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The services that Mark can provide include journalism, book writing, research, presentation talks, advice and organising events including publicity. 

After starting writing part time as a journalist in 2004, Mark  became a full time journalist, writer and author in 2008. Over the following years he has written many hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines and particularly for the Big Issue North magazine and Unite the union. The subjects covered are extensive and include politics, trade unionism and workplace rights, sport, social issues, culture, immigration and asylum, health and safety, food, farming, agriculture and the environment. There has been a number of positive outcomes from some of these works for campaigns, groups and individuals. New commissions from editors are always welcome. 

Mark has written numerous books including the best selling authorised biography of Sunderland and Ireland legend Charlie Hurley and the autobiography of Stan Anderson, the only man to captain the Big Three NE clubs. Both books were well received. Mark is keen to discuss similar projects with  footballers. 

Mark has worked closely with Clive and Ralph Nicholson on the biography of Fred Spiksley, which has enjoyed major coverage at home and abroad on TV, radio and in the press. In May 2018, a KickStarter campaign raised the funds for the book – FLYING OVER AN OLIVE GROVE: the remarkable story of Fred Spiksley, a flawed football hero — to be turned into a documentary film and work is ongoing on this after the script was completed in early 2019.

Mark has researched and written two unique booklets on disabled football fans for the Manchester United Disabled Supporters Association. Mark has written six booklets — covering the lives of former union members — for the Unite Education department. These have been read by tens of thousands of people. Mark would happy to work on similar projects in the future. 

Mark’s co-authored Images of the Miners’ Strike book, which helped raised thousands of £s for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, was highly praised by The Daily Mirror: “if you read one book on the strike then read this one.”  

In 2018, Paul Days and Mark set up a vintage art football prints company http://thedribblinggame.com

Thanks to a wide knowledge of the book publishing industry, Mark has assisted many writers to find a publisher and, alternatively, self publish their work. 

Acting as a press officer for many organisations, Mark has organised numerous press conferences, issued press releases and worked with tv, radio and the press. This is an aspect of his work that Mark would like to expand in the future. 

In 2018, Mark began a short term contract in Blackpool for the Professional Footballers’ Association. This saw plaques and a mural unveiled on 6 September 2018 in the Revoe area of the seaside town to honour Jimmy Armfield and Frank Swift. https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/our-region/blackpool/blue-plaques-unveiled-to-two-of-blackpool-s-favourite-sons-jimmy-armfield-and-frank-swift-1-9338317

In 2016, the PFA sponsored a plaque in Bolton that honoured Kenny Davenport, who Mark – and his colleague Robert Boyling – revealed in 2013 was the scorer of the first League goal on 8 September 1888.   

In 2018 Mark helped with the production of two documentary films. 

One was on the Ellen Strange commemoration event and can be viewed at:- https://www.facebook.com/martin.mcmulkin.3/videos/1724276561016587/

The second was on Benny Rothman and the 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Trespass and which can be viewed at:- https://vimeo.com/267620124

To start 2019  Mark has helped produce two documentaries on food and farming:- 

https://vimeo.com/301440914  Politics 

https://vimeo.com/301251531   Science 

Contact

Mark Metcalf 07392 8525671 mcmetcalf@icloud.com @markmetcalf07