Editorial Team

Journalists

Wayne Veysey – A former news reporter who cut his teeth at the Shrewsbury Chronicle and Shropshire Star in the late 1990s before heading to London where he clocked up nearly a decade-and-a-half at Press Association, London Evening Standard and Goal, Wayne is the founder and editor of Football Insider. Loves a last-gasp comeback and believes the 2005 Champions League final was the greatest-ever football match. Can’t abide short corners. Or, Panenkas.

Pete O’Rourke – Evergreen, always on the mark and
consistently productive, transfer market king Pete is the Jamie Vardy of football journalism. With a CV that includes lengthy spells with Sky Sports and ESPN, Pete has been breaking top-quality exclusives and leaving opponents trailing in his wake during his three years contributing to Football Insider.
Twitter: @SportsPeteO

Russell Edge – A sports journalism masters graduate from the University of Salford, Russell joined Football Insider back in March 2017. A Newcastle fan who is based a stone’s throw away from St James’ Park, he likes to numb the pain of being part of the Toon Army by watching every other sport possible. Still pines for Shay Given.

Dylan Childs – A broadcast journalism masters graduate from the University of Salford, Dylan joined Football Insider in January 2020. A Liverpool fan based in the north-west who believes Dirk Kuyt is the greatest player to wear the red jersey, he gained experience at Sky Sports and talkSPORT prior to a lengthy spell at Deluxe Media.
Twitter: @ChildsDylan_

Ewan Kingsbury – A sports journalism graduate from the University of Brighton, Ewan joined Football Insider in August 2021. A Southampton fan from the Isle of Wight, he has spent years trying to pull off Graziano Pelle’s haircut. Recovers from the Saints’ shortcomings by watching F1 and the NBA.

Sazaff Rahman – Football Insiders social media guru, Sazaff joined in June 2021 after amassing thousands of followers across Instagram and Tiktok. He studied International Relations at University and thinks Messi is the GOAT despite being a Manchester United fan.

Connor Whitley – Connor is a sports journalism graduate from the University of Salford and joined the Football Insider team in August 2020. An East Yorkshire-based Preston North End fan who won’t hear a bad word said about Graham Alexander, he is used to travelling long distances to be disappointed.
Twitter: @ConnorJWhitley


Ben Wild – Ben is a journalism graduate from the University of Salford and joined the Football Insider team in September 2020. A Newcastle fan who worships Fabricio Coloccini, he joined us after spending the 2019/20 season commentating for the mighty Accrington Stanley.
Twitter: @Benjaminjwild


Adam Williams – Adam joined Football Insider in December 2020 after establishing himself as a freelance football writer working in both print and digital journalism. He studied philosophy at Newcastle University, a subject which he says has helped him come to terms with Blackburn Rovers’ existentially draining performances over the years.
Twitter: @Adam___Williams


Pundits

Gabby Agbonlahor – Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor is a recent addition to the Football Insider team, having joined up in November 2020. The Villans’ all-time leading Premier League goalscorer is loving life as a pundit and has no problem riling up supporters with his views – watch out Leeds fans! One of the
most in-demand pundits at the moment, Gabby is also a regular on Sky Sports and talkSPORT.
Twitter: @officialga11

Kevin Campbell – Former Arsenal and Everton star Kevin Campbell is one of the newest members of the Football Insider team, having joined up in November 2020. Not afraid to speak his mind about his beloved Gunners – or any other team for that matter – he still has close ties in the game thanks to his son, the brilliant young Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell.

Ben Dinnery – Injury expert Ben Dinnery has delivered peerless insight into the often perplexing world of football injuries for Football Insider since September 2021. Well known among the fantasy football community, he has a background in medicine and data analysis and runs the Premier Injuries website. From the training ground to the treatment room, his finger is always on the pulse of the latest developments.
Twitter: @BenDinnery

Alan Hutton – Former Aston Villa, Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton joined the Football Insider team in September 2019 – just months after leaving Villa Park. Having officially hung his boots in February 2020, the ‘Scottish Cafu’ delivers excellent insight and punditry on English and Scottish football – and even manages to give a balanced view on Celtic despite his Ibrox affiliations.


Keith Hackett – Former FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett joined Football Insider in March 2021 to deliver his exceptional insight into the unique world of refereeing. Never one to sit on the fence, he offers expert analysis into the officials’ performances, as well as the behaviour of players and managers. Ever wanted to know what Jose Mourinho’s really like on the touchline? Hackett’s your man. Twitter: @HACKETTREF

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Paddy Kenny – Ex-Leeds United, Sheffield United and QPR Paddy Kenny joined the Football Insider stable in April 2021. With over 550 career appearances across England’s top four divisions, there are few out there who can offer the same level of insight. Never afraid to say it how it is, Paddy’s refreshingly honest punditry is as entertaining as it is informative.
Twitter: @PaddyKenny17


Kieran Maguire – Kieran joined the Football Insider squad in January 2021 and provides clarity for readers on the occasionally bewildering world of football finance. He is an author, university lecturer and all-round spreadsheet boffin. His 2020 book The Price of Football is a seminal work on the economic side of the beautiful game.
Twitter: @KieranMaguire


Frank McAvennie – Celtic and West Ham legend Frank McAvennie joined the Football Insider stable in June 2020 and has not disappointed with his own brand of unique punditry. He loves talking football almost as much as he loved scoring goals, and still has close links in the dressing room at Parkhead.
Twitter: @MaccaFrank

Alex McLeish – Former Rangers, Aston Villa and Scotland manager Alex McLeish joined the Football Insider stable in September 2020 and has entertained and informed with his views and stories ever since. Revered by the Ibrox faithful after ‘Helicopter Sunday’, Big ‘Eck delivers fascinating insight from a manager’s perspective.

Danny Mills – Former Leeds, Manchester City and England full-back Danny Mills joined the Football Insider stable back in May 2019. The football pundit everyone loves to hate, he thrives on sparking debate and is not afraid to deliver unpopular opinions. Insightful and entertaining, he is well connected, too, and son Stanley is in the Everton youth set-up. Danny is a regular feature on both Sky Sports and talkSPORT.

Kevin Phillips – The only ever English winner of the European Golden Boot, former England striker Kevin Phillips joined the Football Insider team in January 2020. Having hung up his boots to coach at Leicester, Derby and Stoke, the Sunderland legend gives great insight from both a player and coach’s perspective – though he would love to get back on the training pitch.

Paul Robinson – Former Tottenham, Leeds and England shot-stopper Paul Robinson arrived at Football Insider back in October 2019. Able to give a unique perspective as an ex-goalkeeper, he offers superb insight and is not afraid to speak his mind. Don’t expect him to rip into other shot-stoppers without very good reason, though – apparently you’re still part of the ‘goalkeeper’s union’ when you hang up your gloves.

John Wenham – Tottenham Insider John Wenham is well connected in north London, with sources inside and out of Spurs. He regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels. He also brings an incredible level of knowledge about Spurs’ up and coming talents. If you want to know who the next Harry Kane is, ask John.

Noel Whelan – Former Leeds United, Coventry City, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan joined the Football Insider team in early 2019. A boyhood fan of the Yorkshire giants, he has become part of the furniture at Elland Road. After hanging up his microphone as part of BBC Radio Leeds’ commentary team, he now works with the Leeds United foundation and as a club ambassador.