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  Jeff Holmes   I was born to write!
Well, not quite, but being brought up in Maryhill, in the north west of Glasgow, and living a stone’s throw from Firhill, home of Partick Thistle FC, first inspired me to pick up pen and paper. Honest.

Mind you, I was about eight when I started scribbling down the registration numbers of the cars parked outside the football stadium. Why? God only knows, but from that moment onwards either a career in journalism or as a traffic warden beckoned. Thankfully I chose the former – eventually.

I never considered myself good at English at school, and was more of a whiz at arithmetic. Well, word counts are vital, and it was the days before computers. And counting up all those car registrations…

I am the meat in the sandwich of three siblings, and while Stephen and Mark decided to follow the fortunes of our local team, I erred towards the lads on the south-side of the city.
As for the writing, there were lots of little pet projects to keep me amused before the Big Bang.
  Employment wise, I started in Scottish Television in January, 1977, the boy in the general stores, making the tea, and from there moved into the stage and props department. While in television, the urge to write re-surfaced and a friend introduced me to the sports editor at the Scottish Sun. First up it was speedway reports, and when asked to cover professional football matches, I was made up.

Since then I have worked for titles such as the Evening Times, Glasgow Herald, Sunday Herald, Sunday Post and, most recently, have been covering matches for the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

After leaving STV – which was followed by a six-year stint at River City – I moved to the Paisley Daily Express as a news/sport reporter, and spent the last seven years with the Trinity Mirror title.

Paisley is a lively and magnificent patch and it has been a lot of fun, but I’ve now retired (early) and plan to keep on writing. Football, television, local history…the world is my oyster, and no subject is off limits.

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