Barry Glendenning

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Barry Glendenning
Glendenning at Football Weekly Live
Born (1973-03-12) 12 March 1973 (age 49)
Known forThe Guardian, Football Weekly

Barry Glendenning (born 12 March 1973) is an Irish sports journalist who holds the position of deputy sports editor on the website run by UK newspaper The Guardian.[1]

Glendenning was born in Birr, County Offaly[2] and attended Cistercian College, Roscrea; then he studied for a B.A. degree at University College Dublin (UCD), which however, he did not complete.


Glendenning is currently deputy sports editor at and best known for his work on The Guardian's football podcast Football Weekly, of which Glendenning has claimed he is ‘the beating heart’. He also regularly contributes to the site's satirical daily email service, The Fiver.[3] He is often responsible for the Guardian Unlimited "minute-by-minute reports", which feature live text coverage of Premier League, Champions League and international matches and other sports.

Glendenning can also be heard co-hosting the Warm-Up with Max Rushden on Talksport on Sunday mornings from 11am to 1pm. A particular feature of the show is the game "Culverhouse" which is a football based version of the game "Mornington Crescent" from 1970s radio show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He once recorded a TV pilot with Rushden and Paul Merson. The pilot proved unsuccessful when Rushden and Glendenning asked Merson whether he would rather have spoons for hands or forks for feet.

On 10 October 2018, Glendenning was included in a list of the 238 most respected journalists working in Britain as published by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.[4][unreliable source?]

Glendenning has been described as having "the sexiest voice on radio" by singer Liz McClarnon.[5]

In 2000, Glendenning was a nominee for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, losing out to Jason Manford.


The Guardian printed an apology[6] in response to complaints regarding comments made by Barry in a segment about Sir Jack Hayward on a football podcast, when Hayward was described as having been "quite openly xenophobic and racist". Glendenning also later apologised for his choice of words.

Personal life[edit]

Glendenning is a supporter of Sunderland A.F.C. As of 2021, his mother is 79 years old. His father, Sam, a vet, died on 23 December 2021.[7][8]

Glendenning is co-owner of Lewes F.C.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barry Glendenning". London. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
  2. ^ "There were these three Paddys ..." The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  3. ^ Bechtel, Mark (9 March 2005). "Blue Frenzy: Chelsea and Barcelona put on an amazing show".
  4. ^[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ Chambers, Iain; Rushden, Max; Glendenning, Barry; Oatley, Jacqui; Brewin, John (6 July 2020). "Mason Greenwood and the Manchester United renaissance – Football Weekly". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  6. ^ Corrections; editor, clarifications column (21 January 2015). "Corrections and clarifications". Retrieved 23 January 2017 – via The Guardian. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ "Football Weekly". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  8. ^ Glendenning, Barry [@bglendenning] (23 December 2021). "Silly old git ..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 3 January 2022. Retrieved 22 January 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Glendenning, Barry [@bglendenning] (2 January 2012). "Lewes FC, that I co-own, 4th in Ryman League. Get involved for £30 and be stunned by how involved you get: #abramovich" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 22 January 2022 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Auclair, Presented by Max Rushden with Philippe; Bandini, Nicky; Lowe, Sid; Grove, Mark Langdon Produced by Joel (18 January 2022). "Copa del Rey drama and where next for Haaland and Vlahovic? - Football Weekly". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 January 2022.

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