About

Richard has been writing about football for various newspapers, magazines and websites since 2009.

With experience of over 450 games as a personally accredited journalist, he has covered numerous competitions
from the English Premier League and La Liga to the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup.

A versatile writing style has seen his work featured in publications both in the UK and overseas,
including Sports Illustrated, The Football Association, Emirates Airline, MARCA, Yahoo! and Goal.com.

He has also interviewed leading figures in both the men's and women's game, with Raheem Sterling,
Nikita Parris, Jadon Sancho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Steph Houghton and Sean Dyche among them.

Showcasing a number of multimedia skills, such as photography and live blogging, he has utilised multiple
social media platforms, with a combined following of over 40,000 across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Richard's knowledge and opinions have been sought on developing football stories by leading broadcasters
such as Sirius XM, talkSPORT Radio, BBC World Service, RMC Sport, OneFootball, ViaSat, DAZN and Canal+

His first book 'Fine Margins', an extensive chronology of the historic rivalry between
Manchester City and Liverpool, was published in August 2020.

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Testimonials

Richard is a hard-working individual who made a number of excellent contributions to Yahoo Sport UK. He has a vast knowledge of football and delivers work promptly. I would happily work with Richard again in the future.Matt LewisSports Editor, Yahoo!
Richard was a pleasure to work with. His submissions were always free of grammatical errors, to the correct word count and copy was always clean. He has vast knowledge of the various football leagues and I have no hesitation in recommending him.Jason PettigroveSenior Sub-Editor, MARCA


Ironically the tweet highlighting the damaging impact of targeted abuse led to personal attacks so definitely time for an overdue Twitter break. No doubt I’ll be back sooner rather than later but life’s too short to stick around for people to use you as their digital punching bag

‘They’re just words on a screen’

Still only a month in but this Premier League season already has a feel of 2015/16 with a lot of teams pulling off surprise results, case in point this weekend. Might not last the distance but would be brilliant if it did

Said it yesterday but this is exactly why the game at Goodison would’ve ended 9v9 if you were to scrutinise every decision that wasn’t given

GrandOldTeam@grandoldteam

To be fair, @BBCMOTD can't show 'everything'.

So to assist, we've compiled a thread of some bits their editing team decided wasn't worthy of including in their highlights.

Three certainties in life: death, taxes and Man United winning a penalty

Teams challenging VAR decisions retrospectively isn’t really a long-term solution. You’d be better off giving each team three appeals per match, similar to tennis, which means today’s game at Goodison could have feasibly ended 9v9. Won’t happen but it’s a potential workaround

This has been by far the maddest Merseyside derby for a long, long, long time

Goal disallowed!