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Group sports editor pens final column after 25 years

A group sports editor who has worked for a series of weekly papers for nearly 25 years has retired.

Trevor Davies, left, has left his role as group sports editor for Archant London, which includes the Hampstead and Highgate Express, East London Advertiser and the Hackney Gazette.

In a final column looking back on his time in the job, he recalled reporting on Leyton Orient Football Club as the favourite part of his role.

Trevor’s column, headlined “They think it’s all over, it is now as the final whistle blows”, also highlights memorable matches played by the club including three play-off finals.

He writes: “It’s with a tinge of sadness that I have compiled my last-ever Orient page for the Archant Group.

“I’ve been covering the highs and the lows of the mighty O’s for almost 25 years, but have decided it’s time to blow the final whistle, hang up my laptop and pen and retire.

“It’s been a long and eventful journey since I saw Orient battle out a goalless draw against Crewe Alexandra on the opening day of the 1988-89 season and I’d like to place on record my sincere thanks to all the managers and players who have given me their time so freely over the years.

“There have been plenty of memorable moments and I could not have scripted a better start as O’s won promotion from Division Four in 1989 under the guidance of Frank Clark.”

Trevor added: “As Group Sports Editor of Archant London, covering Orient was my favourite part of the job, but it was only a small part of my role.

“I will miss compiling the chalkboard and the unpredictability of an Orient team who, over the years, have an infuriating habit of doing things the hard way.

“Losing games you expect them to win and winning the matches you expect them to lose. A word of warning – never put your money on the O’s!

“But most of all I’ll miss you the readers. Goodbye and God bless you all.”

His full piece can be read by clicking here.