Martin Samuel

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This article is about the British journalist. For the make-up artist, see Martin Samuel (make-up artist).

Martin Samuel (Born 1964) [1] is a sports columnist for the Daily Mail newspaper and columnist for the Jewish Chronicle. He had been a sports writer and columnist for The Times and the News of the World since 2002 and was named Sports Writer of the Year for 2005 and 2006 at the What The Papers Say awards and in 2005 and 2006 by the Sports Journalists' Association.

His work has been described as "witty, punchy and illuminating" and appealing to sports fans and non-sports fan alike.[2] In March 2008, Samuel was presented with the John Bromley Trophy for a third successive time after being named as the SJA's sports writer of the year for 2007, his commendation stating that "[Samuel] took the plunge back into daily papers but still maintained, even surpassed, the remarkable quality and clarity that has hallmarked his writing and thinking for many years."[3] He won the prestigious Sports Journalist of the Year award at the British Press Awards in 2008.[4]

Samuel is a regular guest on the Sunday Supplement.

In September 2008, it was announced that Samuel would be leaving The Times to move to the Daily Mail,[5] replacing the paper's sports columnist, Paul Hayward, who was moving to The Guardian. Speculation suggested that Samuel's salary would be in excess of £400,000.[6]

In 2012, Samuel was named top in a UK Press Gazette poll of Britain's best sports journalists. [7]

Samuel ghostwrote Harry Redknapp's autobiography, Always Managing, published in 2013.[8]



  1. ^ Samuel, Martin (2011-03-25). "Sorry, but Liz simply didn't light my fire". Daily Mail (London). 
  2. ^ Watson, Roland. "Martin Samuel's sport columns". Time, The (London). Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ Sweney, Mark (March 18, 2008). "Samuel makes it three in a row". Guardian, The (London). Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Martin Samuel wins prestigious journalism honour". Times, The (London). April 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-20. [dead link]
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  6. ^ Luft, Oliver (2008-09-17). "Martin Samuel to join Daily Mail". Guardian, The (London). Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  7. ^ In 2012 Samuel was named top in a UK Press Gazette poll of Britain's best sports journalists.
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  9. ^ "Award for Samuel". Times, The (London). December 21, 2002. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  10. ^ "What the Papers Say Awards 2005". Guardian, The (London). December 16, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  11. ^ "Mirror takes top What the Papers Say award". Guardian, The (London). December 15, 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 

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