Bigg deal for Webb at book launch

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World Cup final referee Howard Webb is to blow the whistle on a new book about the weird and wonderful world of sports journalism.

Webb and his mentor, Sheffield’s former FIFA ref Keith Hackett, will be among guests at the launch of “Confessions of a Football Reporter...another Biggs at Large.”

Written by Sheffield-based writer and broadcaster Alan Biggs, the book is an account of the relationship between the game and the media.

Former Wednesday and United stars, including David Hirst and Brian Gayle, have also been lined up to appear at the b2net Stadium on Tuesday where the launch takes place in the Legends Lounge ahead of Chesterfield’s home game with Bury.

Spireites fan Biggs, who also hopes for an appearance from boyhood hero Ernie Moss, dodged a conflict of loyalties in his home city by taking the book to his spiritual home. “My first confession is that I’m a serial namedropper!” said Alan, who works for the BBC and the Sheffield Telegraph.

“I’ve had the great fortune to work with many household names over 36 years. That has thrown up a lot of funny stories, unusual incidents and inevitably the odd row, though thankfully nothing lasting. As such, I can offer a close-up on working with the likes of Jack Charlton, Ron Atkinson, Dave Bassett and Neil Warnock. There’s also many a personal cock-up and I’ve tried to be as honest as possible about those as well.”

The book, with a foreword from former Owls boss Trevor Francis, is published by Vertical Editions (£12.99) and Biggs will be in Chesterfield’s club shop to sign copies before Tuesday’s game.