Brian James Biography, Age, Family, Married and Net Worth

Brian James was an American outstanding sports and feature writer from the early 1960s through to the turn of the century has died of heart failure at the age of 87 on his birthday.

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Brian James Biography

Brian James was an American outstanding sports and feature writer from the early 1960s through to the turn of the century has died of heart failure at the age of 87 on his birthday.

Brian James Age

There is no information about Jame’s age, and the place he was born though he is an American by birth.

Brian James Family | Young

He was born to Edward C James, was founder and managing editor of The Credit World – “a monthly review of the installment and allied trades”. He died when Brian was two years old. It took 14 years and an itinerant childhood with his mother and sister, for him to reach Fleet Street, as an office boy with the Murdoch Australian group, owned by Keith Murdoch, father of Rupert.

Brian James Married

James was married to his second wife who cared lovingly for him during his illnesses in the last three years, three children – Andrew, Alison, and Claire – by his first wife, Mary, and three grandchildren.

Brian James Career

Brian had to give up his post-war sweet allowance to Rupert whenever he visited London. The upside was to meet Don Bradman, Keith Miller, and other Australian sportspeople as they called into the Murdoch office for news from home. After two years in the Army and a “sorry but there’s no job for you now” from the Murdoch office, Brian was taken on by the Walthamstow Guardian, a fertile breeding ground for sports journalists.

Brian’s coverage of Leyton Orient and West Ham United and his match reports for Reynolds News caught the eye of J L Manning, sports editor of the Daily Mail, who offered him a job in Fleet Street. In 1962, at the age of 32, Brian became northern sports editor of the Mail.

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Back in London the following year, he was appointed chief football writer and he was one of the few (David Miller and Clive Toye were the others) who forecast Alf Ramsey’s England as World Cup winners. Legend has it that Mike Randall, editor of the Mail, warned: His coverage of the World Cup lifted him to the highest levels in sports journalism and lifelong friendships with football people, especially Sir Geoff Hurst.

But it was an event three months later that transformed Brian’s way of work. He was on a football story in Belfast when he heard of the Aberfan disaster in south Wales that resulted in the death of 116 children and 28 adults.

During his second term at the Mail, he wrote (with contributions from Peter Johnson) a seminal series – Tividale to Wembley – which charted the 1976-77 FA Cup from the preliminary qualifying round right the way through to Manchester United’s success. This later became a best-selling book Journey to Wembley. Charles Wilson, then editor of The Times, recalled: “Brian was a towering writer both in sport and later in features. As sports editor of the Daily Mail, I was privileged to have him as chief soccer writer when England won the World Cup.

Brian James Net Worth

Brian estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.