Manchester United and Wigan Warriors.

Joseph Sexton

Joseph Sexton is a European football expert who specialises in the Spanish scene, while dipping his toes in South American stuff. He currently writes for numerous outlets including MARCA and the Irish Examiner, having previously worked for the Barcelona-based daily SPORT. He is also a regular contributor to TalkSport.

Kevin Stewart

Sports and entertainment writer who has produced content for the likes of FourFourTwo and Screen Rant. Avid, long-suffering Spurs fan, finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

Matthew Gault

Matt is a writer for These Football Times, Football Whispers, BBC and more. Also an unapologetic cinephile and long-time coffee snob.

Chris Weir

Chris Weir is a Senior Writer for These Football Times and has appeared on The Guardian and TalkSPORT. 

Adam Bourne

Manchester United fan. A freelance writer who loves writing about UFC and basically anything competitive. Successfully took Yeovil Town FC to a Champions League final on Football Manager. Lost on Penalties 

Rhiannon Garth Jones

A Burnley girl living in Copenhagen, Rhiannon has written for Rugby Pass and Last Word on Rugby among others.

Andrew Gibney

Andrew Gibney is a freelance journalist who has been watching French Football since 2005, living in Lille for a year to follow his adopted team. Since moving to Manchester, he has also enjoyed covering the FA Women’s Super League.

Frederick Clayton

Frederick Clayton is a British freelance journalist based in South America writing about South America. He has written for When Saturday Comes, These Football Times, Football.London and various Fantasy Football blogs. Currently in Bolivia.

Richard Jolly

Football journalist for The Sportsman, the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, FourFourTwo & the Blizzard.

Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is a sportswriter based in Co. Tipperary, Ireland – writing mostly about GAA, football, horse racing and US sport – and is the founder and editor of and

Connor Alonzi

Connor Alonzi is a journalism student and football writer. He is a Manchester United fan and Serie A enthusiast.

Peter O'Rourke

A freelance sports journalist for more than 20 years. A former Sky Sports and Press Association journalist. A keen interest in most sports and betting.

Joshua Law

Joshua Law is a São Paulo-based journalist, specialising in South American football, but also dabbling in the European game and keeping an eye on a variety of other sports. As well as The Sportsman, his work has been published in English and Portuguese on Yellow and Green Football, Forbes, The Guardian and UOL Esporte, among others.

Richard Smith

I'm pretty sure I'd have been a NFL quarterback had I been born in Preston, Mississippi and not Preston, Lancashire...

American Football, Baseball, Association Football and Racing. 

Mayur Joshi

Joshi is a qualified doctor and pharmaceutical physician with a research interest in nutrition, healthcare technology and sports science. He has written on a variety of aspects of sport, particularly football, and has worked with various multichannel media outlets, sports technology and nutrition companies. 

Josh Wright

Josh Wright is a statistics analyst covering European football for He also writes about boxing and golf. 

Steven Scragg

Senior writer for These Football Times, columnist for This Is Anfield, featured on Guardian Sport and contributor to the book We're Everywhere, Us. Nominated to the shortlist for Blogger of the Year at the 2017 Football Supporters' Federation Awards. Season ticket holder at Liverpool and a veteran of Istanbul. 

Tom Earnshaw

Tom Earnshaw is a journalist based in the North West of England. He is a reporter at the Lancashire Post with previous experience at the likes of the Wigan Observer and Liverpool Echo.

Robson Friend


A freelance sports writer based in London. Specialising in European football as well as basketball - following the NBA and BBL closely. 

Tom Victor

Tom Victor is a London-based journalist who has written for Shortlist, VICE Sports, The Set Pieces, Ginx TV and more. He writes mostly about sport, pop culture and poker.

Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a freelance football journalist for Tifo Football, Football Espana, These Football Times and podcaster for The Sports Social.

Defender of Sunday night La Liga games, and boring people with how Ireland are on the brink of being a brilliant side.

Ben Jefferies

Ben Jefferies is a freelance sports journalist who graduated from the University of the Arts London. Ben specialises in horse racing and has provided copy for the likes of Ladbrokes and Racing Social among others. Away from racing Ben is also a big football fan and supports Chelsea while he also enjoys the NFL where he follows the Green Bay Packers. Politologue and Finian's Oscar are his favourite horses in training.

Asif Norat

Asif Norat is a freelance football writer who focuses on European football, mainly on the Premier League and La Liga. You can find his work at Yahoo Sport, Sport360, AS Roma's official website and more.

Ian McCawley

Ian McCawley is a former football journalist and published author who now runs a PR consultancy. He covered Chester City for two seasons in the old Fourth Division and was occasionally drafted in to report on Bolton Wanderers, the team he still supports. He is also a keen Lancashire and England cricket fan.

Dane Hume
Colin Millar

Colin Millar is a European football writer, with a particular passion for Spanish and English football, alongside that in his native Northern Ireland. Based in Spain, he is Deputy Editor of Football Espana and writes for a number of publications including the Daily Mirror NI.

Alan Flood

Alan Flood is a freelance writer based in Dublin who has written for The Con and He's a Manchester United fan and has been ever since his older sister passed down an unwanted poster of Eric Cantona. 


Steven McQuillan
Kieran Spratt

Long-suffering Ipswich Town supporter and huge fan of The Sweet Science, boxing. Previous work includes Boxing News, SPORTbible, ODDSbible and erm... The Leek Post & Times. 

David Waterhouse
Kristan Heneage

Kristan Heneage is a freelance football writer specialising in European and North American football. He has written for a variety of publications including, the New York Times, Sky Sports, the Guardian and ESPN

Sam May

Sam has worked at Mail Sport, the Liverpool Echo and SABC Sport among others.

Sam Larner

Co-Host of Performance Analysis Podcast Running the Numbers. Writer at Planet Rugby and for the Rugby World Cup among others. Flag obsessive.

Tom Lee

After completing a decade as Channel 4 Racing's betting expert, Tom Lee now works in a variety of roles, including as a regular contributor to The Sportsman. He can also be found working as a presenter and pundit across a variety of tv channels, including Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, Manchester United's MUTV, plus specialist sport's betting channel Betfred TV. A home and away Manchester United fan who attends the majority of games, you're most likely to find him discussing horse racing, football and odds. Preferably over a cold glass of Coors Light.

Kevin McGuinness

Kevin McGuinness is a freelance sports journalist who specialises in German and Dutch football. You can find his work at Yahoo Sport, Sport360, AnfieldHQ and others. 

Harry Sidebotham

One of very few Macclesfield Town fans in this world. I will beat you on Fantasy Football.

Pete Marsden

A well known lover of Manchester City, an aficionado of all things lager related. Comfortable in front of a camera.

Robert Rees

Freelance rugby journalist with work published in The Rugby Paper, Telegraph and Western Mail among others. Senior Editor with Last Word on Rugby.

Josh Slinger

Freelance football writer for various websites and Manchester United season ticket holder. 

Howard Calvert

Howard Calvert is a freelance journalist who has written for publications including Runner's World, Trail Running, Women's Running, ShortList, The Telegraph and Red Bulletin.  

Mike Petch

Working as photographer for Stockport County Football Club, Mike has branched in to various sports including British Touring Cars, and the British Superbike Championship.

Regularly reporting on BSB and the BTCC, Mike can be found in the thick of the action the length and breadth of the UK, with overseas events seeing him as far afield as Europe and Dubai.

Brad Wharton

Brad Wharton is the long-standing play by play commentator for Europe's top mixed martial arts promotion, Cage Warriors. Part of the UK MMA landscape for many years, Brad has also commented for a number of other colourful combat sports organisations.

Nick Seddon
Lukáš Vráblik

Lukas Vrablik is a Slovak journalist from Slovak newspaper Denník N. He specialises in sports and music. He also writes for FourFourTwo, ESPN, Guardian, Independent, Blizzard or BBC.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee is a football writer, who has appeared on the likes of Vice Sports and Yahoo Sports.

Rik Sharma

Football journalist based in Spain, covering FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, general La Liga and more. Content producer for the Mirror, Goal, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, Reuters and Catalan daily newspaper Sport among others.

Gareth Bailey

Long term football writer, eager follower of UFC. Manchester City supporter. 

Charlie Zazeera

Charlie Zazzera

Lee Coan

Lee is a journalist and screenwriter.

He twice won BBC Writersroom (Scriptroom 4, and Comedy Room 2015). In June 2015 he won TriForce’s Writer Slam event with a comedy drama about a dying girl.

In 2016 he had projects in development with ITV Studios, BBC Drama, BBC Comedy, Bandit TV, and Green Door Pictures

In 2017 a short film he wrote as part of BBC Three’s “Five by Five” series will air. Idris Elba stars in the series alongside an array of exciting young talent. Set in London, the five standalone films feature chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception.

As an award winning journalist, he has written for ShortList, The Observer, NME, The Daily Telegraph, FHM and Rolling Stone, amongst many others.

Dave Hewitson

Dave Hewitson is the owner of Football Terrace Culture clothing label 80s Casuals and is a part-time writer with three books under his belt including 'The Liverpool Boys are in Town' and 'Places I Remember; Liverpool FC European Adventures as told by the Fans' 

Yes he supports Liverpool. 

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson started The Republik of Mancunia site in 2006 and has since written about Manchester United for a variety of outlets, including ESPN, The Mirror and FourFourTwo

Aanu Adeoye

Aanu Adeoye is a freelance writer covering African and European football, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, Yahoo Sport UK, Mundial Magazine.

Emmet Gates

Emmet Gates is a freelance football writer who writes for FourFourTwo, Football Italia, Tifo Football, The Set Pieces and others. He specialises in Italian football, is an avid classic football shirt collector and has a tendency to get sucked down a Juan Roman Riquelme-shaped rabbit hole on YouTube.

Sivan John

Huge Huddersfield Town and Argentina fan with an enthusiast to share the beautiful game stories from around the world.

Damian Brandy

Husband. Father. Clean energy advocate. Cricket nut, golfing enthusiast, communications professional.


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