JOHN WARDLE
A journalist for more years than he cares to remember. Started as a news reporter on the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in Blackburn before joining The Journal and the Sunday Sun, where he joined the sports desk before launching The Wardle Agency in 1984. More than 3,000 football matches later, he still covers games throughout the north of England.

IAN WHITTELL
A graduate of the Thomson Regional Newspaper training scheme, Ian joined the Newcastle Evening Chronicle in 1987, eventually covering Sunderland before joining WWA (then Wardles) in 1990. Three years as a north-west football reporter for The Sun followed before he re-joined the freelance ranks and helped establish WWA as the country’s leading freelance sports editorial agency. Also reports regularly on basketball and cycling and has worked for national newspapers on events from the USA to Russia and Iran.

IAN WINROW
Ian has worked for WWA for over 15 years, spending seven years based in Manchester and the north-west before heading south where he now heads up the London office. He has written extensively for every UK national newspaper, several titles in Ireland and further afield, and a number of websites including Major League Soccer’s Global Soccer Center. Ian has also worked on a number of individual projects with clients including Nike and Castrol.

JASON MELLOR
After a two-and-a-half year spell covering news and sport in Lincoln, Jason joined the Journal in Newcastle as a sports writer, concentrating largely on football and cricket before, in 2001, moving to his current role in WWA’s north-east office. In the ensuing decade, has covered more than 750 football matches for just about every British-based national daily and Sunday title, ranging from full internationals to non-league games. That has included reporting from several countries, including Greece, Norway, the West Indies and USA. Away from football, has covered the World Snooker finals, and the Commonwealth Games, plus international swimming and athletics events.

JON WEST
An experienced sports writer, specialising in football, Jon also dips into the worlds of cricket and tennis. Began his career at the Sheffield Star, where his debut season saw Barnsley promoted to the Premier League then went on to cover Sheffield United. Next was a five-year spell as chief football writer for the Press Association in Scotland, covering Rangers and the national team at home and abroad. Returned to England as a freelancer – this time it was Reading who were instantly promoted to the Premier League – before becoming a full-time WWA reporter in 2010.

IAN BAKER
Ian Baker joined WWA after a four-year spell working as a freelance sport reporter when he regularly provided copy for most UK national newspapers. Ian has covered Wimbledon for a number of years and five England cricket tours as well as reporting on just about every level of football possible. He worked regularly on the Daily Star sports desk before joining WWA in 2012 and now covers the Midlands football clubs whilst continuing to write on cricket and tennis.

TIMOTHY ABRAHAM
Timothy began work as a freelance news journalist for regional newspapers in the North West before making the permanent switch to sports journalism with the Press Association in 2006. He worked for three years on PA’s main and international wires as well as covering cricket for the ECB website. After 18 months with CNN in London he joined the Express & Star newspaper in 2010 as their Aston Villa reporter and chief cricket writer. Joined WWA full-time in 2013 and is now based back on his native Merseyside covering Liverpool and Everton along with clubs in Manchester and rest of the North West patch.

PETE OLIVER
After starting out in local newspapers, Pete covered League football and first-class cricket in Scarborough and York before becoming deputy sports editor of The Journal in Newcastle in 1996. A return to reporting saw him cover Burnley Football Club for the Lancashire Telegraph before starting a successful spell as a freelance football writer, working for the BBC and several national newspapers. Following Burnley’s promotion to the Premier League in 2009, Pete joined the club’s media department before taking on his current role with WWA’s Manchester branch in 2014, covering the North West clubs in the Premier and Football Leagues and filling a number of editorial roles in shifts for BBC Sport Online at their Salford base.

STEVE MADELEY
Steve joined the Midland News Association’s training scheme in 1997 and spent 18 years with the group, beginning as a news reporter with the Walsall Chronicle before moving to the Express & Star news team in 1998. He has spent the last 12 years with the paper’s sports desk, first as Walsall Football Club correspondent and then as West Bromwich Albion reporter since 2007. He covered Wimbledon, Test cricket and Diamond League athletics for the paper before joining WWA in 2015 to cover his home patch in the Midlands.