Author of Story of the World Cup, which has regularly been appearing since 1973, now with Faber. Writer of GOAL!, the official film of the 1966 World Cup. Football correspondent and sometime first sports columnist of the Sunday Times, 1958–1992. Then sports columnist of The People, 1992–96. Now again with the Sunday Times. Has covered the last 11 World Cups. Author of many novels including the juvenile Goalkeepers Are Different, in print for some 25 years, and The Rise of Gerry Logan and The Dying of the Light, both with football themes. For many decades English Correspondent of daily Corriere dello Sport of Rome. Writer of BBC TV documentary European Centre Forward, protagonist Gerry Hitchens then of Torino and England. It won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival of 1963.