Changes at the Observer

Although not exactly ‘hot off the press’ news, I wanted to mention the ‘sad news’ this summer of learning about John Comfort’s retirement.  I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago, and first he advised me of Lindsay Coulson’s departure as editor of the Harry O and then the news that he was leaving one week later.

JC has been such a familiar face for so long it will be weird not having him around.  He has done a great job over the time I have been involved with the Club, always available to discuss how to cover a particular issue and always respectful of when we asked for a story to be handled in a particular way.  The relationship that we built up meant that on at least two occasions we were able to persuade the Observer to run a series of articles over a number of weeks, most recently with the Support Our Stones campaign.

John has moved to St Neots in Cambridgeshire, and took early retirement.  He promises to make a match or two at Ruislip early on in the season and we look forward to wishing him a happy retirement.

Graham Smith’s letter in this weeks Observer said it all really.

Fortunately we know John’s successor Tim Edwards.  Nick Dugard has done some great work in building a relationship with him while he has been at the Watford Observer.  We look forward to sitting down with him and new editor David Tilley in the coming days.


Published by: howiejk

Now no longer with my Wealdstone FC obligations so freed up to enjoy more horse racing. Aiming to blog daily on something that catches my eye, maybe the big race that day, maybe racing news, maybe something else. Please join the conversations

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