Gareth Southgate’s missed penalty in Euro ’96 is my earliest sporting memory.
And it seared into my brain so sharply that I’ve been obsessed by sport ever since.
JDG Sport is the online brand for me, James Gordon, a sports business professional and journalist with more than 10 years experience.
I am an accredited journalist in rugby league, football, ice hockey and basketball.
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Working in digital sport and providing content services has enabled me to work with publications, clubs, agencies, sponsors and governing bodies across a number of sports.
My passion for rugby league led to me founding Love Rugby League back in 2005, a website that now registers more than 2,500,000 page views a month and is owned by the Planet Sport network, with me still serving as editor.
In football, I spent the early part of my career running the official Carling Cup website and working with Carling and Nationwide on their football sponsorships. I am currently the media manager of the Northern Premier League, and report on non-league football on a regular basis for a number of clients.
Basketball has enabled me to explore other areas of sport, particularly the commercial and community sides, first with Mersey Tigers as media and operations manager, and then with Manchester Giants as business manager.
The British Ice Hockey website is co-owned by me, and is something I have worked on for more than 10 years – working with a number of clubs and organisations within the sport throughout that period.
My wider interest in the business of sport has also seen me contribute to digital sport and sports business industry publications.
This website now showcases the work I produce, documents every game and ground I have been to and is there to increase awareness of what I do to lead to new opportunities in the future.
The site also contains unpublished work, as well as work produced during my formative years, dating back to 2000, when I started writing match reports at the age of 12.
From then on, everything I did was geared towards a career in sports journalism, working on a wide range of projects both during work placement and on a voluntary basis to gain experience.
After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Journalism in 2009, I worked at leading digital agency Fast Web Media, before leaving to establish my own business in October 2010.