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Scovell, Brian 1935-

Scovell, Brian 1935-
(Brian Souter Scovell)


Born November 21, 1935, in St. Lawrence, Isle of Wight, England; son of Percy (a carpenter) and Maude Janet Scovell; married Audrey Esther O'Sullivan (an artist), October 1, 1965; children: Louise, Gavin. Education: Attended school in Ventnor, England, and Elgin, Scotland.


Home—84 Widmore Rd., Bromley, England. Office—Daily Mail, London, W8 5TT, England.


Daily Mail, London, England, sportswriter, 1960—.


Football Writers Association of England (past chair), Cricket Writers' Club (chief executive; past chair).


(With John Clarke) Everything that's Cricket: The West Indies Tour 1966, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England), 1963.

(With Norman Burtenshaw) Whose Side Are You On, Ref?, Arthur Barker (London, England), 1974.

(With Dickie Bird) Not Out, Arthur Barker (London, England), 1978.

(With Lawrie McMenemy) The Diary of a Season: Lawrie McMenemy's Account of the 1978-9 Season as Manager of Southampton Football Club, Arthur Barker (London, England), 1979.

(With Trevor Brooking) Trevor Brooking, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (London, England), 1981.

(With Bobby Robson) Time on the Grass, Arthur Barker (London, England), 1982.

Ken Barrington: A Tribute, Harrap (London, England), 1982.

(With Bill Nicholson) Glory, Glory, Macmillan (London, England), 1984.

(With Terry Neill) Revelations of the Football Manager, Sidgwick & Jackson (London, England), 1985.

(With Don Howe) The Handbook of Soccer, Pelham (London, England), 1988.

(With Garfield Sobers) Sobers: Twenty Years at the Top, Macmillan (South Melbourne, Australia), 1988.

(With Brian Lara) Beating the Field, Transworld (London, England), 1995.

Dickie: A Tribute to Umpire Dickie Bird, Transworld (London, England), 1996.

Chelsea Azzurri, Harper Collins (London, England), 1997.

(With Clyde Walcott) Sixty Years on the Back Foot: The Cricketing Life of Sir Clyde Walcott, Gollancz (London, England), 1999.

Football Gentry: The Cobbold Brothers, Tempus (Stroud, England), 2005.

The Impossible Job: The England Soccer Managers, Tempus (Stroud, England), 2006.

19-90 Jim Laker, Tempus (Stroud, England), 2006.


Brian Scovell once told CA that his goal is "to produce good quality books about people in English sport—people who have a popular following, such as Trevor Brooking. Brooking, now a successful television and radio commentator, is one of the most popular performers in Britain, and the hardcover sale of his autobiography totaled 28,000 copies. That is very high for a sports book in England. All my sports books have been serialized in English newspapers."

Scovell updated CA with the following: "Dickie: A Tribute to Umpire Dickie Bird was top of the U.K. hardback best selling list for ten weeks in 1996 and sold more than 40,000 copies."



Times Literary Supplement, August 27, 1982, review of Ken Barrington: A Tribute, p. 929.

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