I was rather taken aback this week when the Sunday Sport invited me to be their new angling columnist. Let’s be honest, it’s not every day you get an offer like this. Now one or two friends think I’ve lost my marbles for saying yes to the opportunity but angling doesn’t get a fair crack in the national press so writers like myself arguably have a duty to take any opportunity to promote the sport wherever we can.
Some clearly have a prejudiced view of the paper but I wonder how much of that is based on ignorance? Do they actually read it, I ask?
Any reservations I might have harboured were settled last night watching the TV programme Intern in which Hillary Devay of Dragons Den tries to get unemployed youngsters a start in their dream career. Last night the three contestants were vying for a job at the very same Sunday Sport newspaper so we actually got to see the inner workings of the newsroom.
What I found really refreshing was the Sport doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t. In the words of deputy news editor Neil Goodwin (in an email to me), he wrote, “Glad you enjoyed it. And yep, you’ve hit the nail on the head. We’re like a real-life version of Viz – nothing more, nothing less. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but it really is one of the funniest offices you could ever work in.”
I bet it is!
Of course the acid test would always be how they portrayed angling in the paper and today’s issue carries the interview that Neil did with me this week. Well, read it for yourself and make up your own mind. Click the link below and it will open the whole article in PDF format
Personally I’m chuffed to bits, and why shouldn’t I be? Okay there’s a bit of OTT razamataz and glorification but surely that’s the nature of the red tops. I can live with that even if some will be wittering on the angling forums that I’m now a big headed t**t!!!
Well bring it on! Witter away folks. At least it’ll give someone else a rest.