Citation Haynes R (2019) Hugh McIlvanney: sportswriter who went beyond the game to seek a higher truth of the human condition. The Conversation. 25.01.2019. https://theconversation.com/hugh-mcilvanney-sportswriter-who-went-beyond-the-game-to-seek-a-higher-truth-of-the-human-condition-110541
Abstract First paragraph: Among all the tributes to the celebrated sports journalist Hugh McIlvanney, who has died aged 84, you will find one recurring theme: that in his work, the Scots-born reporter, writer and broadcaster transcended his genre. Greater by far than his renowned and extensive contact book, his insights based on a decades-long love of sport or his ability to get close to the sporting greats, was his ability – when writing about one sport or another – to impart some greater truth about the human condition.
Keywords football; boxing; sports; sports journalism; UK journalism; Muhammad Ali;