Norm and Iso SJA

This is me with giant triple jump master Phillips Idowu. We went to the same East End school 50 years apart. I am the one on the right.

Details taken from Debrett's People of Today


NORMAN GILLER is a prolific English author and sports historian, who has had 99 books published to date. Born in Stepney, East London on April 18 1940, Norman started out as a copy boy with the London Evening News after leaving Raine's Foudation Grammar School at the age of 15 in 1955. He joined the Stratford Express as a junior reporter in 1957, and later became a ringside reporter and layout specialist with Boxing News. He worked as a sub-editor with the London Evening Standard and the Daily Herald before joining the Daily Express as a football writer in 1964 (chief football reporter 1966-73).


     He has been freelancing since January 1974, and his output includes 14 years as a member of the This Is Your Life scriptwriting team, and he has devised several television series including Who's the Greatest? (ITV, 1980s), The Games of 48 and Over the Moon, Brian (with Brian Moore, ITV 1990s), Petrolheads (BBC2 2006); Ricky's Joke Shop (with Ricky Tomlinson, BBC Pilot 2005); he co-produced 63 editions of Stand and Deliver (Sky TV, 1990s), presented by Mike Reid and featuring the likes of Bernard Manning, Cannon & Ball, Ted Rogers, Frank Carson, Stan Boardman, Jim Bowen, Ted Robbins etc. He  has collaborated as scriptwriter and co-producer with Top Gear director Brian Klein on more than 50 sports-based videos/DVDs, featuring celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, Ray Winstone, Alan Hansen, John Motson, Dickie Bird, Frank Bruno, Frankie Dettori, Lawrence Dallaglio, Harry Carpenter, and Jimmy Greaves. He was also scriptwriter for one of the first VHS football videos back in 1981/82, Tottenham: The First 100 Years, presented by Jimmy Greaves. It is now 'an antique' and much sought after by Spurs supporters. Giller recently came out of the closet as a Spurs follower, after many seasons as a press box neutral. He gives all profits from sales of his Tottenham-themed books to the Tottenham Tribute Trust, that helps old players who have hit difficult times.


     Giller was a boxing PR for promoters Harry Levene and Mike Barrett, and worked closely with his best pal Terry Lawless in the projection of his star-studded stable of boxers including Frank Bruno, Jim Watt, Maurice Hope and Charlie Magri. He also worked as a member of Muhammad Ali's PR team in several of his European fights and counted The Greatest as a good friend. His 99th book focuses on Ali's career.


      For several years he collaborated with his old friend Eric Morecambe on a Sportsmile column for the Daily Express and in the Titbits magazine; he also worked on articles with Benny Hill and Tommy Cooper and  scripted an adult pantomime for Mike Reid and Barbara Windsor called Pussy In Boots (also featuring Ted Robbins and John Altman). He and Ricky Tomlinson combined with Top Gear director Brian Klein on a BBC comedy pilot called Ricky's Joke Shop., starring Ricky, Jim Bowen and Norman Collier, witha guest appearance by then England goalkeeper David Seaman, who dropped everything he was handed in the shop (well Giller thought it was funny).


     His output has also included crosswords and puzzle games with The Times, Daily and Sunday Express, The Sun, Sunday Telegraph and London Evening News. He has compiled the annual Times Sports Jumbo Crossword for 30 consecutive years. Giller was the argument-settling Judge of The Sun for ten years, and he and his sports statistician son Michael set the 2,000 questions for the DVD version of Football Trivial Pursuit. With his then partner Peter Lorenzo and associate Malcolm Rowley, Giller created one of the first major pub quiz competitions in 1974. It was called What's Yours? and had 64 competing pubs in a series sponsored by the Charrington's chain in south-east England. He writes a regular column reflecting on the changing face of newspapers on the Sports Journalists' Association website. His book output includes the following titles ...


Banks of England (with Gordon Banks) Bobby Moore The Master   Bill Nicholson Revisited

Pelé v Banks, The Save that Shook the World (with Terry Baker)

Danny Blanchflower, This WAS His Life

The Lane of Dreams (with Jimmy Greaves and Steve Perryman

The Glory and the Grief (with George Graham) Football And All That (history of the game)

The Seventies Revisited (with Kevin Keegan)   The Final Score (with Brian Moore)

ABC Soccer Sense (Tommy Docherty) Billy Wright, A Hero for All Seasons (official biography)

The Rat Race (with Tommy Docherty)    Denis Compton (The Untold Stories)

McFootball, Scottish Heroes of the English Game 

Chopper's Chelsea (Ron Harris/Terry Baker)

Hammers-80 (with Terry Baker and introduced by Sir Trevor Brooking

The Book of Rugby Lists (with Gareth Edwards)  Book of Tennis Lists (with John Newcombe)

The Book of Golf Lists     TV Quiz Trivia     Sports Quiz Trivia

Satzenbrau Sports Puzzle Book     Satzenbrau TV Puzzle Book

Know What I Mean (with Frank Bruno)     Eye of the Tiger (with Frank Bruno)

From Zero to Hero (with Frank Bruno)    The Judge Book of Sports Answers

Watt's My Name (with Jim Watt)     My Most Memorable Fights (with Henry Cooper)

How to Box (with Henry Cooper)     Henry Cooper's 100 Greatest Boxers

Mike Tyson. A Biography     Mike Tyson, the Release of Power (with Reg Gutteridge)

Crown of Thorns, the World Heavyweight Championship (with Neil Duncanson

Fighting for Peace (Barry McGuigan biography, with Peter Batt

The Ali Files, His Fights, His Foes, His Fees, His Fate

World's Greatest Cricket Matches     World's Greatest Football Matches

Golden Heroes (with Dennis Signy)   The Judge (1,001 arguments settled)

The Great Football IQ Quiz Book (The Judge of The Sun)

The Marathon Kings     The Golden Milers (with Sir Roger Bannister)

Olympic Heroes (with Brendan Foster)  Olympics Handbook 1980  Olympics Handbook 1984

Book of Cricket Lists (Tom Graveney)     Top Ten Cricket Book (Tom Graveney)

Cricket Heroes (with Eric Morecambe)     Big Fight Quiz Book     TVIQ Puzzle Book

Jimmy Greaves At Seventy (with Terry Baker and Michael Giller)

The Golden Double (with Terry Baker and Michael Giller)   World Cup 2010 (with Michael Giller)

TOTTENHAM: The Managing Game The Glory-Glory Game (Spurs Writers' Club)


Comedy novelizations

Carry On Doctor

Carry On England

Carry On Loving

Carry On Up the Khyber

Carry On Abroad

Carry On Henry

What A Carry On eBook



A Stolen Life

Mike Baldwin: Mr Heartbreak (introduced by Johnny Briggs)

Hitler's Final Victim


The Glory and The Greed (e-novel)

Keys to Paradise (with Jeni Robbins, e-novel)


Books in collaboration with Ricky Tomlinson

Football My Arse

Celebrities My Arse

Cheers My Arse

Reading My Arse (The Search for the Rock Island Line)


Books in collaboration with Jimmy Greaves

This One's On Me

The Final (novel)

The Ball Game (novel)

The Boss (novel)

The Second Half (novel)

Let's Be Honest (with Reg Gutteridge)

Greavsie's Heroes and Entertainers

World Cup History

GOALS! The greatest ever scored

Stop the Game, I Want to Get On

The Book of Football Lists

Taking Sides

Sports Quiz Challenge

Sports Quiz Challenge 2

It's A Funny Old Life

Saint & Greavsie's World Cup Special

The Sixties Revisited

Don’t Shoot the Manager

Greavsie's Greatest The 50 Greatest post-war British strikers

Funny Old Games (with Saint and Greavsie)



Gloria Hunniford’s TV Challenge    

Lucky the Fox with Barbara Wright

The Concorde Cub - The First 50 Years (with Cole Mathieson)



This Is Your Life scriptwriter (1981–1995)

including programmes featuring Sir Richard Branson, Sir Jimmy

Savile, Frank Bruno, Paul Daniels, Simon Weston, Ruth Madoc,

Dan Maskell, Cliff Morgan, Denis Compton, Billy Wright, Peter

Shilton, John Surtees, Nigel Mansell, Peter Alliss, Henry Cotton,

Terry Lawless, Joe Johnson, James Herbert,

Jack 'Kid' Berg, Reg Gutteridge, Mike Reid, Stan Boardman,

Benny Green, George Shearing, Helen Shapiro


Eurovision Preview show with Gloria Hunniford (BBC1 1990)


Who's the Greatest, devisor and scriptwriter of an ITV series that

involved celebrities such as:

Sir David Frost, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Jeffrey Archer, Tom

Graveney, Gloria Hunniford, Eamonn Andrews, Tom O'Connor,

Stan Boardman, Bernie Winters, Dennis Waterman, Willie Rushton

and Sir Henry Cooper.


Stunt Challenge for ITV (two series in the 1980s, scriptwriter with Derek Thompson.


Stand and Deliver for Sky TV (co-producer with Brian Klein of On the Box Productions)

63 comedy programmes featuring, among others, Mike Reid,

Norman Collier, Frank Carson, Jim Bowen, Stan Boardman, Ted

Rogers, Cannon and Ball and Bernard Manning.


The Games of 48

(ITV 1998, devisor and scriptwriter, with Brian Moore)

Guests included Olympic legends Emil Zátopek, Fanny Blankers-

Koen and Bob Mathias, and Hugh Laurie’s gold medallist rowing Dad.

Petrolheads (2006 for BBC2), devisor and scriptwriter

Regular panellists were Richard Hammond, Chris Barrie and

presenter Neil Morrissey. Featured guests included Eamonn

Holmes, Murray Walker, Ricky Tomlinson, Ronan Keating, James

May, Philip Glenister.


Over the Moon, Brian (ITV), devisor and scriptwriter

Tribute series to Brian Moore, with guests including Brian Clough

and Jack Charlton


Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte Carlo. Screened in more than 200 countries. Two years as chief scriptwrite 2004/05, putting words into the mouths of a myriad of stars including Sean Connery, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Morgan Freeman, Rod Stewart, David Hasselhoff and sports legends like Ed Moses, John McEnroe, Mark Spitz, Lord Coe, Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Player, Dawn Fraser, Franz Klammer and Michael Jordan. Giller described it as: “The greatest gig ever.”    



Ricky & Norman

I have written four books and a TV comedy show with Ricky Tomlinson, who helped promote a charity Wall of Love appeal in memory of my late, lovely wife Eileen. We raised more than £15,000 for a new dialysis machine after Eileen had lost a long battle following renal failure. We had an idyllic 45-year marriage, and on my first night out as a widower I found a new partner, Jackie Wright. Who's a lucky boy?