Mike Mosley author of Love, Hope and Hatred
Mike was 'made' in Sheffield, but has lived in Norwich since 1990. He has a degree in
politics from York University and began his working career as a full-time Trade Union
official. Later Mike worked for the City Councils of Sheffield and Norwich and, before
early retirement, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the East of England Regional Assembly.
Mike is the product of one of football’s 'mixed marriages' – his dad supported Sheffield United, but his mum was a Wednesday-ite. His older sisters made the family score 2-2. Mike opted to be a Blade, though he hails from a true-blue Owls’ stronghold, all of which made derby days interesting from a very early age and prompted a life-long fascination with local rivalries.
Over thirty years ago Mike took the seemingly dangerous step of marrying a Millwall fan,
whose father had played for Charlton. Love triumphed as Jacky converted to the Blades’
faith. Their son John was signed up as a Junior Blade less than three hours after his birth – a
man at the Bramall Lane desk demanded to know why Mike had taken so long to get there!
Love, Hope and Hatred is a labour of love. Mike began writing it as a celebration of fifty
years of (mostly) hurt following United. It all began so well in his first season as a fan, as
nine year old Mike saw newly-promoted Blades finish fifth, one place above Wednesday
thanks to a derby double in which Derek 'Doc' Pace scored all United’s goals – a hero to this
day. Over fifty years later, the Blades have never finished higher in the League.
When not worrying about football, Mike is a keen cricketer and korfball player; enjoys bird-
watching, history, walking and cooking and has recently become a seal warden!