Oliver Kay is a senior football writer for The Athletic, which he joined on its launch in the UK 2019. He spent the previous 19 years working for The Times, initially as northern football correspondent and then, from 2009, as chief football correspondent. His job takes him around the country and around Europe, reporting on the biggest matches, living out the ambition that took hold once it dawned on him at a young age that these were the only football dreams he would be able to realise. Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius (Quercus, May 2016) was his first book and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. It also won the Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year at the Cross Sports Book Awards. He worked with James Milner on Ask A Footballer (Quercus, October 2019) and his work featured in At the End of The Storm (Backpage, October 2020), a collection of The Athletic’s articles on Liverpool’s first league title success in 30 years. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and two daughters.