Lance Armstrong is a feature of this week's episode.

Episode 4 of the Behind The Lines podcast - featuring Alan English - is out now

The former Sunday Times sports editor joins us on the latest edition of the show.

EPISODE FOUR OF Behind The Lines, our sportswriting podcast exclusive to The42 members, is available now.

If you’re unaware – each episode features a lengthy interview with one of the best sports writers working in the English language. Each guest brings along a few of their favourite pieces as a way to discuss sport, writing and sportswriting.

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This week’s guest is the former Sunday Times sports editor, Alan English. Now the Editorial Director at Iconic Newspapers having earlier served as editor of the Limerick Leader.

He moved home after working at the Sunday Times, a role which brought him into contact with some of the biggest names, events and controversies in sport. He has also written a number of books on rugby, and ghosted the autobiographies of Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell.

Here we weave our way through some of the stand-out moments from Alan’s career, including his role in David Walsh and The Sunday Times’ pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

There’s a teaser below, as he recalls the scene after the paper’s lawyers nixed one of Walsh’s pieces on Armstrong:  

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We hope you enjoy it, and you can get in touch with the show by emailing

- Originally published at 07.30

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