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'Woolers' - Tribute to a sportswriter

Sportswriting is a demanding field. 'Woolers' covered ten Olympic Games, numerous Wimbledons, heavyweight world title bouts, football World Cups, cricket matches, and Open and US Masters golf championships for the Daily Mail. He was an outspoken opponent of apartheid.

Few journalists, however brilliant, transcend their specialist subject the way Ian Wooldridge did. On occasion, it was because he had embarked on seemingly regular sports assignments only to find himself pitched into war zones or natural disasters.

More frequently, his passion and integrity rose with mighty indignation above the action of the game in hand as he flayed the yes-men and time-serving administrators he so despised.

'Woolers', as his friends knew him, was not only one of the finest writing journalists of his generation, he was also an observer of life whose insights were more about the human condition than sport.

He died after a lengthy illness. The whole tribute is in Daily Mail,

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