James Gray started off life translating Cicero and Herodotus for fun before realising that writing about sport was much more fun, as was four mis-spent years playing golf in St Andrews and working on the student paper while freelancing for Cricinfo in Scottish cricket. His move to London included a detour to Manchester for a year before finally landing somewhere on the Northern line.
Since then, he has worked for a whole host of magazines, newspapers and agencies including the Press Association and the Daily Express, covering a wide range of sports from football, tennis and F1 to boxing, UFC and rugby union.
James is, to his shame, a Liverpool fan without any sort of convincing accent or a season ticket, who grew up with childhood heroes both called Michael: Owen and Vaughan. Due to lack of talent, his own sporting endeavours have been limited to playing in goal during the winter and grinding out runs at the top of the 3rd XI batting order in the summer.
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