Jeff Connor, was born in Manchester on January 8, 1946, making him one of the original Baby Boomers, although strictly speaking he would prefer to have been one of the last of the Baby Boomers. He left Bury Grammar School at the age of 17 to begin a career as a journalist and somewhere along the way became a climbing instructor with memorable spells at Plas y Brenin, Glenmore Lodge and White Hall, Derbyshire. Jeff's climbing career ended after a fatal accident on Mont Blanc's Brenva Face.
As a journalist Jeff worked for a number of nationals including the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star, Scottish Sun, Daily Mail and Scotland on Sunday. He is also the author of 12 books, including Pointless: A Season with Britain’s Worst Football Team (Headline) and The Lost Babes: Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich (HarperSport). His first book was Wide-Eyed and Legless: Inside the Tour de France, which is now regarded as a cycling classic and was reprinted by Mainstream in 2011.
He has worked as a freelancer in the USA (Orlando) and Ireland (Dublin), and has covered sporting events as diverse as the Tour de France, the Rugby League Challenge Cup final, the World Darts Championship, the World Athletics
Championships, two British Lions tours and a Rugby World Cup.
A stroke and a battle with aphasia in 2008 almost ended Jeff's career (at anything) until he fought back to finally write his latest book, Field of Fire: The Tour de France of '87 and the Rise and Fall of ANC-Halfords.
It will not be his last.