Previous Event

The Sports Book Festival

Wednesday 14th November 2012

Hosted by Gary Imlach, journalist, broadcaster and award-winning author.


My Chequered Career - Steve Rider's book cover

Steve Rider



Steve Rider spoke with great humour and honesty, relaying witty and jaw dropping tales  - pre health & safety laws - of his illustrious broadcasting career from the caravan and camping trailer destruction grand prix to Monaco, spanning over 35 years.

Guillem Balagué

Guillem Balagué


Guillem Balague with great empathy and honesty discusses Guardiolas quest for perfection by sharing some of the thoughts and philosophy that motivated Guardiola as a man and a manager. The audience sat spellbound as they listened to an intense and insightful  view of Pep Guardiola – it was information goldust!

Magical - Life in Football - Paul Fletcher's book cover

Paul Fletcher


Paul Fletcher spoke of the days when football boots were black, the ball was leather and the pitch was always muddy! He had the audience roaring out load with his funny stories of pitch side medical care and ground facilities, which is probably the motivation that inspired him to get involved in stadium design and construction. Pauls funny, insightful and heart-warming stories, are an inspiration to people who give life a go!


What was said about the night:

I really enjoyed the interviews, the authors were great value, as was Gary as the compere.

a really good evening on Wednesday - thoroughly enjoyed it & look forward to more

Great event on Wednesday, really enjoyed it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the guest speakers were excellent.

a great event. I hadn’t been to anything like that before and really enjoyed it. So did the rest of the guys here, who were buzzing about it his morning.

It was a very entertaining evening. The speakers were diverse, engaging and refreshingly honest.

Very interesting event, would definitely come again!

Gary Imlach is an excellent moderator. Use him again!

it was great because the personalities on show were open and down to earth about their experiences whilst talking to them one on one.

The event was very good, a brilliant range of interesting and varied guests.