Hugh McIlvanney OBE (born 2 February 1934 in Kilmarnock, Scotland) 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
McIlvanney left Kilmarnock Academy to work at The Kilmarnock Standard as a reporter moving on to the Scottish Daily Express, The Scotsman, The Observer, Daily Express, before joining The Sunday Times in 1993. During his time with the Daily Express he also wrote as a news reporter.
In 1996, McIlvanney was awarded the OBE, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award 2004 by The Scottish Press Awards, 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.
In December 2008 he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and he was inducted in 1999.
 Personal life
McIlvanney's brother is the novelist and crime fiction writer William McIlvanney. He has one son, Conn and a daughter Elizabeth.
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