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'True gent' sports reporter quits after 17 years

A “kind natured” sports reporter known for his cross-country treks to cover local non-league football sides has left journalism after 17 years at two sister titles.

David Rimmer has left the Harlow Star and the Bishop’s Stortford-based Herts & Essex Observer following a tenure which saw him become a “huge hit” at sports clubs across the two titles’ respective patches.

Initially working as a freelance at the Observer in 1997, he was taken on full-time by then-publishing editor Gary Matthews.

During his time there he travelled far and wide to report on both Harlow Town and Bishop’s Stortford FC, once using an overnight sleeper coach to an away match in Northumberland in his own bid to save the company money.

David Rimmer

Paying tribute to David, pictured above left with cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, long-time colleague Alan Scott said: “Because of his kind nature he hasn’t upset too many people in Observer and Star land.

“He would often go and see a player in hospital if they had broken a leg or such like, and I’m sure this is why he is held in such high regard by so many people. He’s a great man, a true gent and will be sadly missed.”

In a farewell piece in the Observer, Alan recalled a particular anecdote which arose from David covering Harlow’s away match at Didcot during the 1998/99 season.

He wrote: “He was in typical faithful Labrador mode as he tried to retrieve the ball after it had been kicked out into touch, by leaping over a fence.

“However, he somehow managed to rip his coat in half and the now coatless Rimmer froze on the coach ride back.

“But, several months later the Harlow players had a whip round to pay for a new coat. They must have felt guilty.”


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  • November 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

    David was a tremendous ambassador for the company throughout his 17 years there. His knowledge and experience will be missed and I’d like to thank him for the terrific job he did. Best of luck for the future, David.

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  • November 25, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Nice story but you omit to say why, and where he’s gone!

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  • November 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hopefully he will help Dave Lister and co find earth. It’s the least they deserve

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  • November 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Now papers don’t even have sports reporters let alone sports editors.
    “Can you send us a report in please?”
    Papers really miss guys like this. Everything looks so flat and boring and reports incredibly biased because it’s vanity publishing. Not journalism as we know it, but it will do for the lame editors and accountants.

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