Martin Samuel

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Martin Samuel (Born 25 July 1964) has been a sports columnist for the Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline since 2009 and a sports columnist for GQ Magazine since 2012. He has previously worked for The Times, News of the World, Jewish Chronicle, Daily Express, The Sun and Sunday People. He began his career at Hayters Sports Agency in London. Samuel was voted Sports Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2007 and 2013, Sports Journalist of the Year at the SJA Sports Journalism Awards in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013, Sports Journalist of the Year at the 'What The Papers Say' awards in 2002, 2005 and 2006 and Sports Commentator of the Year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2014. In January 2015, he was named in Debrett's List of the 500 Most Influential People in Britain.

His work has been described as "witty, punchy and illuminating" and "appealing to sports fans and non-sports fan alike."[1] 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."[2]

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,[3] replacing the paper's sports columnist, Paul Hayward, who was moving to The Guardian.[4]

In 2012, Samuel was named top in a UK Press Gazette poll of Britain's best sports journalists.[5]

Samuel ghostwrote Harry Redknapp's autobiography, Always Managing, published in 2013 [6] and its follow-up, 'A Man Walks On To A Pitch', published a year later. He also wrote a book with Malcolm Macdonald, "How To Score Goals", published in 1985.



  1. ^ Watson, Roland. "Martin Samuel's sport columns". Time, The (London). Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark (18 March 2008). "Samuel makes it three in a row". Guardian, The (London). Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
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  4. ^ Luft, Oliver (2008-09-17). "Martin Samuel to join Daily Mail". Guardian, The (London). Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  5. ^ In 2012 Samuel was named top in a UK Press Gazette poll of Britain's best sports journalists.
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  7. ^ "Award for Samuel". Times, The (London). 21 December 2002. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  8. ^ "What the Papers Say Awards 2005". Guardian, The (London). 16 December 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  9. ^ "Mirror takes top What the Papers Say award". Guardian, The (London). 15 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  10. ^ "Martin Samuel wins prestigious journalism honour". Times, The (London). 9 April 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 

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