David Fearnhead
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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 is also a frequent guest on BBC Radio.

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.

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Sports Personality 2014: Why We Should All Vote for Jo

(0) Comments | Posted 11 December 2014 | (22:10)

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.

Inspiration is a different matter.

To inspire...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2014 | (22:33)

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Ok, so he isn't exactly being persecuted, but it seems truth should never get in the way of good Usain Bolt headline. Though first a story must be created. That's why we had the ludicrous situation of the fastest man on...

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I Wish I'd Called Our Cat Sergio and Not Bubba

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (19:43)

To sign or not to sign. That is the question for many a professional golfer at Hoylake this week. Between tee to green a veritable horde thrust flags, hats, photographs and programmes under the noses of the great and the good of golf. Some sign, some walk, some apologise, and...

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Roger Isn't Over or Out.

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (16:48)

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Credit: Scott Heavey/AELTC (Wimbledon.com)


One image haunts me from this year's Wimbledon. It is that of Roger Federer, the greatest tennis player of his generation, and probably of all time. He cuts a forlorn figure as he stands clutching...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2014 | (13:43)

Time has a habit of fooling you. For instance I can recall Paul Gascoigne's Wembley goal with startling accuracy. I also remember the way the ball inexplicably moved before Gary McAllister's spot kick - Uri Geller later claimed it was his magical powers. Yet I failed to remember it all...

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Winter Olympics: Amanda Lightfoot is PB hunting in Sochi

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (16:11)

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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...

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The Real Thing Holding Back Our Sportswomen Is Other Women

(1) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (17:03)

It's sad that it should take the trolling of gymnast Beth Tweddle to bring about the debate on how we treat our sportswomen. As someone who spends the majority of his time writing about and reporting on sport, this is just the latest development in a depressing picture...

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The Pro-Bono Surgeons Helping Victims of Abuse Face a Better Future

(2) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (16:03)

On Saturday the 28th of September the luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica, California hosted a party. The theme was 'The Great Gatsby'. Those attending were suitably dressed of the era. An era before the great depression, ironically in a time of a great recession. Though there...

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

(38) Comments | Posted 12 August 2013 | (01:00)

I like Stephen Fry. He is the sort of Englishman I wish we had more of, but in calling for an "absolute ban" of the Winter Olympics in Sochi he is just plain wrong. In comparing Putin to Hitler he is using the sort of sensationalist rhetoric more...

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Why So Keen to Draw Us Into Syrian War?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2013 | (19:49)

One of the fundamental jobs of a journalist is to question. As Britain steers towards an interventionist strategy in Syria, I'm forced to ask why? Why does the government, the opposition, and a large portion of the media seem intent on entangling Britain in yet another Middle-East conflict.

The...

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Round Up the Usual Suspects

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2013 | (16:47)

The best piece of humour to come out of the recent meat fraud scandal was an image of four cows in a field in which one of them is saying "Bloody horses coming over here and taking our jobs." It perfectly encapsulated the inherent europhobic nature of Britain recently fuelled...

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Ennis Should be the SPOTY, but My Heptathlon Heart belongs to Another

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (18:16)

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In any normal year Andy Murray would be assured the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Brushing aside lame attempts at humour by those who insist the Scotsman is somewhat deficient in a key ingredient of the title - just look at what he...

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Ryder Cup - Why Europe Owes its Success to Seve

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2012 | (20:11)

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...

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Ryder Cup - The Ties That Changed Golf Forever

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2012 | (18:24)

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...

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Why I'd Rather Watch Women Play Football

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2012 | (16:40)

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. When Mexico triumphed over Brazil in the final of the Olympic football, the Brazilian media turned. They became the latest nation to question the moral...

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Olympics: A Story Which Deserves to Be Told

(1) Comments | Posted 3 August 2012 | (14:11)

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...

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Boobs, Beauty, and Beach Volleyball

(4) Comments | Posted 28 July 2012 | (01:00)

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It didn't take long, did it, before those proclaiming themselves to be feminists focused their indignation on the Olympics. I've always been a little perplexed by constant misuse of the term feminist, as there seems to be little about sisterhood in many of the...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2012 | (01:00)

Nothing quite prepares you for the spectacle of the Olympic Games.

Forget the fireworks, the marketing, and the endless torch relay - when the Olympics gets to the business end there is not a show on earth to beat it. I've covered professional sport for 15 years, but nothing comes...

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Why Sports Fans Are Short Changed in the Literary World

(3) Comments | Posted 7 July 2012 | (01:00)

Chris Cleave, author of Gold: A Novel, recently remarked on the BBC that with sport being so rich with drama why more authors hadn't chosen to set their stories in the world of professional sports. Cleave was fortunate that his previous published novels which were not in the sports fiction...

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Put a Sock in It Sharapova!

(9) Comments | Posted 28 June 2012 | (01:00)

Maria Sharapova is the poster girl of women's tennis. The favourite for this fortnight's Wimbledon crown. An American in all but passport. With her long blonde hair and even longer legs she is the darling of sponsors and media alike. She is adored by the WTA and her legion of...

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