Ref NoOHP/108
TitleDavid Lacey
Date10 October 2002
Extent1 minidisc, 1 cd, 1 file, 1 AIFF file (291.1 MB)
Creator NameLacey; David Edward Charles; journalist
DescriptionInterview with David Lacey, sports journalist for the Guardian. Conducted by Charlie Burgess on 10 October 2002. Also includes a data sheet containing biographical details about the subject and information about the recording.

Summary contents of interview (with rough timings):

Disc 1:
Track 1
01.01 Early working life on Brighton Evening Argus
01.10 Wrote to all the nationals for a job as a sub
02.55 Chance meeting at Hove cricket ground with John Samuel, Guardian sports editor
03.40 Offered job on PA so resigned from Argus
03.40 Same day, John Samuel offered him a job as Guardian sports sub - accepts
06.15 Starts off as hockey writer but quickly moves to football
07.00 Describes how in 1976, his career on the road begins

10.36 Talks about the mechanics of doing running stories (matches)
11.08 Farewell speech from Alan Rusbridger describes him as the greatest football journalist in the country
12.15 National Service with RAF
12.30 Joined Guardian in 1964. From a family of newspaper men. Father was editor of the Sussex Express
12.44 Left school and worked on the Brighton Evening Argus. Became sports editor on Brighton Gazette
12.56 Joined the Guardian. Had never read the newspaper
14.20 Correspondence between Lacey and Peter Preston concerning company car
15.25 Anecdote about Lacey and cars
17.35 England football managers reading Lacey's writing
18.00 His writing style. 'Beautiful English'
19.00 His retirement

22.30 Lacey discusses his time at the Guardian
23.45 His time at school
24.30 Asked why he stayed so long at the Guardian. Jokes that it was a lack of imagination
24.45 An accomodating newspaper. Continuity of staff
25.20 Thanks guests for coming
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsAccess to recording via GNM Digital Repository
FormatElectronic record
CD recording
Printed document
Minidisc recording
CopyrightGuardian News & Media Ltd and David Lacey

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