Award hosts announced!
Football legends Ray Stubbs and Mark Lawrenson have been announced as hosts of the 2018 Club Awards, taking place on 29 November at Doncaster Racecourse. “The presenters and pundits have worked together many times over the years, and are now bringing their mix of humour and passion to the Awards,” said the Club Awards’ Karen Foreman. “It promises to be a very enjoyable and rewarding evening and readers are invited to send in any questions to the Club Awards hosts.
Who are you?
Born in Lancashire, Mark began his career at Preston North End, and also played for Brighton and Hove Albion before moving to Liverpool in 1981. He won many honours with the Merseysiders and formed a defensive part- nership with Alan Hansen that is still regarded as one of the best-ever in English club football. ‘Lawro’ was capped 39 times by the Republic of Ireland, before an Achilles injury brought his playing career to a premature end at the age of 30.
After hanging up his boots, he managed Oxford United and worked alongside Kevin Keegan as a defensive coach at Newcastle. Lawro has been a regular BBC football pundit since 1997 appearing on Match of the Day (and more recently on Radio 5 Live) and his weekly predictions are widely reported and widely followed. While his prediction that Brazil would win the World Cup was off the mark, his confidence that England would reach at least the Quarter Finals was spot on.
Ray has carved a success- ful career in sports broadcasting after play- ing professional football with Tranmere Rovers FC. Ray joined Tranmere from school and was on the club’s books for five years before switching to an administrative role Later that year, Ray began working as a reporter on Grandstand, Match of the Day and Sportsnight. He reported from the Irish camp during the 1994 World Cup in America, and was the BBC’s reporter- in-residence in the England camp during Euro 96 with the club. He then spent three years with BBC and the 1998 World Cup in France. He also co-host- ed coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics and co- presented coverage of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
1986, Ray moved to BBC Manchester as an Assistant Producer, working on a number of sports including snooker, darts and bowls, as well as A Question of Sport. He also worked as a producer, reporter and presenter on BBC Two’s investigative series On the Line, a series which saw him go to Italy in 1990 to report on England football fans at the World Cup Finals.
Later that year, Ray began working as a reporter on Grandstand, Match of the Day and Sportsnight. He reported from the Irish camp during the 1994 World Cup in America, and was the BBC’s reporter- in-residence in the England camp during Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup in France. He also co-host- ed coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics and co- presented coverage of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Ray covered the last three World Cups for BBC Sport as well as the European Championships in 2000 and 2004. Ray presented Score each week, was
the regular presenter of the BBC’s snooker and darts coverage and has occasionally presented Match of the Day. In 2009, Ray left the BBC after 26 years to join ESPN. He presented the Premier League and Scottish Premier League matches on the satellite sports channel. He then became BT Sport chief foot- ball commentator and is currently working for Talksport.
The Club Awards return to Doncaster Racecourse on 29 November, 2018. And in celebration of Club Mirror’s 50th birthday, we are once again offering free racing on the following day. Click to find out how to book your tickets.