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David Fearnhead

Journalist, Broadcaster and Author

David Fearnhead is the author of Bailey of the Saints. A journalist who mostly specialises in sports he has written for notable publications such as The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Sports Illustrated, FourFourTwo, and South African GQ. He has been a motoring correspondent for Top Gear magazine and was a leading football columnist in New Zealand. He now presents a weekly sports radio show on Ribble FM

Before picking up the pen he worked in live sports broadcasts covering the English Premier League and the Uefa Cup. He is also a former member of SOBO the broadcasting arm of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

We Need To Do More To Help Our Heroes Compete This Winter

Jenny Jones' bronze in the women's slope-style was arguably the best value for money medal we've ever had. And Jones has been largely self-funded, working part-time jobs of such excitement as being a cardboard inspector just to get her shot at the Olympics. For others there is no funding at all.
21/12/2015 12:31 GMT

The Beeb's Shocking Omission From Sports Personality Of The Year

British tennis is not a world force by any stretch of the imagination and yet Andy Murray lifted the entire nation to become Davis Cup champions. They say no one man wins a team event, but Murray surely tested that theory to the limit. Murray deserves the crown, but he is not the tennis champion that has been overlooked...
16/12/2015 17:06 GMT

The Premier League Most Wanted for 2015/2016

At just 23-years-old the striker already comes with a big price-tag, but it's not put off the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal all of whom have been linked to the player..
20/03/2015 15:55 GMT

Why Robert Downey Jr Is Ruining Britain

I don't want to live in a world where Robert Downey Jr going grocery shopping is news, and I'm pretty sure Robert Downey Jr doesn't either. In fact I know he doesn't because he openly mocked the story on his own Facebook page, thus ensuring the story was reposted 1500 times in less than an hour. It's now over the 6,600 mark in shares
24/02/2015 12:14 GMT

Sports Personality 2014: Why We Should All Vote for Jo

Some multi-millionaire shins a ball into the back of the net and it triggers the commentator to release his pent-up load of superlatives. In sport, tags such as legend are applied with all the exclusivity of pigeon poop in Trafalgar Square.
15/12/2014 05:34 GMT

The Persecution Of Usain Bolt (or How D**kheads Ruin Sports Reporting)

After Bolt's experience in Glasgow he might well decide it's just not worth risking a casual chat with a journalist, or even making a joke for fear it be twisted. If that were to happen he will become what every sports journalist loathes: someone who trots out the same, safe, coached clichés which offer neither insight nor entertainment.
04/08/2014 12:11 BST

Could Northern Ireland Be About to Have It's Obama Moment?

Olorunda is different. Young, female, and black, she comes without the baggage of green or orange allegiance. A Catholic who runs on a Pro-Union, Non-Sectarian ticket. The daughter of a Northern Irish mother and a Nigerian father, she's no stranger to being the outsider, or indeed to the troubles.
20/05/2014 13:00 BST

Winter Olympics: Amanda Lightfoot is PB hunting in Sochi

Whilst you were settling down to your Christmas turkey, Amanda Lightfoot was alone, battling rain and altitude in the mountains of Obertilliach. Christmas Day was down as a simulated race session in Austria. Just another day of hard training, and there's been plenty of them.
07/02/2014 12:45 GMT

The Real Thing Holding Back Our Sportswomen Is Other Women

In my experience, the real thing holding back our female sports stars is other women, in particular female editors. I've pitched endless stories of inspirational sportswomen to the editors of women's magazines and women's sections in newspapers. The response is always staggeringly apathetic.
04/02/2014 11:37 GMT

Why Stephen Fry Is Wrong to Call for a Boycott of Sochi

Did we call for Delhi to be stripped of the Commonwealth Games because of the rising number of acid attacks in India? Do we refuse to play Pakistan in cricket because of honour killings? China hosted the Olympics despite having at best a chequered human rights record. The truth is that sporting boycotts and bans do not work.
12/08/2013 01:40 BST

Why So Keen to Draw Us Into Syrian War?

I'm not denying that the war in Syria is a hell on earth for it's citizens, or that there have been war crimes committed against them. Though I suspect our government's push for arms sales to Syrian opposition forces may have less to do with the atrocities and inequalities of a foreign war and more to do with financial concerns closer to home.
30/05/2013 14:19 BST

Ryder Cup - Why Europe Owes its Success to Seve

By the late Seventies the Ryder Cup had become a joke. The Americans so dominated the event that it was no longer of interest as a sporting contest. When Jack Nicklaus suggested that it be broadened to European team instead of a Great Britain and Ireland side, there was one golfer everyone eagerly awaited to see take on the Americans.
03/10/2012 09:50 BST

Ryder Cup - The Ties That Changed Golf Forever

What happened to the genteel sport of golf? "The Americans started losing," then European Captain Bernard Gallacher would comment. In the Nineteen Nineties the Ryder Cup competition grew teeth and bit down hard on a rivalry which had once been friendly. Twice on American soil the Europeans were seen not so much as the competition but as the enemy...
27/09/2012 16:18 BST

Why I'd Rather Watch Women Play Football

Something strange is happening in the world of sport. The all consuming monoculture of football appears to be losing it tyranical hold over the backpages
14/08/2012 14:30 BST

Olympics: A Story Which Deserves to Be Told

On Monday morning, 6 August, at approximately five minutes past ten a 30-year-old Italian will take to the track to compete in her very first Olympic Games. To the ranks of media her name will just be one of many on a list. Indeed when I tried to sell her story to the British press, they didn't have room to tell it.
03/08/2012 15:08 BST

Boobs, Beauty, and Beach Volleyball

In Slovakia as here, we live in a society where for some beauty is to be attacked. There is dislike that someone can be both beautiful and happy. Cracks must be found and opened up.
27/07/2012 17:05 BST

Drug Cheats at the Olympics: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

Years of training have honed athletes' bodies into the perfect machine. They've sacrificed everything to get there. Everything for that one day when four years work would come to fruition. I'd seen broken men and women sat there. Though, from that one day something else sticks in my memory. A darker side to the Olympic games.
20/07/2012 16:35 BST

Why Sports Fans Are Short Changed in the Literary World

Once upon a time Nick Hornby published Fever Pitch and football went mainstream and reached the middle classes. Whilst football has not dwindled in the public's interest it seems a readership which the literary world seems happy to try and satiate with a few high profile autobiographies.
06/07/2012 16:05 BST