Derek Davis Freelance Journalist

Browsing Archive: August, 2011

Standing Up For Respect and Decency

Posted by Derek Davis on Sunday, August 14, 2011, In : Ipswich Town 

 “What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man - I owe to football.”
                                                                                                                                              Albert Camus

HOW heartening it was to see so many people make a stand against the rioters and looters this week.

Everyday folk appalled by the scenes on our television, and for some in their homes, businesses or neighbourhoods, reacted in a variety of ways from hel...

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Posh v Palace Reports in Nationals

Posted by Derek Davis on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : Peterborough United 
David Ball reveals how pumping iron is helping him get goals

Check out my match report on Posh's win over Palace

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Sex Pictures Blackmailer Jailed

Posted by Derek Davis on Sunday, August 7, 2011, In : Village Life 

A WELL-KNOWN scrote in the village has been banged up for two-years after trying to blackmail a woman he secretly photographed while she was engaged in a sex act.

25-year-old Mark Linnemoller, of Kingsland, admitted threatening to spread the pictures around the village unless gave him £2,000.

His victim, who can’t be named for legal reasons, found poorly written letters on her doorstep and was sent demanding text messages.

The woman went to meet the hapless blackmailer in a pub car park...

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Why U's Should Not Expect Too Much

Posted by Derek Davis on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Colchester United 

WHILE much of this season will see me covering Ipswich Town, Norwich City, West Ham and Peterborough United, I do hope to cover some COLCHESTER UNITED games, because if I am it means they are doing well. But unlike many U’s fans I don’t let my heart rule my head and my expectation levels will be somewhat lower than theirs.


As unpalatable as it may be for many Col U fans promotion, or even the play-off places, is probably beyond them.

Given the resources, and let us be brutally honest...

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All-round journalist with a penchant for sport and for speaking my mind.

Derek Davis People say you can't teach an old sea dog new tricks, well I could prove a few wrong. After nine and a bit years working at the East Anglian Daily Times mainly as their Chief Football Writer covering Ipswich Town I'm now trying out life as a freelancer. Obviously after so long writing about sport, including the joys of petanque, but also a bit of boxing, some rugby and athletics, I will carry on in that vein and I have already done work for the Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, various national dailies including The Times, Star and Express, as well as FanhouseUK website. But I'm looking to expand with work in other areas, especially features on a variety of issues, business and finance matters and travel. I also have other ideas using this website, which I'm developing on a daily (well almost) basis. I have also worked for the Stoke Sentinel where I had a year covering Port Vale, more interesting than it sounds. Before that I was at the Colchester Evening Gazette where I had a brilliant time working with some terrific people in a great place to cut my teeth in journalism before 'specialising' in sport. I trained at Highbury College, Portsmouth where I won the coveted, well it was by me, James Arlott Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Journalism Student award. I know Portsmouth well as I was also there during my days in the Royal Navy and when I came back from working in the Middle East as a crash rescue fireman. Just so you don't get confused with the picture, I'm the one in the middle picking up my second EDF Energy Sports Journalist of the Year award. The guy on the right is Olympic swimmer Mark Foster if you thought he looked familiar. The love of my life is my seven-year-old son Albie and he is a total joy.
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