The Gazette is delighted to welcome Paul Stewart on board as a football columnist for the 2018-19 season.
Former Blackpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and England midfielder Paul's column will appear in our weekly supplement Football Friday, free with your Gazette each Friday, and online at www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport
Blackpool resident Paul will share his forthright opinions and professional insight on a wide variety of topical football issues, also reminiscing on his own glittering career.
Paul will also discuss the safeguarding issues so close to his heart and his charity work with the SAVE Association, having recorded his experiences of childhood sexual abuse within football in his 2017 autobiography Damaged.
To kick-off his column on Friday, August 3, Paul will consider England's performances at the recent World Cup and will give his hard-hitting verdict on VAR.