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I'm a writer, blogger and freelance journalist, with NCTJ qualifications and a Sports Journalism degree. My main interests lie in sport and news but I also like music, television and the media. All of those topics are likely to be discussed on these pages.

Ken Nottage on his career dilemma before becoming a Sunderland & England basketball star

Originally published on SportsByte on September 15th, 2014.

Ken Nottage was a basketball star in the 80s and 90s, rising to prominence in Milton Keynes before moving to Sunderland, going on to claim over 50 caps for England.

He was the only English player to top the scoring charts in the English League and, after a 19-year career, he held the individual appearance record, having played over 400 games.

But it all very nearly didn’t happen. Continue reading Ken Nottage on his career dilemma before becoming a Sunderland & England basketball star

It is time for Futsal, says ex-Boro star Dean Gordon

Originally published in Spark Magazine in September 2014.

England left the World Cup this summer with three dreary performances, a couple of goals and a hard-fought, painstaking draw against a minnow nation.

Not much has changed, then, but what is different is the reaction. Continue reading It is time for Futsal, says ex-Boro star Dean Gordon

Sunderland basketball stars reflect on glorious team

Originally produced for Spark Magazine in September 2014, online and in print.

Sunderland was once regarded as the hotbed of basketball talent in the UK, regularly competing for league, cup and European honours.

With play-off wins in the early 80s and with some of Europe’s most elite squads visiting Wearside, Sunderland were the club that people wanted to play for and pay to watch. Continue reading Sunderland basketball stars reflect on glorious team

‘We want this Non-League Day to be the most successful yet’, says North East Ambassador

Originally published by SportsByte on September 2nd 2014.

The North East ambassador for Non-League Day says that he hopes this year’s event will be the most successful yet. Continue reading ‘We want this Non-League Day to be the most successful yet’, says North East Ambassador

Wearside and Northern Leagues gear up for Non-League Day

Originally published on SportsByte on September 1st, 2014.

There will be no Premier League fixture for Sunderland this weekend due to England playing on Wednesday and the following Monday, but fans are being encouraged to turn to non-league to get their football fix.

Non-League Day was set up in 2010 in a bid to get football fans around the country to go and watch non-league football during the international break. Continue reading Wearside and Northern Leagues gear up for Non-League Day