There have been many memorable moments in John Comfort's 21 years as sports editor of the Harrow Observer. This week John, who retired last month, finds time to talk about some of the outstanding events from his time covering a wealth of stories.
NOT surprisingly in 21 years as Observer sports editor, there have been plenty of memorable moments.
Most notable, I guess, was when the brash, young Audley Harrison walked into the Observer offices after winning his second ABA title in 1990 and announced he was going to become World Champion.
That hasn't happened - and is now a highly unlikely prospect - but he did, of course, go on to win Commonwealth
Games gold and was the first Briton to take Olympic boxing gold in 32 years when he won the superheavyweight title in Sydney in 2000.
After turning pro, 'A-Force' had a penchant for taking on less than capable opponents, and my memorable moment of him came in 2003 after he had knocked out Matt Ellis in two rounds at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
A ringside argument with bitter rival, former British heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, ensued, and it escalated into a full scale riot.
Never before have I seen so many chairs airborne at the same time, many in uncomfortably close proximity. A truly frightening episode, although I can laugh about it now.
In my formative years the Observer covered Wasps, then residing at their homely Repton Avenue ground at Sudbury before embracing professionalism and moving to QPR and then Wycombe.
They had lost three previous cup finals, all to Bath, at Twickenham, and made it a fourth with a record final defeat by 48-18 against Saracens in 1998 when the event was called the Tetley's Bitter Cup.
But they finally got it right a year later with a 29-19 final win over a Newcastle side, whose number including a certain teenage stand-off sensation called Jonny Wilkinson, who was destined, of course, for greater things. There was relief and delight all round in the Wasps camp.
The career of Harrow AC decathlete Dean Macey was ravaged by injury and was more than a little responsible for a succession of near misses in major competitions in the 1990s. But nothing was more deserved than when he struck long overdue gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Another memorable moment.
On the footballing front, I have some great memories, not least seeing Wembley play at Wembley - the fooball club at the stadium, that is.
Astrologer and Middlesex campaigner Russell Grant sponsored the Middlesex Charity Cup in 1988 and somehow managed to acquire
Wembley Stadium for the final - a move which was definitely written in the stars - although it was in doubt at one stage when the stadium wanted a £50,000 fee for the privilege.
However, agreement was eventually reached but, sadly, Wembley winning at Wembley wasn't to be, although they put up a good show before going down 2-0 to Hendon.
Other notable footballing memories include Harrow Borough doing a County Cup double in 1993 when the fiery George Borg was at the helm - but I have to say he wasn't a pretty sight clutching the trophy in the bath when I interviewed him after the Middlesex Senior Cup Final at Enfield.
More recently, Edgware Town's magnificent Spartan League treble in 2007 took some beating, and stands as a lasting tribute to popular co-manager Del Deanus who, sadly, was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
But on the football front, it is difficult to get by without a mention of Wealdstone. Homeless and trophyless since their mid-80s glory days, they did finally turn the tide in 1997 when a memorable win at Northwood in their final game of the season saw them to the Isthmian Division Three Championship and began a lengthy spell of club inebriation, as well as a major step along the road back up the non league leader.
They were promoted again the following season and completed their elevation back to the Premier Division with an even more memorable game in a play-off at Dulwich on a damp Tuesday evening in May 2004. It ended all square after extra time and went to a dramatic penalty shoot-out which was sealed for Stones by Richard Jolly's infamous and highly accurate, spot kick, sparking ecstatic scenes on the pitch from the Stones players and their fans.
Richard confessed afterwards that was 's......g himself' as he went up to take that vital kick. Believe me, Richard, those Stones supporters watching were equally as anxious.
Yes, memories are made of this.