Probably the finest and most versatile British sports writer of the last 50 years.
Wonderful crafter of sentences and memorable turns of phrase.
Said of Frank Bruno: "He was no more competitive than a sheep in an abbatoir".
More poignant still were the final few lines of his piece about the late Welsh boxer Johnny Owen: "Boxing gave Johnny Own his one positive means of self expression...It was his tragedy that he found himself articulate in such a dangerous language".
If you love sports or writing, you really ought to check out McIlvanney on Football or McIlvanney on Boxing
in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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