Andrew Riley, Writer and broadcaster

After serving in H.M. Forces, running pubs and nightclubs, working as a DJ and hosting a radio show on a local community station, Andrew finally settled on journalism as a career. Specialising in rugby league, he enjoys nothing more than asking questions of those who run the sport as well as those who play out it’s exquisite ballet in front of the fans.

After a series of minor strokes in his 30’s, Andrew was wondering what to do with his days, until a chance encounter with Phil Caplan (Scratching Shed Publishing, Forty-20 magazine) led to him embarking on a career as a wordsmith.

His first ever published piece looked at the man who has become the voice of major rugby league events, Pete Nuttall, and was followed by a feature on the connection fans of rugby league were able to have with players and administrators via the social media network Twitter.

 

Andrews first published piece in Forty-20 magazine, October 2011
Andrews first published piece in Forty-20 magazine, October 2011

He also appeared on the rugby field playing FOR the journalist side that took on the Parliamentary rugby league group ahead of the World Club challenge in 2014 at Wigan Warriors training ground.

All kitted out ready to face the opposition
All kitted out ready to face the opposition

We may have lost, but it was superb to meet so many other journalists, politicians and former professionals on the field of play.

One of Andrews other specialities is Army rugby league. The game was illegal when he served, but he was invited to cover the Sephton Trophy memorial game in Warrington for the magazine.

This has led to him covering Armed Forces rugby league at venues across the UK, for various outlets, and even allowed him to accompany Salford Devils on their pre-season visit to Colchester with the Parachute regiment in 2015 which was published in Forty-20 magazine.

For other outlets, he was proud to be asked by League Weekly editor Paul Bennett to interview Kevin Sinfield when he took his new role at the RFL.

Interview with Kevin Sinfield for League Weekly
Interview with Kevin Sinfield for League Weekly

 

You can see Andrews work on the following pages, and if you like what you see, feel free to contact him for freelance work.

I’m happy to speak to anyone about any work, be it print, online or radio.

 

You can contact me via this site, or alternatively, via my Linkedin page:

 

 

 

 

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