Hyder Jawad is a freelance writer, who also runs a football memorabilia business and a publishing business. As an author, he has written eight books, including the autobiography of John Aldridge (Hodder & Stoughton, 1999). His latest book, Rest In Pieces, came out in December 2012. His next project involves working on a book with Colin Grainger, the former England international winger and pop star. Jawad also writes features for BackPass magazine, for which he occupies a place on the editorial committee. He was born in 1968 and grew up in Liverpool, England. He went into journalism in 1986 when he set up his own football magazine. He played football extensively before injury intervened.
He acquired a first-class Bachelor’s degree in humanities and holds a Master of Arts in European history from Birkbeck College, London, and a Master of Research in cultural studies from the University of London. He turned down a place in law school and instead opted to do a PhD. He is one year into his doctorate.
Jawad has worked as a sports writer and sub-editor for various newspapers: the Liverpool Echo (1990-1999), The Times (1999-2001), the Birmingham Post (2001-2007 as chief sports writer) and The Independent (2007-2008). Among his awards, he won the prestigious “British Sports Journalist of the Year” in the regional newspaper category in 2005. Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror and now a CNN chat-show host in the United States, was particularly complimentary of Jawad's work.
A self-confessed event snob and travel obsessive, Jawad has attended 75 matches in the past five World Cup tournaments (1994-2010). He has also attended four European Championships (1996-2012), four Olympic Games (1992-2012), countless UEFA Champions League finals and countless Wimbledon tennis tournaments. He has travelled to 72 countries.
Jawad has interviewed many of the world’s most famous sportsmen, including Bobby Charlton, George Best, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Cafu, Ronaldinho, Mario Zagallo and every England manager from Walter Winterbottom to Roy Hodgson (except for Alf Ramsey and Don Revie). He has also met such luminaries as Bobby Moore, Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kevin Keegan. Much to his eternal delight, Jawad played against Kenny Dalglish in 1995, for the Liverpool Echo team against a Blackburn Rovers XI.
Jawad likes to tell people that he reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, in 2003, which is a statement of fact . . . but not the full story. Actually, he reached the quarter-final of the Media Tournament, which took place on Court 17, not on Rod Laver Arena.
Jawad is a Liverpool supporter who attended his first match at Anfield in 1969 (although, as he was only 18 months old at the time, he has no memory of the occasion). Of the thousands of matches he has attended, his two favourites are the 2005 Uefa Champions League final in Istanbul (for obvious reasons) and the 1994 World Cup final in Los Angeles (because the sights and sounds, if not the match itself, evoked images of Mexico 70). He believes there is too much money in the game and too much unhealthy tribalism.