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Pele, Bestie, Ali… and Me

Mike Malyon

From interviewing legendary sportsmen and rock music icons, to mixing with showbiz celebrities and political bigwigs; from reporting on soccer at the highest level, to getting behind the scenes at pop concerts; from having a string of front-page scoops, to witnessing historic events; from making personal pilgrimages, to being invited inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street... these are some of the highlights of MIKE MALYON'S fascinating career.

For almost half a century he worked as a local newspaper journalist, seizing every opportunity to taste and write about as many interesting experiences as possible, while also meeting some of the most famous people in the world.

Mike was able to closely follow his uncle's rise to national TV stardom and admits to guiltily obtaining a Rolling Stones' souvenir. He also recalls holding aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy after the World Cup Final in Mexico and having the FA Cup in his lap in a Wembley winners' dressing room.

But, through it all, Mike's most treasured memory is the day he ventured onto The Somme, to make an emotional connection with someone he never had the chance to meet-a real unsung hero.

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Mike Malyon was born in Gulson Hospital, Coventry, on 12 February 1950 and went to Sir Henry Parkes Junior School and Bablake Grammar School. He moved with his family to live in Nuneaton and in the summer of 1966 landed a job as a trainee newspaper reporter with the Evening Tribune. It launched a long journalistic career that saw Mike covering local, national and international events. After travelling to Mexico for the 1970 World Cup soccer finals, he joined the Coventry Evening Telegraph and rose to become deputy sports editor, before being offered the job as editor of the fledgling Nuneaton and Bedworth Trader. In the early '90s redundancy prompted a return to the Tribune, which was then a weekly. After taking over as editor, he eventually moved back to the Coventry Telegraph, to run the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire edition. Since retiring in 2015, Mike has published two biographies - of his uncle, comedian Larry Grayson, and of international footballer, Jimmy Holmes. He lives in Nuneaton with his wife, Lynn, and is a proud father and grandad.