Rob Bagchi has worked on the sports desk at The Telegraph since 2013 as a writer and editor, mostly covering football and cricket. Before that he spent 11 years in a similar role at The Guardian, for whom he wrote a weekly sports column. He has also written for The Times, The Cricketer, Blizzard, The Nightwatchman and Cricket Monthly. Rob is the author of four sports books, including the Sunday Times sports bestseller, The Unforgiven: The Story of Don Revie’s Leeds United, published in 2002 and reissued in 2009 and 2012, Frank McLintock’s autobiography True Grit (Headline, 2005) and Norman Whiteside’s Determined (Headline, 2007). Rob’s most recent book, The Biography of Leeds United, was published by Vision Sports in October 2020.
Patrick Barclay is one of the UK’s most highly respected journalists and writers. Former Chief Football Commentator for The Times and Sports Journalist of the Year, he previously worked for The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer. In 2005, Patrick wrote the critically acclaimed and extremely successful Mourinho: Anatomy of a Winner (Orion), which was updated and republished in 2011. More recently, he wrote Football – Bloody Hell!: The Biography of Alex Ferguson for Yellow Jersey. Barclay has travelled widely, covering seven World Cups, eight European Championships, and four African Nations Cups. Barclay was educated in Dundee and is a lifelong supporter of Dundee FC. He lives in London and his latest book, The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in January 2014. It was shortlisted for the Football Book of the Year at the Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015. A fully revised and updated edition of Mourinho: Anatomy of a Winner was published in September 2015. Paddy’s most recent book is a masterful biography of Matt Busby, which Ebury published in September 2017. It was shortlisted for the Cross Football Book of the Year at the Sports Book of the Year awards 2017. (DL)
Born in Galloway, Scotland, Stuart Barker graduated from Strathclyde University in 1996 and began working as a motorcycle journalist for Motor Cycle News. Freelance since 2001, he has written for most of the major motorcycling titles and was editor of the Isle of Man TT programme for eight years. He has written eight books including a best-selling biography of Barry Sheene and a biography of Evel Knievel which is set to be made into a major Hollywood movie. Other woks include biographies of Niall Mackenzie, Steve Hislop and David Jefferies and a history of the TT races. His latest book Valentino Rossi: The Definitive Biography was released by Bonnier Books in November, 2020. He lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
Wayne Barton is an author, ghost-writer and producer based in Manchester. He has written numerous books on Manchester United and was described by former United chairman Martin Edwards as ‘the pre-eminent writer on the club’, and by the Independent as ‘the leading writer on Manchester United’. His biographies of Eric Cantona and George Best were best-selling titles. Barton produced and co-wrote BT Sport Films adaptations of his books Too Good To Go Down and True Genius. In 2022 his book True Genius was long listed for The Sunday Times Football Book of the Year award.
He has also worked as a ghost-writer to musicians and actors in the US.
Mark Baxter is late-comer to the world of publishing. His first book, The Fashion of Football (Mainstream, 2004), which he co-wrote with Paolo Hewitt, was voted as one of just fifty top football books of all time by the magazine 442. His second book,The Mumper, also co-written with Paolo and published by Orion, has recently been made into a film called “Outside Bet” starring Bob Hoskins. Mark and Paolo’s latest book for Prestel, The A-Z Mod, was published in May 2012, and is a unique and highly-desirable illustrated guide to the era. A life-long supporter of Milwall FC, Mark runs Mono Media PR, and lives in South London with his wife, Lou, who is a textile designer.
Debbie Beckerman was the publisher of Transworld’s sports list, Partridge Press, and was responsible for a number of their bestsellers including autobiographies by Geoffrey Boycott and Brian Clough. More recently, she has turned her hand to writing and has been involved with a number of successful autobiographies by legends such as Ilya Nastase, Patrick Vieira, Didier Drogba and Brian Moore, whose memoir, Beware of the Dog, won the 2010 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. She has also acted as Associate Editor and writer on a variety of other titles, including Jon Nicholson’s memoir, Living Without Emma, and health titles such as Professor Lesley Regan’s Your Pregnancy Week by Week, and Expecting a Baby with Dr Penelope Law, which is published by Quadrille. Debbie collaborated with Brian Moore on his memoir, What Goes On Tour, which was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2014. Most recently, Debbie worked with John McEnroe on his autobiography, But Seriously.