Dickie was born Richard Felton in July 1973, in the now demolished Liverpool Oxford Street hospital.
A stunning failure in education, he once finished bottom of the entire school.
Early years were spent trainspotting at Crewe and York Railway stations before finding a calling on the terraces at Marine AFC and Anfield.
First jobs involved writing for the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post about murders, fatal road accidents and lottery wins - usually in the same day.
For the last 15 years home "normal work" has been the world of PR.
He has written two books about Morrissey fans and is working on a third tome about football and music.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Finishing a half marathon in one second less than 1 hour 40 minutes. (Finally achieved this in May 2017).
What is your greatest fear? Not finishing a half marathon is less than 1 hour 40 minutes.
What is the thing you most deplore in yourself? Worrying about when (or if) the Barrow train is going to turn up.
What is the thing you most deplore in others? Arrogance
What is your greatest extravagance? A signed framed shirt of former Marine FC striker Lloyd Ellams.
What objects do you always carry with you? My NUJ Press Card.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "Do you want a pint?"
What do you most dislike about your appearance? My left eye. It can't look left. The condition is called "Duane's Syndrome". It's actually quite useful when someone I dislike sits on my left. I can't see them. So it's not all bad.
What is your favourite word? Sleep
Who are your favourite writers? Wainwright, Oscar Wilde, Kevin Sampson.
What are you reading at the moment? Lyra McKee: Lost Found Remembered
Who is your favourite painter? Sarah Pickstone
Fave cities? Rome, Valencia, Glasgow, Liverpool.
Who are your favourite musicians? Johnny Marr, Ian Prowse, Boz Boorer, Damien Dempsey, Kate Stables.
What is your favourite building? The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
What is your favourite journey? Fort William to Mallaig by train.
What makes you most depressed? The meat industry.