We are delighted to have the support of Alan Biggs.
Alan is a football writer and broadcaster who began his career as a general news reporter on the Derbyshire Times.
After working as sports editor for commercial Radio Hallam in Sheffield, he branched out on a freelance career nationally.
He has contributed to most newspapers, most notably the former Today newspaper, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail.
Alan has also been a live match reporter on the national airwaves for more than 25 years. He was a regular on Radio Two, then to become 5 Live, before joining BBC Television's Final Score team.
Alan has shared memories of the first match he ever attended, through to making the breakthrough into sports journalism and of the legends and characters he subsequently reported on and interviewed:
My first ‘heroes' were Ivor Pollitt, a lanky striker who had
a trick we called ‘the Ivan shuffle'. He was mainly an aerial striker, as most
were, but he was a great header of the ball but he'd do his trick on the
touchline, despite not having much pace it would get him clear of the defender.
What really endeared him to the crowd (and me) was when he scored, which he did
regularly, he would walk into the back of the goal and grab the net with both
hands and raise his hands up with the net. I'd stand behind the goal and it was
just a great celebration, which the crowd loved. Another of my favourites was
striker Ernie Moss.
Around this time I used to pressure my Dad into taking me to Sheffield to see a match. Bramall Lane was the closer of the two grounds in Sheffield to us so my first match I saw in the city was Sheffield United versus West Ham United. It was a landmark game for Joe Shaw, it was either his 600th or 650th appearance and I remember the West Ham team lined up to applaud him on to the pitch. West Ham had great players including Bobby Moore, Geoff Hirst and Martin Peters. For a while they became my ‘second team', which was a little disloyal to my Dad, but they really captured my imagination.
Read all of Alan's memories of Chesterfield here. Memories of the 1966 World Cup. A run in with Big Jack & Terry Curran. Dave Bassett holds a press conference in the car park. Fond memories of following Derbyshire County Cricket Club and reporting on Yorkshire & Geoffrey Boycott. Alan's final memory sees him having a chance encounter at Donington Park race circuit with George Harrison
Currently, besides Final Score, he reports for talkSport and Sky. In addition, he writes a weekly column for the Sheffield Telegraph and lectures on sports journalism.
Alan has also written three books - Confessions of a Football Reporter, Laws of the Jungle (with Brian Laws) and No Bull (with Lee Bullen). He can be followed on Twitter @AlanBiggs1