Football Reporter
A Saturday afternoon in the life of a football reporter

England’s cricketers were still hogging the back page headlines as they put the Aussies to the sword. The nation was basking in a rare heat wave and the warm glow of another summer of sporting success offered some comfort in tough economic times. For those in my trade the new football season was upon us and there was work to be done. It had come around more quickly than ever – the first weekend in August this time. Nobody seemed able to recall an earlier start to a new campaign.

Ivory Coast Training
29th Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast remain on course to win the Africa Cup of Nations in what is likely to be the final flourish for the great Didier Drogba and their “golden generation”. The Ivorians breezed through their qualifying group here in South Africa, but this may well be the last chance for the current crop of outstanding players. As well as Drogba, brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure and Salomon Kalou are nearer the end than the beginning of their international careers.

Fleetwood Press Box
A couple of League Two away days to consider

I ticked off two football grounds in October that I had not visited before and was glad I did. With the international break affecting Premier League and Championship fixtures at the start of the month, I was slated to cover Fleetwood Town v Wycombe Wanderers at the Highbury Stadium for BBC Radio Five Live.

EURO2012 Lightening Storm
Violent storm disturbs sleep!

A violent, electrical storm in Warsaw shattered my plans for an early night and a solid eight hours sleep at the end of the group stages of Euro 2012. Many residents and visitors to the city were woken from their beds at around two thirty in the morning.

Gdansk Shipyard
Euro 2012 explodes into life

Euro 2012 has exploded into life here in Poland and Ukraine. We have had some classic matches, shock results and emotional nights for the host nations. England even managed a creditable draw against the French!