Match magazine, the Emap Active football weekly aimed at ten to
14-year-olds, is looking for an editor after losing three senior
Managing editor Chris Hunt was made redundant three weeks ago. Deputy
editor Hugh Sleight joined Haymarket's football monthly, FourFourTwo, as
deputy editor earlier this month. Senior writer Bev Ward has left to
Sleight spent three years at Match, and worked for its now-defunct
spin-off, Sported, before that.
Sleight replaces Sam Pilger, who will now freelance for FourFourTwo.
Hunt had been Match managing editor for eight years, before that editing
music magazines including Hip Hop Connection.
Emap's Match was relaunched and redesigned to coincide with the start of
the 2001/2002 football season this month.
Art director Darryl Tooth and associate editor Kevin Hughes are
overseeing the title while a new editor is found. Steve Prentice was
appointed associate publisher of Match earlier this year.
The magazine is keen to appeal to readers outside its core audience of
young teenagers. 'We are the only weekly in the football market. We have
a new look, new readers and are still selling reasonably well,' Tooth
Match topped the 200,000 circulation mark in the mid-1990s, but its last
ABC was just 70,300.
Its decline reflects the rise of coverage of the sport by mainstream
media, football club fanzines and a plethora of websites during the past
decade. Many specialist football magazines have gone to the wall or have
reduced their frequency in that period.
No-one from the senior management of Emap Active was available for
comment on the staff changes.
Match is known to have signed a deal with ITV Sport, although the
details are unknown.