Jonathan Northcroft

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Jonathan Northcroft is a Scottish football journalist and author. He is the football correspondent for The Sunday Times.

Northcroft was co-author of The Manchester United Opus alongside Hugh McIlvanney, Patrick Barclay and Jim White amongst others.[1] A copy of the book signed by the Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum was sold at auction for $1.6m, which was a world record price for a sporting publication.[2]

Following the surprise victory for Leicester City in the 2015–16 Premier League season Northcroft authored Fearless: How Leicester City Shook the Premier League and What it Means For Sport.[3]

Whilst covering the 2018 FIFA World Cup for The Sunday Times Northcroft lost at a game of darts against England midfielder Dele Alli[4] and the encounter formed part of the title of his 2018 book about his experiences at the World Cup in Russia, entitled Deadlines, and Darts with Dele. My World Cup Diary: England's Rebirth in Russia and other Unexpected Tales.[5]

Television appearances for Northcroft have included guesting as a pundit on Sky Sports Sunday Supplement[6] and BT Sport programme Football Writers on TV.[7]

Northcroft has been a guest on The Anfield Wrap,[8] BBC Radio 5 live,[9] [10] RTÉ Radio 1 show Today with Seán O'Rourke,[11] Planet Futbol with Grant Wahl,[12] The Totally Football Show[13] and The Totally Scottish Football show,[14] as well numerous appearances on The Times own The Game podcast.[15] Northcroft has also contributed articles and appeared at live events for The Blizzard.[16]

On October 10, 2018 Northcroft 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.[17][18]


Northcroft was the inaugural winner of the ‘Jim Rodger Memorial Award’ for young sports writers in Scotland. Northcroft was shortlisted for ‘Feature Writer of the Year’ at the Sports Journalists Association awards in 2006 and for ‘Football Writer of the Year’ in 2016.[19][20] He was nominated for ‘Best New Writer’ at the 2017 British Sports Book Awards.[21][22] On the 31 October 2018, it was announced that Northcroft has been nominated in the ‘Writer of the Year’ category at the 2018 Football Supporters Federation Awards.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Since childhood Northcroft has been a supporter of Aberdeen FC.[24]


  2. ^ "Man Utd gets into the record books with $1.6m book".
  3. ^ "Fearless".
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  5. ^ "NEW BOOK: Deadlines and Darts with Dele".
  6. ^ "Jonathan Northcroft from the Sunday Times believes Liverpool are making a huge mistake by letting Steven Gerrard go at the end of the season".
  7. ^ "Football Writers Podcast by Pixiu on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts.
  8. ^ "TAW Special: Jonathan Northcroft On Mohamed Salah". 19 December 2017.
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  10. ^ "5 live Sport Specials".
  11. ^ "Health And Technology". RTÉ Radio 1.
  12. ^ "Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl".
  13. ^ "Tragedy at Leicester".
  14. ^ "The Totally Scottish Football Show".
  15. ^ "The Game Football Podcast".
  16. ^ "Live in Edinburgh - 2017 (Part Two)". SoundCloud.
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  18. ^ "NCTJ publish list of 238 'most respected journalists' but what about the red tops? – Sports Journalists' Association".
  19. ^ "Media Awards: British Sports Journalism Awards (print) 2015, shortlist - allmediascotland…media jobs, media release service and media resources for all".
  20. ^ "New faces, old names and shortlist surprises – Sports Journalists' Association".
  21. ^ "Sports Book Awards - Jonathan Northcroft".
  22. ^ "Hill, Wright, Rutherford and Pavey go head to head in Cross Sports Book Awards - The Bookseller".
  23. ^ "FSF Awards 2018 shortlists announced - Football Supporters' Federation".
  24. ^ Storey, Daykin &. "Subscriptions -".