Andrew Martin

Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.

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A bloke writes: Velvel underground

AS I WRITE I am starkly conscious of two facts: one, I am thirty- five. Two, I have not bought a pop record all year.

Football: Hartson exit puts Europe in doubt

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Football: Kamara leaves struggling Stoke

CHRIS KAMARA ended his short reign as Stoke City manager yesterday after recording only one victory in 14 games in charge of the struggling First Division side. The Potteries club's assistant manager, Alan Durban, was appointed caretaker until the end of the season.

A bloke writes: Motor mouth

ANY BLOKE worthy of the name has to be able to drive. That's the bottom line.

Motorcycling: Opening fillip for Haga and Fogarty

By Andrew Martin

Motor cycling: Fogarty trails in Slight's wake

IN THE early hours of tomorrow morning Carl Fogarty begins his quest for a third World Superbike championship against a field that is certain to test to the limit the capabilities of Britain's fastest man on two wheels since Barry Sheene ruled the roost in the late 1970s.

A bloke writes: Aye, there's the pub

ANY BLOKE settling down in a pub will naturally require a decent pint, a packet of Porky Scratchings or some other snack of dubious nutritional value, and something to smoke. Some blokes, though, favour an additional item, namely their wives.

Football: Uefa drops Chelsea referee

UEFA, European football's governing body, yesterday took the extraordinary step of relieving the Swedish referee, Leif Sundell, together with two assistant referees, from their duties at Chelsea's European Cup-Winners' Cup quarter- final at Real Betis next week.

Football: Kendall wants Kinky

By Andrew Martin

Winter Olympics: From plastic to fantastic: the first and only Springbok skier

The inspirations for Alex Heath's journey to the giant slalom in Nagano came from a pencil case and a dry slope in Kent. Andrew Martin meets the lone Springbok skier.
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