Football World Cup

Henry Winter, Richard Foster, Carrie Dunn, Andy Brassell and Hugh Pym debate the drama and controversy of the World Cup in Qatar

The World Cup in Qatar in November and December will be unusual in many ways. It will be the first to be held in the Middle East as well as being the only time the quadrennial tournament has taken place in winter. There has also been considerable controversy over the preparations especially concerning the mistreatment of migrant workers. So how will it go and how will England and Wales fare? And after the historic victory by the Lionesses at Euro 22, what is the legacy for the women’s game? That, and a range of football topics will be kicked around by our panel, refereed by local sports enthusiast Hugh Pym.

Henry Winter

Henry Winter is one of the UK’s leading sports journalists and chief football writer for The Times. Before that he wrote for The Independent and the Daily Telegraph.  He has made regular appearances on Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5 Live.  He was co-author of FA Confidential and wrote Fifty Years of Hurt: The Story of English Football. Henry has also ghost written autobiographies of Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes and Steven Gerrard.

Carrie Dunn

Carrie Dunn is a sports writer. Her recent books include Unsuitable for Females: The Rise of the Lionesses and Women’s Football in England (Birlinn, 2022), The Pride of the Lionesses (Pitch, 2019), longlisted for Football Book of the Year at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2020, and named one of FourFourTwo’s best books of the year, and a sequel to The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England (Pitch, 2016), one of the Guardian’s best sport books of 2016.

Richard Foster

Richard Foster is a local football writer/author, who is a features contributor for the Guardian. Foster makes regular appearances on BBC 5Live, BBC Radio London and talkSPORT as well as running his own website The Football Mine. Richard’s books include Premier League Nuggets and World Cup Nuggets, which was first published in 2018.

Andy Brassell

Andy Brassell is a highly respected freelance football writer (the Guardian, the Mirror, Blizzard) and a familiar voice on TalkSport, BBC Radio’s Monday Night Club, the Football Ramble podcast and the Totally Football Show. @andybrassell