Cross Sports Book Awards to honour legendary Brian Glanville

May 25, 2016

One of the most celebrated and influential football writers of all-time will be honoured at the Cross Sports Book Awards with an Outstanding Contribution to Sports Writing accolade.

Brian Glanville, who has covered 13 World Cups and has spent 33 years as a correspondent for the Sunday Times, will be presented with the silverware at a star-studded ceremony on June 1 at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The 84-year-old began his career in football journalism at the age of 17, had his first book published at 19 whilst working for Corriere dello Sport  and still writes match reports today for the Sunday Times and columns for World Soccer.

Having completed thousands of interviews from goalkeepers to goal scorers and every England manager from Walter Winterbottom to Roy Hodgson, Glanville has become a revered figure worldwide for his cutting journalism, tough questioning and analytically astute eye.

David Willis, Chairman of the Cross Sports Book Awards, said: “It is an honour to be able to present Brian with this award in 2016. He is an icon, a true professional and a shining example of excellence for all journalists. 

“Writers have looked up to Brian for generations and continue to do so, as he still attends matches in his 85th year.”

Born in Golders Green, Glanville was educated at Charterhouse School and was briefly articled to a solicitor’s firm in the City. After publishing the ghost written autobiography of iconic Arsenal forward Cliff Bastin at 19, Glanville ‘got out’ of law to pursue work as a freelance journalist.

Having spent the early part of his fledgling career working for PA Reuters Features and other outlets, Glanville’s career took off when he moved to Italy in 1952. Carving out a niche, his stories and match reports broke new ground as an English writer abroad.

Returning to England, the now esteemed Glanville joined the Sunday Times..

David added: “Glanville continues to create fantastically readable content and is not afraid to express his opinion of the global game.”

Brian Glanville’s novel The Rise of Gerry Logan (Faber) was praised by people as disparate as JB Priestly and Franz Beckenbauer, who described it as the best novel ever written about football. Glanville’s latest publication, The Man Behind the Goal (When Saturday Comes) is a collection of his football short stories. His history of the World Cup has been described as a classic.

In all there will be 12 prizes awarded at Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 1 including the hotly contested Autobiography of the Year, which features a broad range of sporting talent. Also awarded on the evening are Biography of the Year and Outstanding Sports Writing with awards also being given for Rugby, Football, Cricket and Cycling. The evening is being filmed for Sky Sports.

Among the celebrities invited to the awards, which will be hosted by Mike Wedderburn and Alison Mitchell, are Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Brian Moore, Sir Anthony McCoy, Nigel Mansell, Steve Davis and Max Mosley.