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Vikki Orvice (8 November 1962 – 6 February 2019)[1] was a British sports journalist who was the first female football reporter on the staff of a British tabloid newspaper.[2][3]

Vikki Orvice
Born(1962-11-08)8 November 1962
Sheffield, UK
Died(2019-02-06)6 February 2019
Alma materUniversity of Leicester
OccupationJournalist, sportswriter
EmployerThe Sun


Early life and EducationEdit

Orvice studied English at the University of Leicester, graduating in 1984, before returning to her home city of Sheffield for postgraduate study.[4]

Journalism careerEdit

Orvice started her career as an apprentice at the Wakefield Express.[4][5] After two years, she moved to the Western Daily Press, where she worked alongside doing freelance shifts for the Daily Mail and The Observer. She eventually moved to the Daily Mail full-time, working as a general news reporter, covering sport in her spare time.[4] In 1995, she was appointed as a football reporter for The Sun and subsequently became the newspaper's athletics correspondent.[6][7]

Orvice was a founding board member of Women in Football, a network of women working in football.[3] She was also vice-chair of the Football Writers' Association and the first female chair of the British Athletics Writers' Association.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Orvice was married to fellow sports journalist Ian Ridley, who announced her death from breast cancer on 6 February 2019.[6] She had first been diagnosed with the disease in 2007, and it returned in 2014. Knowing that her condition was terminal, Orvice continued working until the end of 2018.


After her death, The Sun announced the establishment of a sport journalism scholarship in her name.[1] A spokesperson for the newspaper said the scholarship would be awarded to a "young woman who has all the qualities Vikki held so dearly".[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Vikki Orvice: Pioneer in the male-dominated world of tabloid sports writing". Daily Telegraph. 12 February 2019. p. 27.
  2. ^ Khorsandi, Peyvand (13 February 2019). "Vikki Orvice: Sun journalist who blazed a trail for women covering sports". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "'Brave'. 'Fearless'. 'A trailblazer'. 'A pioneer'". Women in Football. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Scoring news from the sidelines" (PDF). Graduates' Review. University of Leicester: 16–17. Spring 2015.
  5. ^ Austin, Simon (6 February 2019). "Tributes paid to 'trailblazer' Vikki Orvice". Prolific North. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b Ingle, Sean (6 February 2019). "Vikki Orvice, journalist and trailblazer for women in sport, dies aged 56". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Tributes paid to trailblazing journalist Vikki Orvice". Athletics Weekly. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  8. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (6 February 2019). "Sun launches sports journalism scholarship in memory of 'trailblazer' Vikki Orvice". Press Gazette. Retrieved 13 February 2019.