Who is Mike Whalley?

I am a freelance sports journalist, based in Manchester. I’m well-known enough to have appeared on Talksport, but I’m not well-known enough to have a spoof Twitter account.

Among other things, I have interviewed the actress who plays Dot Cotton in Eastenders about a donkey sanctuary, co-hosted a local radio football phone-in on the night it had no callers and written a 50-part blog about an office move almost entirely from the perspective of a teapot.

I am no relation to the Mike Whalley who used to edit the Morecambe Visitor, although I did meet him once, which caused untold confusion. In my career, I’ve covered everything from the World Cup to Marple Carnival. This is my blog.

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17 Responses to Who is Mike Whalley?

  1. Peter Evans says:

    Hi Mike just stumbled across your blog, very impressed. Your experience shines through in your articles. Im so impressed ive added you to my blogroll. Hope your view count keeps rising!


  2. mikewhalley says:

    Thanks for the add and the kind comments, Peter!

  3. Donna says:

    Am fairly sure the MNG could sort out a Wikipedia entry for you, just how accurate do you want it to be? You know what that lot are like, given a free rein on the creative front ;)

  4. mikewhalley says:

    The less accurate the better, I would say!

  5. Hey Mikey, love this blog – love the little sketch of you – in fact love you!
    Russy x

  6. Sinead! says:

    just stubbled accross your blog and i think its amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
    mucho love x

  7. Cathy says:

    Just getting started blogging, ended up here. Looks like there’s a lot of stumbling going on.

  8. Mike says:

    Just stumbled across this. Ouch.
    You really should tidy up more.

  9. mike whalley says:

    Hi Mike…thought I’d come back to haunt you! Did we meet at the University of Central Lancashire? I’m long retired now but certainly enjoyed the job. Your career sounds rather more exciting than mine. Good blog, enjoyed reading it. Wonder how many Mike Whalleys there are in the world? Three’s quite enough!!

  10. mikewhalley says:

    We did indeed meet! You came to give a talk during the first couple of weeks of my postgrad journalism course at Preston in the autumn of 1999. Several people on the course were convinced that we were related!

    Good to hear from you, and glad you’re enjoying the blog. I know quite a few people who think that one Mike Whalley is too many…

  11. Ryan B says:

    Hi Mike, read an article you posted on your first radio job at St James Park when we (the unmighty magpies) were turned over by a rampant Man U in 2003. Fascinating insight – really enjoyed it. Didn’t enjoy the game however, as I remember… Excellent blog – will keep reading.

  12. Tom Craven says:

    Hi Mike,

    I have been put onto your blog by Marc Iles at the Bolton News and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have just started a weekely football blog on


    and would wlecome any thoughts you might have on these and any tips to get them to a wider audience.

    Keep up the good work.

  13. john allen says:

    very fair comments about lcfc…..
    i think Alex was a casualty of city’s desperation
    to ragain the premiership status they feel they deserve…MILAN is not a patient man, especially at 71,when resources are provided he expects results..
    city fans remember the golden legacy left to peter taylor ( £25million)by o’neil…all of it squandered on three magic beans….ade akinbyi and co….he was indulged and it was a disaster…receivership etc…
    never again….

  14. Paul Morris says:

    So there i was, dunking my hob nob and sipping my tea whilst thumbing through The Observer in the vain hope that there would be a half-decent write up of mighty Cheltenham Town FC’s latest display, when I spot the name “Mike Whalley” in – for god know’s why – the clever news review bit. And, i’m thinking, ‘no, it can’t be’, and it bloody well is! Congratulations my old sparring partner on a great blog! Now i know where to find you :-)

  15. mikewhalley says:

    Thanks, Paul. I don’t know what I was doing there either! Always nice to be placed directly underneath an interview with Damien Hirst, though.

  16. Stuart says:

    Hi Mike,

    I enjoyed your blog on the Fergies as an avid PNE fan and I share your views on this. I posted your blog on the PNE Online forum and your may be interested to read the response on that at http://www.pne-online.net/forum/showthread.php?59769-World-of-Sport-Blog-on-the-Fergies&p=1168551#post1168551

    Kind regards

    • mikewhalley says:

      Thanks, Stuart. Appreciate the link. Preston are getting a lot of sympathy from neutrals over this, deservedly.

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