In a career of more than 40 years in newspapers, he wrote (mostly about football) for The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mirror,The Daily Telegraph, the London Evening Standard (where he held a number of executive positions, including sports editor) and The Daily Express, (where he was football correspondent from December 2003 until March 2015, when he retired from day-to-day journalism). During the first 15 years of of the 2000s he appeared regularly on Sky News, had a weekly spot on Sky Sports News, was a guest presenter on TalkSPORT radio and LBC radio and frequently contributed to programmes on BBC Radio 5 Live. He is a magistrate, involved with several charities and is a football referee. He mentors young referees, has served on various funding panels for the Football Foundation and is currently vice-chair of the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund and a trustee of Norwich City's Community Sports Foundation. He chaired the Dacorum Sports Trust (which trades as Sportspace) for five years and remains a trustee. He is a member of Kick it Out's grassroots advisory group. He collaborated with referee Graham Poll on the latter's autobiography, "Seeing Red", and "Geoff Hurst, The Hand Of God and the Biggest Rows in Football." He has written a book about football, The Team, which is part of the Quick Reads Initiative series of books, aimed at readers who lack confidence, and has contributed to four anthologies of sports writing. After retiring from newspaper and broadcast journalism in 2015 he edited a collection of Norwich City essays called Tales From The City.