Hugh McIlvanney

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Hugh McIlvanney OBE (born 2 February 1934) is an award-winning, Scottish sports writer. He currently has a long-running column on the back page of The Sunday Times sports section.

Journalism career[edit]

McIlvanney left Kilmarnock Academy to work at The Kilmarnock Standard[1] as a reporter moving on to the Scottish Daily Express, The Scotsman, The Observer, Daily Express, before joining The Sunday Times in 1993.[2] During his time with the Daily Express he also wrote as a news reporter.[2]


In 1996, McIlvanney was awarded the OBE, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award 2004 by The Scottish Press Awards,[3] and is the only sports writer to be voted Journalist of the Year. In 2005, he was included in the Press Gazette Hall of Fame.[2]

In December 2008 he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame,[4] and he was inducted in 2009.[3]

Personal life[edit]

McIlvanney's brother is the novelist and crime fiction writer William McIlvanney. He has one son, Conn and a daughter Elizabeth.



  1. ^ a b "Hugh McIlvanney (b. 1934)". Kilmarnock Academy. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hugh McIlvanney: A giant among sporting greats". The Independent. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Hugh McIlvanney". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lewis, others to be inducted into Hall of Fame". ESPN. Associated Press. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 

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