While South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is his home patch, he goes wherever the BBC Final Score programme, or a national newspaper sends him.
I have a signed copy of his book to give away as a prize. Confessions of a Football Reporter is a great read.
A romp through his days covering the likes of Sheffield Wednesday (and a few lesser clubs in South Yorkshire!).
He's dealt with some characters.
He's shared good times and bad with managers such as Ron Atkinson, Trevor Francis, Emlyn Hughes, Billy Bremner, Howard Wilkinson and Jack Charlton.
And he has inevitably watched in action some of the finest footballers to play throughout the UK, but especially so in South Yorkshire.
And that is where my quiz question is based. Though the character in question hails from across the English channel.
Which famous footballer played once for Sheffield Wednesday. The match was indoors. He was asked to come back and prove his worth on turf. He declined and went on to bigger things.
Name that man.
First correct answer via my Twitter address @lecrin will be sent the Alan Biggs book.
And if you want to watch my chat with Alan (recorded before the arrest and conviction of Stuart Hall), here it is. Apologies for the wind.. not my own but that from the trees!
The man was born and bred in Doncaster and has taken the club from non league football, playing at a ground not fit for purpose, to Championship football being played in a modern stadium.
Doncaster fans love John Ryan and are dismayed that he has been squeezed out by directors they see as faceless.
Ryan says: "It's a very sad day for me and the fans. The reception I got from the fans today at Barnsley was magnificent. It was a very emotional day for me. I feel more comfortable sat in the stand and I'll be buying a season ticket."
Ryan had some parting shots for his fellow directors.
He said: "When they were investing £100.000 into Doncaster rugby club, when we desperately need it on the football side, I began to despair. The board lacked ambition. Some people, even on the board, think we're better off in League 1. In football, if you're not going forwards then you are going backwards.
"I felt I had one more promotion in me. The reality is that I didn't have any power left because they could outvote me every time. I felt increasingly isolated.
"I've done 15 years, four promotions, 2 cups and 1 relegation. I am proud of my record. I have put more money into Doncaster Rovers than anyone ever has.
"I just want the best for Doncaster Rovers. That's always been my bottom line. I hope whoever takes over from me does half as good a job as me. As a fan, that's all I want."
When asked who should replace him as Chairman, John Ryan was in no doubt.
He said: "It should be Terry Bramall. He's been pulling most of the strings lately. He should stand and up and be counted now, move himself from the shadows to the full spotlight where he can be accountable."
Above: In happier times. John Ryan, left, with directors Terry Bramall and Dick Watson
The boardroom dispute surrounds a long running planned investment deal with the Irish based consortium, Sequentia Capital.
John Ryan said: "Sequentia have been told not to speak to me, which is a ridiculous way to carry on. I brought that deal to the table. If I am not there maybe that deal can go through and the club progress.
"I am a bit miffed because they all turned it down when I first brought it to the table. I brought the deal in and I think now that other people would rather have their name on it than mine. So if I am out of the way, maybe the investment deal with Sequentia can go through. If it does, as a fan, I will be delighted."
Summing up his time and achievements at Doncaster Rovers, Ryan said: "I have had a great 15 years run as Chairman. In my time we got back in the league, got a new stadium, got to a cup final...Doncaster Rovers never had it so good. I should know, I have supported them since 1958."
In 2012 he had become the champion on the flat for the first time. He was very proud of that achievement.
But he stressed to me that he did not want the 2012 title to be a one off.
This past season has been an up and down one for Hughesie. He has had fewer injuries and bans than in years past. And he has had some big race wins and some disappointments in the saddle.
The beautiful Sky Lantern was at the heart of the highs and lows of his season. My favourite ride of his was the 1000 Guineas triumph aboard Sky Lantern. A typical Richard Hughes ride.
Watch that race here
So what is a typical Richard Hughes ride?
Who did Hughesie base his riding style on?
Which have been his favourite horses during his career and what will he do when his riding days are over?
Watch my interview with the man.
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Several have impressed me. Not just for excelling in their chosen sport, but also for how they are as people.
Tony McCoy has just ridden his 4000th winner. For a jump jockey that is some achievement. After all, the latest broken bone is always just around the corner.
McCoy has done so much damage to his body that the bionic man would be envious.
His strike rate is astonishing and the style of his 4000th victory, achieved at Towcester aboard Mountain Tunes, was so typical of his never say die attitude to winning.
In December 2011 he sat down with me for half an hour to discuss his career. The highs and lows.
Watch that revealing half hour chat here
As the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award reaches its 25th year, I am reminded of books that have been nominated, or won the title in years past.
One book I am really glad I read is 'A life too short - the tragedy of Robert Enke' by Ronald Reng.
Winner of the award in 2011, I sat down with the author. He became a close friend of the German goalkeeper and winning the award was bitter sweet for Reng. Immediately after his affectionate and honest account of the life and death of his friend was announced as the winner, Reng turned to me and said: "This is one book I wish I had not had to write, Now I feel guilty for winning."
His mixed feelings were perfectly understandable.
Enke was sought after by Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. But the goalkeeper joined Barcelona prior to their all conquering days. And it was there that his clinical depression took hold.
He played in goal for Germany but, even when he was praised, he was full of self doubt.
I can recall the ignorance of former Aston Villa manager John Gregory when he cast doubt on the claims of Stan Collymore, who had said he was suffering from depression.
Gregory wondered what someone paid that much had to be depressed about.
Thankfully, these are more enlightened times and - little by little - people are waking up to the fact that clinical depression does not first ask to see your pay cheque. It is a mental illness that will hit an increasing number of people.
Enke sought treatment and had the love and support of his wife and family. But he could not conquer the demons in his head.
If this was a booked you missed, go find it.
Here is my short interview with the author, Ronald Reng
You are mentally already spending your winnings. One fence stands between the horse your money is riding on, and the winning post.
He or she can't lose. Oh yes they can!
You sit there watching the race. You are dismayed as your horse takes a tumble when glory awaits.
I once experienced a double whammy on that front.
I recall the day the two horses I had money on at good each way prices came to the last fence together. I could not lose. I wanted the bigger priced one to win but, really, it didn't matter. I couldn't fail to win.
Oh yes I could!
One horse carrying my money fell and the other one was brought down by it. The second one could not avoid the falling body of the other one. They both fell to the ground, unharmed.
It was several minutes before I stopped staring at the screen in disbelief. My mouth wide open.
How could this happen? What dastardly deed had I done that week to warrant such bad luck?
In Victor Meldrew mode I was heard to finally utter: "I don't believe it."
Pity Paddy Power were not then offering what they are now.
If a horse you have backed with them falls at the final fence in any race in November, they will refund your stake.
Good on you Paddy!
That is likely to ensure I back my tips at jumps meetings through Paddy Power this month.
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