Hugh McIlvanney

Spoken word.  Limited availability Autumn 2016.To book this show contact Jim Lister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0r 0141 418 0562.


In conversation with Graham Spiers


Often called “the greatest sportswriter in the English-speaking world” Hugh McIlvanney is garlanded with awards and remains at his sharp and perceptive best.  Retiring earlier this year from the Sunday Times after six decades of sports writing his career has taken him through the world’s greatest football, boxing and horse-racing moments and provided him with unique access to the giants of modern sport.  In conversation with Graham Spiers, he recounts his personal friendships with the legendary quartet of Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson (whose biography he wrote), Bill Shankly and Jock Stein, with wry observations on a sporting A to Z that literally encompasses everyone from Ali  to Zidane.


“ I was interviewed by Hugh in November 2009 and, as a boxing fan, it was a pleasure to meet a man who has written with such passion and eloquence about the sport we both love”. Andy Murray