A former footballer’s life in pictures – and the people who have shaped him.
By Steve Stenson, The Sport Blog.
Read more Steve Stinson, the former player-turned-writer-editor, was born in England in 1950.
Aged 15, he joined the rugby union side and joined the football club at the age of 17, playing for a number of clubs and clubs across the country.
In 1959, he moved to Glasgow where he was first a journalist and then a football writer for the Daily Record newspaper.
In 1962, Stenson joined the Glasgow Warriors, and joined a local paper, the Glasgow Herald, in 1969.
It was during that time that he became involved in football, and his passion for the game was not limited to a single club.
He went on to write several football columns for the paper, including the one that has become the standard for the way we understand the game of football.
“I wrote that column, ‘What I really want to know is what is the difference between a man and a cow’.
In that column I explained that there was no difference in terms of what the player and the cow looked like,” he said.
“The cow was more of a cow than the man, but the difference was there, and it was there in that football column.”
In the early 1970s, Stinson went to Scotland for training, and he began working for a football club.
“We were in an academy in Perth, and one of the things I remember about that time was I was asked to come up with a nickname for the club.
I came up with ‘The Hogger’, which is probably the most famous nickname in Scottish football.
I remember thinking, ‘I don’t know what that means, I just have to use it’,” he said, referring to the nickname.
“That’s what I said, but it got me thinking, maybe I could do something more creative.
I thought, ‘Why don’t I make a nickname out of it?'”
Stenson then came up the idea of “The Hoggers”.
“I started out thinking about the idea that it was just a nickname that could be a football name,” he recalled.
“And then I came to think, ‘Well, why don’t we make it something that’s not just a football word?'”
He went back to the idea in 1974 and made the idea his own, naming it The Hoggers.
“It was about the Hoggers as a football team.
The name was born out of the idea I had about the football team being a collective, a collective that’s all grown up together,” he explained.
“There was one person who was playing for them and the other players were all young.
I called him ‘The Old Hogger’ because he was so old he could barely run, and I just wanted to have the name Hogger.”
The nickname stuck, and “The Old Hagger” would later become the nickname used for the Scottish national side, and the team that he joined in 1975.
Stinson’s name also became a bit of a rallying cry for supporters of the Glasgow City Football Club, and so in 1978 the club signed Stenson as an assistant coach, becoming the first team in the history of Scottish football to do so.
He had already started working at the club as an Englishman, and was working at it full time as a writer.
“After I left the club I moved to Perth, where I stayed for about a year and a half, and then went to Glasgow to work as a journalist,” he remembered.
“From then on, I had a role that I took on as a columnist for the Glasgow Chronicle, and that’s how I got to know many of the people that I have worked with.
It’s a great honour to be part of a team like this.
I have a great deal of respect for the people I’ve worked with, and a lot of respect as well for the clubs and players, who I’ve covered.”
In recent years, Stonson has been writing regularly for the Herald, writing about the game at a time when it’s increasingly seen as the next big thing in the world of football, as well as covering the rise of young Scottish players and the rise in popularity of the sport in the country’s largest city.
He has also written several pieces for The Guardian and many other media outlets.
“One of the main reasons I went to England was because it’s a big market and a very attractive market, and because I’m a big fan of the game,” he continued.
“As an English football writer, I have the pleasure of doing a lot with players in Scotland.
The football world is quite a different place to it now, so I’ve had the chance to work with a lot more people than I have in England.
I think it’s really exciting for the country to have a football journalist like me in the game.”
Stinson also has a keen interest in the culture of football and the culture in Glasgow.