I’m having a bit of a clear-out at home and I stumbled across some early examples of my sportswriting. Over the next few days I’ll be looking back at these stories (which were used on the Radio Five Live website, and covered a wide range of different sports).

I find it unbelievable now (given my Manchester United allegiances and the fact I’ve written FOUR books about the club) that this early effort was about their dread rivals from across the Pennines, Leeds United. I suppose I was trying to show Radio Five Live that my efforts could be unbiased…

Anyway, here goes:

Leeds Story

I also wrote a more detailed match-report which I’ll feature later in this series.

If you’re interested in my more recent sportswriting – perhaps for a Christmas present for one of your nearest or dearest – then here’s the links to my quartet of Manchester United books: Fergie’s Finest: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Greatest Manchester United x11The Pride of All Europe: Manchester United’s Greatest Seasons in the European Cup; Louis van Gaal: Dutch Courage; Jose Mourinho: The Art of Winning.


I’m making a splash on the Legend Press blog today, with my Flash Fiction piece ‘Kamikaze’. It’s one of their #flash fiction tuesdays series. You can read the story yourself here.

Legend Press published two of my longer shorts (if that’s not an oxymoron) in their collections 10 Journeys and 8 Rooms



Handily-placed Newcastle-based indie publishers Palm-Sized Press have picked up (using a pincer-grip) not one but two of my short stories to be published by  in the ‘Retrospective’ issue of their zine. ‘Swallowing the Evidence’, and ‘The Pacemaker’ will both feature, so let’s have a round of applause, please.

Details of publication date and how to pre-order copies to follow.

Palm-Sized Press’s website is here: https://palmsizedprompts.wordpress.com/

Devil’s Work for Idle Ink

Posted: September 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

Forgive me. It’s been quite a while since my last post. But I haven’t been completely idle in that time. The devil makes work and all that… So anyway, I thought I’d stop by to share the news with you that one of my all-new short stories ‘Wretched is my Name’, has been picked up for publication by Idle Ink. It’s the 144th short story I’ll have had published, so there.


Idle Ink is an independent zine published in Hull which features the weird and wonderful inner-workings of emerging creatives. Idle Ink publishes short stories, illustrations, photography, poetry, paintings, articles, memoirs, scripts, comics, essays, sonnets, psychography, vignettes, letters, doodles, hieroglyphics, tantrums, cave drawings, and much more.

My shiny new short story, ‘X-Marks the Spot’, has been published by Fish Food magazine. All you landlubbers can take a look-see at it by following this link, arrrrrrrrrrr.

Pieces of eight, pieces of eight.



Buy the book now from here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jose-Mourinho-Winning-appointment-Manchester/dp/1537012363/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Well, I’ve snagged a nibble on my line today. FishFood literary magazine have been hooked by my short story ‘X-Marks the Spot’, and are going to be publishing it very soon. Watch this space for details of how you can read the piece. Visit the FishFood website here for more details.

‘X-Marks the Spot’ is a little treasure of a short, and is my 140th published story. You can read some of my other short fictions by picking from this menu right here.