Columnists

John Roberts

JOHN ROBERTS wrote for the Daily Express, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Independent. He collaborated with Bill Shankly on his autobiography, ghosted Kevin Keegan’s first book, and has written books on George Best, Manchester United’s Busby Babes ('The Team That Wouldn’t Die') and Everton. He is the editor of TennisLife UK ...

Dave Boyle

DAVE BOYLE was the chief executive of Supporters Direct, the organisation that works with supporters trusts at football clubs to help them buy shares and increase influence at their clubs. A former long-serving National Council Member of The Football Supporters' Federation, he supports AFC Wimbledon...

Andrew Nixon - Sports Lawyer

ANDREW NIXON is a partner in the sports group at Sheridans. He is a specialist in the regulatory framework of football and has advised clubs and individual players on regulatory disputes...

Nick Bollettieri

NICK BOLLETTIERI is the world's most famous tennis coach, and the most successful. He's coached an unequalled 10 players to No1 in the world, from Andre Agassi and Monica Seles to Jim Courier and Maria Sharapova. He's never been accused of being shy, and he's certainly not retiring. Ever. Holy Mackerel!...

The Editor

NICK HARRIS studied African development with a view to saving the world, but ended up a sports writer, currently with the Mail on Sunday. He has worked in France, Japan, Kenya and Scotland, and has written for The Independent, The Sunday Times and others, and runs this website...

Alexandra Willis

ALEXANDRA WILLIS is the deputy editor of ACE Tennis Magazine, and alongside mag work and an affair with social media, has the dubious honour of following British players to Grand Slam qualifying from time to time. She'll probably tell you that she went to Oxford...

Sarah Hames

SARAH HAMES is a lawyer by education but swapped the bar for the piste, then PR. She knows her sport from the inside, the offside and blind side, with a portfolio stretching from the hallowed corridors of the All England Club to the expanses of the Southern Ocean...

Jonnie Baker

JONNIE BAKER used to be a journalist but now lives in exile somewhere in the Austrian Alps. He likes Tottenham Hotspur, lower league Scottish cloggers and a crisp volley into the top corner. He's slower than he thinks he is and pretends to play on the right side of midfield. In reality he usually ends up in goal. Crying...

Sally Arscott

SALLY ARSCOTT is a self-confessed "horsey girl" who's ridden at Badminton, organised the Olympia International Horse Show and counts horse sports, racing in particular, as her abiding passion. But in the absence of a horse, then tennis, rugby and more recently ski cross fill the void. Sally lives in Gloucestershire...

Andy Cole

ANDY COLE was a goal machine for Bristol City, Newcastle, Manchester United and nine other clubs (plus England) in a 20-year career in which he won every major club trophy: five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League of 1999. His records included biggest fee for a player and most goals in a season...

Helen Harris

HELEN HARRIS is a fan of sport, after a fashion, although not enamoured of mainstream "for men, by men, about men" coverage. In a previous career, she wrote for International Cement Review, Essential Water Garden Magazine, and was press officer for the Wildlife Trusts...

Ian Herbert

IAN HERBERT is the deputy football correspondent of The Independent. A veteran reporter with a hard news background, he started writing on football 15 years ago in Liverpool. His team Wrexham may be as far as ever from the Premier League, but with Manchester and Liverpool in his patch, Herbert's always at the heart of the biggest stories ...

Udo Onwere

UDO ONWERE had a 12-year career as a professional footballer with clubs including Fulham before he hung up his boots and pursued a new career in law. He now works for leading firm Thomas Eggar on tax and estate planning issues and works extensively within the sports, media and entertainment industries...

Eleanor Preston

ELEANOR PRESTON spent 10 years travelling the world as a tennis journalist for national newspapers, notably the Guardian. She continues to work as a broadcaster and is also a media consultant and advisor to tennis players and organisations within tennis, as well as athletes and organisations across a range of sports ...

Ken Skupski

KEN SKUPSKI is one of Britain's best tennis players, a doubles specialist with 20 titles to his name whose breakthrough season was 2009, when he won twice at ATP events. Born in north-west England, he studied at Louisiana State University. His abiding passion away from the court is supporting his home city football club, Liverpool ...

Mark Thursfield

MARK THURSFIELD is a journalist and PR advisor, working across sports from skiing to motorsport. After founding his own sports magazine in the 90s, he worked for Eurosport TV then Sportal.com, the first major sports site of the dot com boom, before setting up on his own in 2001. He also plays a mean bass guitar...

 
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